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There are many ways to cook shrimp, but as the warmer months approach and grills come out of storage, one of our favorites is shrimp on the barbie. Sure, you can skewer the shrimp or lay them right on the grates, but a cast-iron shrimp pan takes grilling to a whole new level.
Shop: Sur La Table Cast Iron Shrimp Pan, $39.95
This specialized heavy-duty cast-iron shrimp pan by Sur La Table has 22 deep wells for holding shrimp tail-up to retain all the juices and flavors. Simply coat your shrimp in your choice of seasoning, add a little bit of butter or ghee to the wells and tuck your shrimp inside. Then, place your pan on the grill and cook until your shrimp are pink and plump.
If you want to speed up your cook time, you can preheat the pan on the grill for about 10 minutes and then add your shrimp. Using this method, the shrimp should be hot and ready in about five minutes. Either way you do it, once they’re done, you can take the shrimp out or serve them straight from the pan.
The cast-iron shrimp pan can also be used on a stovetop, in the oven or over a summer campfire. It’s heat-safe up to 750 degrees, so you should be safe no matter which way you use it.
One Sur La Table customer pointed out in the reviews that this pan can help prevent shrimp from falling through the grill’s grates, an unfortunate and all-too-common mishap.
“This pan is a wonderful item and it has been a saver for me not to lose shrimp on the BBQ!” they wrote.
While some reviewers thought the pan was hard to clean, it’s important to note that you should never use regular dish soap on a cast-iron skillet. Instead, remove food residue with a chain mail scrubber, brush or coarse kosher salt and water, then thoroughly dry.
“Used it last night, it was amazing. First I heated it on the grill, while it was heating I melted butter, garlic and capers. When the pan was hot I put the butter mixture in the pan and added my shrimp. Turned out awesome [and] the pan cleaned easily,” another reviewer said.
The pan retails for $39.95 and you can shop it above.
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