Some refer to it locally as the shrimp bag food trend, others the bucket– in Louisiana Cajun cuisine, where this is all rooted, it’s simply called the seafood boil.
These shacks will serve you with bags of shrimp, mussel, crab, or even lobster tossed and tumbled in a sauce of your choosing. Get ready to get messy, but don’t worry, it’s worth it.
1. Shrimp Zone
Known in Jeddah for its signature blue decor, its branches are always full and for delectable reasons. With buckets full of shrimp, lobster, mussels, and a mix, the seafood joint has opened up various branches around Jeddah where many enjoy their seafood.
Location: Prince Sultan Rd., An Nahdah, Jeddah
2. Shrimp Nations
Best enjoyed with some white rice drenched in its signature cajun sauce.
Location: Prince Sultan Rd., As Salamah, Jeddah
Hook offers all the classics with a twist in some, such as the creamy lobster.
Location: Prince Sultan Rd., Al Zahra, Jeddah
4. Shrimp Shack
A choice of jumbo shrimp, peeled shrimp, crab, lobster, mussel, and even an opportunity to enjoy a mix of everything.
Shrimplus offers Cajun-style seafood that is either served in a sauce-filled bag or bucket.
Location: As Sahafah, Riyadh
6. Catch of the Day
Indulge in metal buckets filled with various shellfish mixed with rice, or opt for their seafood sandwich instead.
Location: Prince Muhammad Ib Saad Ib Abdulaziz Rd, Al Aqiq, Riyadh
7. Jimmy’s Killer Prawns
The world-famous Jimmy’s Killer Prawns make their way to the east, a place for those who want to have other options alongside their shrimp boil— including sushi at that.
Location: Al Aziziyah, Dammam
8. Shrimp Caption
A great option for those looking for a seafood bucket experience in Dammam, appetizers also not to be missed.
Location: Omar Ibn Al Khattab St., Dammam
9. Al Sayyad Al Bahry
Authentic and quirky decor, as well as various seafood dishes, makes for a unique experience at one of Dammam’s favorites for seafood eateries, Sayyad Al Bahry.
Location: Abu Hurairah St., Az Zuhur, Dammam
A relaxing ambiance, and a menu with a variety of seafood dishes including the popular Seafood Catch bucket.
Location: Uthman Ibn Affan Branch Rd, At Taawun, Riyadh
Not only do the seafood buckets keep locals coming back for more, but the appetizers are also a must-try!
Location: King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Rd, A, Al Khobar