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Cajun Beer Basted Red Drum

Cajun Beer Basted Red Drum on the Grill

Love Red Drum? Try it Cajun beer basted style on the grill!

Red drum, also known as redfish, channel bass, and red bass, is a popular game fish this time of year. It gets its name from not only its color but also because they can produce a “drumming” sound using special muscles rubbing against the inflated air bladder, like fingers rubbing on a balloon.

This fish offers a light flavor profile, thus is very versatile in its preparation options. Red drum can be cooked on the stove, in the oven, in the broiler or on the grill (see recipe below). The simplest method of cooking a red drum requires only oil, salt, and black pepper.  You can also add herbs, garlic, lemon juice and other seasonings to your taste.

This Cajun Beer Basted Red Drum recipe combines some of the best ingredients of summer: Fresh, local seafood, beer and anything on the grill. Motts Channel Seafood shares how to make dinner delicious with fresh red drum. Enjoy!

However you prepare it, make sure it comes from Motts Channel Seafood, where fresh it best! For more recipes please click here.

 

 

Cajun Beer Basted Red Drum
Cajun Beer Basted Red Drum on the Grill
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Cajun Beer Basted Red Drum
Cajun Beer Basted Red Drum on the Grill
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  1. Set a medium fire in the grill.
  2. Rinse filets & pat dry. Sprinkle cut sides with garlic & pepper, pressing them gently onto filets.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat & add 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce and Cajun seasoning, garlic, onion, green pepper, parsley.
  4. Stir and sauté until onion translucent and sauce darkened and slightly thickened. Do not burn garlic - it will become bitter & spoil baste.
  5. Add the bottle of beer, a 2nd tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce & simmer 15 minutes on medium-high heat.
  6. Lay filets onto oiled grill grates or place on oiled aluminum foil over grill grates. Cook 20 minutes over low-medium heat, raising lid only to baste generously. Done when thickest area of fillet flakes easily. Enjoy!
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Seared Grouper with Corn, Zucchini, and Tomato Sauté

 Seared Grouper with Corn, Zucchini, and Tomato Sauté Recipe

This seared grouper was highlighted in our Motts Channel Seafood e-newsletter July 13, 2018.

This recipe offers a light and refreshing dinner that incorporates the freshest fish and local summer veggies you can find anywhere on the coast.

About Grouper

Grouper lends itself well to any form of cooking. Because it is a lean fish, some basting is necessary while broiling or baking to keep the flesh moist. The heads are cartilaginous and produce a rich stock base (source: Freshfromflorida.com). Like most fish, grouper contains large amounts of protein, minimal amounts of saturated fat and no sugar. Can’t get fresh grouper? Snapper and Mahi-Mahi make great substitutes.

So, why include fresh veggies on your summer seafood dinner plate?

CNN.com give us some great reasons…

1. They fight bloat:  Vegetables are rich in fiber. Fiber which flushes out waste and gastric irritants and prevents constipation by keeping the digestive tract moving.
2. In addition, vegetables create a youthful glow:  Vegetables prevent unwanted signs of aging and keep skin young and supple.
3. What’s More, they reduce stress: Nutrients like magnesium and vitamin C are quickly depleted during stressful times. Luckily, many vegetables contain these very nutrients, as well as tension-reducing omega-3 fatty acids (Fish!) and B vitamins that fight anxiety and depression.
4. Finally, vegetables protect your bones: Many summer vegetables offer them same bone-protecting nutrients found in dairy foods plus they add bone-building vitamin K, magnesium, potassium and prebiotic fiber

More more amazing recipes like this seared grouper recipe, please visit Alison’s Recipe Box.

Printed From Countryliving.com.

Photo and recipe courtesy of Marian Cooper Cairns

Serves four.

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  1. First, sprinkle fish with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Next, cook fish 4 minutes on each side until browned and cooked through. Remove and keep warm.
  2. Now, sauté zucchini and shallot 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Stir in corn and garlic, and sauté 2 more minutes. Reduce heat to low, and stir in tomatoes, butter, and basil, cooking until butter is just melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon vegetables onto serving plates, and top with fish.
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Mango Butter Grouper Fish

Grilled Grouper with Mango Butter

Try Grilled Grouper with Mango Butter

This Grilled Grouper with Mango Butter is a super-easy, slightly spicy dish that we think you’ll love.

