Gulf Coast Shrimp
(Shrimp Recipes Below) Shrimp Festival Photos Here
OK- first thing......DO NOT BUY SHRIMP AT A LOCAL GROCERY STORE ASSUMING YOU ARE GETTING GULF SHRIMP !! Most grocery stores in Gulf Shores sell the same farm-raised frozen Asian shrimp that you will get at home at any ole grocery. Always ask if you do not see location of origin on the shrimp.
Do not buy any shrimp from one of those trucks parked on the side of the road....a no brainer.
Buy your shrimp from any of the local seafood shops or from the actual seafood packing operations (they tend to be off the main drags). Your best bet is to go back up Hwy 59 to County Road 10 and go west & drive down it to the tiny community of Bon Secour. You will see signs for Billy's Seafood and Aquila Seafood. They both have lots of nice big signs with arrows and all. Bring your camera. These places are right on the water and have shrimp boats pulling in and out. They are rustic and remote but they do take credit cards. Most are open 8 to 5 M-Sat. The biggest most beautiful and best priced shrimp we have ever bought was at Aquila Seafood ph 251-949-6658. Map to these seafood shops.
Do be sure to try the Royal Red Shrimp when you can get them. They are sold frozen as they come from very deep water way out at sea and are frozen on board the boat. Sometimes you can buy them heads off but usually they are sold heads on. Either way is fine. Do not over cook them, or any shrimp for that matter. (More on that below) Do not add salt to the water you cook Royal Reds in. Royal Red Shrimp are salty enough as they get frozen in a brine rinse.
Shrimp are sized by 'Head Count' --the meaning of the term 'Large' can vary, but head count is the number of shrimp per pound. For example 26-30 means that there will be between 26 and 30 of those shrimp in a weighed pound. Peeling and deveinging , sometimes referred to as P&D, will reduce the weight by about half. Royal Reds have bigger heads, so more weight is removed by deheading.
|Size Name (can vary)
||Shrimp per Pound
Cooking Gulf Coast Shrimp
Boiled Shrimp...Boiled Shrimp...Boiled Shrimp...Boiled Shrimp...
Don't over cook them. Place a packet of shrimp/crab boil seasoning, a chunk of squeezed lemon and some salt (unless cooking royal reds-don't salt the cooking water) in a big pot. Bring to a boil. Dump in the shrimp. As soon as the water returns to a boil, pour out the water and shrimp into a colander to stop the cooking.
If you are cooking shrimp of mixed sizes, use a slotted spoon to remove the smaller ones as soon as they begin to curl. Work quickly.
Serve with Cocktail Sauce that you make using:
Good quality ketchup
Some Heinz bottled Chili Sauce or a bit of dried chili powder
Some fresh squeezed lemon juice
Dash of Lee & Perrin's Worcestershire Sauce (not a cheap store brand)
All the plain grated horseradish you can stand (not the creamed horseradish sauce with a mayonnaise or oil base)
All the Tabasco sauce you can stand
Remoulade Sauce for Boiled Shrimp
This is an easy recipe from a fabulous cook from Memphis, TN named Ruth Morrow. It is best (I think) made a day or two in advance--it keeps really well. Get out the food processor. You can make less than this recipe, just adjust ingredients accordingly.
Quart of Kraft, Hellmans, or Duke Mayonnaise
1/3 cup drained, grated horseradish
1/2 oz. or more Anchovy Paste (In toothpaste type tube at grocery store, does NOT taste like catfood & is an important ingredient)
1/2 cup yellow mustard
Chop finely in food processor:
1 or 2 cloves of garlic
2 small or one very large onion
1 celery heart stalks
couple tablespoons of bottled capers
mix everything together, dip shrimp in this sauce and enjoy or pour over peeled shrimp on a bed of lettuce. Remember, it is better the next day.
Make some Home-Made Tartar Sauce
soooo much better than the stuff in a jar.
This is a recipe from a restaurant in the Gulf Shores/Perdido Key area called Triggers from several years back, I do not know if they still make it from scratch as management has changed.
