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Jan 2, 2012 07:26 PM

Best way to showcase gargantuan shrimp.

So for new years eve I bought a few lbs of U-6 shrimp. These suckers are monstrous!

I made shrimp cocktail with them for NYE but I got to wondering...what's the best way to properly show off such humongous shrimp? Any ideas?

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  1. Are they raw?

    If so, I would steam and serve with a dipping sauce of soy sauce, black vinegar, sesame oil and minced garlic.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      They're frozen, if that matters. I think I'll grill them with a similar sauce!

    2. Right next to that Strip Loin Roast you prepared, or on top of a perfectly grilled & turf.

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        1. re: joonjoon

          Broiled, baked or steamed......drawn butter or remoulade would work for me, but a Peter Luger steak sauce would be very nice too. One of my friends owns LuNello and a special he has at the request of one of his customers is a Prime Strip Sirloin with two large shrimp as garnish with compound butter.

      1. butter-poached over a bed of steamed watercress. fan them out like wheel spokes. sprinkle with togarashi pepper and plenty of salt.

        1. Very traditional New England is baked stuffed shrimp....main ingredients butter and Ritz crackers...I know it sounds like a waste but, done right, these guys are wonderful.

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          1. re: escondido123

            That's what I was thinking, too - mostly because these other ideas, while great, can be done with other sizes of shrimp. But you can't stuff a small shrimp! I'd considering adding some crabmeat to that stuffing, by the way.

            1. re: katecm

              big shrimp like this are very easy to overcook.

              1. re: katecm

                Crabmeat is kind of gilding the lily but why not. As to the danger of overcooking, that is certainly true of shrimp regardless of the preparation, though this dish is more forgiving than most IMHO.

                1. re: escondido123

                  Yeah, if my mother can make baked stuffed shrimp without overcooking it, then anyone can! I actually almost feel like large shrimp are MORE forgiving of overcooking, since they tend to have a stronger bite than small ones anyway. Perhaps that's just the way difference sizes tend to be prepared, though.

                  1. re: katecm

                    I think it's the stuffing with butter that keeps the moisture in and almost bastes them at the same time. I also think it helps to crowd them in the pan.

            2. Personally I love large shrimp marinated, grilled and finished with a sweet and spicy glaze.

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              1. re: JungMann

                I think this is my favorite idea so far. Probably gonna go with a viet style marinade...should I leave the shell on when grilling or shell off?

                1. re: joonjoon

                  Shell-on. They will protect the delicate meat from the intense heat. When they're prepared properly, the shell also snaps like a chip and is deliciously edible.