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Natural Seafood

Natural Seafood

Prawns, shrimps, fish, scallops, squids, mussels and other shellfish… the sea is full of natural and healthy delicacies. With its range of frozen sea food, Escal makes these treasures available for you. It allows you to enjoy them naturally or prepare them according to your fancies and creativity.
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The big ring of shrimps

Shrimps from all over the world

Shrimps live in all the oceans of the world. Shrimps from the North Atlantic are characterised by their medium size and slightly sweet taste. Wild Asian shrimps are served as whole large prawns or large shrimp tails.

Depending on their origin and their size, they are served whole (thus called gambas), or as shrimp tails without the head or as entirely peeled shrimps. They can be raw, cooked or marinated ready to be used.

Depending on their appearance and size, they will perk up your grills, culinary innovations, salads or sauces and accompaniments. Always easy to use, they shall be the highlight of your creations.

Rather wild or cultivated?

The shrimps offered by Escal mainly come from fishing in the wild in the North Atlantic, the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Escal also offers shrimps that come from aquaculture. They help to restrict the fishing and to preserve the marine resources. Several species are cultivated today in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

Know more about the species

More commonly known as Black Tiger, the Penaeus monodon is a wild shrimp originally found in the Indian Ocean, often served as gambas. Farms of this type have been developed on the coasts of the countries in Asia and Oriental Africa.

The Penaeus vannamei and Penaeus indicus are white shrimps that are usually served as prawns or shrimp tails. The Penaeus vannamei, originally from Latin America, comes mainly from farming. The Penaeus indicus is originally found in the Indian Ocean and mainly comes from fishing.

The Penaeus Penaeoidae are types of Indian shrimps that come from fishing.

The Pandalus borealis is a shrimp that is fished in the North Sea.

If you wish to know the different species of shrimps that you are about to eat, see the list of ingredients on the packaging or on this website, the species is usually mentioned.

Other sea food

Fish, molluscs and cephalopods complete the Escal range of frozen sea food products. Among the molluscs, the mussels and scallops are particularly appreciated. From among the cephalopods, it is the squids, the cuttlefish and the octopuses that take centre stage. The Escal range of fish today includes salmon, trout, tilapia, pangasius, etc.

Mussels

Mollusque bivalve of the Mytilidae family, the mussel that is most often yellow in colour has an external shell that is black in colour with a tinge of blue. It is 5 to 10 cm long. It is found in the cold seas of the Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel as well as in the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

There are approximately70 different species of mussels in the world, more or less long, rounded or meaty as per their origin. The Escal mussels come mainly from Chile. They are the Mytilus chilensis, farmed in ‘longline systems’, i.e., with long ropes to which the mussels are hooked. Their flesh is sunset yellow and has a soft texture with a typical iodised flavour.

Scallops

The name « Scallops » is used to refer to several types of pectinidae: Pecten maximus, Argopecten or Placopecten for selling as scallop meat.

Mollusque Bivalve the scallop varies in colour from red to brown, sometimes pink or speckled. In Europe, it lives in the north of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. It is also found across the entire Pacific Ocean. It is much appreciated for its flesh, which is very rich in iron.

Escal’s expertise, from the fishing zone to the workshop

Raw material with the flavour preserved

With an experience of more than 30 years, the buyers of Escal carefully select their raw material from the fishing zones and the producer countries. Frozen directly after fishing or processed in Escal’s ultra-modern workshops in Strasbourg, Escal shrimps and sea food will delight you with their appetising taste.

Quality controls

Inspected throughout the processing by the Quality Department, they are individually frozen in a few minutes, before being offered to you in a practical manner, in cases, containers or in packets. The speed of the manufacturing stages and the proper material temperature control guarantee a perfect flavour and optimal freshness.

Tips and tricks

To correctly choose your raw shrimp

Not finding it easy to find your way with all these frozen shrimps? Raw or cooked, follow our advice to always have the appropriate shrimps! If you wish to surprise your guests, opt for whole gambas, served plain flambéed, fried or grilled, accompanied by hot sauces. Guaranteed to make an impression! For that, Escal raw shrimp tails, peeled or un-peeled, go particularly well with grilling, frying or in a court-bouillon, before being served as starters with a cocktail sauce or in dishes by following one of our recipes.  For all the raw shrimps, please follow the cooking times that are mentioned on the packaging and know that shrimps are cooked when the flesh is white all the way through.

What can you do with cooked shrimps?

Cooked shrimps help you to quickly prepare your dishes and starters for the gourmets. Thus, our Asian shrimps, arranged as a crown, are firm and sweet to taste; they guarantee a successful dish and presentation. After defrosting, the frozen cooked shrimps can be used for your preparations, both hot and cold. Such as for example, for a pasta sauce, garnishing a salad or for a pizza… or even in a sandwich for a light lunch!

Variations of fish and sea food

There are a multitude of ideas for enjoying plain frozen fish, molluscs, cuttlefish, squids and octopuses… for help, do follow our defrosting and cooking instructions.  There’s poached salmon, grilled sardines, marinated mussels and sea food risotto for you.

Coming from natural products, our range is likely to evolve depending on the fishing, winds and tides.

To know more about the raw materials, click here.

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