Shrimp – The Most Popular Seafood In America

Shrimp is the most popular seafood in the U.S. So popular, in fact, that it represents more than a quarter of the United States’ annual per capita seafood consumption. Shrimp, which may occasionally be sold as the term prawns, is so versatile, nutritious, and tasty that it has the average American eating about 4 pounds of it a year.

There are a variety of different types and sources of shrimp available in U.S. markets – below are just a handful that you may be interested in knowing:

COLD WATER. Cold water shrimp tend to be smaller and are normally harvested in northwestern and northeastern U.S. ocean waters. They are known as Pandalid shrimp – commonly used in salads, soups or chowders. According to, cold water shrimp are only available previously cooked and peeled.

WARM WATER. These shrimp are harvested and farmed in tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world, and are more commonly sold by reference to basic white, brown, and pink shell colors. Additional names for warm water shrimp may include tiger, banana and hopper. Shrimp buyers are normally enticed by the different tastes, textures, sizes and costs which will vary from one species to another.

FARMED SHRIMP. Farmed refers to warm water varieties of shrimp that are raised in both open and closed pond systems supplemented with formulated shrimp feeds. Production rates and sensory attributes of the shrimp are influenced by the shrimp’s diet and pond water. More than 90 percent of the shrimp consumed in America comes from farmed sources around the world.

DOMESTIC and IMPORTED SHRIMP. Wild shrimp harvested on the various coasts of the United States are referred to as domestic shrimp, while imported shrimp refers mainly to farm-raised shrimp from productive regions in many Asian countries, the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific coasts of Central and South America.

Whether your taste buds are craving fresh shrimp or some of our other ono-licious options, the savory plates at the Big Wave Shrimp truck are sure to satisfy! Pay us a visit in Haleiwa town on the North Shore of Oahu to sample our mouthwatering goodies. We look forward to seeing you on the north side!

Shrimp Are Swimming In Healthy Nutrients

Shrimp are the “small fry” that deliver a big nutritional bite. Delicious in pastas, stir-fries, salads or just on their own (and at a mere 25 calories per ounce) shrimp offers healthy amounts of protein and fat, making it a nutritious, low-calorie option for any meal. On top of it being a nutritious option, like other forms of seafood, shrimp offers a boost to brain health, serving up generous doses of vitamin B12 and Omega-3 fatty acids. Various studies show that as our brains age they need more protection, with increased fish consumption, including the Omega-3s they provide, that added brain protection is achieved. Some research has focused on one of the three types of Omega-3s — DHA, short for docosahexaenoic acid — which research chair in brain metabolism and cognition during aging at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Stephen C. Cunnane, says could be part of the answer. “The brain absolutely needs DHA. I don’t think anyone can give you a truly simple, direct, clear answer to ‘What does DHA do?’ It’s present in large amounts in the brain. It’s present at the points where brain cells talk to each other, called synapses. But what it does there is not clear, and how it gets there isn’t clear,” he says. Cunnane adds that the topic is “a field of intense interest to a lot of people around the world.”

Consuming whole foods is often more health effective than supplementing a single nutrient via pill, not to mention tastier. This only adds to the reasons why shrimp and other sea foods make great meal options. Cunnane — who writes in his book Survival of the Fattest that seafood may have been a key component of human brain evolution millions of years ago — says that there could be something else in these food items that complements the nutrients or helps our bodies absorb their goodness, making them more effective than a pill. Or maybe people who regularly eat seafood make other smart health decisions too. In any case, Stephen C. Cunnane says what we eat is just one healthy piece of the jigsaw puzzle that is our brain. He insists that we must also include moderate physical activity and a healthy social network.

We at Big Wave Shrimp pride ourselves on delicious and savory plates that will keep you coming back for more! Whether you visit us for the nutritional benefits of our shrimp or for the mouthwatering treat that will feed your cravings, we look forward to seeing your beautiful faces on the north side of Oahu and don’t forget to Eat Ono, Hawaii!

Food Trucks in Hawaii: Manapua Man to Big Wave Shrimp

Hawaii has a lush history of meals on wheels starting back in the 1970’s with the introduction of the Manapua Man. Although manapua (traditionally known as cha ciu bao, steamed bun filled with pork) was the obvious top seller, the best Manapua Men sold fried noodles, pork hash, hot dogs, burgers, dumplings, canned juice and even candy. Just like the Ice Cream Man with his distinct ditty on loud speaker, the Manapua Man would blast his song bringing all the locals to the streets. Nowadays the once unavoidable Manapua Man, that drove through your street four to five times a day, is found in small scattered neighborhoods.

The ebb and flow of the restaurant industry has seen a revival of The Food Truck. The large overheads and production costs that would cripple small businesses just starting out don’t affect food trucks like they do traditional venues. Throw in that the owner is the chef/sous chef/cashier/prep/waiter clearly expenses are a fraction of what they would be at a restaurant.

Hawaii’s perfect weather, cultured people and big stomachs create a perfect platform for food trucks (and food in general). South of O’ahu offers you “Eat The Street” once a month where over 40 food trucks come together to give you a smorgasbord of ono kine grinds.

Of course, on the North Shore food trucks are part of the normal scenery; most notably your very own – Big Wave Shrimp! With lots of tables, shade and calming music to add to the ambience, we are sure to make your dining experience one to remember. We are prepared to “wow” you with our Hawaiian style cooking along with your favorite local beverages and ono shave ice. Hele Mai, come dine with us! We promise, you’ll be glad you did!

Whether you’re looking for shrimp plates, steak plates, or ono deserts, you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for as there are over one thousand food trucks scattered throughout the island.