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HotMelly Aug 31, 2009 09:06 AM

Any idea of a fish market in Palm Beach county that sells Rock Shrimp?
I had some for the second time last weekend on a trip to Grills at Port Canaveral. They were fantastic. I think they grilled theirs.

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    theresheblowws Aug 31, 2009 01:37 PM

    I know they sell them raw/frozen at old dixie seafood on federal highway in boca. Thats the only place i have been able to find them.

    1. Blind Mind Aug 31, 2009 06:21 PM

      Not sure if you have a Fresh Market up there but they have them. I get them at the FM in my neighborhood in Coconut Grove and I believe they are around $11.99/lb. Very good too. I like to peel and then saute them with some pasta.

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        Dapa Apr 19, 2010 07:11 AM

        Fresh Market in Coconut Grove no longer carries rock shrimp. I was told because of a lack of demand.

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          lax2mia Apr 19, 2010 01:58 PM

          Figures. Grove-ites won't even experiment w/ food from their own backyard. They probably sell more salmon than anything else.

      2. CFByrne Sep 1, 2009 04:51 AM

        Not a fish market, but you can get them as an app/meal at the Whale's Rib on A1A in Deerfield.

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          albee Sep 3, 2009 02:25 PM

          I have had rock shrimp at Dixie Crossroads in Titusville.. I believe that is where they first became popular because they devised a system for splitting the shell by machine . They broil them and they are fantastic. How do they prepare them at the Whales Rib.?

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            freakerdude Sep 7, 2009 05:45 PM

            Yes, I just saw Whales Rib on D3 (Diners, Drive Ins , and Dives). I think they only showed the rock shrimp on the intro. So I would like to know what it is about rock shrimp that makes them so desirable? Are they supposed to be a sweeter meat than other skrimps? Or is that tiger skrimps?

            Those baked oysters Whales Rib style look great. So does that beer batter dolphin sandwich and everything else they serve.

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              Blind Mind Sep 8, 2009 06:43 AM

              Rock shrimp are like mini lobster tails in that they are similar in flavor and texture. They also color like lobster when cooked. Very yummy.

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                Dapa Apr 19, 2010 07:32 AM

                We had rock shrimp at Saltwater Cowboys in St. Augustine and thought they are incredible. We recently had them again at Dixie Crossroads in Titusville. While my wife was happy I was disappointed. Mine did not have much taste at all. During the same trip we purchased quite of bit of frozen rock shrimp at Wild Ocean Seafood Market. My wife is going to experiment because I think a lot depends on the method of preparation and the recipe.

                I noticed one can order from Wild Ocean a package of about 4 lbs, with shells of course, for $50 plus shipping and taxes.

                Saltwater Cowboys is a fantastic restaurant by the way, notwithstanding the strange name.

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            HotMelly Sep 1, 2009 09:04 AM

            CF...That is where I tasted rock shrimp for the first time.Whale's Rib..They are good.
            Blind...I think there is a Fresh Market in Wellington. I need to check it out.

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              rainroosty Sep 2, 2009 08:06 AM

              Watch out Melly, I'll be able to smell 'em cookin' from my house! :-)
              Oooh, how I love them rock shrimp!
              Used to get them for $3.99 a pound, about 25 years ago. Used to put bunches of them on a sheet of foil, with butter and garlic, then ball it up and throw it on the grill. Then you drink beers. Then some more beers. Then you'd take 'em off the grill and they were delicious. The ones towards the outside of the ball were cooked kind of well and their shells got blackened...the ones towards the inside of the ball were cooked nice and light. I liked the blackened ones because the shells got all nice and tasty :-) Hey, they were great with all them beers! :-)

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                yayajac Sep 6, 2009 07:18 PM

                rainroosty - amen!!!

