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shrimp mistake- precooked- what to do?

danielle Jun 18, 2009 09:19 AM

I mistakenly bought cooked shrimp instead of raw ones. Any suggestions for what to do with them? Is my only option a shrimp cocktail, or can I actually use them in a dish?


  1. kchurchill5 Jun 18, 2009 02:33 PM

    I'm probably repeating:

    Stuffing for a white fish with some breadcrumbs and scallions is great
    Salad is perfect
    Quesadillas is amazing with jalapeno monterey jack, peppers and tomatoes
    tacos is great
    shrimp salad of course like everyone mentioned
    Shrimp cakes which are really good
    Shrimp croquettes another good one

    What not to use them in ...?

    1. NellyNel Jun 18, 2009 02:29 PM

      One of my favorite things in the whole world is "shrimps and celery"

      It may sound boring and unappealing, but it is absolutely delicious.
      Shrimps, sliced celery (not diced just small sliced) good olive oil, salt and pepper. It's delicious cold, warm or room temp.

      My grandma has been making this family favorite for years - it's so much better than it sounds!!

      1. galleygirl Jun 18, 2009 12:52 PM


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          KiltedCook Jun 18, 2009 11:40 AM

          You can use cooked shrimp in any shrimp dish; just add it in during the last couple minutes to warm through.

          My favorite use is to dust them with Cajun spice and make a Shrimp & Andouille Po Boy with diced onions/ bell peppers/celery on the mayo and nicoise olives

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            shopgirl Jun 18, 2009 10:41 AM

            My husband saw a few chefs on t.v. (NOT foodnetwork, but one of the public television channels) explain how cooked shrimp works wonderfully well. And, you get more for your money, pound/for/pound.
            I've had no trouble making it in scampi since most of the flavor in there is garlic, anyway. As has been posted, just throw it to heat at the very last.

            1. chef chicklet Jun 18, 2009 10:33 AM

              You can also use them as a stuffing. a piece of fish, or mushrooms. A light brunch item would be to make a puff pastry strudel with asparagus, shrimp and mushrooms, the serve with hollandaise or a lovely curry sauce. In fact the most memorable first course I had was a Napoleon stack, made with with buttered filo, a nice shrimp mix in a curry sauce, layered, then topped with filo and curry sauce drizzled over. Was so good, and you would not need fresh shrimp for that.

              1. Gio Jun 18, 2009 10:21 AM

                Make a simple tomato pasta sauce and throw them in at the last minute to heat up. If I were doing it I would add hot red pepper flakes and some dried & crumpled oregano too. Serve with any pasta shape you like.

                1. chef chicklet Jun 18, 2009 10:12 AM

                  oh my gosh, this happened to me. sent my husband to the store, and he came back with cooked shrimp. I was making shrimp curry, and so I went ahead and tried to make do, hoping they'd be okay. They absolutley do not work, shrimp curry needs the fresh shrimp to contribute to the sauce. And I would pretty much say scampi, or bbq shrimp, same thing.

                  You can use them for a stir fry, or fried rice. You don't say what dish your making, but if it's a dish where you need to draw flavor from the shrimp's juice, it will not be very flavorful.

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                  1. re: chef chicklet
                    danielle Jun 18, 2009 10:40 AM

                    thanks for this- shrimp curry and scampi were my first two thoughts (back when i thought they were raw). they're off the list now. :-(

                  2. scuzzo Jun 18, 2009 09:56 AM

                    You surely can cook with them, just gently or they will get tough. I grilled already cooked shrimp the other day. Just enough to get them hot..

                    1. wolfe Jun 18, 2009 09:52 AM

                      Davwud's got a good idea for a shrimp roll. How about a Vietnamese shrimp roll? Make either a nuoc mam or peanut dipping sauce.

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                      1. re: wolfe
                        danielle Jun 18, 2009 10:41 AM

                        that sounds yummy!

                        1. re: danielle
                          Davwud Jun 18, 2009 01:23 PM

                          I did it with crawfish last week and it was awesome.


                      2. Davwud Jun 18, 2009 09:37 AM

                        Shrimp salad. Either like you'd make tuna salad or just on top of some greens with a vinaigrette

                        Shrimp roll. Mix some lemon zest, celery salt and galic into some mayo. Add just enough mayo to bind them together. Serve on a top split hot dog roll that's been toasted on the cut sides.


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                        1. re: Davwud
                          danielle Jun 18, 2009 10:41 AM

                          like the salad idea

                        2. alkapal Jun 18, 2009 09:36 AM

                          danielle, this thread from the end of may is exactly what you need! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/622861

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                          1. re: alkapal
                            danielle Jun 18, 2009 10:41 AM

                            perfect- thanks for this!

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