If You Eat Shrimp, You Should Really Know Why It Turns Pink

Shrimp, before its prepare, is a extremely unappetizing gray-blue shade. This shade, it is about to change, is the exoskeleton( you know, the shrimps external skeleton ).

Now, to explain how that exoskeleton switches pink we have to get scientific on you. Here we go: the exoskeleton contains carotenoids( who the hell is tints) called astaxanthin. It is these carotenoids that are what give salmon its pink shade. Before the prawn is cooked the astaxanthin is covered by protein chains called crustacyanin. The protein chains in fact wrap up the astaxanthin, disguising its lovely pinkish-red color.

But heat loosens the help these protein chains have on the carotenoids and releases the astaxanthin, moving the prawn its nice tint of pink. This is the same reason lobsters turn red when you cook them.

One more enjoyable fact: if youve ever heard that flamingos are pink because they eat prawn, its because of this same carotenoid. While flamingos eat prawn that still show blueish gray( they dont have the luxury of cooking them before feeing ), the crustacyanin protein series dissolves in digestion secreting the carotenoid that constitutes flamingo feathers more pink.

legna6 9 via Getty Images “There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon prawn, coconut prawn, pepper prawn, prawn soup, prawn stew, prawn salad, prawn and potatoes, prawn burger, shrimp sandwich.” Point is, flamingos ardour prawn.

Now that you know why, watch the magic happen with these shrimp recipes.

1 Hawaiian Shrimp Truck Special( Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp)

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2 Shrimp Pasta With Broccoli Pesto

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3 Big Easy Style Saucy Creole Shrimp

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4 Italian Shrimp And Grits

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5 Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp

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6 Quinoa Tabbouleh With Lemony Shrimp

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7 Miso Butter Shrimp

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8 Sweet Chile Shrimp Tacos

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9 Garlicky Grilled Shrimp

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10 Shrimp Scampi Zoodles For Two

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11 Grilled Chiles Rellenos With Chipotle Peach Mojo Shrimp

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12 Coconut-Lime Fried Shrimp With Fiery Mango-Peach Jalapeno Sauce

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13 Roasted Basil Butter Parmesan Shrimp

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14 Shrimp Burgers With Chipotle Cream& Coconut Peach Salsa

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15 Shrimp Cakes

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16 Peppery Garlic Prawns

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17 Shrimp And Bacon Risotto

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18 Garlic Shrimp In Coconut Milk, Tomatoes and Cilantro

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19 Shrimp Po Boy Sandwich

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20 Fresh Corn Chowder With Bacon+ Barbecue Shrimp

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21 Spicy Beer& Butter Shrimp with Cornbread Panzanella Salad

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22 Shrimp Gumbo With Andouille Sausage

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23 Sweet Chili Shrimp Stir-Fry

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24 Thai Firecracker Shrimp

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25 Aloha Teriyaki Shrimp Burgers

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26 Shrimp Dip

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27 Smoky Paprika Shrimp Skewers

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28 Ancho Chile, Shrimp And Pasta

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29 Crispy Shrimp Pizza

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30 Cioppino

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