February 22, 2023

Trader Joe's Gluten-Free Breaded Shrimp Review

Trader Joe's Gluten-Free Breaded Shrimp in package

If you observe Lent, we have a timely review for you today: Trader Joe's Gluten-Free Breaded Shrimp. Our brother and sister team reviewed them, providing the essential KID perspective. 

Trader Joe's Gluten-Free Breaded Shrimp review

The description on the package reads, "Crispy tail-off round shrimp with a thin gluten free breading. Great for tacos, in stir fries or atop salads." Find this in the freezer case. 

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A 12-ounce package costs $9.99. Follow the suggested serving size for 3 servings per bag. We cooked these in the oven following the instructions on the back and served them with peas for lunch on a half school day. 

Trader Joe's Gluten-Free Breaded Shrimp nutrition info

Trader Joe's Gluten-Free Breaded Shrimp cooking instructions

The gluten-free breading consists of tapioca starch and coconut flour. 

Trader Joe's Gluten-Free Breaded Shrimp Review

Trader Joe's Gluten-Free Breaded Shrimp close-up

He says (brother N, age 11):  I have had much better shrimp than the Trader Joe's Gluten Free Breaded Shrimp at seafood restaurants, but this product held its own for a frozen entree. One of my main complaints about this shrimp is that it was not crunchy. I was a bit surprised by this at first, and I wonder if the result would have been different if we had fried the shrimp instead of baking it. The overall flavor of the shrimp is on par with other shrimp dishes I have had, but the bread to meat ratio left a little to be desired. Normally I don't eat breaded shrimp because it has gluten, so that might be why I thought that the shrimp pieces had a tad too much bread. For a gluten-free dish, it was executed well, so I was not dismayed by the unusual ratio. This was ultimately a good lunch for a half-day of school. 

Overall rating: 4.3 of 5 stars

She says (sister B, age 8): Trader Joe's gluten free breaded shrimp's concept of being crispy and thin-breaded to me is untrue. There are many buttery, crispy breaded shrimp dishes I've had, and this one was one of my least favorites. My overall critique was that the breading on the shrimp wasn't crispy enough. That led to the shrimp being, in all reasonings, lacking flavor. This dish wasn't absolutely horrible, though. It didn't taste like it had gone bad or had been a mistake to put on the shelf. It just didn't contain much flavor.

Overall rating: 3 of 5 stars

Would we buy this again?
(N): These bite-sized shrimp morsels are good for an on-the-go lunch but will not hold up on fancier occasions. Seafood lovers will enjoy this quick and easy meal.
(B): These shrimp bites do not rise to the occasion. Even if I were rushing on time, I would want other easy-to-go meals that you barely have to cook. I do not see how these could be of any use for a tasty, successful dish.

Trader Joe's Gluten-Free Breaded Shrimp on plate with side of peas

Trader Joe's Gluten-Free Breaded Shrimp: There may be other fish, er shrimp, in the sea to try.

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