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Rock Shrimp in south Florida

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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  1. 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. 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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      1. re: Blind Mind

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

        1. re: Dapa

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

      2. 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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        1. re: CFByrne

          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.?

          1. re: CFByrne

            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.

            1. re: freakerdude

              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.

              1. re: Blind Mind

                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.

          2. 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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            1. re: HotMelly

              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! :-)

                1. re: CFByrne

                  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.

                  1. re: brandon_w

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

                    Broiled, these things are addictive!

                    1. re: brandon_w

                      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.

                      1. re: honduranterror

                        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)

                        1. re: HotMelly

                          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. 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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                  1. re: CFByrne

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

                    1. re: CFByrne

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

                    2. CFByrne.Is that the pint sized Publix near Atlantic ?

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                      1. re: HotMelly

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

                        1. re: CFByrne

                          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 ???

                          1. re: HotMelly

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

                            1. re: HotMelly

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

                              1. re: HotMelly

                                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

                                  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.

                            2. 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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                              1. re: HotMelly

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

                                1. re: Blind Mind

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

                                  1. re: HotMelly

                                    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

                                    1. re: HotMelly

                                      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 !!

                                      1. re: albee

                                        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

                                        1. re: HotMelly

                                          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

                                          1. re: albee

                                            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

                                            1. re: albee

                                              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.

                                              1. re: HotMelly

                                                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. 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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                                  1. re: CFByrne

                                    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

                                    1. re: Blind Mind

                                      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. 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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                                    1. re: Frodnesor

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

                                    2. 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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                                      1. re: CFByrne

                                        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.


                                      2. 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.