Shrimp Tales

  • ASPA Member Feature: Al’s Shrimp Company

    Al Marmande, third-generation owner of Al’s Shrimp Company in Theriot, Louisiana, lays a special claim to shrimp fame as one of the oldest continuing shrimp drying operations in the United States. The Marmande family, which was one of the original French families in the south Louisiana area, can trace its roots all the way back...

    Read More July 29, 2022
  • The Story of the Biggest Shrimp Ever Caught!

    It’s time for another Fun Fact Friday! Did you know? Allegedly, the largest shrimp ever caught measured nearly 16 inches and was purchased for $800 by a Colombian biologist! Here’s how the story goes. According to UnderwaterTimes.com, in the middle of April 2006 in Cartagena, Colombia — right on the coast of the Caribbean Sea...

    Read More July 29, 2022
  • Do You Know Where Your Shrimp Come From?

    Americans eat over 10 pounds of seafood on average every year, with shrimp alone taking up around 4 of those pounds on average. But how many of us know where our shrimp come from? Only wild-caught, American shrimp give you the succulent flavor that transports your mouth to a seaside resort – enriched from the sun-soaked...

    Read More July 27, 2022
  • Enjoy Your Diet With This Healthy Shrimp Scampi!

    Do you love the delicious taste of shrimp scampi? We’re sure you do! After all, it’s one of America’s favorite recipes! However, just because you love shrimp scampi doesn’t mean you don’t want to eat healthier. Whether you’re trying out a keto diet or just want to lose a few pounds, more and more people...

    Read More July 26, 2022
  • 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...

    Read More July 22, 2022
  • Don’t Just Buy American: Cook American

    There are some shrimp dishes that are just classic American – Shrimp Gumbo, Shrimp Creole, Shrimp & Grits and more. But it’s hard to call a dish an American classic without cooking it with American ingredients. These classics and many more need wild-caught American shrimp to taste their best. Shrimp Gumbo How do you get more...

    Read More July 22, 2022
  • Why Shrimp Are Pink and Why That’s Good for You!

    We’ve talked before in other blog posts about the health benefits of shrimp and shrimp consumption being the reason why flamingos are pink: seemingly two completely different topics (save for their focus on shrimp) that, today, we want to combine into one. Why are shrimp pink and what does that have to do with your...

    Read More July 22, 2022
  • Wild American Shrimp: A Great Source of Calcium!

    We’ve spoken many times about how wild-caught American shrimp are more than being tasty, they are also packed with a variety of health benefits!  Thanks to the wide variety of nutrients they contain, they assist with everything from supporting hair growth to helping prevent cancer. Today, we want to discuss one of shrimp’s most essential...

    Read More July 20, 2022
  • This Recipe for Asiago Pepper Shrimp Will Spice Up Your Next Meal!

    Ingredients: 24 large wild-caught American shrimp, peeled and deveined 8 ounces Asiago cheese 1 tablespoon chopped jalapeno pepper 12 slices bacon Directions: Wash the shrimp and then pat dry. Butterfly shrimp by cutting lengthwise along the back — don’t cut all the way through, leaving the tail section intact. Grate the cheese and mix with...

    Read More July 19, 2022
  • Wild American Shrimp Are Packed with Protein!

    Wild-caught shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic aren’t just packed full of delicious flavor, they’re also filled with a variety of nutrients that can improve your health. This includes a key macronutrient that helps you build and maintain muscle mass: protein! It seems that everyone is always trying to find new ways...

    Read More July 18, 2022
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Mike Koerner

    MIKE KOERNER CHEZ MIKEY Chef Mike Koerner was born and raised in Deerfield, Illinois, and was exposed to a wide array of cultures early on. Culinary excellence was in Mike’s DNA with Swedish, Italian, and Hungarian blood. His Italian grandmother was the first to take Mike under her wing and teach the basics of Italian...

    Read More July 15, 2022
  • 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 July 15, 2022
  • Why Shrimp Swim Backward (and the Surprising Impact It May Have On Our Oceans)

    A shrimp swimming underwater Shrimp School is now in session! Did you know that shrimp swim backward? It’s true! Shrimp may be little guys (with full-grown shrimp only measuring about three to nine inches in length), but they’ve still got places to be! So, when they’re scuttling around through the ocean, why do they do...

    Read More July 15, 2022
  • Shrimp School: What Were Shrimp Nickels?

    When it came to working in shrimp factories in the late 19th to early 20th century, everything operated under a unique set of rules, and how people were paid was no exception: instead of being paid in standard United States currency, factory workers were paid in units of currency referred to either broadly as tokens...

    Read More July 13, 2022
  • Cool Off with This Recipe for Tasty 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 July 12, 2022
  • Get Your Daily Dosage of Vitamins with Wild American Shrimp!

    Vitamins are organic compounds found in a variety of foods. They may be small, but they play a huge role in keeping your body healthy. A balanced diet is one that includes a multitude of food groups and, thus, a multitude of vitamins (alongside the various other health-promoting elements in shrimp such as selenium). Luckily...

    Read More July 11, 2022