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Summer Pickled Shrimp

Summer is a time to pack up and escape the heat, whether a week at the shore or a weekend in the mountains, this precious time is best enjoyed when you have got your meals covered. Fresh food, easily prepared, so with a little planning and some mason jars, you won’t be spending all your time kitchen. First up in the mason jar cuisine series is a hot weather standard, Summer Pickled Shrimp, a Bijouxs kitchen favorite.

Mason jar cuisine has been a ‘taking it on the road’ favorite of mine for decades, by simply preparing some of the basics to take with you, flexible, fresh and fast meals are possible; more time to enjoy the holiday. I discovered this concept in an article written by Peggy Knickerbocker, San Francisco chef, cooking instructor and food author and just in time as a new mother with not much time to spend in the kitchen on weekend jaunts. Peggy guided me through the concept of getting into mason jars and getting out of the kitchen.

My favorites to pack are a compilation of takes on Peggy’s recipes, combined with my own stable of favorites: a large jar of Caesar salad dressing, great for salads or as a dip; a peanut sauce for salads or grilled chicken; a large jar of cuban black beans as a quick dinner or lunch quesadilla; always a jar of homemade tomato sauce for pasta, pizza or baked eggplant; Bijouxs rum butterscotch sauce, to top just about any fruit, cake or ice cream; and of course, lovely Summer Pickled shrimp, the all-round appetizer that usually gets gobbled up the first time the jar is opened.

This classic pickled shrimp recipe receives it’s little jewel ranking for the balanced, delicate marinade that flavors, yet does not overpower the fresh shrimp and of course, the ease of preparation. Pickled shrimp is best when made with fresh shrimp that have been gently poached in the the shell however, buying pre-cooked shrimp works as well, just make sure to drain the shrimp, if they have been previously frozen. The recipe is of course summer-easy. Layer the shrimp with lemon slices and onion along with a simple marinade in a mason jar and refrigerate overnight or about 8 hours.

Serve as an appetizer with crackers (favorites are Ritz, saltines or table water crackers) or serve as a lunch or light dinner by piling the shrimp in avocado halves, along with tomato wedges on a bed of lettuce. Our favorite snack is to grab the shrimp, some paper plates, bowls of fresh fruit, an ice cold beverage and find a shady spot to enjoy.

Summer simplicity always is best, Summer Pickled Shrimp and mason jar cuisine, little jewels from Bijouxs. More mason jar cuisine next week!

As always, enjoy. B
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  1. Well now I feel the fool because I have never heard of pickled shrimp. Might another name for it be “gringo ceviche?” Hmmm, on second thought, no since it’s already cooked and has no acid.

    • Bijouxs writes

      Hey Lentil – Pickled Shrimp seems to be more well known on the East Coast and in the South, as an LA native I only learned of it through my travels! Enjoy!

  2. sippitysup writes

    I love pickled shrimp and have even included a version from my mothers collection of recipes on my blog. It’s tru it’s so southern and so NOLA! GREG

    • Bijouxs writes

      This is a nor- eastern version…your Southern? knew there was a reason I luved ya! Thanks Greg!

  3. Valentina writes

    simply beautiful!

  4. christy writes

    perfect summer food…can’t wait to give this a go! and…as always…beautiful shots!

  5. Jessica writes

    Wow I really love this post. Your writing about summer takes me to my summer vacations in Fire Island or on the lake at summer camp. And as a huge fan of mason jars in general and for storing leftovers in the fridge, your suggestions for easy transportable meals really hits home. I love your whole post, photos and writing – so glad I found your blog!

    • Bijouxs writes

      Hi Jessica! Welcome to Bijouxs! I think I finally got smart when I learned to bring along Mason jars filled with my own basics, such as sauces, dressings, etc. then pick up fresh items, like shrimp, at the shore when we arrived. Great to hear from you and so happy you are enjoying Bijouxs!

  6. Brian Weiss writes

    I have now made this multiple times and it has NEVER failed to wow company. It is tasty, easy to make (especially if you start with “crack and peel” shrimp), and impressive. I poach the shrimp very gently in a broth made from the shells (basically, boil the shells for a couple of minutes in enough water to barely cover the shells, then simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes, strain, and use that to poach by bringing the broth to a boil, turning the heat OFF, putting the shrimp in for 8-9 minutes, pan covered. Strain and plunge into ice water to stop the cooking). Then proceed with Lynn’s recipe. I’ll eat any you don’t like! I did this for 20 last weekend (had to use something bigger than a Mason jar!) and it was a major hit, with requests for the recipe – I sent them here.

    • Bijouxs writes

      Hi Brian – What a great tip to poach the shrimp in a wonderful broth made from the shells! Thank you for sharing your own little jewel from the kitchen. Merci!

  7. Rebecca writes

    Could you reuse the pickling juice to pickle another batch or should it be discarded?

    • Lynn writes

      Hi Rebecca. No, you should not reuse the pickling liquid; discard and start recipe over for another batch of shrimp. Enjoy!

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