This Pickled Shrimp recipe is a Southern favorite you could eat year round.
By Susan Benton
Chef Frank Stitt, James Beard winner best chef in the Southeast, and owner of Bottega, Bottega Cafe, Chez Fon Fon, and Highlands Bar & Grill in Birmingham, Alabama says, ““We are motivated by the seasonality of the Gulf Coast fishing industry. We create our menu around the most pristine, impeccable fish we can get our hands on. This should hold true for the home cook as well. Go with it, improvise your menu around it, and always make a point to choose the freshest, best fish you can get.”
- 3 lbs. boiled shrimp, cleaned and deveined (see below)
- 2 med. onions, quartered
- 1 c. extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1½ tsp. celery seed
- 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp. fennel seeds
- 1 tsp. mustard seeds
- 1 tsp/ coriander seeds
- 14 bay leaves
- 4 dried hot chili peppers
- 1 tsp. freshly ground white pepper
- ½ cup fresh lemon juice
- Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and toss thoroughly. Pack everything into a large glass jar, cover, and refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to come together. Serve as an hors d’oeuvre with toothpicks and napkins.
Susan Benton is the go to resource for foodies visiting Pensacola to Panama City Beach. She is a food and travel journalist with published articles and photography in many local, regional and national publications. Her website is 30AEATS.com where she writes about the secrets of Gulf Coast food.