Cold shrimp is simple to prepare and a small serving packs a lot of protein into your meal. According to the USDA Nutrient Database, a 4-ounce serving of shrimp contains 80 calories, 1 gram of fat and 18 grams of protein.
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Shrimp is high in cholesterol, however, with one serving containing 55 percent of the daily recommended allowance. Buy pre-cooked and chilled shrimp at your local fishmonger or grocery store, or cook your own shrimp and refrigerate overnight.
Things You'll Need
Pasta of your choice
- Rinse shelled shrimp in cold water.
- Peel the shells off the cold shrimp.
- This step is optional — you can leave the shells according to your presentation preference.
- Another option is to take off the shell but leave the tail on.
- Always remove the shell and tail before eating.
- Remove the vein running through the midline of the body with a sharp knife.
- This step is also optional, since shrimp can be eaten with the vein intact.
You can eat cold shrimp plain without any dressing for a high-protein, low-fat snack.
1. Shrimp Cocktail
- Arrange cold shrimp around a goblet or dish or on a bed of iceberg lettuce leaves. Hang the shrimp over the side of the container with the tail side facing out.
- For shrimp cocktail, it's customary to remove all of the shell with the exception of the tail.
- Make cocktail sauce for dipping by combining ketchup with horseradish.
- Because horseradish is spicy, add it in small amounts until the sauce has reached your desired taste.
- Serve the shrimp cocktail with cut lemon wedges and an extra bowl to collect the tails.
2. Shrimp Pasta Salad
- Peel the shrimp fully and remove the vein.
- Boil pasta and drain well.
- You may refrigerate the pasta for a few hours to serve the salad cold.
- Chop up onion, garlic, green peppers and any other vegetables you would like to add to the salad.
- Prepare a dressing for the pasta salad.
- A popular choice is mayonnaise and sour cream.
- Try low-fat salad dressing such as ranch, Italian or an Asian-inspired sesame ginger dressing for a reduced-calorie option.
- Add shrimp and vegetables to the pasta.
- Cover the salad with the dressing of your choice and mix well.
- Refrigerate before serving.
Eating raw or under-cooked seafood increases your risk of contracting a food-borne illness.