Cook up these coastal favorites at the beach or at home.
Louisiana Crab Cakes with Creole Tartar SauceCrab cakes rank high as an all-time favorite appetizer or main dish meal. They cook quick–only 6 minutes per batch–and are a cinch to prepare. Get one step ahead by making the tartar sauce in advance.
Fish SandwichesDress up cooked fish fillets by flaking, tossing with lemon juice, and piling on a crusty French bread roll. This simple sandwich transforms into an all-star meal with homemade Basil Mayonnaise, a side of kettle-fried potato chips, pickle spears, and cold beer.
Recipe: Fish Sandwiches
- William Dickey
HushpuppiesA warm basket of hushpuppies is an excellent complement to a fresh seafood dinner. It's easy to fry your own using a Dutch oven or a deep cast-iron skillet–just make sure you have a thermometer on hand to keep the oil at 375º. Serve them plain or stir diced jalapeños into the batter for an added kick.
- Howard L. Puckett
Coconut Shrimp with Maui Mustard SauceThis tropical fried shrimp dish uses coconut milk and flaked coconut for a double shot of flavor. Serve the shrimp and mustard sauce as an appetizer, or pair with rice, summer veggies, and pineapple for a main meal.
Roasted Lobster Tails with Ginger Dipping SauceThe filet mignon of seafood, lobster tails are pricey but well worth the extra cost when you want a special meal. Try Ginger Dipping Sauce for a tasty and healthy alternative to traditional drawn butter. With a preparation time of about 30 minutes, roasted lobster tails are a quick and elegant dinner choice.
- Jan Smith
"Floribbean" Grouper with Red Pepper-Papaya JamThe distinctive flavors of Florida and the Caribbean combine in this unforgettable dish. The recipe calls for grouper, but feel free to use mahi-mahi or cod. Cashews and coconut make for a sweet and crunchy crust.
- Howard L. Puckett
White Chocolate-Key Lime PieCool and creamy, key lime pie is a classic beach dessert. This updated version combines white chocolate with lime for an intense flavor combination. Serve slices on festive plates and garnish with a slice of lime.
Recipe: White Chocolate-Key Lime Pie