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                CFByrne Sep 2, 2009 05:20 PM


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                  brandon_w Sep 4, 2009 07:28 AM

                  You can buy them direct from Wild Ocean Seafood up in Titusville. They also operate Dixie Crossroads. We get our shrimp for the restaurant from them, i'm not sure what the cost is for retail sales, but they are available shell on, or block frozen P/D which is much easier. They ship to your door I think.

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                    cavandre Sep 4, 2009 08:24 AM

                    Their website is: http://www.wildoceanmarket.com/

                    Broiled, these things are addictive!

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                      honduranterror Sep 7, 2009 08:59 AM

                      I used to live in Titusville and I know the family that runs Wild Ocean Seafood. I can tell you that right now the retail price for split and clean Rock is $13/lb. These shrimp are caught in the East Coast of Florida, not the Gulf (which taste a bit different) and are split by hand-fed machines and then hand processed at the facility in Titusville. Mind you there are about 3-4 dozen in each pound, so the cost per dozen ends up being around $3 to $4. But you can buy them with the head on for just $3 /LB and I there is about 2 dozen in each Lb! I would buy them head on even though they are a pain to deal with. The way they do shipping is they charge you for the product, there is $15 packaging fee (dry ice, cooler, etc) and whatever UPS charges to ship it out.. which I think to Palm Bay if you wanted to ship out 5-10 lbs would be no more than $10-$15.

                      Hope that helped even though it was probably too much information. Oh yeah, you have to call it in to order them.

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                        HotMelly Sep 8, 2009 04:14 AM

                        CFByrne....Went to the Fresh Market in Wellington yesterday. The guy that works in the meats & seafood said they never have carried rock shrimp , So I spent my money on chocolate(not a total loss)

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                          Blind Mind Sep 8, 2009 06:48 AM

                          Could be that different FMs get different product because I can assure you Ive bought rock shrimp at the FM in Coconut Grove about a dozen times. They come with the shell on and when it wasnt busy the clerk there has offered to peel and de-vein them for me. I declined but appreciated the offer because those shells are a lot harder than normal shrimp and I usually get a few cuts peeling them.

                2. CFByrne Nov 17, 2009 12:01 PM

                  Suddenly I'm seeing Rock Shrimp tail meat (peeled, previously frozen) on sale in several places in SoFla. Whole Foods on Glades in Boca Raton had it last week. My local Publix also now has it (on Federal Hwy in Delray). About $11/lb in both places.

                  I should check on the country of origin, that would be interesting, to see if we can determine what these "really" are. Who knows, these days. For all I know it could be farm-raised tilapia formed into shrimp-sized nuggets (kidding, but only a little bit).

                  Boca's Restaurant
                  2901 W Oakland Park Blvd, Oakland Park, FL 33311

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                    freakerdude Nov 17, 2009 04:26 PM

                    ugh....just the thought of farm raised tilapia processed into shrimp sized nuggets.

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                      CFByrne Nov 18, 2009 05:24 AM

                      I checked and the "price label" on the ones at Publix say "Wild, Product of US".

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                      HotMelly Nov 18, 2009 09:05 AM

                      CFByrne.Is that the pint sized Publix near Atlantic ?

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                        CFByrne Nov 19, 2009 04:35 AM

                        Yes, my local Publix that def has them is the one on Federal Hwy about 4 blocks N of Atlantic.

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                          HotMelly Nov 21, 2009 05:32 AM

                          CFByrne.I want to thank you so much . I drove the 10 miles down to your Publix, and YES, they did have rock shrimp. I bought two bags, one pound each. The lady that helped me was the seafood manager I believe. We talked for 15 minutes. Very friendly person. NOW, I have only had them broiled at Whale's Rib and Dixie Crossroads. Any other suggestions on preparation? I think they might be good on the grill. Any recs ???

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                            cavandre Nov 21, 2009 05:56 AM

                            I don't believe you can improve on them broiled with some melted butter on the side...but that's me!

