ABOUT The shrimp
Royal Red Shrimp are the most delicate variety of the shrimp family harvested in along the Gulf Coast. Found along the continental shelf at depths from 1,200 to 2,500 feet these vibrant red shrimp never see the light of day creating their unique sweet and tender taste. Most people explain the difference between royal red and traditional shrimp by their vast size and lobster-like flavor.
These tasty crustaceans cook in about half the time as your traditional shrimp variety, you’ll note they when over cooked they get mushy opposed to rubbery as with common shrimp.
Royal Red is a tastier species compared to the pink, white, and brown varieties. While few had even heard of the Royal Red before the mid-90s, it has since grown to be immensely popular with locals and well-informed tourists along the Gulf Coast. Royal Red Shrimp can be identified by their large size, rich crimson color and their naturally salty and flavorful taste that has been compared to both Lobster and Bay Scallops.
When to Get it: While this breed, like other breeds of Alabama Shrimp, can be found all year long, Royal Red season runs from late summer through the end of fall. If you’re hungry for the freshest possible Royal Reds, try ordering them during the peak month of September.