Tampa Bay Rays: Grilled Shrimp Cocktail w/ Tropical Fruit Salsa

Aug 07, 2013 7 Comments

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Since we have more than a few friends down in Tampa Florida area, including fellow blogger and man of much wisdom Mr. Sportschump, we felt a little bit of additional pressure to create just the right recipe to represent the Tampa Bay Rays as part our MLB Recipe Series.

After a few crazy, ill-conceived, and straight out food fails we went back to the drawing board deciding to simplify our thought process. The result being a “grilled shrimp cocktail with tropical fruit salsa” that is perfect for summer and hopefully meets with the approval of those we know down in Tampa.

The recipe is a simple and straightforward one that allows shrimp to be shrimp and your mouth’s overall level of entertainment to be enhanced with a spicy sweet fruit salsa.  The salsa in particular has a splash of brightness from the inclusion of frozen mango chunks and a touch of intrigue by way of cranberry sauce.  Of course the heat level is completely at your discretion, though we ran into one fiery jalapeno that pushed our taste buds to their limits…never a bad thing though.

Overall this recipe is dipping popping fun for the backyard or your next tailgate.

Enjoy!

The Necessities:

  • 1-1.5 lb fresh shrimp (rinsed, deveined with tail on)
  • 1 can tropical fruit salad (100% juice)
  • 1 lrg jalapeno
  • 1-2 garlic cloves (finely minced)
  • ¼ lrg red onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp cranberry sauce
  • ¼ cup frozen mango chunks
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Woodchips (optional)

Directions:

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  • Presoak your woodchips, fire up your grill, and toss the chips in.

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  • Ignore the potatoes, focus on the jalapenos…smoke em indirectly on the grill until the skin is blackened.  You can place over direct heat to accelerate the process. Remove from heat and set aside.

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  • Open the can of fruit salad, separate the fruit from the juice, reserving the juice.
  • Hack up the fruit, onion, garlic, and jalapeno.

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  • In a medium sized frying pan heat a tbsp of olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add and saute onions and garlic with a pinch of salt until soft.
  • Add jalapenos and cook for another minute or so.
  • Toss in the fruit salad, cooking for 5 minutes, then add frozen mango chunks, all the reserved juice from the canned fruit, and the cranberry.  Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced out.

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  • Skewer up the shrimp. season generously with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and massage in.
  • Toss some additional woodchips into your fire and grill the shrimp over direct heat.

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  • Plate up and dig in!

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7 Responses to “Tampa Bay Rays: Grilled Shrimp Cocktail w/ Tropical Fruit Salsa”

  1. WSW says:

    This is so fabulous it almost makes me reconsider my deep and abiding hatred of the Rays. Almost.

  2. Jeff Greenberg says:

    My mouth is envious. Of course, the key is grilling the shrimp right, and by the looks of the picture, the shrimp were done to perfection!

  3. Eva Taylor says:

    Any time you pair seafood with a sweet and spicy salsa is a match made in heaven. And I know our house would appreciate the heat. Loving the addition of the wood chips to the grill, I bet that added a wonderful smokiness to the meal. We just got a kettle grill when we we’re in Wisconsin last weekend, can hardly wait to use it this weekend!

  4. Sportschump says:

    Looks delicious and thanks for the shout out.

    As you know, I’ve been waiting months for this one so I look forward to trying it out, maybe next time I’m at the beach with the folks.

    A really good buddy of mine who used to host a regular house poker game used to bread and fry fresh grouper but that wasn’t the best part. His salsa was to die for. It was really the first time I had ever had a fruit salsa, lots of fresh, diced mango, avocado, onion, etc. I’d have to hit him up for the exact recipe again but the cool of the mango salsa was the nice contrast to a spice of the fish.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s dinner time!

  5. ChgoJohn says:

    Now this is a great meal, Jed. I love the flavor of grilled shrimp and your salsa sounds like the perfect accompaniment. Sweet with a bit of a kick. :)

  6. Raymund says:

    Wow I missed coming here so glad to be back looking at dishes like this after a long vacation

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