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Jun 16, 2007 05:22 AM

Argentina Red Shrimp (It makes me cry)

Okay, I'm stumped. I found this in the freezer section at Trader Joe's, probably about 6 months ago. Bought only a fair amount, only to find like all my other Trader Joe's favs, it went the way of the Do-Do Bird. Asked when & if they'll get it back again (stupid question), did my homework on the internet (yes I know when it's fished, where & for how long).

But STILL...

I want this little crustacean really badly! It's awesome & if you all know where I can get my hands on this slippery one, I will surely be obliged! (No, Whole Foods will not get it, nor do the guys at the fish counter even know what it is!)

Trader Joe's! You tease me like a 12 year-old girl discovering her flowering sexuality. How can you do me so wrong again?

Oh the humanity!

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  1. These are the only frozen shrimp I like and haven't been able to find them in over a year. Bummer.

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    1. re: hrhboo

      Are they the same as royal red shrimp? If so, you can find them on-line. Here is one place:

      I've been to Joe Patti's many times and have never been disappointed in the quality, and I'll bet that these shrimp are very similar to what you are looking for. Funny thing- I have never particularly liked royal reds; they are gorgeous to look at, but I could never seem to cook them right. Just read on the web site that you have to cut the cooking time by 2/3s! No wonder I've always screwed 'em up!


      1. re: Clarkafella

        Those might be them, I'm not sure. The Argentinian reds have a totally different taste/texture to regular shrimp, almost like crayfish. Thanks for the link!

        1. re: hrhboo

          They usually tout these as having a taste more like lobster than shrimp- so they could very well be the same thing. At $6.29 a pound, it wouldn't cost very much to find out! Good luck- remember that shorter cooking time...

          1. re: Clarkafella

            Unfortunately, Joe Patti's web site is saying that they are out of stock on these right now. Looks like everyone is in the same shrimp boat as far as not being able to find these right now.

      2. re: hrhboo

        Unless you live on a shrimp farm in Costa Rica, you are probably eating flash frozen shrimp like the rest of us despite whatever your fishmonger may tell you after he or she defrost the bag.

        Shrimp, unlike fish, does not keep well at sub-frozen temps and absolutely needs to be frozen.

        Fortunately, the flash freezing technology and the small size of the shrimp makes it quite difficult to tell the difference between the two.

      3. I also love these little guys. My wife finally asked the folks at Trader Joes if they were coming back and she was told because of a price increase they were discontinued but keep checking. TJs often removes items when the price goes up but brings them back a few months later at an increased price. Go to TJs website and voice your support in getting them back.

        I did find them at Santa Monica Seafood, at a much higher price, on 6/18.

        Good Luck!

        1. Sounds like a similar taste might be rock shrimp which TJ's carried- I don't shop there anymore so no idea if a current product.

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          1. re: torty

            I visited a friend in central Florida, not realizing what a non-foodie she was. The culinary highlight of my entire trip (and the only one, BTW) was the broiled rock shrimp at Dixie Crossroads. I'd fly there again to eat there a couple of times.

          2. I had the same issues, but I only got the argentine shrimp one time, went back the next week for more because they tasted so good and they were GONE!!!

            I am sad to hear they are not in inventory.

            1. They are available fresh at Santa Monica Seafood for $15.99/lb.