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.
It’s easy to find popcorn shrimp, in fact, we are a popcorn shrimp nation. We are enthralled by endless shrimp platters and all-you-can-eat seafood buffets and love overstuffed po’boys, steaming bowls of scampi, takeout containers dripping with kung pao, and one of Louisiana’s favorite: Cajun seasoned shrimp. However, for those of us, that know shrimp know that popcorn shrimp is a fraud.
Increasingly, cooks are always wondering if we are eating the right shrimp. Like much of the food we eat, shrimp comes with issues: sustainability, eating locally and guarding against disease. In a chef’s world, the wonder what tastes the best. Almost 90 percent of the American shrimp supply is imported mostly from India, Thailand, and Indonesia. However, it has been a tough couple of years for imported shrimp due to an incurable bacterial disease that has devastated many shrimp farms.
Luckily in New Orleans and other shrimping capitals of the South, shrimp is still in good supply. When chefs look at the type of shrimp that they will be using, it all depends on the dish and region. South Carolinians insist on white shrimp whereas some people grew up on the wild taste of brown shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico. Pink shrimp have their fanbase as well as the Royal Reds.
In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Louisiana residents formed the White Boot Brigade, named after the shrimper’s rubber footwear and began a nationwide campaign to introduce it to chefs across the country. Gulf shrimp has become a huge success and is used in a variety of dishes. Now, people all over the US enjoy the delicious and unique taste of gulf shrimp, and here at Slap Ya Mama, we love to upgrade dishes with our delicious seasonings.
Dinner should never be boring in your household. With the help of Slap Ya Mama seasonings, your dishes will have that unique cajun taste that you love! No matter what type of shrimp you decided to cook, we hope that you enjoy this delicious shrimp recipe and share it with your loved ones.
Slap Ya Mama’s Shrimp & Grits
Whether it’s Sunday Brunch or any other part of any other day, Shrimp & Grits is always a good call. Cheesy grits covered in bacon, tasso and jumbo shrimp…you gotta love that.
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup stone ground grits
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 tsp Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning
- Salt to taste (for grits)
- 6 strips bacon, chopped
- ½ onion, chopped
- ½ bell pepper, chopped
- ½ cup tasso or smoked ham
- 1 tsp Slap Ya Mama White Pepper Blend Seasoning
- 1 pound jumbo shrimp, deveined & peeled, leaving the tail on
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
- ½ tsp garlic, minced
- green onions, chopped (topping)
In a pot over high heat, add water and grits. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and let simmer until the grits have absorbed the water; about 25 to 30 minutes. Stir often to prevent sticking. Remove from heat and add 3 Tbsp of butter, cheese, salt to taste and Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning. Mix until cheese has fully melted.
Season shrimp with Slap Ya Mama White Pepper Blend Seasoning and set aside.
In a large pan over medium-high heat, cook bacon. Remove bacon and set aside on a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Reduce heat to medium and in the bacon drippings, add onions, bell peppers and tasso. Sauté until the onions are translucent. Add shrimp and sauté until pink. Add lemon juice, parsley, garlic, bacon and remaining butter. Sauté for about 3 minutes and remove from heat.
Spoon grits into a bowl and generously top with shrimp mixture and green onions. Serve and enjoy.
New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp
Barbecue shrimp is a classic New Orleans dish everyone loves. Spiced up with Slap Ya Mama, you’ll be begging for more after one bite. Enjoy!
- 2 pounds jumbo or colossal fresh shrimp, heads on
- 7 cups cold water
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- 11/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning
- 2 shallots, minced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup Slap Ya Mama Cajun Hot Sauce
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup dark or amber beer
- 2 loaves French bread, for serving
- Peel shrimp and devein, leaving tails on and reserving the heads and shells. Refrigerate shrimp.
- In a small Dutch oven, add shrimp heads and shells, and cover with 7 cups cold water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Skim any froth as it rises to the surface. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, and set aside. Reserve 1 cup shrimp stock. Remaining stock can be refrigerated up to 1 week or frozen up to 3 months.
- In a large skillet, melt 5 tablespoons butter over high heat. Add rosemary, pepper, Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning, shallot, and garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add reserved stock, Worcestershire, Slap Ya Mama Cajun Hot Sauce, and lemon juice. Add shrimp, and cook just until pink and firm.