As the name implies, mango butter comes from the seeds of the mango tree. … When cold-pressed from the seeds into a natural butter, mango makes a butter that is considered very similar to cocoa butter and shea butter because it tends to be moisturizing without being greasy.

Fresh Grouper from Motts Channel Seafood offers a firm texture, white meat with a large flake and a mild flavor. It is indeed an extra lean fish.  It lends itself well to any form of cooking. Because it is a lean fish, some basting is necessary while broiling or baking to keep the flesh moist. Fish cooks quickly. Do not overcook.

Fish is done when the flesh becomes opaque and flakes easily when tested with a fork.

Substitutes fish for this recipe include  Snapper and Mahi-Mahi.

Serves four. Recipe and Photo Credit: Laura 17 as published by allrecipes.com.

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  1. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the shallot; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the mango, honey 1/4 cup olive oil, white wine, red pepper flakes, and salt. Reduce heat, and simmer until liquid has reduced slightly, about 10 minutes.
  2. Brush both sides of the grouper fillets with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and season with salt and white pepper.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Arrange grouper fillets on the skillet and cook until the fish is opaque and separates easily under a fork, about 4 minutes on each side. Serve the fish with the mango sauce on top.
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Pan-Seared Cilantro Lime Mahi-Mahi with Mexican Rice and Chili Lime Black Beans

This Cilantro Lime Mahi-Mahi is the perfect dish to celebrate Cinco de Mayo or really anytime you are in the mood for some fresh Mexican style seafood. But first, a little bit of information about the star of this recipe…Mahi Mahi.

This fish is named the dolphin fish, but not to be confused with the mammal dolphin. It was renamed Mahi-Mahi by the Hawaiians so it would not be confused with the other dolphin. Mahi-Mahi is typically found in tropical and subtropical waters from early May to September.

This type of fish is “fatty”, a firm fish with very flavorful flesh and is best served as a steak or a fillet. You can bake it, broil it, grill it, saute’ it, sear it or even, steam it.

Mahi-Mahi also matches well with avocados, chiles, cilantro, coconut, cumin, fruits, garlic, ginger, grapefruit, lime, olive oil, papaya, parsley, pineapples, soy sauce, and tomatoes.

We hope you enjoy this Cilantro Lime Mahi-Mahi recipe. Recipe and Photo Credit: A Place at the Table

Motts Channel Seafood is THE place to pick up fresh, local Mahi-Mahi. It’s where fresh is best.

Pan-Seared Cilantro Lime Mahi-Mahi with Mexican Rice and Chili Lime Black Beans
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  1. In a separate bowl, combine 1 tablespoon honey, the juice from half of the lime, a pinch of salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon cilantro. Pour into Ziplock bag and add mahi-mahi filets. The ideal marinade time is 1+ hours. After marinated, place on a separate plate and sprinkle with garlic powder and cumin.
  2. Heat 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and add rice. Cook, stirring constantly, until golden brown. Be careful not to overcook/burn the rice in this step! While rice is cooking, sprinkle with garlic powder and cumin. Stir in onions and cook until tender. Then, stir in chicken broth and tomato sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes. After all the liquid is absorbed, your rice is done. Add seasonings to taste. Fluff with a fork. While the rice is cooking, open the can of black beans and pour into a small pot.
  3. Add the juice of half the lime, 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro, and sprinkle with chili powder. Cover over low heat.
  4. Lightly coat another pan with cooking spray and heat over medium for 3-4 minutes. When the pan is hot, add marinated mahi-mahi to the pan. Sear for approximately 3 minutes on one side and gently flip the mahi-mahi over. Cook for 3-4 more minutes until slightly opaque. Be careful not to overcook the fish!
  5. Plate and enjoy.
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Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Vegetable

This lemon-garlic shrimp and vegetable recipe is a healthy twist on shrimp scampi. The Eating Well Test Kitchen (recipe credit) left out the butter and loaded the dish up with red peppers and asparagus for a refreshing spring meal. Serve with quinoa and enjoy!

Buying local seafood from a trusted source is one of the small, simple steps you can take to improve not only your physical health but the health of communities and industries in North Carolina. Check out this link for local seafood FAQs that walks you through the basics of buying local seafood. We reprinted our favorites below.

What can you do to support local and sustainable seafood?

