National Shrimp Day
Shrimp Life, Boot Up and Buy Local!
May 10th is National Shrimp Day! And in south Louisiana shrimp isn't just an ingredient we use in Cajun cooking; it's a way of life representing an industry that supports businesses and families up and down the bayou in Terrebonne parish. Our shrimp game is strong in Bayou Country!
It all starts with the Blessing of the Fleet, a time-honored Catholic, Cajun, and Native American tradition. Communities hold the floating boat procession every year to ask Bon Dieu (God) for protection and a bountiful harvest.
For many commercial fishermen, shrimping is not only a source of income, but a family tradition handed down from several generations. Down the bayou, our shrimping communities are abundant in the lower parts of Bayou Country and represent a resilient part of our Cajun culture. Terrebonne parish produces the largest amount of shrimp by volume in the state of Louisiana.
This is why you will find an abundance of fresh shrimp offered in our local restaurants. Shrimp is present on every menu, gumbo, boiled, fried, stewed, grilled, stuffed, and etouffeed! It is everywhere in Bayou Country!
Local proprietors, Kim and David Chauvin, owners of David Chauvin Seafood Company, and Down the Bayou Shrimp Tours are experts in all things shrimp. David is a fourth-generation fisherman born and raised in the commercial fishing industry in Terrebonne parish, and their shrimp tour is one of only a few in the region.
In honor of National Shrimp Day, they have provided a unique recipe! Enjoy!
David Chauvin's Softshell Shrimp Appetizer
We enjoy making all of our food from scratch, so here's a beautiful appetizer to make to celebrate National Shrimp Day, May 10th.
Makes 6 appetizers
Cole Slaw recipe:
Put oil in a frying pan or fry daddy. Heat up the oil.
Plating the Appetizer:
½ cup of rice vinegar
¾ cup of water
½ cup of honey
5 garlic cloves
1 Tbsp soy sauce
½ tsp cayenne pepper
2.5 tbsp Sambal Oelek or 2 tbsp of dried chili flakes & 1 tbsp extra rice wine vinegar
4 tsp cornstarch
2 tbsp water