Easy Cooking Techniques Every 20-Something Should Know

When it comes to cooking protein, we admit we can get a little intimidated. There are so many different culinary terms, hot grills, open flames, and marinades galore. Does it really have to be that hard? You know what? It really doesn't! Here we present Foodiversity: Protein 101 to help demystify cooking the perfect protein. Want to get comfortable fixing up foolproof salmon, steak, chicken, shrimp, and tofu? We got you covered. Also, never feel stumped by fancy-sounding cooking terms again. Just be sure to throw them around when you're whipping up the perfect protein for your friends.

How To Stir-Fry Shrimp

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Okay, you brought home some shrimp from the store, now what? Two words: SHRIMP SCAMPI. Time to tackle the restaurant favorite we always order, yet never attempt to make at home. There's no reason to drop a lot of cash on this dish when it's a cinch to whip up in your own kitchen. Cooking shrimp literally takes just a few minutes. The best part? They'll tell you when they're done by turning pink! You can serve them with pasta, rice, or even over a salad. Pro tip: Wild shrimp have much better flavor than farmed and are a more sustainable choice.

Sautéed Shrimp Scampi
Serves 2

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 lb peeled wild shrimp (around 8 to 10), tails on or off
Kosher salt
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/3 cup dry white wine

1. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat, and add the olive oil and butter.

2. When the butter melts, add the shrimp and season with a good pinch of salt. Cook for 30 seconds.

3. Add the garlic and flip the shrimp over to cook on the other side.

4. Cook for 1 minute, then add the wine and simmer until the shrimp are completely cooked through and pink.

5. Transfer shrimp to a bowl and continue to cook the liquid until only a couple tablespoons remain. Pour over the shrimp and serve.