On a whim, I bought a pound of head-on shrimp last night. Now I'm not entirely sure what to do with them and searching hasn't turned up a whole lot. Anyone have dinner suggestions for me? It's raining today so would be nice if I could cook inside (as opposed to grilling). Thanks in advance!
Remove the digestive intestine on the back and broil them, after short marinade.
I buy them this way for freshness, and usually remove the heads and shells, for any conventional recipe, but you may want to try a head on broil, or boil, to see what they are like. Asian diners like to suck the meat out of the head, but I have never done this.
Use them today, as part of the head will go mushy quickly.
Straight-up Chinese/Asian steamed is a great way to go if they're really fresh (I also wouldn't hold them overnight if you can avoid it). Give them a quick marinade in shaoxing (or dry sherry) and soy sauce with a bit of sugar, garlic and ginger, then steam them, peel and dip in a little soy with some fresh chile, if you like.
You can remove the intensine if it really bothers you, but it's such a pain and it isn't necessary.
And it's ALL about sucking the heads -- otherwise, what's the point of paying for 'em? :-)
Head On...Apply Directly To The Forehead.
Sorry...couldn't help myself. Actually, I'd toss them with some melted butter and soy sauce, spread them out in a single layer on a broiling pan, and broil for a couple of minutes per side. Eat 'em as they are...head, shell, legs, tail...EVERYTHING.