Shrimp Tales

  • Chef Advocate Highlight: James Aptakin

    JAMES APTAKIN LAYERS OF FLAVOR If there had been a Junior Master Chef Competition when James Aptakin was ten-years-old, there is no question that he would have won the big prize. Baking shortbread and jam cookies at the age of eight and making complete dinners for family and friends by 5th grade, James was on...

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  • ASPA Member Feature: Gulf Island Shrimp & Seafood, LLC

    Gulf Island Shrimp in Dulac, Louisiana, is comprised of two plants — Scottco and SeaTang — located right across the bayou from each other in Terrebonne Parish. In the shrimp industry, many processors come from a multi-generation, hands-on background, but that isn’t the case for Gulf Island. Although not a family-owned operation, that has never...

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  • How Railroads and Ice Transformed the Shrimp Industry

    First through train from Houston, Texas, to New Orleans, Louisiana, upon the opening of Morgan’s Louisiana and Texas Railroad (1880)   In our day and age, we often don’t appreciate how easy it is to access the superior taste of wild-caught, American shrimp. From the aisles of our local grocery stores to docks populated by...

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  • Turn Any Meal into a New Orleans Party with These Shrimp Gumbo Recipes [with Videos]!

    Wild-Caught Shrimp Gumbo   New Orleans is known as one of the liveliest places in the country any time of year, so why not bring the heat of a Mardi Gras-style party to your next meal by cooking up one of the city’s signature dishes? Shrimp gumbo! Shrimp gumbo mixes the premium quality and taste...

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  • Why You Should Always Save Your Shrimp Shells and Tails

    Shrimp Stew   When you’re peeling premium, wild-caught shrimp for your next meal and end up with a bowl full of shrimp shells, the first thing you probably think of is to throw them away as soon as you can. After all, they’re just a layer keeping you from the mouthwatering flavor inside, right? Wrong!...

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  • Recipe: Gulf Snapper and Confetti Shrimp

    GULF SNAPPER AND CONFETTI SHRIMP RECIPE BY: WILD AMERICAN SHRIMP® CHEF ADVOCATE, MONTE SHEFFIELD  Ingredients 4          Snapper fillets, skin off ½        Lb. medium, peeled and deveined Wild American Shrimp ¼        Cup olive oil 3          Cloves of garlic ½      ...

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  • Wild-Caught Shrimp: A Great Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Micro-Elements Your Body Needs

    Wild-caught American shrimp are amazing for more than their premium taste. Along with their beautifying properties, they are packed with health benefits from their natural nutrients, such as protein and vitamins like B12. But a healthy diet also includes the need for omega-3 fatty acids and other micro-elements that shrimp contain. Shrimp are an excellent...

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  • 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...

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  • ASPA Member Feature: Lafitte Frozen Foods, Corp.

    Lafitte Frozen Foods Corporation is a family-owned operation that has gained a solid reputation in the shrimp industry as one of the largest domestic processors in the United States. The impeccable approach to providing customers with a quality product for over three decades is attributed to the company’s dedicated team, which is comprised of a...

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  • Why Are Flamingos Pink and What Does It Have to Do With Shrimp?

    The flamingo: an exotic bird perhaps most well-known for its distinct pink color. Because of this unique technicolor trait, flamingos are flocked to by adoring audiences at zoos, aquariums, and more. While it’s true that flamingos are near-synonymous with the color pink, have you ever wondered why flamingos are pink? Especially when so many other...

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  • Spice Up Your Next Meal With Jerry’s Mississippi Jambalaya Creole

    INGREDIENTS 10 pounds Wild American Shrimp®, cleaned and peeled 6 onions, diced 1 red bell pepper, diced 1 green bell pepper, diced 1 whole celery, diced 2 bunches green onions, diced 1 pound bacon, finely diced 2 pounds smoked sausage, diced 1 10-pound bag of chicken leg quarters 1 large can crushed tomatoes 2 (28-ounce)...

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  • ASPA Member Processors Provide Free Ice to Louisiana Communities Left Without Electricity by Hurricane Ida

    The recent devastation caused by Hurricane Ida has left dozens of areas and thousands of people in Louisiana and beyond without electricity or even homes to call their own. There’s not a shrimp processor in the Gulf South that has not at one time or another been in the aftermath of a hurricane without power...

    Read More September 8, 2021
  • Cool Off With This Recipe for Refreshingly Delicious Wild American Shrimp Ceviche

    WILD AMERICAN SHRIMP CEVICHE By Chef Advocate, James Aptakin   CEVICHE INGREDIENTS 5 lbs. shrimp, diced & poached in coconut milk till medium, then cooled down, diced 1 ea Maui onions diced 1/2 ea red onions diced 10 ea purple potato diced 3 ea corn grilled husked 2 ea mango grilled diced 1 ea papaya...

    Read More September 7, 2021
  • Celebrate Labor Day with This Grilled Shrimp and Citrus Recipe!

    Happy Labor Day! Today is the day to hit the pool, soak up the sun and, of course, cook out with family and friends. Before kicking off the fireworks and fun, this grilled shrimp recipe with a citrusy twist will make preparing for any festivities easier! After all, nothing quite celebrates a holiday like the...

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  • 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...

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  • ASPA Member Feature: R. A. Lesso Seafood, Inc.

    When Rudy Lesso Jr. walks into his office, he is greeted with a perfect panoramic view of the Biloxi Back Bay. On a clear blue sky kind of morning when the wind is still, the surface of the water is like glass and beautifully captures a pristine reflection of shrimp boats lined around his docks...

    Read More September 3, 2021