What's wrong with Shrimp? 🦐


What’s Wrong With Shrimp?

When it comes to shrimp, there are several important ethical and environmental factors to consider.

  • Organic waste
  • Chemicals
  • Pollution
  • Loss of biodiversity
  • Overfishing
  • Bycatch

Organic waste, chemicals, and antibodies from shrimp farms can quickly pollute groundwater or coastal estuaries. The pollution from these farms can result in loss of coastal biodiversity, which is essential for a healthy ecosystem. Wild caught shrimp often involves bycatch—the incidental capture of non-target species such as dolphins, marine sea turtles and seabirds. Raw shrimp also often contains a bacterium called Vibrio, which attaches itself to the shells of shrimp and other shellfish—gross! Why support this harmful industry when you can enjoy delicious and cruelty-free shrimp instead?

What Is Vegan Shrimp Made Out Of?

But if they’re not made from shrimp, what are these plant-based shrimp alternatives made from? Well, there can be many options for making vegetarian shrimp!

Common ingredients include: 

  • Rice
  • Potato
  • Konjac
  • Mushrooms
  • Seaweed Extract

How to Serve Up Plant-Based Shrimp?

Plant-based shrimp can make a fun addition to your existing vegan meals as well as a snack or meal of it’s own. Here are a few ways you can dish it up!

  • A vegan salad topping
  • Add to pasta (it’s delicious with this creamy fettuccini alfredo)
  • In a sandwich (think beyond the classic Po’Boy)
  • Make vegetarian shrimp cocktail
  • Breaded shrimp served with tartar sauce
  • On a skewer with veggies like red bell peppers and zucchini
  • Chop and mix into a vegan jambalaya
There truly are plenty of vegan fish in the sea and we hope this vegan shrimp guide has informed and inspired you to give vegetarian shrimp options a try!
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