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How to Grill the Best Seafood on Your Ocean Isle Beach Vacation

Is there anything better than an evening around the grill surrounded by friends and family on Ocean Isle Beach? From shrimp to flounder, the grill is the perfect way to prepare fresh local seafood on your Ocean Island Beach vacation. Many people find grilling seafood to be an intimidating process, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’ve ever wanted to grill seafood like a pro, you’re in luck. Grilling seafood is actually very easy, and today we will give you the tips, tricks, and tools so you can impress the whole family with your grilling skills. Put down that cell phone, there won’t be more embarrassing messes followed by a desperate call for a pizza.

The Best Fresh Seafood

Buying Fresh Seafood Like a Pro

No matter how great a recipe sounds, or how expensive a grill you have…in the end, the quality of the seafood is what is going to make a great dish. Luckily, here on Ocean Isle Beach, we have plenty of great places to buy fresh local seafood. Seafood isn’t something to bargain shop for, you get what you pay. This is the time to splurge a little on the best and freshest seafood you can find. Follow these helpful tips while shopping to ensure you get the best seafood.

Shrimp- Avoiding dry dull shrimp is all about locking in the moisture. To do this, buy fresh whole shrimp with the head still attached. If those are not available, by frozen shrimp with the shell still intact. The shell, like the head, helps the shrimp retain its moisture. A little biology; shrimp rot quickly, so really fresh or frozen is the only way to go. If it looks old, then it is old.

Whole Fish- fish is not only easy, but a great way to get the most out of your fish. Remember to look for a couple kkep indicators that the fish is fresh. Look for red gills, shiny skin, no fishy smell, and clear eyes.
is one of the best and tastiest ways to enjoy a great catch. When shopping for a whole fish, look for clear bright eyes and clean metallic looking skin. Skin which has a dull color is a bad sign. Fish should never smell, well fishy! Fresh fish smells almost briny or like clean water. Inspect the gills as well. They should be bright red, if they look like a brick color, this is a sign the fish is not really fresh.

Shell Fish-Mouth watering grilled Oysters are simple and delicious to grill.However, with any shell fish, there are a few things to look for. Shell fishare sold alive and should behave that way. For example, you can place clams and mussels on the counter and tap the top of them. Sit back for a moment, if they are fresh they should close tighter than they did prior to being tapped. After cooking if they don’t open then toss them as they’re dead.

Fillets-Look for a nice clean fillet absent of any milky looking fluid. The fillet should not smell fishy. If it does, move on because the fish is of poor quality. If allowed, gently push your finger into the fillet. In high-quality fresh fish fillets, the indentation will disappear.

Lobster and Crab- Lobster tail on the grill with a little butter is one of those delicious beach treats we all daydream about. Lobster and crab are best purchased fresh and alive. In the tank, lobster and crab should be active and moving around. If they appear lethargic they are probably of poor quality. Lobster, for example, starve themselves in captivity. If you’re not careful, after cooking you’ll have a lobster with very little meat. Crab can also be purchased frozen be sure to ask when they were caught and frozen.

Tip: Looking to land your own catch of the day? Fall is one of the best times to fish on Ocean Isle Beach. Check out our previous post,A How To Guide for the Best of Ocean Isle: Fall Fishing

Grill Set Up

Grill Set Up

You’ve purchased your favorite fresh seafood and you found a great recipe…now let’s get that grill ready. Preparation is everything when grilling seafood. Charcoal or gas grills both work well for cooking seafood. Propane is a bit easier for the less experienced grill masters. Temperatures and clean up are also a bit easier with gas grills.

Setting up your grill is easy. The first step is making sure you have a clean grill. All those little bits of food and carbon may be proud reminders of your past grilling, but it’s time for a fresh start. A dirty grill will cause your food to have an acrid and foul taste, destroying all your hard work.

Let’s get started…

Tip: Never wash your grill grates in the dishwasher, the oils on the grates will coat the inside of dishwasher causing a huge mess.

Cooking Tips

Cooking Tips and Tricks

Now you’re ready to grill! There are several methods to cooking seafood on the grill. Luckily, there are also a few tools and tips that can make this a lot less intimidating. Here are our best tips and tricks:
Now that you’re ready to grill seafood like a pro, hit the local markets or catch some local seafood on our beautiful beaches. Have a favorite recipe? We would love to hear about it. We hope you find the perfect seafood recipe to try on your Ocean Isle Beach vacation. Our beautiful homes and pristine beaches make the perfect recipe for a relaxing Ocean Isle Beach vacation. With the temperatures cooling off and beautiful fall sea breezes blowing, it is the perfect time to fire up the grill on the OIB. Still looking for the perfect Ocean Isle Beach vacation? Take a look at the many beautiful homes available for your family getaway this fall.

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