National Shrimp Day is May 10, and we know just how to celebrate! Learn some of our coastal chefs' secret recipes incorporating one of our generous Gulf's delicacies.
KELLY ENGLISH - Executive Chef, Magnolia House at Harrah’s Gulf Coast
Grilled Jack with Gulf Shrimp, Local Tomatoes, and a Harissa “Café Au Lait”
This was the first dish I made that made me think about the combinations of histories that made it up. Shrimp can do that, they bring people and thoughts together. - Chef Kelly English
Prep time: Minutes
Cook time: One Hour
For the Café au Lait:
- 1 qt. of shrimp stock
- 2 ea pasillas, seeded and stemmed
- 1 lime, juice and zest of
- 1 tbsp whole cumin
- 1 tbsp whole coriander
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 toes garlic
- Salt and sugar to taste
For the Seafood:
- Eight 6 oz. portions of amberjack (skin off)
- Salt and ground cumin to taste
- 16 shrimp (peeled and deveined)
- Salt and favorite creole seasoning to taste
For the Tomato Salad:
- Eight peeled and quartered tomatoes
- Marinated in 1 part sherry vinegar and three parts olive oil to cover
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Let sit for one hour
For Jalapeno and Cilantro Salad:
- Two jalapeños, sliced with seeds still intact
- Thirty-two cilantro leaves
Simmer all ingredients in a pot and blend in a blender, pass through a chinois. Serve in a coffee press with fresh coriander and cumin. Pour over 6 oz. grilled skin-off amberjack (seasoned with salt and cumin), two shrimp sautéed in creole spices, a peeled tomato salad marinated in sherry vinaigrette, and topped with a fresh salad of cilantro (four leaves) and jalapeño (three slices). Plating should be as follows: In a bowl, arrange tomatoes in the center, top with the amberjack. Stack the shrimp on top of the fish with the jalapenos and cilantro daintily placed on the very top. Pour the harissa café au lait around the side.
CHAD HENSON – General Manager, Half Shell Oyster House Biloxi
The Voodoo Shrimp is an incredible blend of sweet and spicy Cajun flavors. This dish makes for an ideal representation of Southern cuisine infused with a New Orleans flavor. - Chad Henson General Manager Half Shell Oyster House, Biloxi
Seafood Batter Instructions (makes 1/2 gallon):
- 6 cups milk
- 2 TBSP yellow mustard
- 1 TBSP creole mustard
- 2 TBSP old bay
- 1 TBSP baking powder
- 1.25 lb white flour
Seafood Flour Instructions (makes around 1/2 gallon):
- 2 lb corn flour
- 1/4 cup creole seasoning
Voodoo Shrimp Cooking Instructions:
- Heat your cooking oil to 350 degrees.
- Batter the shrimp in your seafood batter.
- Put them into seafood flour and fry for 2 minutes.
- Drain the grease and toss in our signature Voodoo Sauce to preference.
MILES GULLETT – General Manager, Rack House Steaks and Seafood Gulfport
Rack House Style Shrimp Topper
Who doesn’t love a white wine cream sauce with sautéed shrimp? The best thing about this combo is not just the flavor, but you can put it on top of everything. - Miles Gullett, Rack House Steaks & Spirits General Manager
- 1 cup melted butter
- 1.5 cups white wine
- 3 TBSP cups lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp white pepper
- 3/4 tsp italian seasoning
- 1/4 tsp ground red pepper
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 3/4 tsp creole seasoning
- 2 TBSP minced garlic
First, place butter into the bottom of your bowl, then add the remaining ingredients and mix on high for 15 minutes.
Shrimp Topper Cooking Instructions:
- Put oil into your skillet until it lightly covers the bottom, add your shrimp and season with your favorite seafood seasoning.
- Cook until the shrimp are pink and cooked through.
- Place 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup white wine sauce and 2 TBSP grated parmesan into a sauce pot on medium - high heat.
- Reduce about halfway (until sauce thickens).
