Friday, April 15, 2016

Mayport Shrimp

Mayport is a small fishing village at the mouth of St. John's River in Duval County, Florida.  There is nothing fancy or quaint about the village.  It is rustic with good working people.  The shrimp that comes out of Mayport is out of this world:  it is sweet; it is outstanding.  It is good!

Whenever we have company, we take them to Singleton's Shrimp Shack for a treat--steamed shrimp.  The interior consists of unpainted tables, odd chairs, and plywood floors.

Before seating or after the shrimp feast, it is always interesting to take a look at the many carving of various shrimp boats on display.

Any time I go out to Mayport I buy a pound or two of shrimp from the fish market.

Well at home, I put the stock pot on the stove and fill it with water and add Old Bay spice and sometimes a bundle of fresh dill from the garden.  Once the water is boiling, I dump the shrimp in, head and all.  When the shrimp is pink, it is ready.

Other times, I may cook the shrimp in beer if available.  If not, I also like to cook the shrimp in water with apple cider vinegar added.

There is no need to doctor up the Mayport shrimp too much and there is no reason to even try elaborate recipes.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

The picture of the shrimp boat coming into Mayport is yours truly,
the other two are borrowed.

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