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Does The Color Of Your Shrimp Matter? It Sure Does
White Shrimp
White shrimp is one of the most widely available shrimp varieties worldwide. The raw flesh of this shrimp ranges in color from translucent white to reddish-brown.
White shrimp are known for their sweet taste and succulent texture. The best way to let their flavor come through is by sauteing, boiling, grilling, frying, or steaming them.
Brown Shrimp
Brown shrimp live in water no more than 180 feet deep inshore. At a store, they've likely been boiled already, as this variety is ideally cooked while still alive.
The firm flesh of brown shrimp has a sweetness and umami brininess due to their diets. When cooked, brown shrimp’s firm, gray-brown flesh turns into sunset-orange.
Pink Shrimp
The color of this shrimp is due to astaxanthin, a carotenoid found in microalgae and phytoplankton. Around 75% are harvested from Florida’s west coast.
Pink shrimp are popular because of their sweet and tender meat that can be sauteed, fried, boiled, or steamed. If they are smaller, they can be used in salads and pastas.