Sea Queen Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp

My family loves seafood, but who has the budget to eat at Red Lobster on a regular basis? Instead, my family eats a lot of shrimp and other goodies from Aldi’s frozen food aisle, including the Sea Queen Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp. These used to be a Special Buy, but I noticed recently they have been added to my local store as a Regular Buy.

jumbo butterfly shrimp

These shrimp come in two varieties:

First, we have the regular Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp with the typical crunchy breaded coating. These are perfect for dipping in red cocktail sauce, which Aldi sells in the condiment section.

Second, there are Coconut Breaded Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp, which are coated with breading and coconut flakes. The coconut shrimp come with an orange marmalade sauce for dipping.

The boxes feature a seal denoting the shrimp are Best Aquaculture Practices Certified, and the back of each box states that the shrimp are “responsibly sourced” and that Sea Queen seeks to “preserve our natural resources.”

The shrimp can be oven-baked, pan-fried, or cooked in a deep fryer. We don’t own a deep fryer, so we bake our shrimp in the oven at 450 degrees for about 12 minutes. The plastic packet containing the orange marmalade sauce for the coconut shrimp sits unopened in a bowl of hot water while the shrimp bake, and when you’re ready to eat, you pour the sauce into a small serving bowl.

Both varieties of shrimp are excellent. They bake up crispy and make a great lunch or dinner, especially when served with a side salad. I usually prepare one box each of the regular and coconut breaded shrimp for my family so we can enjoy both. Two boxes make a good-sized dinner for my family of four, but if your family eats a lot or if you have kids who are teenagers, you might want to make three boxes.

As a side note, the orange marmalade dipping sauce for the coconut breaded shrimp is okay, but, oddly, my kids and I have discovered that the coconut breaded shrimp taste fantastic dipped in ranch dressing, so that’s what we do.

The Verdict:

If you don’t have the budget to eat at expensive seafood restaurants, Aldi’s Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp are the next best thing. Highly recommended. (And be sure to pick up some cocktail sauce for your shrimp in Aldi’s condiment section.)

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8 Comments

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  2. Marian E. Carvajal

    Coconut breaded JUMBO shrimp????? I think not !!!! FALSE ADVERTISING!! PEEL OFF ALL THAT DRY YUCKY BREADING AND IT IS NOT EVEN A MEDIUM SIZE SHRIMP INSIDE BBB NEEDS TO BE INFORMED . I gave mine to the raccoons outside. very dis appointed

    • For the last three mos. I have gotten the jumbo and the salad shrimp and I get two salads and three to four jumbo shrimp on the bags it says 19-23 in the bag in the last nine bags there has never been even 19 in a bag and I have said nothing but last week when I got the three jumbo bags of shrimp unlike the first six I was giving a dinner for some friends from out of state I was so mad because each bag had 15-17 shrimp in the bag and in two of the bags it was not even a hold shrimp and on the day of the dinner I was not driving fourty miles to return them to exchange them so I had to add something else to my menu I do not feel this is right with prices still going up on foods . Something should be done I am from the gulf coast in Florida and sea food is a way of life .

    • I’ve had several items from Aldi’s that could be so much better with a little effort. I’m getting tired of wasting money on mediocre products. These shrimp were the last straw. It wasn’t so mush the tastelessness, as it was the complete misrepresentation of the product. NO WAY they were jumbo shrimp.

  3. These are soooo bad, they are offensive. They’re are advertised as JUMBO, but aren’t even close, unless you count the tasteless, thick breading

  4. Bought the Sea Queen Jumbo Easy Peel Raw Shrimp.
    Very shocked! As I was washing and de-thawing under the hot water faucet, the shrimp started foaming. The foam was never ending and my sink filled with this toxic foam that had rainbow colors in it. The shrimp are Farmed Raised in Thailand and may be contaminated with chemicals, antibiotics, and cleaning agents.
    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/08/14/farmed-shrimp.aspx

  5. I am trying to find sea queen black pepper garlic skewers that I bought at Aldi in Bourbonnnais,Il. until recently. ALL gone. Can you tell me if or when you will be selling these frozen gems again or where I can buy them. They are delicious

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