- Add beer, and cook 2 to 3 minutes more. Decrease heat to low, and add remaining 7 tablespoons butter. Gently stir as the butter melts into the sauce and the sauce is emulsified. Serve immediately with French bread.
Makes about 4 Servings
Seafood Stuffed Potato with a Creamy Crawfish Sauce
This is the BEST stuffed potato you will ever eat! Stuffed with crawfish and shrimp then topped with a creamy sauce and more crawfish…you might fall in love with this Seafood Stuffed Potato. Mmmmm!
Recipe by Chef Ace Champion
Potato & Stuffing:
- Rub baked potatoes lightly with olive oil and season with salt if desired. Wrap each potato with aluminum foil and bake in a pre-heated oven at 400 degrees F. until the potato is tender to the touch and you can stick a toothpick through it with no problem. This should take about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Remove potatoes from oven and let sit for 30 minutes before removing the foil.
- Peel shrimp, leaving tail on, and place in a small bowl, set shells aside for stock. Season shrimp to taste with Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning and let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, add 4 cups of water and shrimp shells into a medium-sized pot over medium heat and allow the stock to simmer until you have reduced the liquid by half. Set aside. Note: For more flavor in your stock, you can add a chicken bouillon cube or 2 teaspoons of Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Cajun Seasoning.
- In a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat, add cooking oil. Heat oil until hot, add shrimp and sauté until pink all the way through. About 2 to 3 minutes on each side, making sure you are turning the shrimp so it cooks evenly on all sides. When done set aside in a bowl and let cool for easy handling.
- Slice the potato along the middle; be sure not to cut in half. Using a spoon create a pocked in the potato. Add about 4 to 5 crawfish to each potato and divide the shrimp amongst potatoes, leaving the tail of the shrimp hanging out. Place potatoes on a baking sheet and set aside.
Sherry Cream Sauce
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 2 medium shallots, diced
- ¼ cup brandy, flambéed (ignite) is optional
- 2 cups sherry wine
- 1 cup shrimp stock
- ¼ cup crawfish juice, drained from crawfish packaging
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ cup crawfish tail meat
- ½ cup green onions, sliced for garnish
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of butter, garlic and shallots. Sautee lightly for about 2 minutes; add brandy and flambé (ignite), stirring constantly. Add the wine, shrimp stock and crawfish juice and reduce by half. Add heavy whipping cream and continue cooking. When the sauce is at a smooth consistency, stir in remaining butter and mix well. Add remaining Crawfish tail meat and cook for another 2 minutes. (The sauce should have the consistency of Alfredo Sauce.)
Hint: If sauce is too thick, thin it out with a little chicken broth. If sauce is too runny, thicken it by adding more heavy whipping cream until the desired consistency is reached.
- Spoon some of the sauce over each potato then top with the cheese.
- Bake the potatoes in the oven at 400 degrees for about 6 to 8 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.
Divide the sauce amongst 4 plates, spooning it directly onto the middle of the plate. Add the baked potato to the center of the plate then spoon a generous amount of sauce over each potato and garnish with the green onions. Enjoy!
Makes 4 Servings
- 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!
Slap Ya Mama Pastalaya is a unique take on the traditional Cajun Jambalaya. With smoked sausage, spicy chicken, fresh shrimp and pasta instead of rice, this dish will most definitely become a household favorite.
- 12oz chicken breast, cubed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ½ large sweet onion, julienned
- bell pepper, julienned
- ½ pound smoked sausage, sliced
- 14 ½ oz can diced tomatoes
- 8oz can tomato sauce
- 1 cup chicken broth
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp dried basil
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- 1 tbsp Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning
- 12oz large fresh shrimp (26-35 ct), peeled & deveined
- ¼ cup parsley, chopped
- 8oz penne pasta, cooked to package directions
Season cubed chicken breast pieces with 1 ½ tsp of Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil and chicken. Cook chicken until all sides are browned. Add onions to skillet, cook until they start to soften then add bell peppers, and sausage. Sautee for 5 minutes then add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, oregano, basil, thyme and the remainder of Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning (1 ½ tsp). Bring to a light boil, reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 20 minutes. With 4 minutes left to cook, stir in shrimp and parsley. Serve over a bed of penne pasta and enjoy.
Makes 6 Servings