Firecracker Shrimp from Trader Joe

Trader Joe's Firecracker Shrimp

I recently wrote about the new morning routine Sandy, Baby M, and I have now that we are both back at work, while M is off to baby school (fairly conveniently at Sandy’s). jarb). These can be quite rough. You know what else can be tough? Evenings. It’s probably something that you know. Get home from work after a long day, feed the baby, take care the dog, feed again, be tired, hungry, deal with a crying child, chores… the list goes on. It can get even more chaotic when Sandy needs to be checked out for her back.

It’s no wonder that convenient meals-in a-bag are so in demand. You don’t have much time to do other things on certain nights, especially if your stomach is just begging for some food before you move onto the next thing. Although we have always had a preference to homemade meals, we also like quick and easy options.

Recently, we purchased the Trader Joe’s Firecracker Shrimp. TJ shrimp products have been good for us. It’s high quality, fresh-tasting, and not as salty, gritty, nor mushy as other store brands. Most often, our quibbles were not with what gets slopped onto them or with what they came packaged with. It’s a well-known fact. Excellent shrimp – about quarter-sized, firm and fresh. They were lightly coated with flour that baked well in the oven. There are no complaints. It’s all about the sauce. As you would with Mandarin Orange Chicken bites, after they are baked, swirl them in the sauce. Firecracker would be expected to have some heat. However, TJ’s continues its tradition of confusing vinegar with spice. This, combined with the lemon juice, sugar and other condiments makes the sauce almost citrusy without any sriracha. Although I think the sauce could be enhanced with some chili powder or crushed red pepper, as it is, it’s not what we would recommend.

It’s not impossible to make the dish better. It’s disappointing to see how it could be improved with just a few tweaks. Sandy suggested that the shrimp could have more breading or no breading. The half-inch of the coating that stuck to our foil-covered baking sheet probably did not help. If I was to purchase this in a restaurant, I would be satisfied with the amount of shrimp, but for a home-cooked meal, even one as simple, the price could be lowered or an additional handful of shrimp could be included. But it doesn’t really matter. It was a good choice for Monday night. We are now convinced that homemade meals almost always win. However, we are likely to agree on the points.

Bottom line: Trader Joe’s Firecracker Shrimp is 6 out of 10 Golden Spoons