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The Most Popular Shrimp Dishes In Every State

There are so many different ways to cook the humble shrimp, but everyone has a go-to. 

In honor of National Shrimp Day, we used google trends data to find out America’s favorite shrimp recipes. 

We compared the data to the national average, so the results show which shrimp recipes are searched more than usual in each state.

For example, fried shrimp is universally loved across the USA, but only two states search for it disproportionately (Wyoming and Delaware).

Therefore fried shrimp is most popular in these two states.

Key highlights

  • Bang Bang shrimp came out on top in a whopping 14 states. Mostly eastern states, due to the famous seafood chain Bonefish Grill, which is located primarily in the East.
  • The next most popular shrimp recipes were coconut shrimp, shrimp curry, and shrimp cocktail. These each reigned supreme in 7 states.
  • Cajun shrimp (a popular flavor for shrimp boils) stole 5th place, taking the top spot in 5 states. 
  • Panda express has popularized the unique dish honey-walnut shrimp in California, Arizona, Colorado, and Washington. The dish didn’t steal the top spot but came pretty close. 
  • Louisiana loves stuffed shrimp, which is no surprise because that’s where it originated. New England states Connecticut and Massachusetts also have a soft spot for stuffed shrimp. 
  • Nevada is crazy for Shrimp Cocktail – which was first served (for 50 cents!) in the Golden Gate Hotel in Las Vegas. Apparently, the owner was missing the fresh seafood of his hometown in California! 

The most popular shrimp dish in every U.S. state

StateFavorite Shrimp Dish
AlabamaCajun Shrimp
AlaskaCoconut Shrimp
ArizonaLemon Shrimp
ArkansasSpicy Shrimp
CaliforniaCajun Shrimp
ColoradoCurry Shrimp
ConnecticutStuffed Shrimp
DelawareFried Shrimp
District of ColumbiaCurry Shrimp
FloridaBang Bang Shrimp
GeorgiaCurry Shrimp
HawaiiGarlic Shrimp
IdahoCoconut Shrimp
IllinoisLemon Shrimp
IndianaBang Bang Shrimp
IowaLemon Shrimp
KansasBang Bang Shrimp
KentuckyBang Bang Shrimp
LouisianaStuffed Shrimp
MaineCoconut Shrimp
MarylandCurry Shrimp
MassachusettsStuffed Shrimp
MichiganBang Bang Shrimp
MinnesotaCoconut Shrimp
MississippiCajun Shrimp
MissouriCajun Shrimp
MontanaCocktail Shrimp
NebraskaBang Bang Shrimp
NevadaCocktail Shrimp
New HampshireCocktail Shrimp
New JerseyBang Bang Shrimp
New MexicoCocktail Shrimp
New YorkCurry Shrimp
North CarolinaBang Bang Shrimp
North DakotaCocktail Shrimp
OhioBang Bang Shrimp
OklahomaCocktail Shrimp
OregonCurry Shrimp
PennsylvaniaBang Bang Shrimp
Rhode IslandCocktail Shrimp
South CarolinaBang Bang Shrimp
South DakotaGarlic Shrimp
TennesseeBang Bang Shrimp
TexasCajun Shrimp
UtahCoconut Shrimp
VermontCoconut Shrimp
VirginiaBang Bang Shrimp
WashingtonCurry Shrimp
West VirginiaCoconut Shrimp
WisconsinBang Bang Shrimp
WyomingFried Shrimp

How do Americans prefer to cook their shrimp?

As well as different shrimp recipes, we also looked at the most popular shrimp cooking techniques by state.

The results were pretty split across the board.

  • Grilled shrimp was the most popular cooking method in 13 states, fried shrimp in 12, baked shrimp in 11, steamed shrimp in 10, and sauteed shrimp came in last with only 5 states to its name.
  • Steaming dominated the east coast, likely due to the popularity of the Old Bay steamed shrimp recipe. Old Bay flavoring was invented in Maryland.
  • The upper midwest love baked shrimp, while the rest of the midwest prefers to grill their shrimp.

You might also like: the best way to reheat shrimp.

StateFavorite Cooking Method
AlabamaSteamed
AlaskaFried
ArizonaBaked
ArkansasGrilled
CaliforniaSauteed
ColoradoSauteed
ConnecticutBaked
DelawareSteamed
District of ColumbiaSteamed
FloridaSteamed
GeorgiaSauteed
HawaiiFried
IdahoGrilled
IllinoisGrilled
IndianaBaked
IowaGrilled
KansasGrilled
KentuckyGrilled
LouisianaFried
MaineGrilled
MarylandSteamed
MassachusettsBaked
MichiganBaked
MinnesotaBaked
MississippiSauteed
MissouriGrilled
MontanaFried
NebraskaGrilled
NevadaFried
New HampshireGrilled
New JerseySteamed
New MexicoGrilled
New YorkBaked
North CarolinaSteamed
North DakotaFried
OhioBaked
OklahomaGrilled
OregonFried
PennsylvaniaSteamed
Rhode IslandFried
South CarolinaSauteed
South DakotaFried
TennesseeBaked
TexasFried
UtahGrilled
VermontFried
VirginiaSteamed
WashingtonBaked
West VirginiaSteamed
WisconsinBaked
WyomingFried

How we worked this out

First, we compiled a lengthy list of the most popular shrimp recipes in the USA (according to Ahrefs search volume data). We cross-referenced each item in the list against Google Trends and shortlisted the 10 most popular dishes nationally.

Using data from Google Trends, we calculated both the national average and the state average for each dish.

The overall winning shrimp dish in each state was determined by how much it over-indexed compared to the national average.

For more information on our methodology, or to request access to this study’s base data, please reach out to us at [email protected]

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