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                              Blind Mind Nov 23, 2009 06:05 AM

                              I shell them and saute them and add them to pasta with a garlic butter sauce or a light cream sauce.

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                                CiaoCane Nov 23, 2009 08:33 AM

                                I recommend them in a pasta recipe I have had at Mario Batali's Babbo in NYC and made at home many times, it is absolutely delicious.


                                Soppressata is a cured salami from Calabria, Italy. If you have trouble finding soppressata, you may substitute chorizo or another spicy cured meat.

                                1 pound black spaghetti
                                2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
                                4 cloves garlic, sliced
                                6 ounces fresh rock shrimp
                                1 cup soppressata, chopped
                                4 tablespoons jalapeno pesto (see recipe below)
                                1 cup scallions, sliced
                                Salt and freshly ground black pepper

                                Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil and 2 tablespoons of salt. Add the spaghetti to the pot and cook until tender yet al dente, about 6 to 7 minutes.
                                While the pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a 12-14 inch sauté pan over medium high heat. Sauté garlic, rock shrimp and soppressata until the garlic is toasted and the shrimp are cooked just through. Add the jalapeno pesto.
                                Drain pasta and add it to the sauté pan. Toss gently to coat the pasta with the sauce.
                                Divide pasta evenly among four warmed plates. Sprinkle with scallions and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately

                                Makes 4 Servings

                                Jalapeno Pesto:
                                3 cups Jalapeno peppers, roughly chopped
                                ½ cup sliced almonds
                                ½ cup red onions, chopped
                                ½ cup extra virgin olive oil

                                Place all ingredients in the food processor until pureed. Reserve leftover jalapeno pesto in the refrigerator for up to one month.

                                1. re: HotMelly
                                  CFByrne Nov 24, 2009 06:21 AM

                                  Glad to help HotMelly. Yes, that lady is there in the mornings and she's worked there for atleast 4 years or so. She'll special order me just about anything I want, so that's nice. For example around Christmas she'll bring in scungilli (northern conch). Yum. Let us know what Rock Shrimp recipes you came up with and how they turned out.

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                              HotMelly Nov 29, 2009 07:37 AM

                              Ok, Here is what I made.... I kept googling rock shrimp recipes and this one kept popping up, so I tried it.. It's probaby one of those "copycat" sites but I tried the Red Lobster recipe called" Red Lobster Rock Shrimp Creole" It was very good. I only used one pound of the rock shrimp and 10 sea scallops. I would make it again. Now I have one more pound of rock shrimp to go.

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                                Blind Mind Nov 29, 2009 11:05 AM

                                They are also awesome tempura style with a spicy mayo. Im sure there is a recipe for that out there.

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                                  HotMelly Jan 9, 2010 11:12 AM

                                  Stopped in the Publix at LeChalet and Military in Boynton.They had rock shrimp on sale for $8.99 a pound

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                                    albee Jan 11, 2010 07:24 AM

                                    HotMelly, Thanks for the post, but I cannot find the location. The only Publix I can find is in the vicinity of Military and Woolbright Can you be more specific ? I am in Delray

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                                      albee Jan 11, 2010 07:39 AM

                                      HotMelly, Just located the store in Aberdeen. I called and they said they don't know anything about Rock Shrimp. Now I am not only hungry but also puzzled. Help !!

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                                        HotMelly Jan 11, 2010 07:56 AM

                                        albee...I just looked it up. There phone # is 561-369-3500. It is on the southwest corner of Military and LeChalet. I swear, I was just there Saturday.Did you talk to someone in seafood? Try again with the number I gave you. Let me know

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                                          albee Jan 12, 2010 06:57 AM

                                          HotMelly. I am sorry. You are 100% correct. The guy I spoke to the other day did not know what he was talking about. I just got off the phone with the store and was told they have Rock Shrimp as you said shelled and cleaned at $8.99 per lb. Thanks Again Albee

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                                            albee Jan 13, 2010 12:03 PM

                                            Success at last . I called Publix Customer Service and they called me back and said they had Rock Shrimp in the warehouse and they would send it to a store of my choice and the seafood manager of that store would call me when it arrived. Good to know that they offer such a great service

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                                              HotMelly Jan 13, 2010 12:44 PM

                                              albee.That's fantastic, glad I could help. Which Publix are you going to recommend carry the rock shrimp in Delray?
                                              I made some last night. I broiled them in butter , then I put a toothpick in each one and dipped them in warm butter.So yummy.

