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Apr 27, 2009 03:32 PM

Birmingham - Royal Reds?

Had some delicious grilled Royal Reds at Little Savannah last week and would love to grill up some of my own. Has anyone seen them for sale (retail) here? No one answered at Snapper Grabbers and Fish Market said sometimes they have them but had no idea on when next (tried to suggest standard gulf shrimp, which in no way taste the same).

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  1. I have seen them at V Richards a few times, but it has been a while...they might be a seasonal thing. Also check Whole Foods.

    You could call Little Savannah and ask who they get their seafood from, and then call them and see if they sell retail. I have bought seafood from places that sell both retail and wholesale.

    On the coast (I'm from Gulfport MS originally) you can find them at most quality seafood shops, but I think in Bham you may have to go with a specialty grocery store. But those Royal Reds are some delicious shrimp!

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    1. re: birminghamvisitor

      Yeah, I should have bought some when in Orange Beach weekend before last but I didn't have time. I thought about asking at Little Savannah but figured they bought wholesale. Will also check V. Richard's. Thanks

      1. re: Dax

        The only other place I can think of would be Empire Seafood located in Ensley (of all places!) Haven't used them in a couple of years, but they had good quality at fair prices.

        1. re: Dax

          I would call Snapper Grabbers again, as they do have them from time to time. Since royal reds are caught so far out and must be frozen on board at sea to keep them fresh, it is my understanding that once regular shrimp can be caught closer to shore, the fishermen stop going so far out for the reds.

          As a side note, Snapper Grabbers is also selling the ribeyes that are on the menu at Highlands. I believe they were around $12.99 each. Can't remember the specific kind.

          1. re: eatyourveggies1

            They had them at Crestline Seafood Company this past weekend. I bet they still have some. They looked great!!

            1. re: LCSteiner

              The Cajun Steamer at Patton Creek in Hoover has them on the menu. Have never tried them.

              1. re: SkippyLeBeef

                Sexton's in Cahaba Heights often has them.

                1. re: SkippyLeBeef

                  Have you ever been?? They're opening one in Huntsville. Just wondering if it's worthwhile or if it's Joe's Crab Shack revisited.


        2. Piggly Wiggly on the corner of Montgomery Hwy and Oxmoor in Homewood has them for $8.99/lb., and they are wonderful. We have been getting them there for the past several months and have never been disappointed.

          1. I've never heard of Royal Reds. How are they different from other Gulf shrimp and how can I best cook them at home? I'm excited about a new seafood prospect!

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            1. re: bryantuga

              Being fairly new to Alabama they were a new to me, but they're found in very deep waters off the coast of Florida and the Gulf. Since they're found in such deep waters, they're flash frozen aboard the vessels. They are very red and have large heads/antennae. I think they're sweeter than their standard Gulf cousins and take even less time to cook.

            2. A year after your original query, and now Publix (at least the one on Montclair Road) is carrying Royal Reds. I just bought two pounds for the freezer -- I've never had them before and am curious. Any recipe suggestions? I read that they cook faster than other shrimp and shouldn't be salted because they're salted when frozen. BTW, the woman working the fish counter said they didn't used to carry them much but have had a lot of requests so are ordering them more.

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              1. re: Mediumgoof

                I think a quick steam or boil is best. Grilled, while good, just didn't bring out their full flavor. Serve with butter and perhaps lemon. I had some at a place in Orange Beach last weekend and I guess they overcooked them because the shells pulled off a lot of the meat with each one. When properly cooked, nearly the entire shell seems to fall off with a gentle pulling.

                1. re: Dax

                  Forgot to ask the price per pound at that Publix?

                  1. re: Dax

                    We saw them over at Publix on Valleydale. I don't remember the price exactly, but think it was either $9.99/lb or $12.99/lb.

                    I agree the best way I've found to prepare the reds is to boil or steam. For boiling I like to use a bit of shrimp and crab boil with lemon slices in the water, or just some dry old bay (not too much) when steaming them.

                    1. re: Jannae

                      Ran by Publix last night, and confirmed the Royal Reds are $12.99/lb.

                      1. re: Jannae

                        I was at Sexton's last week and bought 7lbs for...I think it was $8.99/lb. They had many frozen cases so they thought it would be a while before they ran out. I was there again this week and they had more out, but I didn't catch what they were charging.

                        At Snapper Grabbers yesterday, they had none in stock and didn't know when they would be getting any more.

                        Last week, the Pig in Crestline was selling them for $9.99/lb, I think.

                        1. re: deepfriedkudzu

                          I spoke to someone at Crestline seafood and they were currently out but about to order more. The guy said he was selling head off for about $13.99/lb. I would definitely pay a premium for headless royal reds as the heads are huge and pretty much worthless for stock, thus a waste of money. I made a stock with some heads and shells one time and it smelled like ... god I think I just threw up in my mouth a little thinking about it. $9.99/lb is awesome. I may buy up 5 lbs or so.

                          1. re: deepfriedkudzu

                            The pig in crestline currently has them for $7.49/lb head off, which is a steal. The guy said they are on special and will increase to $10+/lb tomorrow. I bought a 5 lb bag of frozen ones.

                            1. re: Dax

                              Apparently once a year I post about RRs, so here's another update -- got some tonight at Fish Market, head on, and they were really good: sweet, salty, almost more like crab legs than shrimp. (The previous batch I had was good, but I felt like not worth the hype.) As suggested by the fishmonger, I did a sort of saute/steam in butter, olive oil, garlic and wine. The heads made a really good broth -- Dax, maybe they wouldn't be good for standalone stock, but for sopping up from the bottom of the bowl with bread, they were awesome. They were I think $9/lb and he said he usually keeps them in stock because his girlfriend loves them.