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Bitter Shrimp Taste

What causes shrimp to taste bitter or have an "iodine" flavor?

Answer: If you have purchased wild ocean caught shrimp, you can expect a little taste of iodine. The iodine comes from plankton, which is what the shrimp eats.

If the iodine is to strong for you, you can use this recipe to pre soak them before you cook them.

In 1 quart of cold water, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse the shrimp off under cold water.

Hope that answered your question, with out see the shrimp.

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by: Taxciter

I am investigating the difference in taste between never-frozen shrimp and frozen treated shrimp. So far, I find a distinct bitter taste in most treated frozen shrimp and fish (some of which may be thawed before sale). Today I am looking at sodium tripolyphosphate as a possibility.

by: Anonymous

I purchased some shrimp which were farm-raised in Indonesia. The first shrimp had a bitter aftertaste which became worse with each successive shrimp I ate.

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