When I first moved to Florida over 18 months ago (has it really been that long already??!), there were many silly misconceptions that I had.
I thought that tropical storms and hurricanes happened all year.
I thought that it was hot and sunny and beautiful but never too hot.
I thought that everyone went to the beach everyday.
I thought that seeing palm trees everywhere would lose its novelty (not so, still love it).
I thought everyone would be walking around in flip-flops and tropical shirts drinking pina coladas, singing Jimmy Buffet. Ok so maybe not but… ok, yes, maybe…
Most of all, I thought that seafood would be cheap!
Yes it is definitely available in larger quantities and wider varieties, and yes it is twice as fresh, but cheaper? No. Unless it’s on sale, in which case I am on that like white on rice.
Luckily for me, the Publix that I frequent has quite a large seafood counter and shrimp is often on sale, so I can justify buying a half pound every now and then. If only scallops weren’t so expensive…
Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta
1 box whole wheat linguini
1/2 lb peeled and deveined shrimp
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped bell pepper of choice
1 tbsp flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
salt to taste
- In a large pot, boil pasta until desired tenderness
- While pasta cooks, heat large skillet on medium heat with one turn of the pan oil (EVOO)
- In a small bowl, mix shrimp with 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning and add to skillet
- Cook until just pink, about 3 minutes. Transfer to plate
- In skillet over medium heat, add turn of the pan of oil and garlic. Heat until fragrant
- Add remaining teaspoon cajun seasoning, onion and bell pepper to sweat
- Reduce heat to medium-low and whisk in flour, cook until golden, about 1-2 minutes
- Combine milk and broth together in a separate container, and slowly whisk into the skillet, scraping up bits on the bottom
- Slowly bring to a boil and reduce to low heat to simmer for 5-10 minutes (now would be a good time to taste for extra needed salt)
- Once sauce is reduced, stir in parmesan cheese and add shrimp back to pan. Heat through, adjusting seasoning as desired
- Serve immediately over linguini noodles (or rice would be good too!)
What comes to mind when you think of Florida? What’s your favorite type of seafood?