Grilled Gulf Shrimp w/ Mango Salsa

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On a recent vacation to the Emerald Coast, a.k.a. the Panhandle, a.k.a. the Gulf Coast, I was asked by our hosts if I would cook dinner for everyone one night.

Not too much pressure.
Hey, I thought I was on vacation.

What could I make for 8 people? It was not my kitchen, and I had no idea what kind of markets they had in that part of Florida. It was going to be dinner on the patio, and since I have a food blog, they figured I could just "whip something up".

I took a bike ride and got lucky and found a fantastic little fish market on Route 30-A that closes its doors when the fresh fish runs out. They had beautiful Red fish, Grouper and fresh Gulf shrimp, stuff we NEVER see in the NYC area. This was fresh caught stuff and CHEAP! I was excited.

I decided to make grilled Jumbo Gulf Shrimp and some kind of fresh salsa to go with.
I was winging it.
I paired it with my beet and orange salad on arugula (which is always so easy), and it was a big hit with everyone. I came out looking like a star!

Next time I am staying at a hotel!

Shrimp and Marinade:

1 lb. of jumbo shrimp, peeled but tail left on

1/4 cup of soy or teriyaki sauce
juice of 2 limes
3 cloves minced garlic
3 tbsp of sesame oil

Marinate your cleaned shrimp in the marinade for about 30 minutes and not more than an hour.

Mango Salsa:

1 ripe mango, peeled and diced (good luck cutting the mango, what a pain)
1 ripe avocado, diced
a tsp of kosher salt
1/4 cup of minced red onion
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (or 1/4 of a red bell pepper, diced)
juice of a lime
handful of cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/4 cup of chopped cilantro

You can make your salsa 2 hours ahead and keep to the side.

Grill your shrimp on medium high heat for 3 minutes on each side.

Place your shrimp and salsa on a platter and serve with either black corn tortilla chips or rolled up in warm flour tortillas.



Karine said…
Wowow I am amazed by your salsa! I love avocados and mango together: to me, they are a perfect match!
kat said…
Sounds perfect for a dinner in hot Florida
Ciao Chow Linda said…
This all looks so scrumptious. I swear you should be on "The Next Food Network Star." You've got the cooking chops and the sparkling personality to go to the top!
lisa is cooking said…
Looks like they were right about how you can just whip something up for eight people! Your shrimp and salsa sounds perfect for this weekend. This is what I want to eat!
Giff said…
I see that I've been missing a lot of fabulous dishes. This one sounds great for a hot humid day, which we seem to have swapped our cold rainy days for, and a good beer! best to H
StaceyEsq said…
Your pictures are stunning! I want to reach through the computer screen and grab myself a shrimp(but I'll restrain myself). Leave it to you to create this fabulous meal at a moment's notice! I second Ciao Chow Linda -- please, please sign up for The Next Food Network Star!!
This looks great for a summer meal. It is something I can make in advance which is always a plus.
Foodiewife said…
What luck to find fresh fish and shrimp! I love mango salsa-- which is a perfect match with shrimp. What lucky guests!
Anonymous said…
Must. Try. YUM!
Dewi said…
Awww, seriously drooling here. Hope to be able to make this for weekend brunch! Husband will loves the mango salsa... Bookmark!
Karen said…
This looks really good! I love mangoes, but yes, they are a pain to cut up!
LaDue & Crew said…
You are a fab friend! I can relate though... next time, go with a sling on your arm and feign disability ;-) This meal looks amazing, though!
Chef Fresco said…
Hey Stacey - just found your blog for the first time. This recipe looks amazing - especially that salsa! Love the photos too
Bluebird NY said…
Another awesome summer dish! Your pics are mouth-watering....
Culinary Cory said…
Such a cute story. Your shrimp look stunning and I'm sure they were crazy fresh tasting. Such a lucky find for find a fish market so close. I agree, next time, stay in a hotel. hehe
Teanna said…
My favorite dish is shrimp with mangos and avocado!! I LOVE your version of it! It looks so good!
I agree with Linda, go for it, you'd blow everyone out of the water!
I love all things wrapped! Great combo!