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Red Lobster beefs up its shrimp dishes

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After hearing from customers that its shrimp had become “somewhat ordinary,” Red Lobster said it will increase the size of the shellfish used in up to 70 percent of its shrimp offerings, including its Shrimp Scampi and Shrimp Skewers dishes. 

The new shrimp will be between 47 and 86 percent larger than before, the seafood chain said. Changes to the preparation and presentation of the affected dishes will also be made.

The chain streamlined its menu a year ago to offer a stronger focus on seafood, eliminating such items as a grilled pork chop.

"We knew shrimp size and preparation needed to go hand-in-hand in order to wow guests, so we made improvements to both and trained our restaurant teams to prepare these items with excellence," Danielle Connor, senior vice president of menu strategy and culinary development, said in a statement. "Guest passion and excitement around these items has been fantastic. We are really proud to bring them Bigger, Better Shrimp and positively impact their dining experience."

Red Lobster declined to comment on the impact the shrimp switch would have on its food costs or pricing.

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