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How to celebrate National Shrimp Day in KC: with local shrimp & these recipes

Missouri-raised saltwater shrimp makes KC chefs happy

Much to the delight of Kansas City chefs, a local couple is now raising and selling Pacific White shrimp grown in a barn on their property in Oak Grove, Mo. About a year ago, Mitch and Julie Schieber, founders of KC Shrimp Co., began raising the s
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Much to the delight of Kansas City chefs, a local couple is now raising and selling Pacific White shrimp grown in a barn on their property in Oak Grove, Mo. About a year ago, Mitch and Julie Schieber, founders of KC Shrimp Co., began raising the s

May 10 is National Shrimp Day.

Not all that relevant when we’re hundreds of miles from the nearest coastline?

Don’t tell the folks at KC Shrimp Co. Mitch and Julie Schrieber started raising tiger white shrimp in tanks on their Oak Grove, Mo., farm about a year ago after their daughter did a science project about brine shrimp.

Mitch was intrigued and thought he could raise a few in a garbage can in the basement. But KC Shrimp has quickly grown to 14 tanks, and the Schriebers’ best customers are restaurant chefs, although individual consumers can also purchase their product direct by calling or texting to set up an appointment.

Read more about how saltwater shrimp are grown in Missouri.

Restaurants that feature KC Shrimp Co. on their menu include Brewery Emperial, Novel, The Rieger, The Farmhouse and Justus Drugstore.

Or, you can make shrimp at home. Here are links to a few of Chow Town’s favorite recipes:

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Easy Cioppino

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Grilled Chimichurri Shrimp Salad

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Spicy Seafood Stew showcases sustainable mussels, cod and shrimp. Tammy Ljungblad tljungblad@kcstar.com

Spicy Seafood Stew

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Vietnamese Caramelized Shrimp

Jill Wendholt Silva is The Star’s James Beard award-winning food editor and blog curator. She’s on Twitter at @kcstarfood, on Instagram as @jillwsilva and on Facebook.

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