When you’ve got a big hunger for shrimp, J. Alexander’s has plenty of choices. Start with Emerald Coast Shrimp, which are battered and fried Gulf shrimp served with tangy cocktail sauce. Then jump to Shrimp Tacos, a cool arrangement of crispy shrimp, lettuce, pico de gallo, and jalapeño ranch dressing. Or try our Cilantro Shrimp, which features big Tiger shrimp with cilantro oil and cajun spices, served with coleslaw.

Popular Types of Shrimp

There are dozens of shrimp varieties consumed worldwide, but some of the most popular in the United States include

  • Brown rock shrimp (southern Atlantic and Gulf coasts);
  • Brown shrimp (Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico);
  • Malaysian tiger prawns (aka giant river prawns, worldwide);
  • Humpback shrimp (known in Japan as Toyama shrimp);
  • Pacific pink or smooth pink shrimp (Pacific Coast from southern Alaska to northern California);
  • Pacific white shrimp (coastal Mexico down to Peru);
  • Pink shrimp (also called Atlantic pinks, hoppers, and Gulf shrimp);
  • Royal reds (deepwater Atlantic Coast and Gulf of Mexico);
  • Spot shrimp (Pacific Coast of the U.S. as well as in waters off Hawaii, Japan, and Korea);
  • Gulf whites (aka white shrimp, U.S. Atlantic Coast and the Gulf of Mexico); and
  • Ridgeback prawns (Pacific coastal waters of the United States).

Shrimp Ingredients and Sourcing Info

At J. Alexander’s, we only use fresh seafood, never frozen. So each store receives fresh shrimp several times during the week. The species of shrimp may vary according to location and dish, so ask your server for the specific type of shrimp available in that store.

Shrimp Health Benefits

Shrimp offers impressive nutrition. It’s low in calories, and a 3-ounce serving contains only 84 calories. The same serving size provides several different vitamins and minerals, including 20.4 grams of protein and useful amounts of iron, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Shrimp is also one of the best food sources of iodine.

Shrimp Customer Review

I had the Emerald Coast Shrimp this time and wowwwww, J. Alexander’s definitely gives you your money’s worth. The shrimp were very good and not extra chewy, like at some places. It had just the right crunch and the batter was good too.
[Nick E.] ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Best Drinks and Sides with Shrimp

Nothing’s wrong with having a light beer with your shrimp dish, but beers such as pilsners, lagers, and others can be great options. J. Alexander’s beer choices vary by location, but some general recommendations include Corona with lime, Blue Moon with orange, Hefeweizen varieties, and a local IPA to cleanse the palate between bites of shrimp. Your restaurant’s on-tap menu may contain other choices, so ask your server for any suggestions with tasting notes of citrus, floral, or hoppy.