Dried shrimp is a common ingredient in Asian dishes, especially in many fish recipes. It is used to make soup stock, which gives it an intense umami flavor. It also adds a lot of flavor to rice dishes and can be used as a garnish on soups or salads.
Dried Shimp is not as common in Haiti because many prefer fresh shrimp. But again, many prefer dried or salted/cured fish and seafood such as salted cod fish and smoked herrings. They are considered staple foods and are part of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
What is Dried Shrimp?
Shrimp is a popular seafood that is at the heart of many dishes. Dried shrimp is a type of seafood that has been preserved through dehydration. This process can take several days to complete, and it’s often done with the help of heat, salt, and sun exposure. The process can also take a shorter period with a dehydrator machine.
You will notice different sizes when you buy a package of dried shrimp at the stores. You will find shrimp that are small enough to resemble dried anchovies which is a great substitute. Other shrimp packaging contains large-size ones and is great for sauce, stews, grain dishes, etc.
How to Buy Dried Shrimp
Many varieties of dried shrimp are available, from small to large to whole or chopped. You can find dried shrimp in the international aisle at several grocery stores; however, if you cannot find them there, try an Asian market.
If this is your first time buying dried shrimp, buy a small amount, and look for packages of less than one pound for cooking at home. There are many types of dried shrimp. You should look for dried shrimp that is unsalted and has no additives. It should also be pink or red in color to ensure it’s safe to consume.
The best-dried shrimp to buy is raw, not cooked. It should be pink or red in color and have a thin shell with large legs. Shrimp that has been boiled or steamed will have a darker color and smaller legs. If you cannot find an Asian Store near you there are several online shops and you can even find them on Amazon.
How to Store Dried Shrimp
Dried shrimp should be kept in the refrigerator or in a cool (always check the manufacturer’s advice on the packaging), dry place for up to six months. When stored in an airtight container, it can be kept frozen for up to a year.
Another way to store dried shrimp is to place it in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Then cover the shrimp with extra virgin olive oil and seal tightly. The oil will help keep moisture out while acting as a preservative. You can also follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on storage if listed on the packaging.
How to Use Dried Shrimp
Dried shrimp is best used in savory dishes. In Asian cooking, shrimp is usually added at the end, so it doesn’t get overcooked. It can be added to soups and stews or sprinkled over salads or pasta dishes.
In Haitian cuisine, dried and dried salted or cured seafood are added in soups, legumes/stews, rice, beans sauce/puree, Creole sauce, and pasta.
There are different ways to cook with this flavorful ingredient. You can cook it in its original form, grind it with a mortar and pestle or use your food processor. When in powder form, it can be added to many different recipes where you want a seafood taste.
Is Dried Shrimp similar to Tri-Tri in Haitian cooking
I remembered it being referred to as Tri-Tri. Dried Shrimp is similar, but many people will use dried anchovies as the taste is stronger.
My father used to add it to rice. This is the most form of cooking I am familiar with. I have also seen it used in soups and stews (Haitian Legumes and spaghetti). I am sure there are many more uses for this delicious ingredient in Haitian cuisine.
Culinary uses for dried shrimp range between main courses, side dishes, and spices. Dried shrimp can help you prepare soup delicacies from different regions in Asia and the Pacific Ocean. These shrimp are salty, sweet, and crunchy and are often used as a fish flavoring in producing oriental foods. These shrimps are also nutritious. Check out the Nutritionals on the packaging.
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