These little guys are sustainably-caught in the Pacific Northwest, cooked, and then canned in water without using phosphates. Have you ever seen shrimp quite so perfectly pink? Oh, and they taste pretty darn good, too!
This shrimp is pre-cooked, so you can use it straight from the can. Drained and rinsed, it has a mild and sweet shrimp flavor that's impressively fresh-tasting. There’s no hint of that metallic “canned” flavor you sometimes get with tuna and other canned seafood. The texture is also flaky, but not mushy. It has a definite bite to it.
This shrimp is best in very simple preparations. I like to use it to round out omelet fillings, for a quick shrimp salad, and to toss into pasta. It tends to fall apart with rougher cooking methods or over long cooking, so it’s best to add the canned shrimp at the very end. We once added it too early to a pan of pad thai and it got lost completely by the end (though the dish had a great shrimp flavor throughout!).
To be honest, it wouldn’t have occurred to me to keep this as a pantry staple until trying this specific brand from Wild Planet. It’s definitely more spendy than other canned seafood products on the shelf, but the trade-off is excellent quality and the assurance that the shrimp have been caught and processed in an environmentally-sound manner.
Many major grocery stores carry Wild Planet's Pink Shrimp and other products, including Whole Foods, Stop & Shop, and Krogers. If you can't find it, you can always find it online:
• Wild Planet, $29.95 for 6 cans ($4.99/can)
• Amazon, $39 for 12 cans ($3.25/can)
Have you tried this shrimp or any other Wild Planet?
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