The Frozen Shrimp I Swear By

It tastes just like lobster (but with an amazing price point)!

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Shrimp is my favorite protein to cook and eat for several reasons: it’s fast, tasty, packed with nutrients and versatile. Whether I’m preparing pasta, salads or grilling for the night, shrimp is always a welcome addition to the meal. Because of that, I like to keep a few bags of shrimp stocked in the freezer so I can whip up a good meal in 30 minutes or less (and yes, that can include the defrosting time — another win for shrimp!).

However, I’ve learned through trial and error that not all frozen shrimp is the same. I’ve tried several brands from multiple grocery stores, but there is one that I go back to time and time again: Trader Joe’s Wild Raw Argentinian Red Shrimp. While there’s a lot to love about Trader Joe’s, I feel that this shrimp is at the very top of the list.

Caught off the Southern coast of Argentina, the shrimp is large, meaty and red in color, which creates an eye-popping dish. That being said, the real draw is the shrimp’s sweet, rich taste and firm texture. Truthfully, it tastes and feels very similar to lobster — if I didn’t know what I was eating, I would think it actually was lobster. And, at $10.99 for a one-pound bag, it’s a budget-friendly way to satisfy your seafood cravings, especially if you’re looking for a lobster fix.

I’ve used this shrimp in tons of different ways: grilled on skewers, stuffed in tacos or tossed with olive oil and garlic to make shrimp scampi. Next up, I’m looking forward to preparing Ina’s five-star lobster rolls, using the shrimp in place of the traditional seafood. Thanks to its meaty texture, this shrimp will stand up to any cooking method you choose. It is the only shrimp I’ve tried that is consistently firm and never mushy — a huge pet peeve of mine when cooking seafood.

Once you try Trader Joe’s frozen Argentinian shrimp, I promise that you will never go back. Out of all the options, this one is shrimp-ly the best (Not sorry. Had to do it).

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