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Easy Spicy Seafood Salad Recipe

This easy seafood salad recipe features healthy, fresh ingredients, with a kick

Easy Spicy Seafood Salad Recipe

Cool and spicy seafood salad recipe features fresh caught shrimp here, but can be substituted for lobster, squid, scallops or conch.

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My recent offering of seared fresh tuna salad is easy to prepare, and delicious. This month, try a salad with spicy shrimp. It’s essentially a green salad (no iceberg lettuce, please!) dressed with soy and ginger based dressing, finished with whole cooked shrimp, chunks of avocado and an optional splash of sriracha sauce.

While shrimp is my personal ingredient of choice for this recipe, there are other options. Shrimp and Florida lobster might be boiled, grilled or lightly sautéed, but consider pickled, ceviche-style, seafood like squid, bay scallops or even conch.

Easy Spicy Seafood Salad Recipe

spicy seafood salad recipe
Simple, but potent ingredients give this healthy dish a flavorful advantage.


  • 1⁄3 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • ½ tbsp. ginger paste
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • 2 pounds medium wild-caught shrimp, peeled and deveined, boiled, sautéed or grilled (or seafood of choice)
  • 2 romaine lettuce hearts, chopped
  • 2 avocados, peeled and diced
  • Black sesame seeds
  • Sriracha sauce (optional)


    Whisk the wet dressing ingredients in a large serving bowl and toss in the lettuce and shrimp. Be sure to cool your cooked seafood before adding to the salad. Finish the salad with a spray of black sesame seeds, some sriracha, and serve.

Get Fresh

You can purchase your shrimp from a reputable seafood monger, or catch your own. Store-bought should be wild-caught (ask to confirm), but that may mean they’re frozen as boated. That’s not a bad thing. However, those of us who catch our own shrimp have an advantage: “Florida Fresh.”

There are several methods for catching your own shrimp. Daytime cast-netting, using nets built or modified to open slowly in deep water, is a popular method in coastal rivers, like the St. Johns. If you prefer something less strenuous than retrieving a cast net from deep water a couple hundred times, consider night-time “dipping” while anchored in the current of a pass or inlet. A bright light, a keen eye and a dip net will put a limit of fresh shrimp in your boat (and on your table).

Complete information about recreational shrimping can be found online at: FS

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