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Shrimp sizes: What do they mean?


Shrimp come in a variety of sizes and are measured by shrimp per pound. The amount of shrimp per pound can range anywhere from 10-61. That’s quite a difference! While some companies will state the size of shrimp (small, large, colossal), it is best to look at the count per pound as the sizes are not standardized. The count is stated like in the photo below. The number above and below the slash (/) indicate the range of shrimp per pound. For example 26/30 indicates there are between 26 and 30 shrimp per pound. So, just remember: the larger the count, the smaller the shrimp!

shrimp sizes


Serving size suggestions:

shrimp appetizer


  • Medium to large, about 2 to 3 shrimp per person
  • More can be prepared if no other appetizer is served
  • Recipe idea: Lemon Garlic Crumb Shrimp


shrimp meal

Main Dish:

  • Medium and below, about 9 to 11 shrimp per person
  • Large to jumbo, about 5 to 7 shrimp per person
  • Extra jumbo and above, about 3 to 5 per person
  • Recipe idea: Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi


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