No proportions given, just the list of ingredients they used, just use as much of something as you want.
sweet pickle relish
Lee & Perrin's Worcestershire Sauce (The cheaper brands don't taste right)
Coconut Shrimp-Coconut Shrimp-Coconut Shrimp-Coconut Shrimp-
We know that Fried Coconut Shrimp is a very popular dish. We are going to give you some recipes, but this is one dish that Gulf Shores restaurants do very well, so I suggest, if you are vacationing, save this for ordering while eating out and don't bother standing over hot frying oil on your vacation ! Plus you'd have to buy all that oil and you know you don't save oil that you use to cook fish or shrimp !
Coconut Shrimp 1
|1 1/2 lbs. large deveined & peeled shrimp
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tbs salt
1/2 tablespoon pepper
2 tbs veg.oil
1 cup ice water
|2 cups shredded coconut
1 qt. veg. oil for frying
1/2 cup orange marmalade
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup honey
1/4 tsp. hot pepper sauce
|Peel, devein and wash shrimp--dry on paper towels. Mix together flour, cornstarch, salt, and pepper.
Add 2 tablespoons of veg. oil and ice water. Stir & blend. Pour the coconut into a shallow bowl.
Dip the shrimp one at a time into the batter then roll the shrimp in the coconut.
Place each shrimp into the pan of heated oil heated to 350 degrees F. fry the shrimp in hot oil till golden
-about 5 minutes. Bake the shrimp in the preheated 300 degree F. oven for 5 min.
Make dipping sauce: combine marmalade, mustard, honey,
and hot sauce in a small bowl. Mix well and serve side by side.
Coconut Shrimp 2 Nice and spicy, but not hot
|35 large shrimp deveined
1/4 cup of lime juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. curry powder
1/2 tsp ginger
1 1/2 cup grated coconut
12 oz. beer
2 1/2 cups flour
|Apricot Dipping Sauce:
1 cup apricot preserves
1/4 cup raspberry vinegar
1/4 cup sherry vinegar
1 tsp. paprika
dash of Tabasco sauce
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tbs. sugar
|Split shrimp lengthwise down to tail with a sharp knife, but do not sever tail.
Combine lime juice, salt, hot curry powder and ginger in a small bowl.
Add shrimp, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
To prepare coconut coating and beer batter, lightly toast coconut
on cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 3 to 5 minutes. Set aside.
Mix beer, flour, salt, white pepper, sugar and paprika.
Heat oil in heavy skillet; hot. Dip shrimp in batter and fry until brown.
Roll immediately in toasted coconut. Serve with apricot sauce.
Combine apricot preserves, both vinegars, paprika and Tabasco in a
small saucepan over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring several times.
Heat until thoroughly blended. Serve warm with coconut shrimp.
Caribbean Coconut Shrimp
|1 lb shrimp peeled and deveined
3/4 cup of flour
1/2 tbsp baking powder
1/2 cup beer
1/4 cup of flour
1 1/2 cup grated coconut
1 tbsp salt
1/2 tbsp ground pepper
1/2 tbsp ground cayenne pepper
1/2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp oregano
|Dip shrimp one at a time into batter and roll in the coating.
Deep fry until golden and drain on paper towel.
|Serve with various sauces--see other recipes on this page
Shrimp Cleaning TIP:
I found this shrimp deveiner /cleaner /sheller in a little shop in nearby Fairhope called
418 Fairhope Ave (across from Julwin's)
251/928-4850 and I must say, it is much better than the popular red one you see for sale most places. This one cost me $4 and worth every penny. I used it to devein these nice gulf shrimp that we boiled. With it you can clean the shrimp and still leave the shells on or easily remove the shells totally.
Join us for the National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama
All the condos and hotels book early--so don't wait to make a reservation.
See Shrimp Festival photos from 2002
Try these delicious marinated and grilled or broiled shrimp:
1 can or bottle of strong beer
1/3 cup toasted sesame oil
1 Tbs frozen limeade
2 Tbs fish sauce (oriental markets)
5 cloves of garlic crushed
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp red chili paste (oriental markets)
18 large shrimp, peeled and cleaned
bamboo skewers, soaked in water
Combine all ingredients and the shrimp in a zip lock bag and refrigerate several hours or overnight. Put shrimp on the skewers and grill until they just turn pink. Do not overcook.
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