Shrimp Remoulade (pronounced ruma-lahd) is a quintessential New Orleans dish composed of cold boiled shrimp with a spicy mustard-based dressing.
It is generally served as a first course appetizer, making it perfect for Mardi Gras celebrations. I generally serve it on a bed of lettuce or in a stemmed wine glass to awaken my guest’s taste buds.
Boiling the Shrimp:
Perfectly cooked shrimp defines the quality of Shrimp Remoulade. Translated, this means that you should never overcook the shrimp. If you do, the shrimp will become tough and rubbery.
I always use fresh head-on shrimp from the local fish market. The size that I buy really depends on what looks the freshest. Today, I bought the 10 to 15 count shrimp (10 to 15 shrimp per pound) because they looked the best.
I started by cleaning and deveining the shrimp. Because I was making Shrimp Remoulade, I left the tails on to make it easier to hold and dip. Then, I added an onion, stalk of celery, and lemon to a pot of water, along with salt, paprika, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. I brought the water to a boil, reduced the heat, and let it simmer for about 15 minutes to meld the flavors. Next, I brought the water to a boil again over high heat, and added the shrimp.
Once the water had returned to a boil, I cooked the shrimp for two minutes. After two minutes, I drained the shrimp in a colander. I rinsed them in cold water, and dumped them in a bowl with ice and water. After the shrimp were thoroughly cooled, I drained them, patted them dry, and put them in the refrigerator.
Making the Remoulade Sauce (adapted from Emeril’s recipe on Foodnetwork.com:
New Orleans Remoulade is generally a spicy mustard-based sauce. Therefore, you shouldn’t be surprised to find that it contains both spicy ingredients and mustard. Specifically, I used the following ingredients: Vegetable oil, lemon juice, Creole mustard, yellow mustard, prepared horseradish (not creamy horseradish), ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, onions, celery, green onions, garlic, salt, cayenne pepper, and freshly ground black pepper. You can easily adjust how spicy the Remoulade sauce is by adding more or less horseradish and/or leaving out the cayenne pepper. The Master Taste Tester likes the sauce spicy, so I used all of the horseradish and cayenne pepper.
I know that this sounds like a lot of ingredients. However, it’s super easy to make the Remoulade sauce. I added all of the ingredients to the bowl of my food processor fitted with a steel blade.
Then, I processed the Remoulade sauce for about 30 seconds, until all of the ingredients were well combined and the vegetables nicely minced. Finally, I transferred it to a non-reactive bowl, covered it and put it in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to meld.
Serving the New Orleans Shrimp Remoulade:
I made enough of the Shrimp Remoulade to serve as an appetizer for the Master Taste Tester’s and my dinner, and to serve as a light salad for the Master Taste Tester’s lunch the next day. Both were amazing! Yum!