“(S)hrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it... shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That... that’s about it.” —Bubba, in the film Forrest Gump
“That’s about it.” (i.e. There’s more.)
Trader Joe's 14 Shrimp Nuggets are our new favorite way to enjoy these versatile crustacean delicacies. While visiting shrimp farmers in Southern Thailand, our buyer partook in the creation of tempura-battered, panko-coated shrimp patties. Luscious and crispy, the burgers were beautiful. It’s no wonder they’re a popular street food in countries like Japan. But our buyer imagined that making them into smaller, finger-friendly bites would create even more compelling eating opportunities.
As it turns out, that nugget of wisdom became nuggets of shrimp. Our Shrimp Nuggets start with generous, succulent chunks of shrimp that are mixed with a simple shrimp paste (delicately seasoned and pureed shrimp) to hold them together. The nuggets are then dipped in a very light tempura batter, rolled in panko coating and pre-fried to ensure superb crispiness on the outside—a critical attribute for any good nuggets.
Finish them in the pan or the oven for an enjoyable bite that’s a bit more sophisticated—though no more pretentious—than a fish stick. They’re great dipped in our Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, Cocktail Sauce or Tartar Sauce. Pack them into a French baguette for a hearty Shrimp Po' Boy. Or keep it light(er) by tossing them onto a bed of greens for crunchy shrimp salad.
By definition, nuggets are small things that offer great value. That’s why we’re selling each 9.8-ounce box of 14 Trader Joe’s Shrimp Nuggets for $4.99.