Shrimp Tales

  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Robert St. John

    ROBERT ST. JOHN NEW SOUTH RESTAURANT GROUP Chef, Author, Restaurateur & World-Class Eater. Robert St. John has spent almost four decades in the restaurant business. Thirty-two of those years have been as the owner, CEO and Executive Chef of the Purple Parrot Seafood & Steaks, Crescent City Grill, Mahogany Bar, Branch, Tabella, and Ed’s Burger...

    Read More February 26, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: Fisherman’s Reef Shrimp Company

    Many processing plants that line the Gulf and South Atlantic have a family lineage rooted deep in multiple generations. In the case of Fisherman’s Reef in Beaumont, Texas, it’s more like a culinary lineage: from donut shop to bakery, hamburger joint to catfish restaurants, a few other ventures in between, and then shrimp processing. It’s...

    Read More February 26, 2021
  • Top 10 Reasons to Buy Wild-Caught, U.S. Shrimp vs. Farm-Raised, Imported Shrimp

    Here at Wild American Shrimp, you may see us talking a lot about the virtues of our wild-caught, American shrimp – the tastiest shrimp in the world, all caught in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic. But how do you know which shrimp to buy in the store or order in a restaurant when...

    Read More February 26, 2021
  • 2020 USDA Dietary Guidelines Report: Five (5) Takeaways Point to Eating More Shrimp

    Every 5 years, the current USDA Dietary Guidelines Committee creates a detailed dietary guideline providing recommendations to help Americans make food and beverage choices that contribute to an overall healthier diet. In preparation for those guidelines, the Committee also creates a scientific report discussing initial research and observed trends to be addressed. To help condense...

    Read More February 25, 2021
  • Ounce for Ounce, Shrimp Have Fewer Calories Than Other Meats

    If you’re currently partaking in Lent, that means you’re probably swapping out certain meats for seafood. But who says that’s a bad thing? During Lent, shrimp are always on the table. Not only can you cook them in a variety of different recipes, but they also have fewer calories than other meat options! That’s right:...

    Read More February 24, 2021
  • Learn the Safe, Easy Way to Thaw Shrimp — and How to Size Them Up

    Frozen Wild American Shrimp are conveniently always available in your freezer, but do you know the proper way to thaw them before using them in your favorite dishes? Remember, don’t leave frozen shrimp out on the counter to thaw. Like all other perishable foods, raw shrimp left at room temperature or in warm water can...

    Read More February 23, 2021
  • What? You Mean Barbecue Shrimp Aren’t Barbecued?

    Grilled Head-On New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp by Chef David Guas   When you hear “barbecue shrimp,” you probably think of throwing some shrimp on the grill (or, if you’re an Aussie, throwing some shrimp on the barbie!). But did you know that barbecue shrimp aren’t actually barbecued? It’s true! Most sources agree that the original...

    Read More February 22, 2021
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Mike Brewer

    Mike Brewer grew up in Grand Bay, Alabama learning how to cook at his mother’s heels. After 10 years as an engineer in Alabama, he decided to move to New Orleans to become Vice President of a local engineering firm. Downturns in the financial and energy markets led him to leave engineering and begin a...

    Read More February 19, 2021
  • Spice Up a Cold Day with Shrimp and Grits

    Recipes for shrimp and grits can be as varied as the chefs and home cooks who prepare this comforting dish. North Carolina chef Bill Neal is credited with making shrimp and grits popular, thanks to Craig Claiborne of The New York Times, who shared his recipe in the mid-1980s, but it’s been a beloved dish...

    Read More February 19, 2021
  • Buying Wild-Caught U.S. Shrimp Supports Sustainability

    We’ve talked in the past about the importance of always buying wild-caught American shrimp. From the benefits they have over farm-raised and imported shrimp to how buying wild and American means you’re supporting American workers to the significance of reading labels, we aim to make it easy for the eco-conscious consumer to buy shrimp from...

    Read More February 19, 2021
  • Don’t Forget the Little Guy (the Little Shrimp, That Is)

    It’s common behavior to automatically reach for the largest, juiciest-looking shrimp you can find when sourcing ingredients for your next shrimp dish. However, did you know that smaller sizes of shrimp can be just as delicious? Smaller-sized shrimp aren’t just the “shrimp” of shrimp. Small shrimp (less than 61-70 size) are more tender and are...

    Read More February 18, 2021
  • Buying Fresh Shrimp? Here’s What to Consider

    Wild American Shrimp are naturally delicious either frozen or fresh. But if you’re buying fresh shrimp, how can you know your potential purchase is truly fresh? Shrimp that have been freshly caught still have the heads on. Heads should be removed before shrimp are frozen, to prevent mushy texture. Make sure there is no “fishy”...

    Read More February 17, 2021
  • Enjoy These Delicious Shrimp Recipes During Lent

    Individuals the world over will begin participating in Lent this week. But for those who are not familiar, what is Lent? It is the 40-day period between Ash Wednesday (which this year is Wednesday, February 17, 2021)  and Easter (Sunday, April 4, 2021) that is observed by many Christians. During this time, individuals typically give...

    Read More February 16, 2021
  • SHRIMP SCHOOL: How Shrimpers Actually Catch Wild-Caught Shrimp!

    For all of the shrimp that Americans eat (the average American consumes 4.1 pounds of shrimp per year) one might wonder, “How do shrimpers catch those delicious wild-caught shrimp?” What is surprising to many is that shrimp are an annual crop that is inherently sustainable. The shrimp that our members process are caught in the...

    Read More February 12, 2021
  • Serve Up a Special Shrimp Recipe for Your Special Someone This Valentine’s Day [with Videos]!

    It’s the most romantic day of the year, and while it may not be an option to dine at your favorite restaurant this year, you can always cook a delectably romantic recipe at home featuring wild-caught, American shrimp! As much as we love shrimp for their delicious taste and versatile uses in recipes, shrimp love...

    Read More February 12, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: Indian Ridge Shrimp Company

    Andrew Blanchard is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the history of the shrimp industry in Chauvin, Louisiana. He was born and raised in the area, and his distinguishable Cajun accent is a reflection of the cultural heritage still celebrated in this small town located on the water in Terrebonne Parish. This industry...

    Read More February 12, 2021