Nigiri Sushi Shrimp Preparation
The Nigiri requires using big shrimps. Usually shrimps come in a frozen bag, raw or boiled. Raw shrimps are covered in greenish shell and boiled shrimps are white with red spine. Try both and pick the one that you like the most. It is up to you whether you want to boil the shrimp with shell or without.
Be careful when you buy shrimps:
! – make sure that raw shrimps are not pre-cut on the back (spine is cut);
! – make sure that boiled shrimps are not damaged (spine is damaged or spine is removed).
The spine of the shrimp is the main part because when you will cut the shrimp in the middle, it is the spine that will hold the left and right side of a shrimp together on a piece of rice. So you got shrimps – how you cook them? To cook shrimps you will need bamboo grill sticks. Pre-boiled shrimps require boiling for 2 minutes, while raw will need about 4 to 5 minutes to boil.
Put shrimps on the bamboo sticks just like it shown on the picture. Make sure that shrimps are sitting straight and not bent. Wait for the water to boil. Add some seasoning into the boiling water; it is done to remove the fishy shrimp smell. I usually use pepper and grill seasonings – pretty much anything that smells good and could kill the fishy smell. Place shrimp into the boiling water and a watch as they change in color to white.
Take out the shrimps and place them into cold water for a few minutes. As soon as shrimps are cooled off, begin to cut them. Be careful! I should probably go and explain the muscle structure of a shrimp. ^.^ When you think that you cut deep enough then it is enough.