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Old 05-27-2006, 09:37 PM   #1
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Freshwater Shrimp From India

I bought a 2 lb bag of these things: IQF. What are these creatures?!?! I peeled them today. I peel a lot of shrimp to make Bang Bang Shrimp - - so I'm really familiar with what a shrimp & it's shell feel like! These things totally threw me off. The shell was very thick & they seemed to have a double shell on one section that you could pull away from the other shell - like wings. The shrimp felt short & fat, for lack of a better way to describe them!

I was going to use them for Bang Bang but after feeling them I didn't know if that was a good idea. I pulled the bag out of the trash & the package suggested grilling or sauteing. I will grill them tomorrow with a garlic paste concoction.

They just totally freaked me out! I haven't found much info on them by Googling Freshwater Shrimp.

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Old 05-28-2006, 08:55 AM   #2
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Buy any chance, could you take a picture of the packaging and post that? I've seen freshwater shrimp/prawns before, live, and they look just like regular shrimp. However, what are describing, at least to me, sounds almost like a langostine/langostino, which are more closely related to lobster. I've bought some before, at an Asian grocery store, and they were different.
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Old 05-28-2006, 09:59 AM   #3
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They sound like what we call Langoustines or Dublin Bay prawns. Here's a phtoograph.

http://www.panda.org/news_facts/news...m?uNewsID=6861
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Old 05-28-2006, 11:22 AM   #4
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I remembered my father-in-law talking about "rock shrimp", so I looked that up. I believe that's what you have. Check out the following:

http://sarasota.extension.ufl.edu/FC...e/RkShrimp.htm
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Old 05-28-2006, 04:49 PM   #5
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Corinne, was the name on the bag IQF? If it was, I have tried them and you can use them like you would regular shrimp. They just don't have as strong a "shrimp" taste but are still good.
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Old 05-28-2006, 06:02 PM   #6
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I was just talking to my husband about what we call rock shrimp, and he reiterated what was said above...they are more like lobster than shrimp. He likes'em.
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Old 05-28-2006, 08:52 PM   #7
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they're very good.
However, as the adds say, if you want wild American shrimp, then you gotta get wild American shrimp. (and PAY for em too)
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I'm so sorry that I didn't take a photo of the bag & the things themselves - especially the shells! That's what weirded me out so much!!!
If I buy them again, I will follow up with photos.

The bag said "Freshwater Shrimp". From India. And yes, they were IQF - which I took to mean Individually Quick Frozen. I bought them at a Super WalMart. The 2 lb bag cost around $15.
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Old 05-28-2006, 10:45 PM   #9
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Corinne, was the name on the bag IQF? If it was, I have tried them and you can use them like you would regular shrimp. They just don't have as strong a "shrimp" taste but are still good.
Some of the best shrimp around are raised in Gila Bend, AZ. http://www.desertsweetshrimp.com/ One of the premer chefs in Scottsdale was quoted on a TV interview that those are the only ones he will use.
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I have heard that too about the fresh water shrimp from Gila Bend. Haven't had the pleasure of trying them yet. Seems they are a bit pricier and usually only sold around the Phoenix area; not up here in Prescott or Flagstaff that I know about. Thanks for the link!! I just checked it out!
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