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Apr 22, 2012 05:34 PM

Wild Caught Shrimp YYC

Where can I find good wild-caught shrimp at a good price in YYC? None of the grocery stores I have been to have anything wild-caught and the fish markets are uber-expensive. I'd love some direction!

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  1. T & T will sometimes have live shrimp. Don't know if they are wild. Also the BC spot prawn season opens the first week of May and T & T will sometimes carry them, live, and they are wild and sustainable. Two caveats: They are not cheap, and if you are unfamiliar with spot prawns, do some homework as they are delicate and go downhill quickly after being, ummm... dispatched, and cleaned. But they are worth it.

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    1. re: Scary Bill

      Just got back from a week on an island in the strait of Georgia... We were pulling prawn traps every day and feasting every night.

      If you can find live spot prawns in town, they're unbelievable. Taste is almost as strong as lobster.

    2. I can't vouch for price, but Pelican Pier on 14th Street NW carries wild shrimp.

      1. The North Sea Fish Market in crowfoot has frozen BC spot prawns. Head still intact which is kind of nice.

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        1. re: piano boy

          Be careful when you buy spot prawns with the heads still on. The prawn has an enzyme in it that makes the flesh turn to mush very quickly. The best prawns are trap caught with the head removed and then frozen at sea in sea water. A great company that I use is called Organic ocean (full disclosure - I work at a restaurant and we do buy from them). The fisherman is named Steve and he supplies them all over Canada and the USA. Bonus is that they are an Oceanwise species. They are pricey about $27 per pound but they are the best.
          Live spot prawn season is just about with us, but in Calgary I have found that the frozen ones are a better product consistently.

        2. Second endorsement of the live Spot Prawns @ T&T when the season starts, hopefully next week. A simple steam...plop on the newspaper covered table, have a few sauces on the side (Ginger lime aioli, butter, lemon, what ever turns your crank... or just plain), Great, great meal...pop a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and you're in heaven!

          1. Thank you, everyone, for the great posts! I cannot WAIT until next week! Spot prawns, here I come! :)