Dried shrimp is a popular ingredient in Latin and Asian cuisines nowadays. It is small, orange-pink in appearance, but has a strong flavor despite its size. It is a shrimp that has been shelled, salted, and sun dried. It has become a popular snack primarily because they are used in a wide variety of cooking. They can be added in soups, stews, chowders, noodles, and stir-fries in order to add a salty and sweet flavoring to the dish.
When using dried shrimps in stir fries, you need to soak them briefly for reconstitution. Note that, the amount of time you need to reconstitute them depends actually on the size of the shrimp; although, it is very easy to see when they’ve already plumped up. Dry the soaked shrimps using a paper towel and then add them to the stir fry at the last few minutes of your cooking.
You can also cook dried shrimps by grinding it up in the food processor. You can use them as special flavorings to your sushi rolls, gumbos, chowder, and soups. Because they have a very salty and strong flavor, it is essential that you make sure to only use only a little bit of it to keep it from becoming too overwhelming to the taste buds. To ensure that you have added enough, try to add a little at a time and frequently taste your dish; adding more until the flavor suits to your liking.
They are also a good substitute for salt; which is why it is also advisable for you to add them in to your gumbos, soups, and chowders. Remember that when you include dried shrimps to your recipe, you may do away with adding salt to keep it from becoming too salty.
You may also mix the dried shrimps and fry in a pan with bacon, okra, Chinese cabbage, and chicken stocks. In fact, they can also be added to green beans and asparagus dishes. Aside from that, you can also braise it with tofu and your preferred seasoning. Note that what go well with dried shrimps are garlic, ginger, and soy sauce.
With great imagination and experimentation, you will be able to create various dishes with dried shrimps. You can also fuse it with other cultural cuisines. Note, however, that it would take much practice and mastery in order to achieve its delightful taste. Another thing to remember is that you need to ensure that the people who are going to eat your dish are not allergic to shrimps to avoid dangerous reactions to their health.