TJ’s ARGENTINIAN RED SHRIMP with Ginger Garlic Butter & Togarashi Seasoning


This is the wild same Argentinian Red Shrimp TJ’s has but packaged up with seasoned butter for a ready-to-cook meal. Convenient, yes, but naturally you pay extra for said convenience. We made this and the finished dish with the sauce was very tasty, but honestly nothing I could not have done with maybe 5 minutes of little effort. This pack is $8 for a 9 oz portion which cooked, makes for two meager portions for 2 as a dinner. To make this into a full meal (for two) I served the shrimp with a few sides plus a salad and a little French bread. Follow the instructions on the package which are to thaw overnight in the fridge. After defrosting I used a thin knife to get it out of the package (actually a bit tricky) and tossed the whole mess into a hot nonstick pan with a little (extra) butter. These Red Shrimp cook fast – they will be done in about 1 1/2 minutes – so be careful not to overcook them if you want the shrimp to stay plump and juicy.

Frankly if you want to get more bang for your buck it’s easy to just buy a pound of shrimp and make a similar sauce. Buy the bag of frozen WILD RED ARGENTINIAN SHRIMP ($10.99) and just add some butter and seasonings. This package is convenient but not great value and its so easy to make shrimp and add a few things. Personally I probably won’t buy this again, I’ll just do it myself. Your call.

Need a recipe for a sauce? Here you go:

GINGER/GARLIC BUTTER SAUCE: Grate or finely chop 1/2″ of fresh ginger and 2-3 cloves of garlic (optional: a little grated fresh lemon peel too); Melt about 2 tablespoons of butter in a hot non-stick pan; Toss the garlic and ginger into. Sauté 30 seconds, then toss in your (defrosted) shrimp and cook tossing them for about 60-90 seconds just until the shrimp turn opaque (max, 2 minutes lest they will shrink up). As soon as they are opaque and pink. add the juice of 1/2 a lemon. Optional: if you like spice, add a small spoon of BOMBA or your favorite something spicy to taste. Add a pinch salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with chopped parsley or scallions. Serve with rice and/or crusty bread to mop up the tasty sauce.

Cooked (I garnished with scallions)

(NB: TJ’s recipe says cook the shrimp for 5-10; just ignore that unless you want really overcooked shrimp! Cook no more than 2 minutes)


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barbara Hanselman
    Apr 09, 2022 @ 15:10:35

    I agree with you completely on every point and I only hope that TJ continues to also have the 1 lb bags of these which 2 weeks ago were $12.99 and not the usual $10.99. When I went back yesterday, there were none of the unadulterated bags so I bought ones with the sauce to try. I will not say they weren’t tasty but they were a bit on the spicy side and not to the liking of my other half. The marinade also contains sugar and since we are both eating Keto, I will not buy these again.



    • promacnyc
      Apr 11, 2022 @ 17:52:21

      Thanks for your comments. Every time I go to the store now, I hold my breath and see some shock price increase (or as I noticed today a DECREASE in item amount! These are even trickier to spot of course as they are supposed to fool us price hasn’t changed)



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  3. Johnny L.A.
    Aug 03, 2022 @ 20:36:17

    I just tried this. It was so salty that it was almost inedible (but I ate it anyway). The chile seasoning is very mild. I couldn’t detect the ginger. I almost couldn’t taste the shrimp for all of the salt.



  4. Dawn
    Nov 14, 2022 @ 08:04:53

    I’ve had this in the fridge since Thursday. It’s now Monday. It says to defrost and then cook immediately. Is it still safe to eat?



  5. Marie Cihomsky
    Mar 03, 2023 @ 18:13:53

    I defroster in fridge and cooked in oven. Shrimp were very soft and mushy , will not buy again



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