There is nothing better than going down to my favorite fish market, which happens to be downtown on the water just a few blocks from our house, to pick up fresh from the Gulf of Mexico, wild shrimp. Now I'm not going as far in saying these are the most beautiful creatures but these sure do put a pretty grin on my face when I see how fresh they are.
How to tell when shrimp is fresh:
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Of course, I never have to worry as the shrimp and fish are always super fresh down at the market, right off the boats in fact. I bought a nice large flounder too and had the guys fillet it for me, sure does save time back at my house and they don't mind deheading and peeling the shrimp either. Tips not including. That's the thing about living in a seafood community. Folks know how to treat each other when it comes to seafood. As the saying goes down here, 'only sell what we eat.'
Here is how I grilled these beauties ... Enjoy!
Grilled Shrimp with Gulf Coast Flavors
2 pounds large fresh Gulf Coast shrimp, unpeeled
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons dark rum
1 cup pineapple juice
juice of 2 limes
2 tablespoons olive oil
Remove heads from shrimp along with the shells leaving tail on and devein if desired. The easiest way to devein is to run a sharp knife down the top (opposite the little feet) making a 1/4-inch-deep incision from tail to head. Rinse under cold running water opening up the incision and rinsing away any veins (the brownish-black matter).
In a blender, add the remaining ingredients and blend to form a marinade. Pour into a non-reactive bowl and add the shrimp. Stir to coat, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour but not more than 2 hours.
Meanwhile, soak skewers in water or fruit juice if using wooden.
Remove the shrimp from the marinade and run a skewer up through the middle to thickest part of each shrimp placing about 4 on each skewer for appetizers or 8 to 12 for entrée. Do not leave a gap between the shrimp.
Grill shrimp over a medium-high fire (350-400 Degree F) basting with the marinade once or twice before the turn, about 3 minutes on each side or until the shrimp turns nice and pink and the flesh is an even, opaque white.
Serve with your favorite fruit salsa or try my Tropical Salsa.
See what others are grilling with my good friend Dara and the summertime food event...“Get Grillin’ with Family Fresh Cooking and Cookin’ Canuck, sponsored by Ile de France Cheese, Rösle, Emile Henry, Rouxbe and ManPans.”