  • Buy local! Removing links in the supply chain and purchasing from regional sources makes it easier to know which boat the fish came off, how long the boat had been out, and how and where the fish were caught. Buying local also means that your fish will be fresher and taste better.
  • Eat fish that looks like fish! Stay away from overly processed fish that is turned into squares or fingers or some other shape. And don’t be afraid of whole, bone-in fish. Good cooks know that’s where the flavor is!
  • Avoid fake or imitation seafood products. The majority of fake seafood products comes from factory-style fishing operations.
  • Be flexible and try diverse varieties.
  • Ask how, where, and when your fish was caught. Doing so lets your waiter or chef know you care about their buying choices.

When in doubt…just ask. If you are not happy with the answer, it’s time to go somewhere else.

As we say time and time again, “Fresh is best.” Buy fresh. Buy local. Buy here at Motts Channel Seafood.

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  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers, asparagus, lemon zest and ¼ teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until just beginning to soften, about 6 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl; cover to keep warm.
  2. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add shrimp and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk broth and cornstarch in a small bowl until smooth and add to the pan along with the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until the sauce has thickened slightly and the shrimp are pink and just cooked through, about 2 minutes more. Remove from the heat. Stir in lemon juice and parsley. Serve the shrimp and sauce over the vegetables.
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Ginger Garlic Pan Roasted Swordfish

Ginger + Garlic + Pan Roasted Swordfish = Delicious

You’ll love this easy, super flavorful Ginger Garlic Pan Roasted Swordfish. It’s the perfect restaurant style meal for your next date night dinner or small gathering.

Swordfish offers many health benefits, especially for people who are following low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets. According to sfgate.com, swordfish has no carbohydrates and contains essential amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids. However, it belongs to a small group of fish that are not recommended for consumption by pregnant or lactating women.

It’s important not to overcook swordfish. However, it is a great fish to marinate, use your favorite rub, or incorporate compound butter (as in the recipe shared here).

Although you can serve swordfish steaks with rice, pasta or baked potato, you will end up with a dinner that is very pale in color. To brighten up the plate, serve the swordfish with corn. Either grill it on the cob with the fish and vegetables or boil it.

Author: Chef Dennis Littley Photo Credit: Askchefdennis.com.

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  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a small bowl blend together the butter, parsley, garlic, ginger, red pepper and lemon peel.
  3. Season the swordfish to taste with sea salt.
  4. In an ovenproof skillet heat oil over medium-high heat.
  5. Place the swordfish in the skillet and cook until browned, 2- 3 minutes.
  6. Turn the swordfish over and transfer the pan to the oven. Roast until just cooked through, about 8-10 minutes or until desired doneness.
  7. Add seasoned butter mixture to the same skillet. Allow it to cook slightly over medium-high heat until melted and bubbling.
  8. Transfer swordfish to a serving dish.
  9. Pour butter sauce over swordfish and serve with your favorite side dishes.
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Chargrilled Oyster Pasta

Chargrilled Oyster Pasta

Oyster lovers know that chargrilled oysters are a special treat. Even folks that do not like roaster oysters admit to liking them chargrilled.  It is a lot less time consuming than setting up an oyster roast and the clean up is quick and easy.

Savor the last few weeks of the oyster season with this simple yet flavor-full Chargrilled Oyster Pasta dish. Don’t forget to read the tip and option suggestion at the end. Also, please share your seafood culinary successes with us via FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

Serves two.

Recipe Credit: Kevin Lynch
Photo Credit: closetcooking.com

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  1. Start cooking the pasta as directed on package and when done drain reserving some of the water that the pasta was cooked in.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in an oven-safe pan over medium heat until frothing, add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute, add the seafood stock, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, oysters, simmer until the oysters curl, about a minute, remove from heat and season with salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste and mix in the parsley.
  3. Tip: Save the oyster juices and place them in the pasta along with the seafood stock. Option: Add a few drops of liquid smoke for the smoky chargrilled flavor.
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Light Seafood Gumbo

About Gumbo

Of all the dishes in the realm of Louisiana style cuisine, “gumbo” has remained the most well known and well loved. Gumbo crosses all class barriers, appearing on the tables of the poor as well as the wealthy. Although ingredients might vary greatly from one cook to the next, and from one part of the state to another, a steaming bowl of fragrant gumbo is one of life’s cherished pleasures.

