Category Archives: Seafood Sightings

Weekly roundup of seafood-related articles in North Carolina newspapers.

Seafood Sightings: December 8, 2016



Throughout North Carolina, residents have the luxury of enjoying fresh-caught seafood all year. In fact, cold-weather months are a prime time for several species of seafood, including flounder and oysters. Relish the seasonal abundance!

  • This month, Island Life NC celebrates flounder. Learn a few interesting facts about this “seafood lover’s favorite,” and find recipes, including an elegant lemon-buttered flounder dish, and crab-stuffed flounder roll-ups, an exquisite hors d’oeuvre for your next holiday party.
  • UNC TV’s NC Now features restaurateur Sammy Boyd of Carteret County, who is working to make “local catch only” a feasible restaurant model in North Carolina. The segment airs Dec. 8 at 8:00 p.m.
  • The News & Observer highlights Raleigh’s Poole’s Diner, which has made the Eater’s list of Best Restaurants in America for two consecutive years. Read more about Poole’s James Beard award-winning chef Ashley Christensen in Coastwatch, when North Carolina Sea Grant talked with her and other award contenders in 2013. The story also includes seafood recipes used by semifinalists in their restaurants.
  • The Outer Banks Voice shares an experience at Fish & Flights: Fighting Invasive Blue Catfish with Forks and Knives, an educational outreach dinner to raise awareness of invasive blue catfish in North Carolina coastal waters. The take away? Blue catfish are plentiful, tasty, and good for you — so eat them, eat lots of them, and hurry to do so!
  • The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services offers several oyster recipes from their Seafood Cookbook, including a holiday oyster dressing and a traditional cold-weather favorite, oyster stew.
  • Partake in winter nostalgia with Keith Rhodes, chef and owner of Catch seafood restaurant in Wilmington, who recently shared a memory of cooking with celebrity Gwyneth Paltrow on his Facebook page. Read about the experience in her words, in her blog post, Cooking at Catch. And in celebration of seasonal seafood, check out clam recipes from Rhodes, featured on the UNC TV series Flavor, NC. Rhodes also was a James Beard nominee for Best Chef Southeast in 2011.

Seafood Sightings: December 1, 2016



It’s the holiday season! This year, consider freshening up your menu with seafood.

One example is the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a Southern Italian holiday ritual with at least seven different kinds of seafood served before midnight on Christmas Eve. If you’d like to prepare your own Christmas Eve feast — or several special meals throughout the season — here are some traditional, and not-so-traditional, ideas from North Carolina chefs and food writers.

  • Charlotte Five shares a trip by Paul Manley — of Sea Level NC, a restaurant in Charlotte — to the Carteret County coast to brush up on preparing oysters and other seafood for his feast of fishes.

Seafood Sightings: November 17, 2016

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The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries has just published some common sense precautions when buying, storing and preparing oysters in time for a Thanksgiving tradition, oyster dressing.

Another popular seafood item for the Thanksgiving table is shrimp salad. Our Mariner’s Menu recipe can be made one day ahead of time.

  • Mariner’s Menu recommends this delicious shrimp salad recipe.


Seafood Sightings: November 10, 2016

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Latest recipes featured this week include oyster stew, pecan-crusted flounder, oyster pie, littleneck clams and shrimp spaghetti. Enjoy!

Seafood Sightings: November 4, 2016

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Check out tasty recipes for shrimp, oysters and fish. Enjoy!

Seafood Sightings: October 27, 2016

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This week’s Throwback Thursday features oyster recipes from Mariner’s Menu. Enjoy!

Seafood Sightings: October 20, 2016

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This week’s round up includes oysters, scallops, shrimp and clams. Enjoy!

  • Taste of Southern shares step-by-step directions for clam chowder.