Is there anything more luxurious than a decadent seafood dinner? When we think of fresh seafood, oysters on the half shell and caviar hors d’oeuvres may spring to mind. While these selections are great to enjoy when you can, they may not be realistic for your everyday meal.
One of the most versatile and affordable types of seafood you can buy in New Orleans is wild American shrimp. Shrimp can be enjoyed on its own or used as an addition to some of your favorite rice, pasta, and vegetable dishes. These micronutrient rich, high protein gems of the sea run the gamut from highly technical dishes served in upscale restaurants, to home-style meals.
When you buy wild American shrimp or any other selection of fresh seafood at Tommy’s Seafood Inc., our team is here to make sure you have a variety of delicious ways to prepare it. Continue reading for a few great recipes that you can try next time you purchase our wild American shrimp.
Simple garlic shrimp
One of the best things about cooking with shrimp is that it serves as the perfect base to absorb any flavor of your choosing. For a delicious pasta topping or simple appetizer to be served at a dinner party, opt for a garlic shrimp recipe. Garlic pairs particularly well with shrimp’s mildly sweet flavor and succulent texture. For this recipe, all that’s required is a plastic bag for marinating the shrimp, some melted butter, chopped garlic, along with as many herbs and spices as you like. Allow the shrimp to soak up the flavors in your refrigerator for an hour or more, and then simply pan fry them for ten minutes before serving.
If you’re looking for a fun, vibrant lunch or dinner option, why not try making your own wild shrimp tacos? In the past few years, shrimp tacos started popping up on every trendy restaurant menu in North America. This Mexican take on seafood adds a mix of bright flavors and gives the chef room to get creative with different slaws, sauces, and seasonings. Home chefs who are looking for a way to get their children involved with cooking can lay out a miniature taco bar to encourage creativity.
Grilled shrimp kabobs
In the Southern states, we have the luxury of plenty of warm weather throughout the year, which is perfect for barbequing outside. Grilled shrimp can be added to many different recipes, however one of our favorites is shrimp kabobs. By alternating shrimp with your favorite vegetables on a wooden skewer and marinating the mixture in your favorite sauce, you will have the perfect appetizer or side dish to throw on the grill and serve to groups of any size.
We can’t talk about the best shrimp recipes without mentioning gumbo. Shrimp gumbo is a staple in the South for good reason. This cozy mix of warm broth, fresh shrimp, stewed meat, and seasoned vegetables provides comfort, flavor, and nearly all of your daily nutrients in a single bowl. This is one of the few seafood dishes that can be made ahead of time in a large batch so that you have a delicious meal that will last for several days. In fact, some people even argue that gumbo tastes better on the second day, but we’ll leave that up to you to decide.
Elevate any meal with the addition of high-quality, fresh seafood. Try wild American shrimp today to find out why this seafood item is so important to Southern cuisine. If you manage a distribution company or restaurant, contact us today to place your order.