Iron Content of Shrimp


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This food contains 3.0 milligrams of iron per 100 grams. Grams is a measure of weight. To put 100 grams in perspective, consider alternative measures for this food:

  • 3 oz equals 85 grams.
  • 4 large shrimp equals 22 grams.

In the category of fish and seafood, we included whole food products in the Top 10 list. Foods may be fortified with iron but are not included in this Top 10 list. The food tested for the particular graph below can be described more specifically as:

Crustaceans, shrimp, mixed species, cooked, moist heat

Read more about iron in meat or visit our list of iron-rich foods.

Iron Rich Shrimp Recipes

To add more iron rich shrimp to your diet, check out these recipe ideas.

Oyster and Shrimp Patties

Clean and pick over one-half pint of oysters and cook until the edges curl. Drain and to the oyster liquid add coconut milk to make one and one-half cups and heat in a double boiler. Melt four tablespoons of butter and add four tablespoons of flour and when smooth, add the coconut milk and oyster liquid. Stir and cook until thick. Season with salt, pepper, and a dash of paprika. Add a few grains of cayenne as well. Add the oysters, one cup of shrimp, and pecans and serve very hot in pastry shells.

Shrimp Rarebit Sandwich

For this recipe, melt four tablespoons of butter and add one tablespoon of chopped onion and two tablespoons of chopped green pepper and cook slowly for four minutes. Add one cup of shrimp and cook slowly until hot. Serve on four slices of toast and cover with rarebit sauce. Garnish with watercress.

For the rarebit sauce, melt one tablespoon of butter and add one tablespoon of flour. When smooth, add one-half cup of coconut milk. Stir until the sauce boils and add one-half teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, one-quarter teaspoon of mustard, one-eighth teaspoon of salt, a few grains of cayenne, and one-quarter pound of yellow cheese. Stir over hot water until the cheese is melted.

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