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Maine Shrimp -- Has the season started?

redbird Dec 3, 2007 12:35 PM

Wondering if anyone has seen Maine shrimp yet in any Boston-area markets. I'm craving shrimp and grits . . . TIA

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  1. itaunas RE: redbird Dec 3, 2007 12:46 PM

    The season started on 12/1, so maybe mid-week at fishmongers if we are lucky.

    1. trufflehound RE: redbird Dec 3, 2007 01:44 PM

      I remember last year I was at Courthouse Seafood and they weer still jumping. Now, that's fresh.

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        ipsofatso RE: trufflehound Dec 3, 2007 05:11 PM

        I will go hunt around Gloucester and be right back.....

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        gramercyfoodie RE: redbird Dec 3, 2007 05:57 PM

        oh this is exciting. i'm sick of shrimp frozen from asia. any good rec's on where to get? anywhere in boston proper?

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          BostonZest RE: gramercyfoodie Dec 3, 2007 06:39 PM

          I usually buy mine at Whole Foods but I'm sure other hounds will have alternate sources.

          Can't wait!

          Please report sitings. I don't have a car so I have to plan ahead to get some.

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            gramercyfoodie RE: BostonZest Dec 4, 2007 04:01 PM

            Thanks - so happy about this. A new perk of moving to Boston!

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              yumyum RE: BostonZest Dec 7, 2007 10:55 AM

              BZ -- I always get mine at Whole Foods too ... keep your eye out or call the Cambridge Street location (that's closest to you, right?) and ask them.

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              Dr.Jimbob RE: gramercyfoodie Dec 4, 2007 04:10 PM

              Not quite Boston proper, but Wulf's Seafood near Coolidge Corner in Brookline has lovely Maine shrimp, typically laden with tasty roe to boot.

              Wulf's Fish Market
              407 Harvard St, Brookline, MA

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                gramercyfoodie RE: Dr.Jimbob Dec 5, 2007 02:31 AM

                great tip. thanks very much.

            3. The Chowhound Team RE: redbird Dec 6, 2007 07:18 PM

              We've moved the discussion of recipes to the Home Cooking board, at http://www.chowhound.com/topics/467195

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                Gabatta RE: redbird Dec 6, 2007 07:26 PM

                They had an appetizer special featuring ME shrimp at Sorrelina this evening. No one at our table tried it though.

                1. steinpilz RE: redbird Dec 7, 2007 07:28 AM

                  Whole Foods on River Street in Cambridge has them ($6/lb), also Nantucket scallops ($25/lb).

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                    silver queen RE: steinpilz Dec 7, 2007 08:21 AM

                    shell on or off?

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                      ScubaSteve RE: steinpilz Dec 7, 2007 09:09 AM

                      head on or off?

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                        steinpilz RE: ScubaSteve Dec 7, 2007 10:47 AM

                        Shell on, head off. I tried looking at the roe to guess freshness but I didn't see much. Enjoy!

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                          ScubaSteve RE: steinpilz Dec 7, 2007 12:40 PM

                          dang. thanks anyway.

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                            steinpilz RE: ScubaSteve Dec 8, 2007 04:00 PM

                            Here's something interesting I just saw at the Monterey Fish Market site re:head-on shrimp:

                            "Called 'Ame-Ebi' in Japanese meaning, 'sweet shrimp' the name is truly descriptive of this deliciously sweet firm textured shrimp. In the Alaskan fishery the shrimp are immediately de-headed as they come on board. Therefore we have never had a problem with mushy textured shrimp, a problem common to the head-on California fishery."

                            I have to admit that trufflehound's image of jumping Maine shrimp at Courthouse Seafood was appealing. I've seen jumping brown shrimp in Chinatown in NYC, but not yet in Boston.

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                              itaunas RE: steinpilz Dec 9, 2007 07:53 AM

                              Courthouse usually gets them twice a week at the height of the season (possibly tuesday and thursday pm from past years, but check). They usually sell them head-on, but that can depend on suppliers. They also sell larger prawns head-on, as do oriental markets and Market Basket.

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                          Dr.Jimbob RE: ScubaSteve Dec 7, 2007 05:29 PM

                          When the aforementioned Wulf's has them, they have them shell on, head on, roe on.

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                          foodperv RE: steinpilz Dec 9, 2007 02:53 PM

                          when i hit the lottery i can buy the scallops for 25 bucks a pound
                          but in the mean time i have to work for my money, which means i have to buy real world scallops at 7-10 a pound

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                            steinpilz RE: foodperv Dec 9, 2007 03:46 PM

                            I understand that, I got the shrimp.

                        4. BostonZest RE: redbird Dec 8, 2007 04:49 PM

                          I has some from Whole Foods on River street. Delish! I'll share my Margarita Shrimp recipe as soon as I publish it.

                          The store on Westland said they would have them tomorrow. I may walk over and get more.

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                            hargau RE: redbird Dec 9, 2007 11:34 AM

                            I picked up some at Roche Brothers today. Fresh-never frozen-Heads lopped off. $5.99/lb.

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                              gyppielou RE: redbird Dec 9, 2007 03:58 PM

                              recipes for anything fresh maine shrimp would be lovely

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                                steinpilz RE: gyppielou Dec 9, 2007 04:12 PM

                                There's a thread on Home Cooking, linked/created above by the Chowhound folks.

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                                  Rubee RE: gyppielou Dec 9, 2007 04:47 PM

                                  Here's the link that steinpilz mentioned:


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                                    greengage RE: gyppielou Dec 12, 2007 06:48 AM

                                    I made these the other night--just did a quick saute with garlic, scallions, leeks, a little white wine and red pepper flakes and served them on top of polenta. They are fantastically good, though I haven't quite solved the shell dilemma. The little ones I eat shells and all, but the larger ones need a quick peel. Still, I don't want to shell them beforehand because you seem to lose that delicious juicy texture. I wouldn't serve them like that at a dinner party, but for a decadent little meal at home, there's nothing wrong in my opinion with just peeling-and-eating.

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