According to the Southern Foodways Alliance, Gumbo is often cited as an example of the melting-pot nature of Louisiana cooking, but trying to sort out the origins and evolution of the dish is highly speculative. The name derives from a West African word for okra, suggesting that gumbo was originally made with okra. The use of filé (dried and ground sassafras leaves) was a contribution of the Choctaws and, possibly, other local tribes. Roux has its origin in French cuisine, although the roux used in gumbos is much darker than its Gallic cousins.

Since Mardi Gras takes place in the same month as Heart Health month, we wanted to share a recipe that keeps the flavor but cuts out the salt and excess calories.
Recipe Credit: LaaLoosh.com
Photo Credit: Gourmet.com

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  1. Spray a large, non-stick skillet with non-fat cooking spray and set over medium-high heat. Add in garlic okra, bell pepper, onions, and celery. Cook until veggies are tender, about 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Make the roux by adding the butter to the skillet, and then add in the flour; stir until blended. Continue to cook, stirring constantly until the flour is well browned, but not burned, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Slowly drizzle in the broth into the skillet, continuously stirring to remove lumps, and bring to a slow simmer. Add in the thyme, bay leaves, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and tomatoes.
  4. Add the cooked vegetables back into the skillet and simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir in the shrimp and crabmeat and simmer until shrimp are cooked, about 3-5 minutes.
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Baked Salmon Puttanesca

The Weight Watcher’s website offers fish, shrimp and other seafood recipes that are high in protein, and naturally low in fat and calories. Here’s a recipe for Baked Salmon Puttanesca we think you’ll love!

For those of you who are looking to shed a few pounds this year, one of our awesome customers pointed out to us that many fresh Motts Channel Seafood offerings can serve as the perfect base for a low or zero SmartPoints value dish on the WeightWatchers “Freestyle” plan. This includes most fish and shellfish like tuna, flounder, shrimp, mahi-mahi, and salmon. Just be careful how you prepare it!

Click here to see the complete list of zero point foods!

Serving size: 4 oz salmon, 1/2 cup sauce

Recipe Credit: WeightWatchers.com

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat oil in large, oven-safe nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add shallot, garlic and red pepper flakes; cook, stirring a few times, until vegetables soften, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add anchovy paste and cook, stirring, until it melts into pan, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and tomato paste; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Stir in olives and capers; remove from heat.
  3. Nestle salmon fillets into sauce; spoon some sauce over salmon. Cover skillet; bake until fish is just opaque in center, about 10-12 minutes.
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Grilled Speckled Trout with Parsley, Dill and Lemon

Dill, parsley and lemon combine to add amazing layers of flavor to this easy, delicious dish.

According to Doris Lum, a Chinese cuisine expert, the Chinese word for “fish” sounds like the word for “abundance,” one of the many reasons fish has become a go-to good luck food. Also, Rosemary Gong writes in Good Luck Life, her book on Chinese celebrations, that it’s important for the fish to be served with the head and tail intact to ensure a good year, from start to finish.

Here at Motts Channel Seafood, we feel lucky every day to have such great customers. Stop by and “sea” us soon!

Recipe Notes: Put the fish in a snug-fitting dish so the cooking juices can stay on the fish while cooking. Interesting flavors can be built by putting vegetables under the fish and inside the cavity while cooking. Think lemon slices, fennel, garlic, onion, parsley, dill, carrots, thyme, and rosemary.

As an added bonus, you can keep the bones to make fumet (fish stock).

Serves 2. Adapted Recipe Credit: Paleoleap.com

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  1. Preheat your broiler.
  2. Slash the sides of your fishes about 8 times each side with a knife so the butter or oil can make its way in.
  3. Rub the speckled trouts with butter and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Stuff the cavity with the chopped parsley, dill and lemon slices.
  5. Put the fish on a baking rack on a pan for the drippings.
  6. Sprinkle the lemon zest on top of the fish and add generous knobs of butter on the fish to form a wonderful golden crust. You can place the lemon halves on the baking tray too.
  7. Grill at about 6 inches from the heat source for about 6 minutes on each side.
  8. Squeeze the roasted lemons on the fish before serving.
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Speckled Trout in Capers and White Wine

Speckled Trout in Capers and White Wine

Speckled trout is very plentiful right now here on the Atlantic Coast.  Contrary to its name, the speckled seatrout is not a member of the trout family (Salmonidae), but of the drum family (Sciaenidae).

