Ingredient: paprika

Crab Stuffed Flounder

Alison’s Crab Stuffed Whole Flounder 

Crab Stuffed? Why Not?

Here on the North Carolina coast, we love some fresh, local flounder. It is sweet with a delicate texture, making it ideal for people who are trying to get into fish for the first time.

Did you know that flounder are carnivorous and highly predatory animals? They are! The flounder hides on the sand on the sea floor waiting for potential prey. Then the flounder ambushes it once it has been spotted. Flounder feed on a variety of bottom-dwelling marine species including small fish, shrimp, and crabs.

In this dish, the crab finds its way into the flounder by way of a rich, delicious stuffing. This recipe comes from Mott Channel Seafood’s own Alison Long. She combines two of our most popular fresh seafood offerings, flounder and crab meat. It calls for about one pound fresh Motts Channel Seafood crabmeat (jumbo, backfin or claw). Depending on the size of the flounder you buy you might have a little crab meat leftover for some crab cakes!

This is a rich and delicious dinner offering that begs for second helpings. Enjoy!

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Serves 4-6
Photo Credit:  TheSaucySoutherner.com

Crab Stuffed Flounder
Alison’s Crab Stuffed Whole Flounder 
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Crab Stuffed Flounder
Alison’s Crab Stuffed Whole Flounder 
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Ingredients
Crab Stuffing
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F.
  2. Sprinkle flounder with salt and pepper. Using a fillet knife, carefully open the flounder by cutting along the left and right sides of the seam down the middle of the fish to make pockets. Lay the cut sides back.
  3. Stuff the flounder with the Crab Stuffing. Sprinkle with paprika.
  4. Coat a glass baking dish with cooking spray. Place the fish in the dish and bake for 20 minutes. Without removing the dish from the oven, turn the oven to broil and broil for about five additional minutes (watch closely!). When the fish is done, remove it from the oven. Slice medallions of butter and place it on top of the grilled fish.
  5. Sprinkle fresh parsley on top for added color.
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grilled oyster

Grilled Oysters

Grilled oysters….YUM!

This delicious grilled oysters recipe is courtesy of Southern Living.

Every oyster season we await the “green light” that tells our fishermen it’s time to harvest. That time is now. We will do our best to keep local, fresh oysters in stock for your dinner and/or oyster roast plans.

During October on the coast, we may still have some good grilling weather ahead of us. Save the oyster roast plans until November and grill your first batch of oysters. The secret to this dish is a knockout garlic-herb butter.

So to get the season started off right, let’s work on some oyster terminology.
Tip #1: Don’t say “oyster juice,” say “liquor.”

According to BuzzFeed writer Emily Fleischaker, Oyster liquor is the natural juice inside the oyster that keeps it alive once it’s out of the water. It is unacceptable to rinse or dump that juice out of the oyster before consuming it raw. That juice is precious and should taste amazing, and that’s why it’s referred to as liquor. It should be clear, not cloudy.

Happy Oyster Season! Dig in!

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grilled oyster
Grilled Oysters
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grilled oyster
Grilled Oysters
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Instructions
  1. Preheat grill to 450°. Pulse all ingredients (minus the oysters) in a food processor until well combined.
  2. Arrange oysters in a single layer on grill. Spoon 2 tsp. butter mixture into each oyster; grill, uncovered, 7 minutes or until edges curl.
  3. Broiled Oysters: Preheat broiler with oven rack 3 inches from heat. Prepare recipe as directed, placing oysters in a single layer in a jelly-roll pan.
  4. Broil 4 minutes or until edges curl and butter drips over the shell.
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New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp

New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp

Enjoy this delicious dish inspired by New Orleans cooking. Recipe courtesy of Southern Living Magazine. Choose fresh, local shrimp to ensure the best flavor. For more great recipes visit Alison’s Recipe Box at mottschannelseafood.com/alisons-recipe-box/.

New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp
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Enjoy this delicious dish inspired by New Orleans cooking. Recipe courtesy of Southern Living Magazine. Choose fresh, local shrimp to ensure the best flavor. For more great recipes visit Alison's Recipe Box at mottschannelseafood.com/alisons-recipe-box/.
Servings
4-6 Servings
Servings
4-6 Servings
New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp
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Enjoy this delicious dish inspired by New Orleans cooking. Recipe courtesy of Southern Living Magazine. Choose fresh, local shrimp to ensure the best flavor. For more great recipes visit Alison's Recipe Box at mottschannelseafood.com/alisons-recipe-box/.
Servings
4-6 Servings
Servings
4-6 Servings
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Spread shrimp in a shallow, aluminum foil-lined broiler pan.
  2. Combine butter and next 12 ingredients in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until butter melts, and pour over shrimp.
  3. Cover and chill 2 hours, turning shrimp every 30 minutes.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20 minutes; turn once. Serve with bread
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Emeril Lagasse’s Shrimp Etoufee

Emeril Lagasse's Shrimp Etoufee
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Servings Prep Time
10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Emeril Lagasse's Shrimp Etoufee
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Servings Prep Time
10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven set over medium heat. Add the flour and stir continuously to make a roux. Stir the roux over medium heat until the color of peanut butter, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the onions, bell peppers, celery, and garlic to the roux, and cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes to the pot and season with the bay leaves, salt, cayenne, and 1 tablespoon of the Essence. Cook the tomatoes for 2 to 3 minutes and then whisk in the shrimp stock.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Cook the etouffee, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes. Season the shrimp with the remaining tablespoon of Essence and add them to the pot, stirring to evenly distribute. Cook the shrimp for 5 to 7 minutes, or until they are cooked through. Add the chopped parsley to the pot and stir to combine.
  4. Serve immediately over steamed white rice and garnish with sliced green onion tops.
Shrimp Stock
  1. Place the shrimp shells and heads in a large colander and rinse under cold running water for several minutes. Combine the shrimp shells and remaining ingredients in a heavy 6-quart stockpot, add 4 quarts water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Skim to remove any foam that rises to the surface. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes, skimming occasionally.
  2. Remove the stock from the heat and strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean container; let cool completely.
  3. Refrigerate the stock for up to 3 days or freeze in airtight containers for up to 2 months.
Essence
  1. Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
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