Brooklyn Shrimp Salad
August 3rd, 2011|Filed Under Meats, Recipes, Side Dishes

Brooklyn Shrimp Salad 600x400 Brooklyn Shrimp SaladThis recipe is named after my least favourite borough of New York City: Brooklyn! It may be the home of Lil’ Kim, but I just can’t bring myself to move there. I avoid it as much as I can. But for some reason, all the cool, good-looking smokers have inhabited it.

Growing up in Manhattan, we thought that only two types of people lived in Brooklyn — thugs and my assailing cousins. I was equally scared of both of them, so I avoided the aggressive borough as much as I could. But now that inflation keeps rising, I’m being economically pushed out of Manhattan. I’m now at a place where I need to come to terms with the idea that I will have to move, and that the move might take me to Brooklyn.

To prepare myself for this potential move, I’ve been going to BK as much as my taxi allowance permits. So far this summer, I’ve made the excursion twice. Once was for The Great Hot Dog Cookoff where I competed and the other was to visit my family for my goddaughter’s first birthday. (Yes, I am the godfather to a little girl in Brooklyn). Both times the anxiety kicked in right when I made the commitments to go. I’m much bigger than I was as a kid, so the thugs of BK are less terrifying. However, my cousins still scare the shit out of me. I always feel like they’re either going to beat me up or curse me out for no reason whatsoever. It’s never happened, but I can’t shake the impending beating from my mind.

Anyway, for my goddaughter’s birthday party, one of my cousins made this lovely shrimp salad. Just like everyone else there, she’s very pro-Brooklyn. Brooklyn this, Brooklyn that — all in the really heavy accent we’ve all grown to love. It’s like shut the fuck up already. We get it. Brooklyn is amazing and you’re never leaving, blah blah blah…

During the party, as I watched the Brooklynites on one side of the room and the Manhattanites on the other side, one thing became clear: Either you’re in or you’re out, and I was out. As much as I wanted the recipe, I didn’t think she would give it to me for the simple reason that I’m not from Brooklyn.

I took a swig of her Hennessy to get some courage before I crossed the room and asked her for the recipe. As I cringed, waiting for the physical or verbal assault I was sure was coming, she said she would be delighted to share it with me. I guess the people of Brooklyn are not so bad, after all — either that, or she was wasted. Not really sure if she remembers, come to think of it. If you’re reading this, please don’t curse me out or beat the shit out of me for making a few changes and posting this.

: Brooklyn Shrimp Salad

  1. 2 Pounds of Shrimp (fresh or frozen, peeled and deveined)
  2. ½ Red Onion – Minced
  3. 6 Sticks of Celery – Minced
  4. 3 Tablespoons of Dill – Chopped
  5. 2 Teaspoons Dijon Mustard
  6. 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  7. 4 Tablespoons Sour Cream
  8. 1 Teaspoon Salt
  9. ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper
  10. 1 ½ Teaspoons Red Wine Vinegar

  1. In a large pot, cook the shrimp in boiling water for 5-7 minute until cooked. With a slotted spoon remove the shrimp and add to an ice bath to stop the cooking. Mince the onion, celery and dill as much as you can, the smaller the better. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.


3 Responses to “Brooklyn Shrimp Salad”

  1. Lumnie says:

    my new favorite shrimp dish!!!!

  2. Perfect says:

    Who the hell are you kidding? You live with your parents!

  3. beba says:

    never really ate shrimp before this recipe but i LOVE it!

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