My mom, my sister and I ate at Star Fish Dockside while visiting the Gulf Beaches and I mentioned here before that I like to buy my fresh seafood there at the market any time I can get by there. We've enjoyed many huge family dinners outdoors at the beach courtesy the marvelous fresh catches from Star Fish. There have been just as many smaller, more intimate dinners with just Mr. Meems and I at home.
On this particular occasion we were blessed to have my sister with us.
Seafood makes the simplest of meals outstanding.
That opinion is probably because I LOVE seafood... well... ONLY if it is fresh.
All photos in this post courtesy of my sister. She actually thought to take them ... thanks, Marmee.
Stone crab legs are oh so, delish and oh so, easy to fix. They are in season until about May 15... so get somewhere and "get you some!"
Stone Crab Legs:
- Simply boil some water in a large pot (enough to cover the crab legs)
- After cracking the legs in a few places (this will make it much easier to dig out the meat) with a wooden mallet
- throw the crab legs in the boiling water and let them heat through. This only takes a minute or two.
- Walla! Serve with melted butter and/or whatever sauce you like. We like cocktail sauce with crab.
Garlic sauteed shrimp.
I always peel, clean thoroughly, and butterfly each one no matter which way I decide to cook them.
- Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil and about a half of stick of butter in a shallow skillet. (I apologize... I rarely cook with a recipe so I am guessing on amounts here... you just need enough to cover the shrimp on one side.)
- Sear a few cloves of garlic.
- With heat on approximatley med/hi to hi place each shrimp flat into pan.
- Watch for a little change of color from clear to solid.
- As they change color turn each one over and repeat watching for the color change. This is very fast. It only takes a few minutes all together. One of the tricks with cooking shrimp is not to over cook!
The sides with our seafood included Barilla Spaghetti Rigatti noodles cooked 'al dente' tossed with olive oil and a little butter, shredded parmesan cheese mixed in and diced fresh Compari tomatoes topping. Some of us like to mix our shrimp and crab in with the pasta. Some of us eat it all separately. It's ALL GOOD however you choose to eat it.
A freshly made side salad with all your favorite ingredients and fresh bread are always a sure compliment as well.