Why it Works: Skip the Marinade
Marinades, whether for shrimp, poultry or meat, are used more often for flavor than for tenderizing. Tough cuts of meat, such as flank steak, can become more tender if soaked in an acidic marinade, but too long of a dip will make the outside of the meat mushy. Shrimp are naturally tender, so an overly acidic marinade can actually start the shrimp “cooking” before you even put them in the pan! If you want to marinate shrimp prior to cooking, don’t use an acid—save it for your serving sauce.