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Jul. 22, 2014 Esquire

The best kind of dinner is one that’s quick and simple. And shrimp is so fast and easy to prepare with just one rule – don’t overcook it!

One really great way to cook shrimp is by boiling it. The process is simple and straight forward.

How to boil shrimp:

• Fill a large pot of water with water. There should be enough water so that when you add the shrimp, the water covers the shrimp by 1-2 inches.
• Season the water simply with a few pinches of salt. You can also add other flavor at this point as well. Vinegar, spices and lemon are great options.
• Bring the water to a boil and let it boil for a few minutes, to let the flavors infuse the water.
• Add shrimp to the boiling water.
• Return to a boil and cook just until the shrimp turn pink and a shrimp or two have floated to the top. As soon as they’re pink, they’re done! Remember the one rule of shrimp: don’t overcook ’em!
• Drain the shrimp and then add them to a large bowl of ice water. This will stop the cooking!

As good as simple boiled shrimp is, there are so many other wonderful ways to enjoy this versatile ingredient. These recipes are just the tip of the shrimp iceberg.

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