MILTON JOACHIM – Executive Chef, Charred: A Steak & Oyster Bar
Fried green tomatoes with spicy boiled gulf shrimp, pickled slaw creole remoulade baby arugula
I grew up cooking at my dad’s seafood shop called Jefferson Seafood Shack in New Orleans. I was probably 7-8 years old just boiling shrimp, crawfish, and crabs, and as years went by, I got into cooking more. I made my way into some awesome kitchens with Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, and at Commanders Palace, then I opened up Charred. This is one of our signature dishes that has been on the menu since day one when we opened in 2016. - Executive Chef Milton Joachim
Fried green tomatoes
- 2 cups Japanese Panko
- 2 cups of milk
- Four eggs
- 2 cups of flour
- Six green tomatoes
- 1 quart of mayonnaise
- Two pinches of Cayenne pepper
- 2 cups of catch-up
- One cup of creole mustard
- One cup of diced celery
- 2 tablespoons of horseradish
- One cup of green onions
- 5 pounds of 21/25 Shrimp
- A quart of spicy boil
- 2 gallons of water
AUSTIN SUMRALL – Chef/Owner, White Pillars (2020 James Beard Foundation Nominee)
Shrimp & Grits
Learn how to make the dish at home with this instructional video from Chef Austin Sumrall!
- 2 cups half & half
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup grits
- thyme #1
- salt & pepper #1
- Bring liquid ingredients to a boil.
- Whisk in dry ingredients.
- Cook at simmer, whisking until tender.
Shrimp & Sauce
- ½ cup butter, cold divided
- Diced bacon
- Local mushrooms
- Thyme #2
- 2 shallots chopped
- 1 clove garlic sliced
- Peeled & deveined shrimp
- 1.5 cup chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons worcestershire
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Salt & pepper #2
- Chopped parsley
- Add spoonful of butter to pan over med-high heat
- Add bacon & render
- Add mushrooms, thyme and shallots and sauté briefly
- Add shrimp to pan
- Deglaze with liquid ingredients
- Reduce liquid by 1/3
- Add in butter slowly
- Season with salt & pepper and garnish with parsley
MICHAEL PAOLETTI Jr. – Co-Owner, Food Booze & Hiccups
Grilled Shrimp “Elotes Style”
My summertime job in 9th & 10th grade was unloading shrimp boats in Back Bay Biloxi. It was intense work, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I got to see things and meet people that I wouldn't have met doing something else. We had a little grill that we would spark up under the pier after the day was done. So coming up with this dish, there are two things that taste like summertime to me: shrimp and a grill. The corn comes in from my beautiful wife, which makes it a perfect way to go. - Michael Paoletti
- Jumbo Gulf Shrimp (body peeled) - 10 each
- Fresh Alabama Corn - 2 ears
- Ground Cumin - 1 tsp
- Ground Mustard - 1 tsp
- Ground Turmeric - ½ tsp
- Butter - 1 tbsp
- Heavy Cream - 1 cup
- Mayo - 1 cup
- Smoked Paprika - 1 tbsp
- Cayenne pepper - 1 tsp
- Harbor Hill Micro Cilantro - ¼ oz
- Parmesan (peeled) as needed
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Shuck 1 ear of corn. Save husks. Place shucked corn into small saucepan w/ butter, heavy cream, cumin, mustard, and turmeric. Heat over medium until corn is softened. Puree in blender and strain thru chinois, or strainer. Let cool then add mayo. Season to taste.
- Take 2nd ear of corn and remove husks. Torch or grill ear over high heat till it becomes a little black. Let cool then shuck.
- Place cornhusks in oven at 425* until burned. Once burned remove from oven and let cool. Once cooled blend into powder in spice grinder.
- Peel just the body of the shrimp leaving the head and tail on. Season with oil, salt, and pepper. Grill over high heat maybe 2 minutes on each side.
- Smear corn puree in a circle over plate.
- Sprinkle charred corn over puree.
- Sprinkle paprika, cayenne, and cornhusk powder over top.
- Place 5 shrimp per plate in the same direction across puree.
- Top with micro cilantro and peeled parmesan.
STEPHEN GODFREY – GM, Half Shell Oyster House Gulfport
Our Orleans sauce goes well on anything, but especially Gulf shrimp. - Stephen Godfrey
- Heat a skillet with vegetable oil (just enough to cover the bottom of the skillet) on high.
- Add your shrimp and cook until shrimp are cooked through (about 3-5 minutes).