This Speckled Trout in Capers and White Wine recipe will work with trout, grouper, or any solid white fish. So easy and delicious. Serve with corn, mixed vegetables, or glazed carrots and broccoli.

What is a caper? According to David Rosengarten of Splended TableThere’s a plant called capparis spinosa. When the plant creates a bud — this starts every year in the spring — this bud is going to be a flower. However, if you pick the bud before it becomes a flower, that’s a caper. In fact, properly we should call it a caper bud; the whole plant is a caper plant and it has various parts, but what we all call a caper is a caper bud.

Recipe Credit: Ceil Kohl as published by allrecipes.com.

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This simple yet delicious recipe will work with trout, grouper, or any solid white fish. So easy and delicious. Serve with corn, mixed vegetables, or glazed carrots and broccoli. Recipe Credit: Ceil Kohl as published by allrecipes.com.
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Speckled Trout in Capers and White Wine
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This simple yet delicious recipe will work with trout, grouper, or any solid white fish. So easy and delicious. Serve with corn, mixed vegetables, or glazed carrots and broccoli. Recipe Credit: Ceil Kohl as published by allrecipes.com.
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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking dish with aluminum foil.
  2. Place trout in the middle of the aluminum foil; top with butter, lemon pepper, capers, and paprika. Pour cooking wine over trout. Close foil around the trout.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 30 minutes. Garnish trout with parsley.
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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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  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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Butternut Squash and Crab Bisque

Try this Butternut Squash and Crab Bisque Recipe! As summer turns to fall, and our meals change to include heartier fare, seafood soups make it a seamless, savory transition. They’re light yet satisfying, deeply flavorful, and fresh.

Seafood soups and stews are so versatile. You can incorporate a variety of fish and shellfish in one recipe to create complex tastes. Combining mild whitefish with robust shellfish like shrimp or clams creates a rich blend of flavor. Add an assortment of fresh vegetables and simple herbs, and there are endless combinations for seafood soups that can lead us into fall and through the winter with cozy, crave-able meals.

So break out your biggest bowls and spoon up some delicious eats. Start here at Motts Channel Seafood.

It’s a little more than a 30-minute meal, but well, well worth the effort.  Plus, this makes an enormous batch, so it’s great for serving a crowd or yummy leftovers.  A must-try during squash season!!

Recipe Credit: www.gimmesomeoven.com

Yields 6 cups of soup

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  1. Prepare roasted garlic while you prepare the veggies.
  2. In a large (at least 5 quart) stockpot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add butternut squash, onions, carrots, celery and garlic, and sauté 5 minutes.
  3. Add 3 cups of broth, reserving the rest. Cover pot and reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until squash is very tender (about 30 minutes).
  4. Add the half-and-half (or milk) and puree the mixture with an immersion blender until very smooth (or blend in batches in blender and return to pan). Thin with remaining broth if desired. Fold in the crabmeat and sage.
  5. Season generously with salt and pepper and serve.
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Shrimp and Zucchini Skewers

This Shrimp and Zucchini Skewers recipe is a simple, fresh recipe perfect for September grill outs. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Who doesn’t love the taste of smoky, seared skewers hot off the grill? A barbecue favorite, skewers are fun and mess-free eats for adult and kids.

Although shrimp is often the “go to” seafood to skewer, just about any fresh fish or seafood can be added to a skewer.

Wood or Metal? Metal skewers don’t catch fire and you can reuse them indefinitely.  But many prefer wood skewers and that’s ok, too! Just don’t forget to soak them for 30 minutes (it not they’ll burn on the grill)

Small pieces of seafood have lots of surface area, so whatever you coat them with—whether it’s a marinade, a spice rub, or a baste—has a huge impact and lends complex, well-developed flavor to quick-cooking protein.

Motts Channel Seafood stocks a wide varsity of products to help crank up the flavor. “Stick” with us and dinner will be a delight!

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Recipe Credit: Laura Calder, The Food Network

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Shrimp and Zucchini Skewers
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  1. Skewer the shrimp, with zucchini slices ribboned in between each piece.
  2. Stir together the olive oil, pepper flakes, mint, and salt in a glass casserole. Lay in the skewers, cover, and refrigerate for a few hours to marinate, turning once or twice.
  3. Cook on the grill until the shrimp are pink and the zucchini striped with grill marks, three to five minutes per side.
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Scallop Pasta recipe

Summer Corn and Scallop Pasta

 

Scallop Pasta is a delicious recipe that is actually rather simple to make.

