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What are Shrimp?

Shrimp, also known as prawns in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and some other countries, are a popular seafood protein. These decapods are crustaceans within the class Malacostraca; there are about 2,000 different species worldwide. On average a 3-once portion of shrimp has about 70 calories, 15 grams of protein, and less than 1 gram of fat. Shrimp are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, selenium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, and vitamin B6. A shrimp’s nutrition can depend on how it lived and what it ate.

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Shrimp Cooking Guide

Shrimp can be prepared in a vast range of ways, including baking, grilling, barbecuing, frying, and boiling. Some top recipes are Shrimp Scampi, Garlic Butter Shrimp, and Shrimp Alfredo. For safe consumption, it’s recommended to cook shrimp to an internal temperature of 145° F.

Shrimp Cut Method Cook Temp Avg Time Finish Temp
Tails Sear Med-High 7-8 mins 120 °F
Tails Oven 400 °F 8-10 mins 120 °F
Burger Sear Med-High 6-7 mins 145 °F

Note: The above guidelines are only guardrails. Average time depends on size/amount of meat. Stoves and pans vary in performance as well; so to achieve perfectly cooked shrimp, always check color and texture regularly. Before cooking we suggest reading our how to thaw shrimp guide.

Fair Trade Mexican Blue Shrimp - Del Pacifico

100% Traceable and Fair Trade Certified

Using the lot number on your package, you can trace your Del Pacifico shrimp back to the day it was caught and find out more about the community it came from. Your purchase is powerful and supports the preservation of small scale fishing operations — and also supports local social and environmental causes through a Fair Trade premium. As the first and only Fair Trade Certified wild shrimp company, 5% of the wholesale price goes back to the community to invest in their greatest needs, anything from adding AC to schools to reforestation projects. The Fair Trade Certification goes even further than social and economic empowerment, too — it's also a measure of sustainability and sets the bar high for environmental stewardship.


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What temperature do you cook shrimp to?

USDA recommends shrimp be cooked until flesh is pearly or white, and opaque , which typically is an internal temperature of 120 ºF to 145 ºF.

How do your pick the sources you sell?

Crowd Cow sources products from producers who follow strict guidelines when it comes to the sustainability practices and the quality of the product. We look for products that are clean, from stocks that are healthy and well managed. Sourcing shrimp that is free from chemical treatments and antibiotics.

Is all the shrimp traceable?

Our shrimp products from Del Pacifico Seafood will be fully traceable and customers will find a code on the back of their packages to trace it to the community they are helping. Shrimp from Paul Piazza is traceable to Louisiana and Texas, but not to specific boats.

Is your shrimp sustainable?

Yes. All of our producers catch shrimp under sustainable guidelines in order to maintain the long term health of the species they are catching.

Do Del Pacifico Shrimp Burgers contain gluten or sugar?

They do not. Del Pacifico shrimp burgers contain no added sugar or gluten.

What size shrimp are offered?

Shrimp come in a variety of sizes and are measured by the number of shrimp per pound, ranging anywhere between U-10 (extra colossal) to 61/70 (extra small). The larger the count, the smaller the shrimp. The “U” in the count means there are under that number of shrimp in a pound, while the slash between numbers denotes a range of shrimp in a pound. Our super colossal Wild Mexican Blue Shrimp, for example, are U/12 — meaning you’ll find under 12 shrimp per pound. Our jumbo Shrimp, on the other hand, are 21/25 — so you’ll find between 21 to 25 shrimp per pound. The shrimp from Paul Piazza that we call medium are 41/50 sized. This standardization is indicative of shrimp sizing for most vendors and is an important measure when thinking about cooking time and serving sizes!

Is the shrimp chemical free?

Yes, shrimp in all of our products is chemical free, and has not been treated with any artificial preservatives, antibiotics or sulfites.

Is the shrimp pre-cooked?

None of our shrimp products are cooked. All products are raw.

Is the shrimp already peeled?

We have both products available. Our Super Colossal and Jumbo shrimp from Del Pacifico are "E-Z"peel, which means they have been headed and deveined, but the shell is still on for easy peeling if it is not desired. Our Medium Gulf Shrimp from Paul Piazza is completely shelled and cleaned - ready for quick use.

Which shrimp options are best for grilling and skewers?

The Jumbo and U12 size of Wild Blue Mexican Shrimp are the best for throwing on the grill. We also highly recommend the Shrimp Burgers.

What shrimp should I use for popcorn shrimp, soups, chowders, gumbos or pasta dishes?

Our Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp from Paul Piazza is the perfect bite-sized shrimp for all your soup and pasta needs.

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