TBR Thursday and How to Catch a Shrimp

Shrimp Boat with Flock of Sea GullsOr, as old-timers say in South Louisiana, “shwimps.”

Since Rene Delachaise has become such an integral part of the Sentinels series, I thought you might find it interesting to see what his boat, Dieu de la Mer, might look like. It’s a commercial shrimp trawler, and was a major setting in RIVER ROAD. You see a LOT of these in Plaquemines Parish, where Rene lives, and in Terrebonne Parish, the setting of the upcoming Wildlife Wardens series as well as the novella PIRATESHIP DOWN.

(By the way, I just saw the rough cover for PIRATESHIP and it is awesome! Stay tuned for a cover reveal in the next couple of weeks.)

Anyway, here’s how shrimp are caught. About 60 percent of all U.S. shrimp comes from coastal Louisiana.

Do you like shrimp? (If you’re allergic, so sorry!) What’s your favorite way to eat it? I’m a simple diner–give it to me boiled, seasoned, and the makings of a good cocktail sauce. In New Orleans seafood restaurants, you don’t get bottled cocktail sauce; you get some ketchup, some horseradish, and a bottle of hot sauce and mix your own! Leave a comment to be entered for a TBR mystery book.

15 thoughts on “TBR Thursday and How to Catch a Shrimp

  1. I like cold steamed shrimp either plain or on a salad. Unfortunately my boyfriend is allergic so I don’t get them very often.

  2. Forgive me for this (but in my defense I live in Michigan which is not know for great shrimp…). I have only twice in my life had shrimp that I thought tasted good, so I don’t actually know how I like it! Once was in a chowder-style soup, and once was at a Benihana-type place. I do know that I *really* don’t like it just sitting on a plate dipped in cocktail sauce. Blech. That was enough to make me not try it again for a few years.

  3. I have been on a boat like that a few times. One of my favourite destinations in Holland is the isle of Texel, and they offer a tour to see the seals, while they also put down the nets and trawl for shrimp. But I really dislike the taste and feel of them. I prefer mussels.

  4. The mid-west is not known for great seafood. I love shrimp…. My favorite seafood. The last time I went to China Buffet my wife made me count how many shrimp I ate = 78 !!!!!

  5. I’ve never had it any other way than with cocktail sauce, and while that’s okay it always felt a little..rubbery.

    Oh, wait — I think I had some sort of Vietnamese dish that involved shrimp once? I remember it being pretty good but I don’t remember what it was, exactly.

  6. I love shrimp cooked in many different ways. Some of my favorites are shrimp cocktail, shrimp scampi, lemon-garlic shrimp, and coconut shrimp with orange marmalade.

  7. I am a fan of shrimp and enjoy them prepared almost any way from the simply cooked and seasoned to a Thai style green curry. But my favorite may very well be a dim sum dish phonetically called har gow. They are shrimp dumplings, filling of seasoned shrimp folded within a pleated rice flour style of wrapper and then steam cooked.

  8. Fried shrimp is my favorite. I grew up in Houston, so once or twice a year we would collect all the coolers we could and go down to Galveston and buy pounds and pounds of shrimp fresh off the boat for all our friends & neighbors. Dad would set up sawhorse tables in the back yard and all the neighbors would peel and de-vein shrimp all afternoon. We’d put them in the old wax-covered milk cartons that mom had been saving for months. Clean the carton out well, fill with a mix of shrimp and water, then freeze. When you wanted to fix some shrimp, just peel off the wax covering of the milk carton. Ahhh….