As the title of this posts says, we at Atlantic Seafood are not shrimp when it comes to shrimp. We’re just bursting full of the tasty little critters and have them in several different varieties and serve them in several different styles. Take a quick cruise through this article and learn about the convenient and delicious options we have to offer for shrimp in CT.
Before we get into our shrimp products, we’d like to get you a little bit more well-acquainted with the creatures you’ll soon be seeing on your dinner plate. Shrimp are classified as decapod crustaceans, which means they have ten legs. However, their legs are rarely used for walking, as they prefer to gracefully swim about through the use of their small and nimble swimmerettes.1
Shrimp come in several different shapes and sizes, but no matter what kind of shrimp you’re eating, the health benefits of shrimp are undeniable. Shrimp are high in Omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, iodine, and protein – all nutrients you need to stay at your strongest and most healthy.
While shrimp contains a high amount of cholesterol, it has a very small amount of saturated fat and thus it is useful in helping you to improve the ratio of your LDL (good) cholesterol to HDL (bad) cholesterol.2 These are just a few of the reasons why eating shrimp is good for your circulatory system. Keep in mind however that many people are allergic to shellfish, so be sure to have some of our other seafood holiday platters, seafood appetizers, and fully prepared seafood dinners on hand for any affected guests you might happen to be serving.
When you stop by our Old Saybrook seafood market, you’ll be faced with many different options when it comes to shrimp. We mainly stock fresh White Gulf Shrimp, but we also carry fresh Maine Red Shrimp during the spring and frozen throughout the rest of the year.
Whether you’re craving just plain cleaned raw shrimp, shrimp cocktail, jumbo shrimp, stuffed shrimp, shell-on shrimp, or one of our shrimp holiday platters, we have what you’re looking for.
Our fresh and delicious shrimp cocktail is served with fresh Gulf White Shrimp and complemented by our Chef Jerry’s unique secret cocktail sauce that always leaves people jonesing for more. We also make shrimp cocktail with jumbo/colossal shrimp, and this is quite possibly the most tasty contradiction in terms one can ever experience.
If you want to get a little bit inventive with your shrimp, here’s a recipe from that Queen of Southern Cuisine, Paula Deen which is sure to warm you up after a long cold day.
Fiery Cajun Shrimp
This is a delicious and highly spicy shrimp dish that can be served either as a meal or as an appetizer. It only takes 30 minutes to prepare and cook and provides enough food to feed eight people.
Ingredients: 2 cups of melted butter, 2 thinly sliced lemons, 2 tsp salt, 4 minced garlic cloves, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce, 2 tbsp ground pepper, 2 tbsp hot sauce (any brand of choice), 5 lbs medium unpeeled shrimp.3
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
2. Mix butter, Worcestershire Sauce, lemon juice, pepper, hot sauce, garlic, and salt together in a bowl.
3. Pour half of the mixture into a heat-proof baking dish
4. Form two layers of the shrimp and lemon slices in the pan and cover with the rest of the liquid mixture.
5. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring twice. If the shrimp does not have a pink hue, bake for a few minutes longer.
6. Pour the liquid from the pan into serving dishes and serve the shrimp alongside slices of French Bread or any form of hard, crusty bread.3
Decapods – Prawns and Shrimp
Marine Education Society of Australia. 2005
2. Author Unknown
3. Deen, Paula
Fiery Cajun Shrimp