As much as I love cookies and candy, my true passion is shellfish. If given a choice between a plate loaded with shrimp, lobster and crab legs or a huge bowl of M&M's, I'll choose the seafood every single time.
While Tim is not a huge fish lover, the kids are, particularly Cole and Bella. This pleases me, especially because seafood is loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids and it's one of the best heart-healthy foods there is.
Not only are Omega 3 fatty acids wonderful for brain power, there have been several studies suggesting that it can have a significant antidepressant effect, which is good news for those who suffer from depression.
In fact, the American Heart Association strongly recommends that people include fish/seafood at least two times a week as part of a healthy diet. If mercury is a concern, you'll be happy to know that the mercury concentration in shrimp is below the level of detection, according to the AHA.
Recently, I was given the opportunity to try one of Seapak's prepared shrimp dishes.
I have to be honest when I say that I had seen their product in my grocer's freezer section plenty of times but I was hesitant to try it, mainly because I've never had a good experience, in terms of taste and freshness, when eating already prepared frozen shrimp. For me, it was tastier to buy fresh raw shrimp and cook it myself.
With my coupon, I purchased Seapaks's Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp. This brand specifically states that it is America's #1 breaded shrimp...crispy shrimp served straight from your oven.
As you can see, Cole and Bella were excited to try it...as well as the cat, who was promised a tasty reward for her compliancy.
Upon opening the bag of shrimp, I was pleasantly surprised to see that each piece was about the same size as purported to be on the package.
You know, usually you open a bag of frozen food and the pieces are considerably smaller than how it looked on the package. This was not the case at all.
The shrimp were easy to prepare, baked on a cookie sheet for approximately 10 minutes. For extra crispy shrimp, the directions recommended turning each piece over after cooking for 6 minutes, which I did.
After I let the shrimp cool down for a couple minutes, I served them on a plate with a side of tartar sauce and a side of cocktail sauce.
Not only did the shrimp LOOK delicious, but the TASTE was amazing!
They did not disappoint at all...each shrimp was crispy, without the breading falling off after the first bite which sometimes happens with restaurant-prepared breaded shrimp.
The best part of all was that the shrimp didn't lose any of its flavor during the freezing process. It tasted just as good, if not better, than fresh shrimp I would've prepared in my own kitchen...but without the mess or the hassle!
Now that we've tried the Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp, I'm anxious to try the other varieties of Seapak's frozen seafood.
If you enjoy seafood, particular shrimp,...or even if you've never had shrimp but have been wanting to try it, pick up a package of Seapak's in your grocer's frozen food section next time you're at the store.
You won't be disappointed...and, like me, you'll probably be adding this product to your weekly menu on a regular basis.
* Even though I received a free coupon for this product, my review is based solely on my honest opinion.
** Yes, the cat enjoyed the shrimp (minus the breading, course) as well!
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