Dried shrimps and prawns play an important role in West African cuisine – they are usually ground into a powder and used as a condiment to flavour a variety of dishes. But did you know they are packed with nutrients too?

Full of protein and low in calories, dried shrimps and prawns are also rich in vitamin E and selenium, both well known antioxidants which protect against cancer. They are also a great source of Omega-3 fats which play a significant role in heart health due to their anti-inflammatory properties. Although dried shrimps and prawns are high in cholesterol, they do not raise levels of bad cholesterol in the blood and additionally contain important minerals like zinc, iodine and potassium.

Cooking Tip: Break whole dried shrimps and prawns into chunky pieces to add both texture and flavour to dishes. Smaller shrimps and prawns can be added whole.

Are you a fan of dried shrimps and prawns? How do you use them in your cooking? Leave us a comment to let us know.

2 Replies to “The Health Benefits of Dried Shrimps and Prawns”

  1. With medium/larger shrimps, i blend them, then make into spicy dush for use as a side dish. Or stir fry with veges, okra, brinjals, etc. Very flavourful.
    For tiny shrimps, i pan fry them, then add them with sambal paste. Equally flavourfull. Yam.

    1. Sounds really delicious Irene! Please send a picture or tag us next time you prepare any of the dishes you mentioned.☺

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