As the summer heat sets in it can be hard to find food that sounds appealing, but one meal that will keep you cool is Shrimp Ceviche. The refreshing dish is light and bright, so it won’t weight you down. Plus, you won’t have to turn on your oven or stove to cook it since requires no actual heat. Of Peruvian origin, ceviche is fish or seafood marinated in citrus juices, which then “cook” the fish.
Typically prepared in lime or lemon juice with spices like Slap Ya Mama seasoning, people can also add chopped onion, salt and cilantro to the fish. Ceviche can come with any side dish, often it is placed with sweet potato, lettuce, corn, or avocado. The dish isn’t cooked with heat, so it must be prepared fresh or frozen properly to minimize the risk of food poisoning.
The most important thing to do is making sure your fish is fresh. Buying the fish, the day you are going to cook it is highly recommended and putting it in the freezer as soon as you get home to ensure freshness.
If it is your first time making ceviche there are a few tips to make your dish perfect. While most fish work, the best kinds are semi-firm white-fleshed ocean fish like sea bass, grouper or flounder. When you start to prepare the fish make sure to remove the bloodline, the dark red portion on the fillet or your dish will have a fishy flavor.
Chefs recommend marinating the fish for a least 10 to 20 minutes, however marinating it over an hour can risk the fish falling apart. To make ceviche properly you need enough lemon or lime juice. It’s recommended to have ½ of juice to 1 pound of fish.
As always don’t forget your Slap Ya Mama Seasoning to make your ceviche the best dish this summer.
Cajun Shrimp Casserole
Here in Louisiana, we love seafood and one of our favorite seafood staples is shrimp. Just like out of a scene from Forrest Gump, we like our shrimp fried, boiled, barbecued, and any way in between. However, sometimes life gets so busy that cooking an elaborate meal becomes difficult. Casseroles are a great way to make a large amount of food, with minimal cleanup and of course: a delicious taste.
Here at Slap Ya Mama, our seasonings can add the flavor you desire to any dish. This hearty Cajun dinner recipe is filled with shrimp, cheese, rice and its cajun flair with okra, bell peppers and Slap Ya Mama seasoning.
- 2 pounds peeled, large fresh shrimp
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 small red onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups fresh or frozen sliced okra
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of shrimp soup
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning (for those who like it hot, try our HOT Cajun Seasoning)
- 3 cups cooked long-grain rice
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Garnishes: quartered lemon slices, fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs
How to Make It
- Peel shrimp; devein, if desired.
- Melt 1/4 cup butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and next 3 ingredients; sauté 7 minutes or until tender. Add garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Stir in okra, lemon juice, and salt; sauté 5 minutes. Add shrimp, and cook 3 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Stir in soup and next 4 ingredients until blended. Pour into a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with Parmesan cheese.
- Bake at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes or until casserole is bubbly and cheese is lightly browned. Garnish, if desired.
- (10-ounce) package frozen onions and peppers may be substituted for fresh onion and bell peppers.
- (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup may be substituted for cream of shrimp soup.
We love to hear feedback on our recipes here at Slap Ya Mama! If you try this delicious casserole and it was a hit with you and your loved ones, let us know in the comments. Happy Cooking!
- 2 - 3 1/2 pound spaghetti squash
- 6 Tbsp butter, divided
- 1 1/2 pound large shrimp; fresh, peeled, deveined & rinsed
- 2 large shallots, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 Tbsp capers
- 1 tsp Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning
- 1 tsp Slap Ya Mama Hot Blend Seasoning
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Using a fork, pierce squashes all over. Place on baking sheet and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until tender. Let cool 15 minutes. Slice squash in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out seeds and discard. Using a fork, shred squash meat into a large bowl and set aside. Toss out skin. In a large cast iron skillet, melt 1 Tbsp of butter over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and 1 tsp of Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning and cook until shrimp are pink and firm, about 5 minutes. Remove shrimp and set aside. In the same skillet, add 1 Tbsp of butter over medium-high heat. Add shallots and garlic, sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add white wine and chicken broth, increase heat to high. Bring to a boil and let boil until liquid is reduced by two-thirds. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in remaining 4 Tbsp of butter, cream, capers and 1 Tbsp of Slap Ya Mama Hot Blend Seasoning. Cook until butter is completely melted. Stir in squash and shrimp. Top with chopped parsley and serve.
