I’m sure there will be more to come during my beach vacation eating adventures, which means almost all seafood, but for starters, here are two nights of my ocean-to-table goodies!!
On the first menu, super fresh seared tuna, fried NC shrimp, and fried zucchini! I crusted the tuna (caught merely hours before I got it from the little fish market, St. Waves Seafood and Steaks) with Char Crust. This is a great simple char seasoning rub that’s not too salty or too peppery, it’s just right. Seared the tuna in a hot pan on both sides and then sliced for a nice presentation.
The fried shrimp are one of my beach meal specialties. I use a simple breading that’s light and not too seasoned, basically whatever we’ve got around the beach house kitchen and mate a few spices added in, and toss the shrimp into a baggy of it after a bath in egg whites.
Shake em around in the bag til they’re all covered, then plop gently into fry oil (I do a shallow pan fry of vegetable oil). Cook til the batter gets crisped and then keep warm in the oven while you finish the batches. Voila!
Next beach eats menu was a little more adventurous – scallops and… da-da-da-da… SHARK!! Yes, I sank my teeth into some Mako shark from Austin’s Seafood in Nags Head, NC (great spot in OBX for fresh seafood and good prices).
But I continued my game plan to make shark bites, and tossed it around in the Char Crust in a baggy.
I sautéed the bay scallops in a generous bubble of butter and lemon juice, with a little maple syrup for sweetness.
This came out really nice. And buttery!! Mmmm… butter. Two great nights of beach eats!! Aaahhhh, Seafood. How I love thee.