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Maryland Shrimp Salad is perfect for sandwiches, salads, or for scooping with a sleeve of saltines crackers right out of the bowl.
Shrimp salad is generally regarded as a Maryland staple second only to blue crab dishes. Any local worth their weight in salt (or Old Bay) will have a recipe ready and available. Maryland Shrimp Salad is rich, creamy, and thoroughly flavorful. It usually starts with Maryland Style Steamed Shrimp that are cooled before being tossed with mayo, celery, and Old Bay. Some folk use a little lemon juice others do not. The common factor in all however if, of course, Old Bay. You just cannot make Maryland shrimp salad without it.
Shrimp salad ingredients
Cooked shrimp– You can use frozen cooked shrimp or make Maryland Style Steamed Shrimp.
Mayo– Choose a good flavorful mayo like Duke’s real mayo.
Lemon juices and zest
Capers add a nice brininess and the dill gives a herbiness. Combined with the crisp veggies, creamy mayo, and burst of freshness from the lemon this shrimp salad is a taste explosion.
Chop the shrimp and place them in a mixing bowl.
Add the celery, onion, capers, dill, Old Bay, lemon juice, and zest.
Mix in the mayo. Serve as desired.
How to serve shrimp salad
You mostly find the salad served with saltine crackers or on a roll with lettuce and tomatoes. I like to serve it with extra dill and black pepper in a Soft Flour Tortilla or Collard Green Leaf as a wrap.
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Maryland Shrimp Salad
- 12 oz cooked shrimp Maryland steamed shrimp
- 1/2 c mayo
- 1/4 c celery diced
- 1/4 c red onion dice
- 1 tbsp dill fresh
- 1-2 tsp capers minced
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp old bay
- black pepper to taste
- Add the shrimp, old bay, and all the other ingredient except mayo and toss. Add the mayo and mix well. Sprinkle a little black pepper if desired. Serve over a salad, in a wrap, or with crackers.