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Everything You Need to Know About Royal Red Shrimp

All hail Royal Reds, the huge crimson shrimp that taste like lobster and scallops, the jewel of Gulf shrimp.If you have tasted royal red shrimp, you know what the fuss is about. If you haven’t, it’s time to try them.Fishermen must venture far and deep to find the prize shrimp known as Royal Reds.Sweet spots run along the Gulf, in deep cool waters between 800 and 1,500 feet down.Royal Red season lasts from late summer to late fall, peaking in September.However, because the shrimp are found up to 60 miles offshore, fisherman often flash-freeze their catches.This captures the fresh-off-the-boat flavor and texture in peak form. It also makes them available year round.Don’t be shy about asking for Royal Reds in Gulf Coast restaurants; they aren't always on the menu.And if you cook them at home, enjoy these shrimp steamed or grilled in their shells

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