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Choosing the perfect size when Buying Shrimp

A shrimp's size is determined by how many of them it takes to make one pound of shrimp. There are between 16 and 20 of these shrimp in a pound, as shown by the label 16/20. Sometimes you'll also see a letter U, such U10, which indicates that a pound of shrimp has fewer than 10 of them.


The key lesson? Shrimp grow larger as the number decreases. Here is a basic suggestion for choosing shrimp for a dish that doesn't specify shrimp size by count number because descriptions like “medium” or “large” aren't controlled and can thus vary widely from the seller to seller.


Shrimp Sizing Chart

Shrimp Label

Shrimp Per Pound

Small

51 or greater

Medium

36 to 50

Large

26 to 40

Jumbo

16 to 25

Colossal

Fewer than 15

mp Per Pound Small 51 or greater Medium 36 to 50 Large 26 to 40 Jumbo 16 to 25 Colossal Fewer than 15

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