Uncle Bubba Shows You How To Size Shrimp

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Paula’s little brother, Bubba, owns Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House with his big sister.  In this video recorded just off the back dock of Paula’s house overlooking Turner’s Creek, he teaches us all about shrimp sizes.  Below is a chart to help you follow along.


All Shrimp are sold by sizes, whether they are sold by the actual count or by a name such as jumbo or extra large. It’s good to know what the marketable name is and the count of shrimp per pound the goes with it. Good markets or grocers will label the shrimp both ways to help you determine the size you are buying. For example a Jumbo Shrimp would have 21 to 25 shrimp per pound.

COLOSSAL         10/15
EXTRA JUMBO     16/20
JUMBO               21/25
EXTRA LARGE     26/30
LARGE               31/35
MEDIUM LARGE   36/40
MEDIUM           41/50
SMALL             51/60
EXTRA SMALL     61/70

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Does the size of the shrimp affect the taste of the shrimp…which are the tastiest?  Love you all!

By Jean Kohler on September 16, 2010

To cute.

By Lisa on September 16, 2010

This was extraordinarily helpful.  I always wondered what all that meant when people talked about shrimp, now I know.  BTW, have eaten in both restaurants and the food is AMAZING!!!

By Bryan on September 16, 2010

Thank You!!! I have 2 sons myself, close to your sons age that love to cook also…I bought them the “Deen Bro’s” cookbook for Christmas and they are turning into quite the chefs…The 3 of us just love you and your family( Uncle Bubba Too)....Thanks so much for all the great tips and recipes…keep em comin!! \
                  Fondly,
              Eileen, Nick, and Brannon Gale

By Eileen Gale-Perry on September 16, 2010

I loved Uncle Bubbs’s presentation ...love the Deen family

By Sue Flynn on September 16, 2010

Hey Paula! I have loved you ever since I first saw you on TV. I have 2 sons who love to cook shrimp. One in Gulfport MS and 1 here in Cape Coral, Fl. Actually they love to cook period.
I am emailing this to them. I always let them
cook or help me, since they were toddlers.I made Christmas Cookies and let them help frost them,
one problem, they insisted Santas beard be blue.
Love to you and your family and staff. God Bless

By Carol Tabor on September 16, 2010

Thank you so much for the information!!!

By Deloris on September 11, 2010

Great!  We just had some shrimp at the Pahrump Winery in Pahrump, and they were HUGE!  Now I know they were the Colossal one Bubba showed in video!  Tks… M. Chism

By M. Chism on September 08, 2010

Do you find more flavor in the extra large shrimp rather than the colossal or jumbo prawns?

By Fran Kaminski on September 08, 2010

I love Uncle Bubba, such a nice family I could just gobble y’all up!!!

By Mari Ann Hutchinson on September 08, 2010

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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
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I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
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