Serves Approximately 6
Looking for some Cajun seafood recipes for dinner? Try Slap Ya Mama’s Seafood Lasagna. Our zesty Cajun lasagna features shrimp, crabmeat, and crawfish complete with Slap Ya Mama’s etouffee sauce to really pack a punch in flavor. See full recipe ingredients and prep time.
- 1 16oz Jar of Slap Ya Mama Etouffee Sauce
- 1 lb Shrimp, Peeled & Deveined
- ½ lb Crab Meat
- ½ lb Crawfish Tails (if available)
- ½ Cup Water
- 12 Lasagna Noodles
- 4 cups Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
- ¾ Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
- 15 oz Ricotta Cheese
- 1 Egg
In a 6 quart pot, add Slap Ya Mama Etouffee Sauce, shrimp, crab and crawfish. (If you don’t have access to crawfish, you can substitute with ½ pound more of shrimp or crab). Add ½ cup of water. Bring to a light boil, cover and let simmer for 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let rest.
Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for approximately 12 minutes. Drain noodles and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese and egg.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
To assemble, spread half of the etouffee sauce mixture in the bottom of a 9” x 13” baking dish. Arrange 6 lasagna noodles lengthwise over etouffee sauce. Spread half of the ricotta cheese mixture over noodles. Layer with one half of mozzarella over ricotta cheese. Spread remaining half of etouffee sauce mixture over mozzarella and sprinkle ¼ cup parmesan cheese. Layer another 6 lasagna noodles and remaining ricotta cheese, mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Cover with foil, making sure it doesn’t touch the cheese.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 30 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
In a large pot, fill half way with water, add Slap Ya Mama Seafood Boil, add halved lemon, place on high heat and bring to a rolling boil. Once boiling, add shrimp and cover. Bring to a rolling boil again, uncover and boil for 3 to 4 minutes. (If your burner brings to a boil slower than others then boil shrimp for a shorter period. If it’s quick to bring to a boil, boil shrimp for a longer period.) Remove shrimp from pot; place into a large bowl or on a serving tray, squeeze juice of sectioned lemon over shrimp and sprinkle evenly with Slap Ya Mama Seafood Boil. Serve with your favorite cocktail sauce or butter sauce and enjoy.
Note: You may also boil vegetables, such as corn, potatoes, sweet onions, whole garlic and mushrooms. We often boil veggies first, then place in a large bowl and cover with foil. Then boil shrimp in the same water, adding a few more tablespoons of Slap Ya Mama Seafood Boil to the water before adding shrimp.
Note: We use approximately 3 Tbsp (1.5 ounces) of Slap Ya Mama Seafood Boil for every pound of shrimp, crawfish, crab or vegetable.
Serving Size: 4
Crab Cake Recipe
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Ready in: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 green onions, chopped
- 3/8 cup olive oil
- 1 (16 ounce) can canned crabmeat drained
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Slap Ya Mama Original Cajun Seasoning
- Slap Ya Mama White Pepper Blend
- 1 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs) or regular dry bread crumbs
- 8 ounces buttery round crackers, crushed
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a skillet over high heat. Sauté green onions briefly until tender; cool slightly.
Combine crabmeat, sautéed green onions, egg, mayonnaise, dry mustard, crushed crackers, Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning (White Pepper Blend). Form into ½ inch thick patties. Coat the patties with bread crumbs.
Heat ½ cup oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Cook cakes until golden brown on each side. Drain briefly on paper towels and serve hot.