We admit it, we definitely follow TikTok trends and this has to be one of our favorites. A few months ago, the feta pasta bake was trending and we wanted to see if we could make it even more delicious by adding sustainable shrimp (spoiler: we can!). We know we’re a bit behind but we were hoping to bring this trend back because we definitely want to eat it every day! So, grab those frozen shrimp from your freezer and try this viral TikTok baked feta pasta recipe tonight!
#DYK Shrimp is the most consumed seafood in the U.S.? These sweet little shellfish are America’s favorite seafood because of their versatility, plus they cook quickly and are budget-friendly. Shrimp is great for everything from pasta dishes to pre-made shrimp rings, and tacos to ceviche. These shellfish occur in all oceans—in shallow and deep water—and in freshwater lakes and streams. They range in length from a few millimeters to more than about 8 inches. Larger shrimp are often referred to as prawns.
How to Thaw:
Thawing frozen shrimp is easy! Let the frozen shrimp thaw slowly in the refrigerator overnight on paper towels. In a rush? No need to stress, simply submerge it in its vacuum packaging or a water-tight bag in cold water for 15-20 minutes.
How to Cook:
Shrimp is tasty boiled, sautéed, grilled or it can be purchased pre-cooked frozen. Cooking shrimp in the shell can retain flavor. When it’s cooked, shrimp should be an opaque white with some pink and bright red accents. This is the best indicator of whether or not shrimp is fully cooked. Be sure to check out our Ultimate Guide to Cooking Seafood for more information. Shrimp is a super-genius way to a fast and healthy dinner, check out our delicious recipes here.
Shrimp is a lean protein and contains important minerals such as selenium, iron, iodine, phosphorus, niacin, zinc, and magnesium. These minerals play an important role in the body from thyroid health to immune support. Shrimp does contain a small amount of omega-3 fats, but as seen here it is not a top contender.
The following nutrition information is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a 3 oz. serving of shrimp, dry heat.