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Jun 24, 2012 11:41 AM

Best fresh shrimp--Where to get?

We are in Mt. Washington; I am thinking of Bristol Farms in S. Pas. Any better ideas? What to look for and avoid (farmed, etc) would be helpful, too.

I want to try Ina Garten's roasted shrimp.


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      1. re: ipsedixit

        I get all my fish and shrimp from Seafood Paradise, but I think their frozen defrosted shrimp are farmed.

        They also have live Santa Barbara spot prawns in a tank, but I have not yet bought them because of the high price.

        1. re: suvro

          I bought 3 lbs of those giant, thrashing, live (wild-caught) SB suckers from Seafood Paradise for Mother's Day (my mom prefers live seafood to carnations) and took them home in a cooler with sea water they gave us from the holding tank...

          - Best darn shrimp I've had all year. We had a blast eating them.

          1. re: J.L.

            Awesome! Were they around $20/lb?
            How did you prepare them?

            1. re: suvro

              They were $22.99 per lb., as I recall.

              We prepared them in 5 different ways over 2 days:
              -Sashimi shrimp tail (we tempura-fried the heads)
              -Steamed (my personal favorite, as all the great flavors in the shrimp head are concentrated)

      2. You're not that far away from Fish King in Glendale. Great selection....always very fresh.

        1. Fish King has only frozen shrimp , defrosted. Great fresh fish selection.

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          1. re: miwine

            Wow....that surprises me. But that's for the info.

            1. re: perk

              i'm not sure why this surprises you. it's my understanding unless you see them swimming, or alive when hauled off a boat, they're frozen right on the boat after they're caught. at least in this country.
              once shrimp die, they don't last too long, i think, so unless they're kept alive, you might not want them.
              i'm happy to be corrected on this.

            1. re: Servorg

              Servorg- is LA Fish Co open to the public? Everything about it looks wholesale...

                  1. re: Servorg

                    whoa! check out those hours! I guess if I miss the San Pedro market I can just go straight there.

            2. I've been buying my Copper River from Bristol Farms....guaranteed fresh. All the other recommendations on this thread are fine. I've heard great things about LA Fish Company but have yet to try them. I would avoid anything farm raised...bleh.