Why are fresh scallops one of our top sellers here at Motts Channel Seafood? The soft fleshy texture and delicately mild sweet flavor of scallops are enjoyed by even those who are not particularly fond of fish or other shellfish.

As it turns out, scallops, in addition to their delectable taste, contain a variety of nutrients that can promote your cardiovascular health, plus provide protection against colon cancer.

The naturally sweet taste of scallops partners beautifully with summer corn at its peak in this corn and scallop pasta recipe. To get the most corn flavor into the creamy pasta sauce for this summer pasta recipe, we use the dull side of a knife to remove the extra bit of the corn kernels and the sweet corn “milk” from the ear after cutting off the fresh kernels. Try this technique anytime you are adding fresh corn to sauces or soups.

Rinse scallops and pat them dry with paper towels before cooking. If scallops have too much moisture on the outside, they won’t brown properly.

Stop by Motts Channel Seafood and “sea” the difference fresh scallops makes for your next lunch, cocktail hour appetizer or dinner plans.

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Recipe Credit: EatingWell Magazine

Serves 4

Scallop Pasta recipe
Summer Corn and Scallop Pasta
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  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Reserve ½ cup of the cooking liquid; drain the pasta.
  2. Meanwhile, stand an ear of corn on its stem end in a shallow bowl and slice the kernels off with a sharp, thin-bladed knife. Then press the dull side of the knife down the length of the ear to extract any remaining kernels and corn "milk" into the bowl.
  3. Repeat with the remaining 3 ears of corn, catching the kernels and "milk" in the bowl.
  4. Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crispy, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove to a small bowl with a slotted spoon; leave the bacon fat in the pan.
  5. Sprinkle scallops with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Add the scallops to the pan and cook over medium heat until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; tent with foil to keep warm.
  6. Add the corn kernels and corn "milk," bell pepper and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, until the garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the reserved cooking liquid and wine and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the corn is tender, about 3 minutes more. Stir in sour cream and the remaining ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Sprinkle flour over the mixture. Cook, stirring, until the sauce is bubbling and thickened, about 1 minute.
  7. Reduce heat to low and return the pasta, bacon and any scallop liquid accumulated on the plate to the pan; toss to coat with the sauce. Stir in basil. Divide the pasta among 4 bowls and top with the scallops. Garnish with more basil, if desired.
  8. Serve with lemon wedges.
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Crab and Cantaloupe Salad with Ginger and Mint Dressing

Cantaloupe with seafood? Yes, please!

With many of us only getting as far as squeezing some fresh lemon juice on our fried calamari or a freshly grilled fillet, the prospect of a fish-and-fruit combination recipe can seem a bit out of your culinary comfort zone.

We think cantaloupe and crab are a perfect combination.

The saltiness of seafood combined with the sweetness of fresh, sweet or citrusy fruits can prove particularly effective and refreshing, especially in the summer months.

Here is a delicious recipe to try.

Serves six.

Recipe Credit:  Alice Car with The New York Times

Here are five pairing suggestions you might want to try at home.

plums – tuna
blackberries – shrimp
peach –  salmon
mango – scallops
melon – crab

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  1. If using coconut, heat the oven to 325 degrees. Spread the shavings on a baking sheet and toast until crisp and pale golden at the edges, tossing halfway through, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Cut the cantaloupe into thin slices. Using a vegetable peeler, pare the cucumber into long strips, discarding the core. Place on a serving platter, add red onion and mint, and toss.
  3. Finely dice half the ginger and chilies and place in a bowl. Add the lemon grass, fish sauce, lime juice, coconut cream and sugar, and whisk to blend. Taste and adjust dressing if needed; it should be fragrant, sweet, salty and sour.
  4. To assemble: Scatter the crab on the salad and spoon the dressing over it. Top with remaining ginger and chilies, coconut, if using, and peanuts. Serve immediately.
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Baja

Baja Style Fish Tacos

Tacos de pescado (“fish tacos“) originated in Baja California in Mexico, where they consist of grilled or fried fish, lettuce or cabbage, pico de gallo, and a sour cream or citrus/mayonnaise sauce, all placed on top of a corn or flour tortilla.

