Shrimp Recipes – Amelia Island Style

Waiting for my Tasty burger and milkshake to be delivered to the table, the cover of the April edition of Amelia Islander caught my eye. A shrimp dish pictured along with the words, “17th Annual Shrimp Festival Recipe Issue” deserved a look.

IMG_4447Inside, two dozen shrimp recipes from some of the local restaurants. Lemon Basil Shrimp Salad, Shrimp Pizza, Jamaican Jerk Shrimp with Mango and Plantains. Just a few of the recipes waiting to be tried.

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The first weekend in May Amelia Island rolls out the red carpet for some 100,000 shrimp lovers attending the Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, a four day affair which kicks off with a Pirate Parade on Thursday evening and continues throughout the weekend with a Pirate Invasion, Shrimp Festival Run, fireworks, arts and crafts, a Shrimp Boat Parade and of course shrimp dishes sold by local churches and service organizations.

Since I won’t be in on the island for the festival, I’ll try one of the recipes at home without all the crowds.

Kelley’s Courtyard Cafe

Shrimp Pizza

  • 8 large shrimp, peeled, devined
  • 1 pita
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. barbecue sauce
  • 2 pepperoncini peppers, chopped
  • 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 strip bacon, cooked crispy, chopped
  • 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning

Looks pretty simple: spread the barbecue sauce on the pita and other ingredients with the shrimp on top in a spiral pattern and sprinkled with the seasoning. Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes.

While you can’t access all the recipes yet,  the April edition of Amelia Insider will soon be available online. In the meantime, you can check out the March edition here.