Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.
Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.
Red Lobster Copycat Recipe
Chipotle Lime Sauce:
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 limes, juiced, divided
1 chipotle pepper in adobo (with drippings), finely chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
4 tablespoons butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 serrano pepper, seeded and minced
1/3 cup tequila
1 pound medium shrimp , peeled and deveined
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
Chipotle Lime Sauce: Mix together the sour cream, mayonnaise, juice of 1 of the limes, and the chipotle pepper in adobo. Cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to use (let it sit for at least 1 hour to maximize the flavor).
Prepare the marinade for the shrimp by melting the butter in a sauté pan, then add in the garlic and serrano pepper. Cook for a couple of minutes and turn off the heat. Add in the juice of the other lime, tequila, olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Let the mixture come down to room temperature and add to a bowl with the shrimp. Make sure to mix around well so all pieces of shrimp are covered in the marinade. Let the shrimp marinade for about 1 to 2 hours in the refrigerator.
To Cook: Prepare the grill for medium-high direct grilling and place the shrimp on the grill. Grill for about 3 to 4 minutes (until pink). Remove from the grill. A George Foreman grill works well.
To Serve: Prepare the tacos by putting a few pieces of shrimp, tomatoes, and lettuce in each tortilla and then top off with the chipotle-lime cream sauce.