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One of the benefits of moving to Coastal North Carolina is the abundance of seafood!

Mike picking out some fresh seafood at our local outdoor seafood market!

Mike picking out some fresh seafood at our local outdoor seafood market!

Even though we live right on the coast not all of the seafood found in grocery stores is local and wild caught. This can add to the confusion and frustration when grocery shopping. Click here to read an article by Dr. Mercola explaining the benefits of wild caught vs. farmed.

Overall Mike and I really try to eat local, fresh seafood that is also wild caught. Check out our dinner from Sunday night:

Seafood Dinner Spread

Dinner included wild raw oysters, shrimp salad (recipe below), raw grassfed cheese, avocado, hummus, and some veggies. And boy oh boy was this amazing! Mike shucked the oysters himself when we got home and I threw together the shrimp salad. The cool thing was that Mike’s coworker gave us the shrimp which was locally caught! Everything was amazing the only problem was that there was too much food and I got stuffed rather quickly!

Mike agreed that this was one of the best shrimp salads he’s ever had. It was super easy to make and is great to eat during hot, humid summer days. We ate it with cut up veggies and green beans but I know I’ll be putting this shrimp salad on top of a plate of spinach and kale tomorrow for my lunch – yum!

Coastal Carolina Shrimp Salad

  • 1 lb Shrimp
  • 1/2 Onion, minced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 Celery Stalk, minced
  • 1 Hard Boiled Egg, minced
  • 1/2 cup Mayonaise (click here for my mayo recipe)
  • 1 TBL Old Bay Seasoning (just because you can never have too much!)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

To prep the shrimp I toss about 1/4 – 1/2 cup of Old Bay Seasoning in a plastic bag with the shrimp, close the bag and mix it around. This ensures that all the raw shrimp is coated in delicious Old Bay. Place the shrimp in a pan of boiling water for about 2:30 – 3 minutes. You definitely do not want to overcook shrimp, it becomes rather tough – yuck! Once the shrimp turns pink (usually around that 2:30-3:00 minute mark) take them out of the pan and allow to cool to the touch. Then you can peel them and cut them up into bite-size pieces. Or have your husband peel all the shrimp while you do other things 🙂 hehe Place the shrimp in a bowl along with the rest of the ingredients. Stir everything together and there you have it: delicious, shrimp salad!

Shrimp Salad 1

Seafood Watch App

To go along with today’s seafood theme I just discovered a free app titled Seafood Watch that can help you make smart seafood choices.

Seafood Watch

Access seafood and sushi recommendations by typing full or partial seafood names into the search field. Tap the “Add a Location” button to add the names of restaurants and stores where you’ve found ocean-friendly seafood, or “Find Sustainable Seafood” button in the menu to locate businesses where others have found sustainable seafood.

The website, Seafood Watch, has a lot of really cool information (in addition to information about the app). I can’t wait to really try out this app when we go visit local restaurants (sushi too!).

Ocean Question

Have you ever used the Seafood Watch app, or a similar app? If so, did you like it? Why/why not? Inquiring minds want to know!

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