Mini Shrimp Rolls are Old Bay seasoned shrimp tossed in a mayonnaise mixture that includes pickled red onions and jalapeños. Get a taste of summer when you devour these delicious shrimp sliders. Mini Shrimp Rolls are reminiscent of classic Maine lobster rolls but cheaper and more readily available, any time of the year.
In anticipation of Spring, I’m already fantasizing about warm days in the sun. These delectable bites of succulent shrimp are the perfect patio/backyard snack when you’re entertaining.
On the go? Pack it up for a picnic! Just store the shrimp mixture separately from the toasted rolls and assemble it when you’re ready to eat. I bet you can’t have just one!
When I’m preparing shrimp, I try to purchase shrimp that has already been unpeeled and deveined. Don’t fret if your’s aren’t. It’s a quick and easy fix.
How to Unpeel Shrimp
For some recipes, you may want to keep the shell of the shrimp on. It can enhance the flavor. But for the Mini Shrimp Rolls, we want our shrimp nice and smooth to add to our creamy filling.
Starting from the head, pull off the outer shell of the shrimp. You can save the shells for a delicious seafood stock or bisque. Just store them in a ziplock until you’re ready to use them.
How to Devein Shrimp
The “vein” in shrimp is the digestive tract. It’s the thin black line that runs along the middle of the shrimp. Despite common belief, deveining shrimp prior to cooking is totally optional. Still, it can be unpleasant to eat shrimp that hasn’t been deveined.
Eating cooked shrimp that has not been deveined isn’t a health hazard but it’s more aesthetically appealing to remove it. The digestive tract can also contain mud or sand. No one wants to taste gritty shrimp so I choose to devein.
You can remove and discard of the vein using your hands or the tip of a sharp knife. With clean fingers or a knife, cut just below the surface of the back center of the shrimp. The vein will usually come out immediately. If it’s more embedded, run along the center of the shrimp to remove the vein from just under the surface.
Avoid Overcooking Shrimp
Shrimp is super easy to cook and takes less than five minutes. They only need to reach 120 F. Shrimp should be an opaque pink when done.
The easiest way to determine if you’ve overcooked your shrimp? Shape! If they’re curled up into a shape that resembles a zero, they’re overcooked and more than likely, dried out.
Key Ingredients in the Mini Shrimp Rolls
Pickled veggies and peppers are not only delicious; they can take food to the next level. I’m a true fan. Jalapenos are a welcome spice that I add to many recipes but the added acidity to pickled jalapenos elevates the flavor.
Old Bay Seasoning
Old Bay Seasoning is a seasoning staple if you’re from the DMV area. It’s a tasty mix of celery salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, paprika, ginger and cinnamon and it complements all kinds of seafood.
But there’s nothing quite like shrimp seasoned with Old Bay. That’s why it’s the base of my Mini Shrimp Roll recipe. It’s the signature East Coast flavor.
If by some miracle you have leftover shrimp filling, they make for excellent wraps the next day. Use tortillas or even lettuce to eat the mixture cold.