Summer is the season of shrimp. Jumbo, Blackened, Southern, Cajun… there’s no limit to our love for this quintessential seafood classic.
Over in the Gulf of Mexico, the crustacean craze is especially abundant. From Key West to Texas’ dreamy offshore escapes, the region promises a wealth of ways to enjoy some serious shrimp dishes. You just need to know where to look…
Today, we’re embarking on a shrimpin’ safari of the Gulf Coast, exploring beloved regional flavors and a few of our favorite ways to enjoy them. Take a look, and rest assured… this is no “shrimp” of an adventure.
The lively streets of Key West complement the island’s alluring ocean vistas—but there’s more than a beautiful view to enjoy here. Below the surface, a bona fide shrimping paradise awaits. In fact, Key West even serves as the namesake for a popular type of shrimp, Key West Pinks, or Gulf Pink Shrimp. While the region is currently in-between seasons now—as the shrimp “cool off” during the hottest part of the year—with fall comes a lively return of these famous crustaceans, noted for their sweet, tender meat and large size.
When you find yourself in town, be sure to try a Floribbean spin on this classic shrimp. One popular take is from-the-grill shrimp, marinated in a citrusy blend the region has come to be known for. And don’t forget to enjoy the view! From famous spots like the Southernmost Point Buoy, you can admire the sparkling, clear blue water the Key West Pink is so frequently found in.
Another top Florida destination for shrimp? Panama City! The beloved beach town is a fishing and shrimping paradise, known for a different type of fish—the Gulf Brown, which is often found in deeper, darker water. A top destination (and choice photo op) for shrimp lovers has to be The Shrimp Boat, a seafood spot overlooking scenic St. Andrews Bay.
We’re hopping across the state for a detour on our shrimpin’ safari—because even though Oak Hill, a small town in Volusia County, is not on the Gulf, it’s sometimes dubbed the “Shrimping Capital of the East Coast,” making it worth the trip all the same. At this time of year, white shrimp is the name of the game—in nets off boats, docks and just about any other spot that offers a good grip on the action below.
Casinos, gorgeous shorelines and a lively spirit that blends the best of Gulf Coast and Southern living, Biloxi, Mississippi is a spot worth visiting on your shrimpin’ adventure. The city offers ample chances to catch and enjoy some shrimp of your own. Hop onto one of the region’s famous shrimping boats and learn about the water, the shrimp and the art of the sport along the way.
Here at Peach Valley, we pay homage to the shrimp styles of the South with dishes such as our Shrimp & Grits. It features jumbo shrimp, sautéed in a spicy lemon butter sauce and served up with peppers, onions, tomatoes… and, of course, some classic grits to round out this hearty meal.
Head a bit west over to New Orleans for another fresh take on shrimp—Cajun style. This cuisine is famous for flavorful spice blends and textures, such as those found in blackened shrimp (another flavorful option to enjoy here at Peach Valley!). Located on the Mississippi, with easy access out to the Gulf, New Orleans has long been in a prime position to build a shrimpin’ reputation for itself…and that it has. Beloved dishes such as shrimp po’ boys were born and raised here, and are certainly worth enjoying on your trip to the Big Easy. The best part? Even outside of Mardi Gras, the city’s famous streets—Canal, the Esplanade and more—come alive every day and night, all summer long. When you’re not on the water, popping into local lunch spots for shrimp and other delicious dishes is the name of the game. You never quite know what you’ll find here!
We’re rounding out our safari with a trip to East Texas, where spots all along the shore—from Galveston to Palacios, a small-town spot lovingly known as the Shrimp Capital of Texas. Head to its quiet shores and you’ll see why!
Palacios is located on Matagorda Bay, a Gulf Coast estuary noted for its shrimp and crab specialties. Other excursions worth enjoying, if you’re not out shrimping, include exploring nearby destinations like Indianola—a storied coastal ghost town—or Padre Island, a natural escape and the world’s largest barrier island.
Where will your love of shrimp take you this summer? Here’s a start—dig in right here at Peach Valley! Atop a salad or a classic Southern dish, our shrimp is sure to please: the perfect, poppable pairing to your breezy summer brunch.