Ingredient: onion, chopped

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Hawaiian Lionfish

Go ahead…give Lionfish a try!

Many seafood lovers may not be aware how delicious the meat of the lionfish is. There are currently no regulations on how many of these fish can be caught. In fact, it is encouraged to catch and consume as many of these invasive fish as possible. This species of saltwater fish has begun to overpopulate oceans around the globe, and they pose a threat to the ecology of our local waters. There are no known predators and 1,000 lionfish can consume over 5 million prey fish in only one year!

Although they do have venom, it is only located in their 18 spines and not in their meat.

Here at Motts Channel Seafood we sell lionfish whenever possible and the number of local restaurants making delicious menu specials out of the lionfish has recently increased. We hope to see the trend continue to spread because it is a great fish to eat and you will help the environment by doing so.

For more information, read this great article published by our friends and neighbors at Wrightsville Beach Magazine. Click here.

As shared in the article, “Motts Channel frequently has lionfish for sale, on ice in the display case alongside the traditional seafood like grouper and snapper, usually caught by commercial spearfisherman Albie Solano and his crew (“Face to Face,” June WBM).”

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Hawaiian Lionfish
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large baking dish.
  2. Place the beaten eggs in a shallow dish. Mix the almonds, coconut, sesame seeds, brown sugar, and nutmeg together in a mixing bowl. Stir the pineapple and onion together in a separate bowl. Dip each lionfish filet into the beaten eggs and press into the almond mixture.
  3. Place the coated lionfish into the prepared dish. Spread the pineapple mixture over the coated filets. Bake until the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 40 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Many seafood lovers may not be aware how delicious the meat of the lionfish is. There are currently no regulations on how many can be caught. In fact, it is encouraged to catch and consume as many of these invasive fish as possible. This species of saltwater fish has begun to overpopulate oceans around the globe, and they pose a threat to the ecology of our local waters. There are no known predators to them and 1,000 lionfish can consume over 5 million prey fish in only one year!

Want more great recipes like this?  Visit Alison’s Recipe Box by clicking here.

Although lionfish do have venom, it is only located in their 18 spines and not in their meat.

Here at Motts Channel Seafood we sell lionfish whenever possible and the number of local restaurants making delicious menu specials out of the this fish has recently increased. We hope to see the trend continue to spread because it is a great fish to eat and you will help the environment by doing so

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Irish Scallop Bisque

Irish Scallop Bisque

Here is a wonderful recipe for Irish Scallop Bisque.

According to beyondmeresustenance.com, a bisque is traditionally a cream and shellfish based soup of French origin. The mirepoix base in this one really bumps up the flavor, and the use of prepared shellfish stock makes this quick and easy. The author strongly recommends using an immersion blender to purée the soup as pouring hot soup into a blender is messy and can be dangerous.

Luxurious flavors abound in this creamy bisque! It’s perfect as an elegant starter course, or a light main course with bread and a salad…

If you are serving it as a starter course, use one scallop per bowl.. If you plan to serve it as a main course, the recipe author suggests 2 to 3 scallops per serving.

Recipe by Oana Iancu as published on beyondmeresustenance.com.

For more great recipes visit Alison’s Recipe Box at mottschannelseafood.com/alisons-recipe-box/

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Irish Scallop Bisque
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Luxurious flavors abound in this creamy bisque! It's perfect as an elegant starter course, or a light main course with bread and a salad.... If you are serving it as a starter course, use one scallop per bowl.. If you plan to serve it as a main course, the recipe author suggests 2 to 3 scallops per serving.  Recipe by Oana Iancu as published on beyondmeresustenance.com. For more great recipes visit Alison's Recipe Box at mottschannelseafood.com/alisons-recipe-box/
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Irish Scallop Bisque
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Luxurious flavors abound in this creamy bisque! It's perfect as an elegant starter course, or a light main course with bread and a salad.... If you are serving it as a starter course, use one scallop per bowl.. If you plan to serve it as a main course, the recipe author suggests 2 to 3 scallops per serving.  Recipe by Oana Iancu as published on beyondmeresustenance.com. For more great recipes visit Alison's Recipe Box at mottschannelseafood.com/alisons-recipe-box/
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Ingredients: 8 large, fresh Motts Channel Seafood scallops olive oil to drizzle 1 quart seafood stock (4 cups) - click here for any easy recipe 3 stalks celery 2 medium carrots 1 large potato russet preferred 1 medium onion, chopped 3 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon tomato paste 1 cup dry white wine (see notes) 2 bay leaves 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 1 tablespoon fresh 1 cup half and  half fresh chives for garnish sea salt and fresh ground pepper  Instructions 1. In a large saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons butter and sauté over medium heat the onion, carrots, celery and potato. Decrease the heat to medium-low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add dry white wine and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
  2. 2. Stir in tomato paste and cook for another couple of minutes. Slowly add seafood stock, bay leaves and thyme. Cover and gently simmer for 20 minutes.
  3.   3. Turn off the heat, remove celery stalks, bay leaves and thyme and puree the mixture with a blender until smooth. Return the bisque to low heat, add half and half, stirring. Adjust salt and pepper. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. 4. Meanwhile, in a pan, heat olive oil until very hot but not smoking. Sear scallops about 2 minute on each side. Remove and set aside.
  5. 5. Serve the bisque in bowls, adding scallops on top and sprinkle with some fresh chopped chives
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Cioppino

Cioppino is San Francisco’s signature dish, but seafood lovers everywhere will keep this recipe close to their hearts.

Recipe Credit:  Recipe courtesy of Coastal Living Photo Credits: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Ginny Branch

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Servings Prep Time
10 people 24 minutes
Cook Time
42 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 people 24 minutes
Cook Time
42 minutes
Cioppino
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Servings Prep Time
10 people 24 minutes
Cook Time
42 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 people 24 minutes
Cook Time
42 minutes
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook 7 to 10 minutes or until tender. Stir in bay leaves and next 5 ingredients. Cook 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in broth and next 3 ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes.
  3. Stir in clams and white fish; cook 5 minutes. Stir in shrimp, crab, and squid, if desired. Cook 5 minutes or until seafood is opaque and clams open wide. (Discard any that do not.)
  4. Ladle cioppino into bowls, and top with chopped parsley. Serve with sourdough bread.
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