Ingredient: salt, divided

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.

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Vegetable
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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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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.

Visit Alison Recipe Box for even more fresh scallop recipes.
Recipe Credit: EatingWell Magazine

Serves 4

Scallop Pasta recipe
Summer Corn and Scallop Pasta
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Scallop Pasta recipe
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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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Grilled Grouper with Watermelon Salsa

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Grilled Grouper with Watermelon Salsa
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Local NC watermelon is ripe and ready in July and Motts Channel Seafood's fresh grouper is perfect to pair with this delicious fruit. Try this twist: For a sandwich option, serve fish and salsa in pita pockets. Recipe published by Southern Living. Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke
Servings
4 servings
Servings
4 servings
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Grilled Grouper with Watermelon Salsa
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Local NC watermelon is ripe and ready in July and Motts Channel Seafood's fresh grouper is perfect to pair with this delicious fruit. Try this twist: For a sandwich option, serve fish and salsa in pita pockets. Recipe published by Southern Living. Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke
Servings
4 servings
Servings
4 servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill to 350º to 400º (medium-high) heat. Sprinkle grouper with pepper and 1/2 tsp. salt. Drizzle with 2 Tbsp. olive oil.
  2. Grill fish, covered with grill lid, 3 to 4 minutes on each side or just until fish begins to flake when poked with the tip of a sharp knife and is opaque in center.
  3. Combine chopped watermelon, next 5 ingredients, and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt and 1 Tbsp. olive oil.
  4. Serve with grilled fish.
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Scallop and Avocado Tostadas

Scallop and Avocado Tostadas
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  1. Combine cilantro and greens in a medium bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
  2. Mash avocados in a medium bowl, and stir in lime zest, lime juice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cover and chill until ready to serve
  3. Combine cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle scallops on both sides with seasoning mixture. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallops, and cook about 1 minute on each side or until scallops are opaque. Transfer to a large plate.
  4. Spread reserved avocado mixture evenly on tortilla chips; top with cilantro mixture. Top each with a scallop half.
Recipe Notes

Photo Credit:  Coastalliving.com. Recipe Credit:  Jack Mills, R.D.

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