Bait, Hooks & Tackle

Fishing season is off to a great start. We have two outings under our belt and only one hook through the foot, not a bad ratio. Things have changed a lot since last year. Cutting worms in half, no problem. Hooking bait thru the eyeball, not an issue. Our poles have doubled in size, we’ve got some fancy new lures, and the boys are able to sit still for five full minutes. That’s five minutes more than last summer!

Although we haven’t caught any fish yet our hopes remain high. I’m ready to cook the first thing we catch but in the meantime some shrimp from the freezer will have to do. After last week’s beet debacle I needed to make amends, and I know shrimp is usually a sure thing…

Taco Shrimp w/Spicy-Lime Dip

Ingredients

For the dipping sauce:

¼ cup sour cream

¼ cup mayonnaise

Juice of ½ lime

1 tsp hot sauce, adjust to taste

Salt & pepper to taste

For the shrimp:

2 Tbsp olive oil

½ package of taco seasoning

Juice of 1 lime

Handful of fresh cilantro, rough chopped

1 1b. Raw shrimp, large or jumbo, peeled and deveined

Lime wedges, optional

(Recipe by Elaine Studdert)

 

Method

For the sauce:

Mix together the sour cream, mayonnaise, lime juice and hot sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. And more hot sauce if you like it spicy. Refrigerate for up to an hour to let flavors combine. Dipping sauce can be made ahead and stored in refrigerator for 3-4 days.

For the shrimp:

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, taco seasoning, lime juice and cilantro.

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Add the shrimp to the mixture and coat well. Marinate shrimp for 15-20 minutes.

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Heat a large sauté pan on medium high heat. Add shrimp to pan and cook no longer than 3-4 minutes per side, depending on the size on the shrimp. Shrimp are cooked when they are opaque and turn pink.

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Place shrimp on platter with dipping sauce, and garnish with lime wedges. Serve cold or at room temperature.

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And the VERDICT is:

Matthew (age 7): “Love this”

Liam (age 5): “Shrimp are my favorite, better than cheese”

Dylan (age 5): “Dip is too spicy”

Next time we are doubling this recipe!

 

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6 thoughts on “Bait, Hooks & Tackle

  1. I almost sent this to you this week but the way. I saw a version of it in one of my email recipe blogs. At least Dylan didn’t say the spice “made his eyes bleed.” I still think that was the funniest comment ever! I found you can substitute fish for any protein, chicken, meat, pork, you name it and it still tastes extra special. No matter how much I buy we go through it in a meal and a half…and it is just two of us. It also keeps my weight down. Running after 3 kids does that for you for sure.
    Have fun fishing!

  2. “Better than cheese” We have a winner! That’s a rave review if ever I heard one.
    This post reminds me of the countless times I sat on a bank, pole in hand with hook in the water, waiting for what I was sure would be that night’s dinner. Never happened. It didn’t stop me from trying, though. I hope your three have far better luck. 🙂

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