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Dec 29, 2011 04:29 PM

Maine Shrimp 2012... Can't wait!

Happy New Year All!
Anticipating the Maine shrimp harvest with baited breath.

Gather that the State cut the season short this season for various reasons...

Believe the season starts Jan. 1 this (next) year. If that's the case, any clues where we might be able to find some of these beauties, preferably with heads and roe, west or north of Boston?

We've never had the time to make a pilgrimage to the mid coast Maine region to do the Route 1 back of the pickup thing, but hoping someone knows of a source closer.

Also, anyone have foolproof preparation method?



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  1. Got some from Courtyard last year head on, still jumping. I cook them salt and pepper style. Coat in cornmeal, stir fry with chopped garlic, jalapeno, sweet peppers.

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    1. re: trufflehound

      do you mean Courthouse, and if not, where is Courtyard?

    2. I just eat them raw, ama-ebi style with a little rice, soy sauce, and wasabi. I'd imagine they'd also be good boiled in seawater like the Norwegian fishermen do it on their way back to port.

      Courthouse and New Deal in Cambridge both have the head-on ones regularly, but call ahead, as they also regularly run out.

      1. Here's an article from on this year's restricted season:

        1. David's Seafood on route 1 in Salisbury carries them.

          1. any news on where to find them? tried to order at legal some
            days back and was told that all their shrimp is frozen and that for some reason basically no restaurant would have local shrimp.

            downtown boston would be best, downtown portland a good alternative.

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            1. re: Scharn

              Whole Foods has carried them the last few years, though that's in NYC, not Boston. Glad to be forewarned about the limited supply.

              1. re: Scharn

                Last year I saw them @ Whole Foods in River, Courthouse, and New Deal. Try giving them a call.

                  1. re: typhoonfish

                    the first batch is usually the most expensive.

                  2. re: viperlush

                    thanks! any restaurants that serve them? I'm staying in a hotel.

                    1. re: Scharn

                      If anyone has them, today will be their first day on the menu, so it'll be tough to point you in the right direction. I'd check Island Creek Oyster Bar, Hungry Mother, Rialto, and others that served them last year.

                      Alternatively, you could buy some shrimp, some nori, and some soy sauce from New Deal (or Whole Foods near MGH) and buy a side of rice from a sushi place and DIY sushi in your hotel room. A six pack of beer would accompany it nicely. Classy? Maybe not, but you'll get a feast for a small price. :-)

                      New Deal Fish Market
                      622 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

                      1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

                      Hungry Mother
                      233 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02141

                      Island Creek Oyster Bar
                      500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

                      1. re: emannths

                        thanks for the suggestions, just called island creek and they do NOT have them and say they don't know if they will ever get them...

                      2. re: Scharn

                        If the Courthouse has them, you can buy them in the market, and have them cooked for you in the restaurant next door. Cost is $2 lb for the cooking. Beware, the restaurant closes at 7pm so you have to get there early.

                    2. re: Scharn

                      Just got this email from Dave's Pasta

                      SWEET MAINE SHRIMP ONLY $8/lb!!