I like to cook. I like to cook healthy food. And I have time to shop because I am a stay-at-home mom and my only child is in pre-school from 9am-1pm four days per week. In addition I live near great grocery stores where I can find fresh ingredients. And I promise, I usually like recipes that do not involve too many short-cuts, because they don’t taste as good as when you prepare each ingredient in its natural state.

And those are all the things I tell myself to make me feel guilty for every slack job I pull off in the kitchen. So, it is with both sheepishness and great joy that I tell you of my latest discovery: using frozen, pre-cooked shrimp. Every time I have tried this short-cut, before this technique, I get rubbery, tasteless shrimp. UNTIL NOW! I found on www.cooks.com this recipe.

1 lb. medium shrimp, pre-cooked, frozen
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon (or more to taste) Old Bay seasoning
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
1 teaspoon chopped garlic or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Frank’s Hot Sauce
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (optional)

Do not thaw shrimp. Place shrimp in a microwave-proof bowl (if using fresh garlic, add now) and microwave on high setting for 2-3 minutes or until shrimp are steaming hot. Drain liquid.

While shrimp are hot, add butter, hot sauce, (lemon and parsley, if using) and remaining seasonings. Return to microwave for 10 seconds, or until butter has melted.

All the seasoning can be changed up to suit whatever recipe you are to which you are adding the shrimp. Now I always keep a bag on hand. Happy slacker cooking!