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Shrimp Sizes

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Shrimp is a type of small, crustacean shellfish that is commonly found in oceans, rivers, and other bodies of water around the world. It is a popular food item consumed in many different cultures and cuisines. It is a low-calorie, low-fat, and high-protein food that is also a good source of essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. However, it is important to note that shrimp can be high in cholesterol, so it should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Shrimp is known for its delicate flavor and tender texture comes in many different sizes. Shrimp can be cooked in a variety of ways, including grilling, boiling, sautéing, and frying. It is often used in dishes such as shrimp scampi, shrimp cocktail, shrimp stir-fry, and shrimp curry.

Shrimp come in many different varieties, ranging in size from tiny "popcorn" shrimp to large tiger shrimp. They can be cooked in a variety of ways, including boiling, grilling, sautéing, and deep-frying.

Understanding the different shrimp sizes can be a bit confusing, as there are many different labels and sizing systems used in the seafood industry. Here are some tips for making sense of all of the different shrimp sizes.

  • Know the basic sizing system: 
    The most commonly used sizing system in the United States is based on the number of shrimp per pound. The smaller the number, the larger the shrimp. For example, 41/50 shrimp per pound are larger than 51/60 shrimp per pound.
Blue Water Fish Shrimp Sizes Chart
Common shrimp sizes and their corresponding counts per pound:
    • U/15: Under 15 shrimp per pound (Colossal)
    • 16/20: 16 to 20 shrimp per pound (Extra Jumbo)
    • 21/25: 21 to 25 shrimp per pound (Jumbo)
    • 26/30: 26 to 30 shrimp per pound (Extra Large)
    • 31/35: 31 to 35 shrimp per pound (Large)
    • 36/40: 36 to 40 shrimp per pound (Medium Large)
    • 41/50: 41 to 50 shrimp per pound (Medium)
    • 51/60: 51 to 60 shrimp per pound (Small)
    • 61/70: 61 to 70 shrimp per pound (Extra Small)

  • Look for familiar labels:
    Many shrimp are sold with labels that indicate their size, such as "Jumbo" or "Large." These labels can be helpful in giving you a general idea of the size of the shrimp, but keep in mind that they are not standardized and may vary between suppliers.

  • Estimate the amount:
    The amount of shrimp you should buy depends on several factors, including how many people you are serving, whether the shrimp will be the main dish or part of a larger meal, and the serving size of the recipe you are using.

  • Consider your recipe:
    If the shrimp is the main dish, plan for about 1/2 pound (8 ounces) of shrimp per person. This will give each person a generous serving size of 6 to 8 large shrimp or 12 to 15 small to medium shrimp.

  • Consider if is part of a larger meal:
    If the shrimp will be part of a larger meal that includes other protein sources, you can plan for a smaller serving size of 1/4 to 1/3 pound (4 to 6 ounces) per person.

  • Consider the recipe serving size:
    If you are using a recipe that specifies a certain amount of shrimp, such as a shrimp scampi or shrimp stir-fry recipe, follow the recipe's serving size to determine how much shrimp to buy. In general, larger shrimp are better for grilling or sautéing, while smaller shrimp are good for stews, soups, and pasta dishes. For example, if you are making shrimp scampi, you may want to use larger shrimp that will hold up to the sauce and pasta.

  • Think about texture:
    Larger shrimp tend to have a firmer texture and more pronounced flavor, while smaller shrimp are softer and may have a milder taste. Consider the texture you're looking for in your dish and choose the appropriate size accordingly.

  • Consider the occasion:
    If you're serving shrimp as a main course for a dinner party, larger shrimp can make an impressive presentation. On the other hand, if you're using shrimp as a garnish or ingredient in a dish, smaller shrimp may be more practical.

  • Think about price:
    Larger shrimp are generally more expensive than smaller shrimp, so consider your budget when deciding on the size to purchase.

  • Look for quality: Regardless of the size, it's important to choose high-quality shrimp that are fresh, firm, and have a mild scent of the sea. Be sure to inspect the shrimp before purchasing and avoid any that appear slimy or have an off smell.

  • Check with Blue Water:
    If you are unsure about the sizing system being used, or have specific size requirements, check with us. We can provide you with more information on the sizing system we use and can help you select the right shrimp for your needs.

  • Keep in mind that sizes can vary:
    Even within a specific size range, there can be variation in the size of individual shrimp. This is because shrimp are a natural product and their size can be influenced by a range of factors, including their species, age, and the season in which they were caught.
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Ultimately, the size of shrimp you choose is up to personal preference and the dish you're preparing. If you're unsure, just ask us for advice. Keep these tips in mind so you can better navigate the different shrimp sizes and select the right size for your needs.