Savory Dried Shrimp Soup
In China, dried shrimp are called shrimp rice. Although reduced in size due to drying processes dried shrimp are larger than rice kernels though. Dried shrimp can smell particularly fishy but they pack a surprising amount of flavor and are loaded with nutrition’s. When added to recipes dried shrimp will rehydrate and will taste and smell just as savory and as wonderful as fresh shrimp from your local market. Dried shrimp can be used in stir-fry’s, soups, stews, gumbos, and even casseroles. Folks in Louisiana eat them right out of the bag as a snack, but watch out for the sodium, as dried shrimp are very salty!
Dried shrimp can be found at your local oriental grocery market. They can be found either on the shelves, or in the refrigerator or freezer section. When you purchase dried shrimp you can store them in your pantry but most cooks keep them either in their refrigerator or freezer to prolong freshness. Dried shrimp are a concentrated food product. This means a little goes a long way. One-quarter cup of dried shrimp will make almost three quarter cups when re hydrated.
Dried shrimp are great to keep on hand in cases of an emergency. If you live in an area where you could lose power due to hurricanes, tsunamis or earthquakes. Dried shrimp are also great to have in your car in case you find yourself stranded in a snowstorm. Many people keep a supply of dried shrimp on hand to use when shrimp season is over and the cost of fresh shrimp is too expensive. You can make a wonderful pot of delicious shrimp soup your family will love with the following recipe.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- One half cup bell pepper, chopped very fine
- One sweet onion chopped fine
- Clove of fresh garlic chopped
- One bay leaf
- Three and one quarter cups V8 Juice
- Eight-ounce bottle clam juice
- Half cup water
- Quarter teaspoon plus a pinch dried thyme, basil and red pepper flakes
- One cup dried shrimp
- Tabasco sauce to taste
- In a medium sized bowl put dried shrimp and three cups hot water.
- Allow dried shrimp to sit in hot water until doubled in size, about fifteen minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat EVO in a skillet until hot.
- Add bell pepper, onion, garlic, and cook until tender and onion is transparent.
- Add V8 juice, clam juice, and water, stir well.
- Next add seasonings and stir again.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer about ten minutes.
- Add shrimp and simmer for another ten minutes.
- **NOTE: do not let dried shrimp sit in the hot water longer than fifteen minutes or it will taste chewy!
- Discard re hydrated shrimp water.
A delicious pot of homemade shrimp soup chocked full of fresh flavorful vegetables. Nutritious omega three rich shrimp is a wonderful appetizer to a delightful seafood dinner or just as a meal itself served with warm crusty bread. The V8 Juice adds even more vitamins and nutrition and really makes a wonderfully savory soup stock too! There are many variations to shrimp soup. You can add crabmeat, seafood, carrots, tomato, and even rice for a fuller body thicker soup. Shrimp soup also goes great served with a shrimp sandwich on a toasted bun with tartar sauce, a dollop of coleslaw and lettuce, and a slice of tomato.
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