Characteristics of the shrimp

El Cocinillas

  • Common name: Shrimp of the estuary
  • Scientific name: Palaemon Serratus
  • Gender: Male
  • Origin: Galician
  • Current residence: The Galician Rías Baixas
  • Occupation: Cook at the Royal Court of King Coco.
  • Family relations: In love with the Miss Bonbon Barnacle.
  • Other relationships: He has strange affairs with Lantern the Enlightened

Size of the shrimp

  • Height: Between 3 and 6 cm
  • Weight: I don’t care about that
  • Objects that accompany the character: His undisputed chef’s hat.

Nutritional values

  • Energy (in kilocalories): 106 Kcal
  • Fats (in grams):7 g
  • Protein (in grams):3 g
  • Vitamins: Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, D, E
  • Minerals: Calcium, Copper, Phosphorus, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc.

History and presentation

I stand before you all, I am the chef of King Coco the Spider Crab. Outside these estuaries I am known as Palaemon Serratus.

You can ask around the world about me and my taste.

I won’t deceive you, I’m not a dish with infinite nutritional properties like the other seafood from the estuary, I’m just an exquisite dish that has as a strong point the vitamin B12 that helps to assimilate the folic acid.

Good information to take into account for pregnant women.

We shrimps from the Ría Baja have many imitators, so don’t be fooled, because there is no one who equals the taste as the delicacy that we are.

We can be distinguished by our long, jagged, triangular head. And if that is not enough, once you have cooked us, if our tone is reddish, it means that you have not been given shrimp for shrimp, or some cheap imitation that does not exist in the estuary.

I am a shrimp. I live in temperate, tropical and cold regions. In rocky and sandy areas, with an abundance of algae. Nothing that compares to our rías in Galicia.

I have to prepare the whole menu for the real food of the Flavors of the Sea festival this year. The festival will fill the estuary with seafood coming from all over the oceans and seas.

The king wants a menu where everyone feels like kings.

Although my dishes will always be a royal treat, I don’t know why he is so insistent.

I had thought of a Seaweed Soufflé, marinated, with a taste of the sea brought from the ends of the ocean, or perhaps as a first course a Plankton Tartar marinated with seafood splash.

I have to look for more legs to help me organize the whole Festival. Because this thing of having your heart in your head, sometimes it doesn’t let you think clearly.

Buy Shrimp

Now it is our turn to talk about shrimp, also called prawn or shrimp. It is, without doubt, one of the most popular seafoods in Spain and also all over the world.

However, Galician shrimp is different from the rest for many reasons. To begin with, this species cannot be bred in captivity. Shrimp need large areas of water to survive. When placed in pools, their cannibalistic features result in a very low survival rate.

Fishing for this seafood off the coast of Galicia is strongly regulated, even though there is no summer ban, and is carried out in a traditional way using pots, which are nets in the form of baskets containing traps that the animal can enter but not leave.

These aspects, together with the low population and the presence of invasive species, have led to an increase in the price of shrimp in recent years. It is fortunate that today it is possible to buy shrimp online at home, ensuring that we receive the real product from the Galician coast.

Despite the costs, shrimp is a must on the family dinner table in Spain, at least during the holiday season. Fortunately, this seafood is so versatile that it can be cooked in a thousand different ways, each one more delicious than the last.

The most recommended way by experts is to serve them cooked to the point of salt. In this case, it is very important that they do not overcook, and for this reason the cooking should be cut off with cold water as soon as they are removed from the pot.

Other methods for preparing this exquisite seafood are the famous garlic prawns, their inclusion in rice and paella dishes, battered, and even as the main ingredient of pasta sauces.

What kind of shrimp to buy?

The good thing about buying shrimp online at home is the fact that you can be sure of the origin of the shrimp.

Many markets tend to sell this type of product advertising themselves as being native, when in fact they are foreign variants that do not reach the quality of Galician shrimp.

The original subspecies of our waters is called Palaemon Serratus, but it is not the only one in the world. There are thousands of types of shrimp that vary in shape, size and taste.

A clear example of this is Japan’s Caprella Mutica, classified as an invasive species, which has put local populations of this animal at risk.

If you want to buy other Galician seafood, have a look at our seafood shop.