If you’ve never tried a fish taco, you’re in for a real treat. Fish tacos provide a traditional Mexican food taste that is a bit off the beaten path. Savory and versatile, fish tacos are best when they are made from fresh, local fish such as grouper, mahi-mahi, sheepshead, and flounder. They can also be topped with just about anything you can imagine.

Ready to try making fish tacos at home? This one is about as authentic as it gets.
Recipe courtesy of Marcela Valladolid and The Food Network.

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Beer Batter
Cream Sauce
Fish Tacos:
Servings:
Instructions
For the Beer Batter:
  1. Mix the flour, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Gradually add in the beer while whisking. Set aside and let the batter rest for 15 minutes before using.
For Cream Sauce:
  1. Add the mayonnaise and crema to a medium bowl. Whisk in the lemon zest, lemon juice and water. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper (can be made 3 days ahead, covered and refrigerated).
For the Fish:
  1. In a large skillet, over medium heat, add enough oil to reach a depth of 1-inch. Heat the oil until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F or when the end of a wooden spoon sizzles when inserted into the oil.
  2. On a large plate, combine the flour and salt. Season the fish pieces all over with salt and pepper and coat with the flour. Working in batches, dip the fillets in the beer batter and coat on both sides. Fry in the hot oil until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
  3. Make tacos with the tortillas and fish and top each with cream, shredded cabbage, tomatillo salsa and pickled jalapenos, if desired.
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lionfish

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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  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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Ginger Glazed

Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi

Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi

This Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi-Mahi recipe is bursting with flavor and combines both sweet and sour taste sensations. This is a simply and delicious recipe with only a 30-minute prep time that includes 20 minutes to marinate.  Serves four. Recipe and photo credit: Allrecipes.com. For more great recipes please visit Alison’s Recipe Box by clicking here. Need more ideas? The Motts Channel Seafood staff is happy to offer up tempting suggestions for your next fresh fish or seafood meal.

According to the website Panoply, the mahi-mahi is well known for putting up a good fight at the end of line, dancing and jumping as the angler works to get him to the back of the boat! They are also known for the brilliant neon blues, greens and yellows they display on their flanks and for providing a delicious reward.

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This Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi is bursting with flavor and combines both sweet and sour taste sensations. This is a simply and delicious recipe with only a 30-minute prep time that includes 20 minutes to marinate. Serves four. Recipe and photo credit: Allrecipes.com. For more great recipes please visit Alison's Recipe Box. Need more ideas? The Motts Channel Seafood staff is happy to offer up tempting suggestions for your next fresh fish or seafood meal.
Servings Prep Time
4 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ginger Glazed
Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi
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This Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi is bursting with flavor and combines both sweet and sour taste sensations. This is a simply and delicious recipe with only a 30-minute prep time that includes 20 minutes to marinate. Serves four. Recipe and photo credit: Allrecipes.com. For more great recipes please visit Alison's Recipe Box. Need more ideas? The Motts Channel Seafood staff is happy to offer up tempting suggestions for your next fresh fish or seafood meal.
Servings Prep Time
4 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. In a shallow glass dish, stir together the honey, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, ginger, garlic and olive oil. Season fish fillets with salt and pepper, and place them into the dish. If the fillets have skin on them, place them skin side down.
  2. Cover, and refrigerate for 20 minutes to marinate.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove fish from the dish, and reserve marinade. Fry fish for 4 to 6 minutes on each side, turning only once, until fish flakes easily with a fork. Remove fillets to a serving platter and keep warm.
  4. Pour reserved marinade into the skillet, and heat over medium heat until the mixture reduces to a glazed consistently. Spoon glaze over fish, and serve immediately.
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Oak-Planked Peppercorn Tuna Steaks with Orange Mayonnaise

This Oak-Planked Peppercorn Tuna Steaks with Orange Mayonnaise recipe  imparts a delicate smokiness, stays moist and tastes delicious.

May is Barbecue – or barbeque – or BBQ month! This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. Summer offers the best selection of fresh, local fish and seafood.

Need some flavor inspirations? One thing you might want to try out this weekend is utilizing grill planks. Planks suited for grilling are widely available, conveniently packaged, and sized to fit a standard grill. Grilling on a soaked wood plank imparts a delicate smokiness to grilled fish recipes. Seafood cooked on a plank stays moist and tender because of the damp smoke that wafts from the wood plank.

Plank cooking is so simple it’s almost foolproof.

