Yucatan Shrimp Recipe a la Doc Ford’s in Fort Myers, Fl

Yucatan Shrimp Recipe

If you’ve ever been to Sanibel, Captiva, or Fort Myers, Florida it’s likely you’ve heard of Doc Ford’s Rum Bar (and hopefully you’ve been there). If you have, then for sure you have had their signature dish – Yucatan Shrimp. This peel-n-eat shrimp appetizer is hands down awesome. It’s spicy, it’s addictive, it’s messy, and it’s oh-so-good. In the video I’ll show you how we make Doc Ford’s Yucatan Shrimp recipe at home. It’s really easy and you can do it too.

To wet your appetite check out this pic I snapped from the last time I had Yucatan Shrimp at Doc Ford’s marina in Fort Myers…

Doc Ford's Yucatan Shrimp Recipe
Doc Ford’s Yucatan Shrimp at the Fort Myers marina

Doc Ford’s Yucatan Shrimp Recipe

Yucatan Shrimp Recipe Ingredients List:

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1-2 Large cloves of Garlic (minced)
  • Juice of two large limes
  • 1-2 tablespoon Sambal Oelek Chili Sauce (or substitute Siracha in a pinch)
  • 1-2 pound large, fresh, shell-on shrimp
  • 2-4 tablespoons chopped cilantro.
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 loaf crusty bread

Step-by-Step Directions to make Yucatan Shrimp at home

  1. In a small saucepan melt **2** tablespoons of butter over low heat.
  2. Add the garlic and cook, stirring for 2 minutes.
  3. Add remaining **6** tablespoons butter to saucepan. When it melts, stir in the lime juice, chili sauce, salt and pepper, then turn off the heat. Well done – you’ve just made the sauce for Yucatan Shrimp! Now let the sauce rest while you cook the shrimp.
  4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil.
  5. Add the unpeeled shrimp and cook for 2 minutes (or until they are just firm and pink). Important: Do not overcook the shrimp — as soon as they are pink get the shrimp out because they will keep cooking a bit in the sauce while on your plate.
  6. Drain the shrimp in a colander and shake over the sink to remove excess moisture.
  7. In a large bowl, toss the shrimp and Yucatan sauce mix together.
  8. Plate the shrimp and be sure to put plenty of sauce in the bowls.
  9. Serve with crusty bread (lots of it) for dipping.

Congratulations, you’ve just made Doc Ford’s Yucatan Shrimp at home!

Doc Ford's Yucatan Shrimp Recipe

Serves 4 very happy people – just be sure to give them lots of napkins!

Source: recipe adapted from Doc Ford’s Rum Bar of Fort Myers, FL

Yucatan Shrimp Recipe Video

Want to know more about Doc Ford’s?

Doc Ford's Marina Fort Myers
View from the Marina at Doc Fords in Fort Myers, Fl

Here’s a link to Doc Ford’s website: Doc Ford’s Rum Bar

They have locations in Fort Myers, Sanibel, and Captiva, Florida. My personal favorite location is Fort Myers because it’s right on the water.

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12 thoughts on “Yucatan Shrimp Recipe a la Doc Ford’s in Fort Myers, Fl”

  1. Have read all of Randy Wayne White’s books and love Doc Fords! Have stopped at a couple of the locations – yum! This is definitely on my list to try. Thanks!

    • Silly me i forgot all about Randy’s books. Thanks for reminding me. Let me know how the recipe turns out. 👍

  2. We love Doc Fords, go there every time we visit Sanibel. The Yucatan shrimp is our “must have” our first night for dinner !

    Carla Perez/West Palm Beach Fl

    • Great to hear, Carla – so which Doc’s is your fav location? Sanibel or Fort Myers?

  3. Why not just cook the shrimp in the broth for a few minutes on low instead of steaming them? Just curious if it would make a difference in the taste of the finished product.

    • that’s a good question, Dee. I haven’t done it that way but it’s worth a try. If you do it let me know how it works out please

  4. Luckily I live in Fort myers.always go to doc fords for Yucatan shrimp. Also have a bookcase full of Randy’s book. All signed
    Only missing Sanibel flats

  5. What brand of Sambal oleke sauce do you recommend ?

  6. Why can’t I find the Doc Ford Yucatan sauce? I bought a couple of bottles and went to re-order but it wasn’t there. Any information?

    • perhaps give a call to one of the DOc Ford’s locations in Florida. I’m sure a rep at one of the restaurants could help you. Enjoy


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