- Add Half Shell’s signature Orleans sauce to preference and toss until shrimp are covered in sauce.
- Enjoy with your favorite French bread.
JULIAN BRUNT – Food and Travel Writer
I adore shrimp of all kinds and could come up with a dozen delicious ways to prepare them, but jambalaya is my favorite. There is just something about the combination of Conecuh sausage (yes, it has got to be Conecuh), white rice that has been cooked in stock, the holy trinity of course (onions, bell peppers and celery), and sweet, fat Mississippi shrimp that have been just seared in a very hot cast iron pan that is as good a comfort food as you will ever find.
Jambalaya is good by itself, but a cold beer is a good accompaniment. If you take one of my cooking classes at the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, I'll show you exactly how to make it! - Julian Brunt
- 2 cup white rice (Delta Blues Rice)
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 2 cup sliced Conecuh smoked sausage
- 2 cup roasted chicken
- 2 diced onion
- 2 diced bell pepper
- 1 cup chopped celery
- oil as needed
- Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning and red pepper flakes.
- Start with the chicken. You can buy a rotisserie chicken of roast off several thighs. If you are cooking the chicken yourself, season the chicken with lots of Tony’s then roast at 400 until the skin is golden brown. Let cool and debone. Save the pan drippings. Place the bones in a stock pot and cover with store bought chicken stock and simmer for at least 45 minutes. This improves the flavor of the stock tremendously.
- Sauté the sliced sausage till brown, take your time and get it right. Remove and set aside. In the same pan, add the pan drippings from the chicken, and all the vegetables. Add more oil as needed. Season aggressively, then sauté until the veggies are reduced by 40%, just like in the gumbo recipe. Add the rice and toast for a bit, then add the stock, cover and cook halfway thru, about 10 minutes. Now, add the chicken and sausage, cover and finish cooking.
ALEX PERRY – Chef/Owner, Vestige (2019 James Beard Foundation Nominee)
Surf and Turf
- 160g water
- 300 grams AP flour
- .1g salt
- 2g kansui
- Rice flour
Place all ingredients into stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Mix on low speed until dough comes together. Turn out onto work surface and knead by hand until dough is evenly incorporated. Let rest 5 minutes. Roll the dough through a pasta machine, gradually decreasing size until you have a thin sheet. Punch out circles with a ring or biscuit cutter, dust with a little rice flour, wrap in plastic wrap, then set aside.
Beef cheek filling:
- 2lb beef cheek meat
- 2 tsp shrimp garum
- 60g minced ginger
- 30g sliced scallion
- 5g minced garlic
Preheat a water bath to 80C. Trim the beef cheeks of excess fat and sliver skin on the surface of the meat. Lightly season with salt, seal under high vacuum, and cook sous vide for 12 hours. Remove the cheeks from the water bath, let rest at room temperature for 10 minutes, then place in an ice bath for 1 hour to completely chill the meat. Replace ice as necessary.
Cut the chilled cheek into small dice, then place in a mixing bowl along with the rest of the ingredients. Mix thoroughly and adjust seasoning with with salt or more shrimp garum.
- Beef cheek filling
Place a small amount of filling in the middle of each wrapper. Dip your finger in the water and lightly brush once side of the dough with it. Bring both pieces of the dough together, making sure there are no air pockets, then gently form pleats by folding the joined end pieces over onto themselves. Placed finished dumplings on a sheet tray and refrigerate.
- 1dz 16-20 Gulf White shrimp, whole.
Peel the shrimp saving the head and shells for the garum. Using your thumb and pointer finger, flatten the shrimp out and using your other hand, gently remove the digestive track from each shrimp. Wrap shrimp in a mixing bowl and refrigerate.
- 100g white wine
- 150g orange juice
- 100g grapefruit juice
- 20g lime juice
- 350g butter, cubed
- 5g salt
- 4.5g xanthan gum
Place wine and fruit juices into a sauce pot and reduce by half. Place the mixture in a thermomix and add the salt and xanthan. Process on Speed 5 for 2 minutes. Set the temperature for 55C and Speed 2. Slowly add the cubed butter until fully incorporated. Place the sauce back into the saucepan, place on a temperature-controlled induction burner, set to 59C until ready to poach.
