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Old 08-11-2013, 11:00 AM   #11
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It's nice in gazpacho
shrimp salad stuffed in an avocado half
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:00 PM   #12
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My mom used to use precooked shrimp for easy to make cajun type shrimp gumbo, served over rice. It was pretty good.
That sounds very nice
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:07 PM   #13
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Use them in a salad, use them in shrimp Alfredo, or mix up some shrimp sauce (ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice) and make a shrimp cocktail. (The Pad Thai sounds like a good idea but IMO over the head of most casual chefs.)

Cooked shrimp are not like raw shrimp. Each have their uses (raw is usually more flexible). But once you cook shrimp and refrigerate them they are bound to be "rubbery." Use them in a recipe that can handle that.
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:11 PM   #14
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Try them in this salad. Drain them well and toss them with a little Old Bay first.

Rusty Pelican Salad
YUM!
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:31 AM   #15
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Use them in a salad, use them in shrimp Alfredo, or mix up some shrimp sauce (ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice) and make a shrimp cocktail. (The Pad Thai sounds like a good idea but IMO over the head of most casual chefs.)

Cooked shrimp are not like raw shrimp. Each have their uses (raw is usually more flexible). But once you cook shrimp and refrigerate them they are bound to be "rubbery." Use them in a recipe that can handle that.

I buy bags of frozen cooked shrimp and I put them in a colander and run water over them, then they defrost quickly. They are not rubbery.
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"Rubbery" was probably the wrong word and I agree that's not quite it, but I was going along with what the OP said. But they're not crisp either.

I presume pre-cooked shrimp is steamed. I don't like the way that comes out unless it's disguised with other ingredients (like in a salad with other ingredients and a dressing, or like with cocktail sauce which is usually strong, or like in a cheese sauce over pasta).

If I want pre-cooked shrimp for a recipe I generally saute raw shrimp ahead of time. For example, IMO shrimp sauteed in garlic butter tastes far better in a salad than store bought pre-cooked shrimp. It has more flavor. Steaming does nothing for flavor.
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"Rubbery" was probably the wrong word and I agree that's not quite it, but I was going along with what the OP said. But they're not crisp either.

I presume pre-cooked shrimp is steamed. I don't like the way that comes out unless it's disguised with other ingredients (like in a salad with other ingredients and a dressing, or like with cocktail sauce which is usually strong, or like in a cheese sauce over pasta).

If I want pre-cooked shrimp for a recipe I generally saute raw shrimp ahead of time. For example, IMO shrimp sauteed in garlic butter tastes far better in a salad than store bought pre-cooked shrimp. It has more flavor. Steaming does nothing for flavor.

Oh, I agree it tastes better when you cook it yourself, but I am very lazy. LOL Mostly I am just defrosting about 10 or so for a snack for myself. If cooking a main course, I would buy the raw shrimp.
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I use pre-cooked shrimp in an easy gazpacho: Tomato juice (or V8), salsa, shrimp, and avocado chunks, with tabasco.

Also, shrimp salad stuffed in an avocado half.
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Having been married to a shrimper and living in a shrimping town I learned to cook shrimp from the best. If you are boiling them or any manner of cooking them, as soon as they start to turn pink, remove them from the heat and cover them. The residual heat will finish them off and they will never be rubbery. Make sure your heat source is at its peak before introducing the shrimp.

My daughter has the dangest time accepting this manner of preparing them, so she gives the job to me. Geesh, sometimes I get so lucky because I get to shell and clean them at the same time.
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I just used precooked shrimp to make a shrimp salad with minced tomato and jalapeņo in a lime mayonnaise to be served with avocado. Of course I tasted it as I prepared it so I know it's good.
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