Recipe Credit: CookingLight | Photography: Becky-Stayner | Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 steak and 1 1/2 tablespoons orange mayonnaise)

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Instructions
  1. Immerse and soak plank in water for 1 hour; drain.
  2. Prepare grill, heating one side to medium and one side to high heat.
  3. Combine mayonnaise, rind, juice, and chives; stir well with a whisk. Chill.
  4. Lightly coat top of tuna with cooking spray. Sprinkle the tuna with salt; firmly press peppercorns into tuna.
  5. Place plank on grill rack over high heat; grill 5 minutes or until lightly charred.
  6. Carefully turn plank over; move to medium heat. Place tuna on charred side of plank.
  7. Cover and grill 10 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Serve tuna with orange mayonnaise.
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Puff Pastry Shells

Shrimp and Avocado Puff Pasty Shells

Enjoy these Puff Pastry Shells.

Just about anything in puff pastry shells looks delicious. In Europe these are called these vol-au-vents (French for “blown in the wind” because of their lightness). Here in North Carolina we call them the perfect Mother’s Day meal addition. They are elegant yet very easy to put together. With a little help from the grocery store using pre-made pastry shells, they can be filled with shrimp or really any of your seafood favorites. Serves twelve.

Recipe and photo credit: Realhousemoms.com.

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Shrimp and Avocado Puff Pasty Shells
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12 servings
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Instructions
  1. Bake the pre-made pastry shells according to the package directions and allow to cool.
  2. Set 12 shrimp aside for garnish.
  3. To a food processor add the remaining shrimp and pulse until they are broken up.
  4. Add the avocado, mayonnaise, lemon zest and juice, chives, dill, cilantro, salt and pepper and pulse until smooth.
  5. Fill a piping bag with the filling and pipe into the cups.
  6. Top each with 1 cooked shrimp and small sprig of fresh dill.
Recipe Notes

Just about anything in puff pastry shells looks delicious. In Europe these are called these vol-au-vents (French for “blown in the wind” because of their lightness). Here in North Carolina we call them the perfect Mother's Day meal addition. They are elegant yet very easy to put together. With a little help from the grocery store using pre-made pastry shells, they can be filled with shrimp or really any of your seafood favorites. Serves twelve.

Recipe and photo credit: Realhousemoms.com.

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Caribbean Grilled Fish Marinade Recipe

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Caribbean Grilled Fish Marinade Recipe
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Gene Long, the owner of Motts Channel Seafood, has been enjoying this recipe for Caribbean Grilled Fish Marinade Recipe for many years. It is great for locally caught grouper or swordfish (which of course you can purchase here at Motts Channel Seafood). He recommends marinating the fish steaks at least one hour before grilling. Serves six.
Servings
6 fillets
Servings
6 fillets
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Caribbean Grilled Fish Marinade Recipe
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Gene Long, the owner of Motts Channel Seafood, has been enjoying this recipe for Caribbean Grilled Fish Marinade Recipe for many years. It is great for locally caught grouper or swordfish (which of course you can purchase here at Motts Channel Seafood). He recommends marinating the fish steaks at least one hour before grilling. Serves six.
Servings
6 fillets
Servings
6 fillets
Ingredients
Servings: fillets
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients - shake well
  2. Marinate fish steaks at least one hour before grilling
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Benedict

Caribbean Crab Cakes Benedict

This Caribbean Crab Cakes Benedict was originally posted: April 2017

Ok. So this is a little more tie consuming than our usual recipe shares. But it’s a holiday weekend and the perfect time to stretch your culinary muscles. This decadent recipe offers an exotic twist on a brunch staple.

Serves six.

Recipe courtesy of Julia Dowling Rutland as featured on CoastalLiving.com. Photo credit: Howard L. Puckett.

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Caribbean Crab Cakes Benedict
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This decadent recipe offers an exotic twist on a brunch staple. Serves six. Recipe courtesy of Julia Dowling Rutland as featured on CoastalLiving.com. Photo credit: Howard L. Puckett. For more great recipes visit Alison's recipe box.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 8 hours
Benedict
Caribbean Crab Cakes Benedict
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This decadent recipe offers an exotic twist on a brunch staple. Serves six. Recipe courtesy of Julia Dowling Rutland as featured on CoastalLiving.com. Photo credit: Howard L. Puckett. For more great recipes visit Alison's recipe box.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 8 hours