Shrimp Information

Outer Banks, NC Shrimp

Tasty, healthy and versatile, shrimp are a favorite of most seafood eaters. Fresh Catch specializes in 2 types of shrimp: brown shrimp and greentails (also known as white shrimp).

North Carolina’s shrimp season typically starts mid-summer with brown shrimp. Brown shrimp are typically found in the sound and are bottom dwellers giving a robust flavor. Though greentails can be found in the sound most are harvested in the ocean during the fall and early winter months. They are more of a top water shrimp giving them a sweeter flavor.

Shrimp are high in protein, low in fat, low in carbs and naturally filled with healthy minerals and vitamins including iron, and omega-3. Fresh Catch does not use any chemicals or preservatives and we make sure our boats are chem/preservative free. We also make sure they do everything possible to keep the shrimp the freshest available. For example, putting the shrimp in an ice/saltwater brine to cool them as they are harvested.

Shrimp are very easy to prepare and can be a great substitute in most recipes.

Taste:Firm, buttery, sweet

Location Harvested: North Carolina Coast

Boat/Crew: Big Dave/Capt. Joe

Species: White Shrimp (or Green Tails) and Brown Shrimp

Available- fresh (in season) OR frozen (all year)

How to Boil Shrimp

First things first: how long do you boil shrimp? The cook time is just 2 minutes, until they are pink and cooked through! if you’re using shrimp with the shell on (which we recommend), you’ll need to remove the shells after cooking them. The overall time it takes for the entire process is about 15 to 20 minutes.

cooked NC shrimp
  • 1 pound of large shrimp
  • Kosher salt
  • Lemon
  • Old Bay (Optional)

You’ll bring a large pot of salted water to a boil with some fresh lemon juice, and Old Bay. Once boiling, add the shrimp and boil until they’re pink and cooked through, about 2 minutes. Remove the shrimp to an ice bath, which is a bowl of water and ice. This will stop the cooking immediately, leaving the shrimp perfectly tender. If you cooked the shrimp with the shell on, remove. If you’re serving for shrimp cocktail, we like to leave the tails on. You can flavor the shrimp with a bit more, or to your liking. Then enjoy!

We highly recommend OBX Spices!