Monday, March 8, 2010

For the seafood lover in you....

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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38 comments:

Kitty said...

looks great, I'll have to try some

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I love seafood too. Give me a plate of crab legs and shrimp and I'm loving every last bite until I'm about ready to explode!

I'll have to give Sea Pak a try. Nice review.

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

So, I want to know how your cat liked it!

Frugal Vicki said...

My son is a picky picky picky eater, but man will that kid eat shrimp. Why he has to have expensive tastes, I don't know! Now I have never bought fresh shrimp, is it a lot more expensive than frozen?

BigSis said...

I love seafood and am often scared to try the frozen stuff, but after your review I'll definitely try it. Yum. Now I'm hungry!

Karen said...

I want shrimp so bad right now.

Thanks for the review! This is one of those things that I see and I never pick it up because I'm sometimes afraid to try new things.

Sadia said...

Thanks for the recommendation! During Lucas' surprise visit, he asked the girls what they wanted for dinner. They could have chosen anything, and they went with fish, turning down all sorts of fatty delicious junk food.

Mercury is a worry for me, so I do limit us to fish twice a week (hey, Fridays in Lent are a given!), so your note on that score is much appreciated.

Alison said...

I'm glad you posted this review! I have a coupon for $1 off of these, but I hated to use it and then they not be worth eating! I might pick these up when I go to the store today! 2 of my kids love shrimp, and so do I!

Erin said...

I love seafood as well and will be giving this a try. My girls also love Mrs. Paul's fish sticks. LOL.

Screwed Up Texan said...

My twin brother used to play with the mercury from thermometers and I would watch, so uh...yah it's seafood seven days a week for me!

LMBO!

(Then again, he is kind of a goof so maybe the mercury has something to do with it.)

I must say I love to cook my shrimp from scratch and the shrimp tails are the best tasting part.

Apologies for the lame comment.

Creative Junkie said...

I cannot get myself to eat seafood and I don't care how much it's buried under breadcrumbs. Although shrimp is the ONE thing that I might eat if it's smothered in butter and garlic and you call it scampi.

Great review, Helene. My kids would probably like this shrimp.

varunner said...

One of my favorite things on earth is those huge iron pots full of steamed seafood, corn, and potatoes that you can get at restaurants at the beach. THe crab legs! The scallops! The shrimp! The mussels! I just can't get enough :-)

When did I become my Mom said...

I love shrimp, but I've never tasted prepared shrimp that tasted anything but "processed". Hate that.

I'll keep this in mind. :-)

Eva Gallant said...

good review. I'm not big on shrimp, but hubby is. I'll have to look for that brand in the freezer section of our super market.

AngieB said...

Thanks for the tip! I rarely buy frozen seafood, but I'll certainly be giving this a try! (Poor kitty cat, looks like she deserved that shrimp.)

Marianne said...

Seafood! YUM!!!!!! I have a delicious recipe for shrimp and tortellini, let me know if you want it. It's so insanely tasty I lick the bowl.

And, never in my life did I think I'd write about Keith Morrison on my blog, but I did it today. I probably just lost all my readers hahaha.

Marianne

ps, holy moly, shortest comment ever.

The Blonde Duck said...

I can't eat shellfish, but I love white fish.... yum!

blueviolet said...

Ok, I'm not a seafood girl so let's trade. I'll give you all the seafood if you give me all the M&M's.

Nezzy said...

I usually steer clear of prepared fish so thanks for the heads up there girl.

Ya'll have a glorious day and may God bless it!!! :o)

Lluvia said...

I LOVE SEAFOOD TOO!!!

The Boob Nazi said...

Hmm, not a huge fan and will never be.

Robin said...

Im with you...seafood over candy any day..Ill try these ..they look delish and a recommend from you is highly anticipated..Thanks...Sea Pac should be thanking you too..their stock just soared..LOL..!

Kaleena said...

Oh I love me some shrimp! Sadly, It doesn't love me back:( I am so freakin allergic to all shellfish that it's not even funny. I can't even touch the stuff without breaking out in hives! But, man oh man, I love eating it. Too bad it could kill me!

Sherri @ Luv a Bargain said...

I, too, could eat seafood everyday if I could. LOVE it! I have never tried these. I'm so glad to hear they are yummy!

christy rose said...

sounds yummy! we love seafood too!

Annie said...

The girls and I love seafood, but not my husband.

Have a nice week.

Ode to Motherhood said...

That looks delicious! My boys have hearty appetites; and they love seafood - hope to find it here!

shortmama said...

Im pretty sure I could eat seafood every day and still want more!

KK said...

This will work out nicely, you can have my fish and I'll eat your M&Ms :)

Clueless_Mama said...

Those sound amazing! My husband loves shrimp. I may have to add these to my shopping list. I love the picture of your little girl holding the kitty in a ball. :)

DysFUNctional Mom said...

You are a girl after my own heart. Seafood, especially crab, is my idea of heaven. Let's go out for lunch!

Merri Ann said...

We love seafood here too. My husband was born and raised in Saudi Arabia on the Persian Gulf ... he literally walked out his back door to go fishing for dinner.

Our favorite is the fresh salmon from Costco. It has these prepared butter and herb balls on top ... you put the container on a cookie sheet and bake ... no dirty baking dishes either.

I'll have to try the shrimp ... my son lovvvesss shrimp.

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

My girls, P.J. and I love seafood. I will definitely have to check this out.

The Black Kitteh said...

What kitteh would not like that????

The Lane Family said...

I am so excited to try this!!! Like you I have had some HORRIBLE experiences with frozen seafood products so I usually steer clear of them, but I am willing to give this one a try!!

2wired2tired.com said...

Sounds delicious! Glad to hear the cat liked it too!

Stacey said...

Oh man those look good! But ever since my SEVERE reaction to shrimp & amoxicillian 2 years ago, I don't touch either one. Do they make fish based or other shellfish based products (like crabcakes or fish sticks)? I'll have to look the next time I'm at the grocery store.

::off to pout because I can't eat shrimp:: ;o)

Corrie Howe said...

I can eat fried seafood. I can eat steamed shrimp, crab and scallops, but I can't do anything else. I so wish I liked seafood. It would help with weight loss.

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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