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Celebrate National Shrimp Day with many different choices

May 10 is National Shrimp Day
May 10 is National Shrimp Day
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According to, Americans eat more shrimp than any other seafood, beating out even salmon and canned tuna in popularity. There's a million ways to cook shrimp. For that reason, shrimp is known as the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue, boil, broil, bake, grill, or saute shrimp. Shrimp can be pan fried, deep fried, or stir-fried. You can have shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole, and shrimp gumbo. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, and shrimp sandwich.

With so many ways to eat shrimp, there is no way anyone can get bored while celebrating National Shrimp Day on May 10. Even kids love shrimp. Popcorn shrimp are popular on children's menus in restaurants.

Shrimp are sold at most restaurants, fish markets and grocery stories. You can eat shrimp just as they are or you can put them in other dishes such as salads, pasta, casseroles or soups. You can put shrimp in a stew, serve them Southern-style with grits, stir into a scampi or stick on top of a cocktail.

People all over the world eat shrimp. At the base of soups or used for flavoring, shrimp is at the heart of Asian cooking. In Spain, people like to toss them in with paella. Italians include shrimp in their pasta dishes. Coconut shrimp is a favorite in Caribbean cuisine, and curried shrimp is plentiful in Southeast Asia. And of course, fried shrimp is king here in the United States.

Enjoy shrimp on National Shrimp Day or on any day you choose.