Shellfish & Crustaceans
How to know when it’s cooked right?
Often called the “Gems of the Ocean”, shellfish and crustaceans is a favorite among us as it can be prepared in a versatile cooking method and with various recipes. Some enjoy eating it raw or as simple as possible in a salad or sandwich.
When done just right, cooked shellfish is moist, slightly chewy and delicious. Overcooking may result in a tough and rubbery texture. These are the clues to watch for when determining when cooked shellfish is done. Live clams, oysters and mussels will open their shells as they are done. Shucked clams, oysters and mussels will become plump and opaque. Oyster edges will start to curl. Crabs and lobsters will turn bright red. Scallops turn white or opaque and become firm. Raw shrimp will turn pink and become firm. Cooking time depends on the size.