Jimmy Nardello Pepper emulsion:
- 10 Jimmy Nardello Peppers
- .5 tsp red yuzu kosho
- 30g apple cider vinegar
- 1g xanthan gum
- 90g butter, cubed
Juice the peppers and strain into a sauce pot through a chinois. Add the vinegar, yuzu kosho, and reduce by half. Using an immersion blender, blitz in the xanthan gum on low speed for 1 minute. Slowly blend in the butter while still on low speed. Season with salt and keep sauce warm.
- Shrimp garum
- Swiss chard "true leaves."
- Maldon salt
- 1. Place shrimp in the beurre citron and hold at 59C for 15 minutes, swirling the mixture gently every 5 minutes.
- 2. While the shrimp are poaching, place a sauté pan over medium high heat, adding enough canola oil to cover the bottom. Once the oil ripples, add the dumplings and pan fry until all sides are golden brown. Drain on paper.
- 3. Place the shrimp garum in an atomizer and lightly spritz the dumplings with the garum. Place the dumplings into serving bowls.
- 4. Remove shrimp from the beurre citron, arrange over the dumplings, and lightly sprinkle with Maldon.
- 5. Heat the pepper sauce slightly, then blitz with an immersion blender for 10 seconds. Gently spoon the sauce around the dumplings.
- 6. Garnish with the Swiss chard true leaves.
- 1kg shrimp shells and heads
- 225g koji
- 800g water
- 240g salt
Place the shrimp heads and shells in a food process and blitz till a chunky paste begins to form. Place the mixture into a large glass jar, add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Lay a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the mixture and seal. Ferment at 60C for 2 months. Strain through chinois into another vessel and refrigerate for up to a year.
STEPHANIE PAOLETTI – Co-Owner, Sweet Enchantments Cakes
Key West Shrimp Ceviche
I love Shrimp! As the saying goes, "Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it..." - Bubba. Being from south Florida, shrimp is a huge part of our culture. My father and grandpa taught me how to cook shrimp, but my fondest memory was when we took a family trip to Capraia, Italy. I was off the seawall with a snorkel & net. I caught one shrimp, and it's a memory I will never forget. - Stephanie Paoletti
- Jumbo Gulf Shrimp - 8 each (peeled and deveined)
- Key Lime Juice - 1 cup
- Blood Oranges (or navel), juiced - 1 cup
- Red Onion, thin sliced - ¼ each
- Thai Chilies (or jalapeno), thin sliced 1-2 tsp
- Evaporated Milk - ¼ cup
- Avocado, diced - ½ each
- Harbor Hill Micro Cilantro - ½ ounce (or cilantro, chopped)
- Wonton Wrappers - 10 sheets
- Blanch shrimp for 1-2 minutes until mostly cooked. Remove and drain.
- Sliced shrimp in half, lengthwise.
- In a bowl, combine key lime juice, blood orange juice, red onion, Thai chilies, and evaporated milk. The mixture will be very sour and acidic.
- Add shrimp and make sure the liquid covers the shrimp. If it does not, transfer the mixture to a shallower bowl or vessel.
- Stir in avocado and half of the cilantro. Set aside.
- Cut wonton wrappers in half on a diagonal, creating a triangle.
- In a medium saucepot, heat canola oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Fry wonton wrappers until golden and crisp.
- Remove wrappers and put in a bowl. Toss with salt and pepper.
- To serve- In a serving bowl, gently stack shrimp. With a fork or slotted spoon, remove onions, avocado, and cilantro and place on top of the shrimp. With a tablespoon, add ceviche liquid to the bottom of the bowl as needed.
- Top with remaining micro cilantro and serve with fried wonton chips for dipping.
CHRIS MCLUCKIE – GM, Half Shell Oyster House Hard Rock
The Royal Reds are deep sea Gulf shrimp that have a lobster like flavor - it’s mouthwatering. It’s simply prepared and packs an amazing flavor. - Chris McLuckie
- In a pot, add 1 cup Proboil and 1/4 cup lemon juice per gallon of water.
- Bring to a boil.
- Add shrimp and cook for 4-6 minutes until shrimp are firm.
- Peel and enjoy with your favorite drawn butter.