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                                                albee Jan 16, 2010 08:19 AM

                                                The one at Jog and Linton. They actually recieved a large sealed plastic bag from your Publix at Aberdeen. (about 10 pounds) , I don't think they will carry it regularly because they have the smallest fish department I have seen in a store of its size. As a matter of fact when you go to the fish counter you have o wait for someone to come out from the back to serve you

                                2. CFByrne Feb 19, 2011 02:10 AM

                                  On special last night at Hurricane Alley in Boynton. I got a pound for $10.95, in shell with side of melted butter. Spent about half hour in rock shrimp happy land. Fingers sore this morning but I'm still smiling. :-)
                                  Not sure how long or how often they are/will have them.

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                                    Blind Mind Feb 20, 2011 07:09 AM

                                    Those buggers really work the ol' fingas, eh? When Fresh Market used to carry them, the woman behind the seafood counter used to peel and de-vein them for me when it wasn't busy. That was huge! I miss having the opportunity to buy them. Anyone know of another spot to grab rock shrimp in Miami?

                                    Fresh Market
                                    2640 S Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33133

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                                      CFByrne Feb 20, 2011 07:24 AM

                                      If you look further up in this thread you'll see they are now sold at some (many?) Publix seafood counters. Peeled and deveined.

                                  2. Frodnesor Feb 20, 2011 07:23 AM

                                    Just last week I found rock shrimp, shelled, at the Whole Foods in Aventura/Hallandale. I believe they were previously frozen but I find they hold up to freezing pretty well. Threw them on top of a home-made pizza w escarole and chorizo (MGF&D cookbook) - good stuff.

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                                      Blind Mind Feb 22, 2011 02:38 PM

                                      Hell yeah, man! That's what I'm talkin about! I'll check WF in SoMi. Thanks!

                                    2. CFByrne Jan 21, 2012 07:59 AM

                                      Saturday Road Trip!

                                      A new fish market opened recently in North Palm Beach... have not been yet - but am hearing good things. From today's "Cod and Capers" Facebook page:

                                      "Today is the last day to take advantage of the current specials we have! If you have never tried rock shrimp, stop in and take advantage of our special this week! FRESH ROCK SHRIMP MEAT (peeled and deveined) straight from Fernandina Beach, FL. Never frozen. They come straight from the boat to us. They are tender, sweet and have an almost lobster-like texture. There's no work involved. They make great popcorn shrimp, are excellent in pasta dishes and cook in NO TIME! Makes for an easy and delicious dinner. On sale for just $11.95/lb this week - we do not always have this item available.

                                      Also on special this week is Dolphin Fillet for $10.95/lb and Whole FL Keys Yellowtail Snapper for $7.95/lb."


                                      1201 U.S. Highway One, North Palm Beach, FL 33408
                                      (N of Northlake Blvd, S of PGA)

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                                        freakerdude Jan 21, 2012 08:07 AM

                                        Cod & Capers is definitely not new as they have been around for 28 years. My mom has used them consistently for over 20 years. It's only a new location for them and now within walking distance for her. Those are good prices for even whole yellowtail. Thanks for the heads up.


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                                        HotMelly Jan 21, 2012 12:44 PM

                                        Oh durn, I just got back from Termarsch Groves to get some wonderful orange juice. I wish I would have known, I would have stopped and got some rock shrimp. I live in lake Worth.

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