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Get to Know Green Gill Oysters

Get to Know Green Gill Oysters

Known for their unique color and mushroom-like flavor, green gill oysters are a marine delicacy found in very few water environments. Click through to learn more about this unique oyster phenomenon.

How to properly thaw seafood

How to properly thaw seafood

Just got your frozen seafood purchase home and not sure what to do next? Here are some thawing techniques to get you started!

How to cure fish

Chef Eric of Locals Oyster Bar offers his advice on curing fish, shrimp and scallops at home before cooking.

Update on Southern Flounder Reductions

The NC Marine Fisheries Commission met on August 23 to vote on the proposed amendment to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan. The amendment was adopted.

How to freeze seafood at home

Freezing seafood at home is a great way to extend the life of your purchase. Read on for quick tips, freezing techniques, and thawing methods.

Enjoying soft shells year-round

Enjoying soft shells year-round

Soft shell crab season is short lived in North Carolina, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them year-round. Read on to learn about buying & preparing frozen softies.

How to care for your seafood purchase

You purchased fresh fish or shellfish from one of our markets. Now what? We’ll cover the basics of caring for fresh fish, fresh and live shellfish in this guide.

How to Smoke Fish At Home

How to Smoke Fish At Home

It’s easy to smoke fish at home. You can eat smoke fish right off the fillet, or you can use it as an ingredient in other recipes like a dip or spread. There are a few important things to consider when smoking: the fish, the brine, and the wood.

How should I cook this fish?

Our fresh fish fillets are easy to prepare. We know they sound like a complicated bunch with names like White Grunt, Blueline Tilefish, and Red Drum… but don’t be fooled, they’re a breeze to cook. Read on for our tips!

What to Know About Vibrio in Shellfish

Oysters on the half shell are a delicacy enjoyed around the globe. Recently, raw shellfish has seen a surge in popularity among American diners. This increase in consumption has led to increased awareness about the health risks associated with eating raw shellfish. Here are some tips to keep yourself and your shellfish safe.

Thankful for Seafood

This year, embrace a new tradition and focus your Thanksgiving meal on North Carolina seafood. It’s packed with health benefits and flavor, plus it’s easy to prep. We outlined our recipe suggestions in this post.

Ugly & Wild: Learning to Love NC Fish

Locals Seafood is honored to have been featured in the short film UGLY & WILD by Vittles Films in partnership with the NC 10% Campaign and CEFS. Watch the film here.

Oyster Shell Recycling

North Carolina’s oyster reefs have countless benefits. Learn how you can recycle oyster shells to save North Carolina oyster reefs.

What to Do With Leftover Fish

It has happened to everyone: you’ve cooked more fish than you can eat. What a waste to throw it away, you say. Never fear. Here are a few ways you can get another good meal out of your leftovers.

What to Know About Mercury in Seafood

Eating fresh seafood has many health benefits. It’s a low-fat source of protein and is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Along with these benefits comes a risk: mercury. While there is no shortage of research on the topic of mercury in seafood, data...

How to Make Your Own Shrimp Stock

How to Make Your Own Shrimp Stock

The arrival of shrimp season in mid-summer is a joyous occasion for NC seafood lovers. Don’t waste a single shrimp shell this year – make shrimp stock! Shrimp stock adds a rich, complex flavor to any dish. Once you add shrimp stock to your next jambalaya, paella, pasta, grits, you’ll never turn back.

How to Poach Fish

Poaching is an easy, flavor-packed way to prepare a flakey fish like Flounder, Grouper, Sea Bass, Drum – anything with light color and a flakey meat. Below, we’ve laid out some basics for poaching a fish.

The Perfect Oyster Wine

The Perfect Oyster Wine

We asked our friends over at the Raleigh Wine Shop about their recommendation for the perfect oyster wine.

How to Clean, Steam, and Shuck NC Oysters

Our co-founder Ryan shows you step-by-step how to host a backyard oyster roast. P.S. – if you shuck it, don’t chuck it! There are 12 oyster shell recycling locations in Wake County alone!

Red Drum on the Half Shell

Red Drum is the state saltwater fish of North Carolina, so you know it must be tasty. This fish has a mild, sweet flavor and large flakes of white meat. The fillets are made even tastier by cooking them on the half shell – scales and all.

How to Make Fish Stock

Don’t waste a single scrap of your fish. This fish stock, submitted by customer Scott W., is a great way to utilize the entire fish – head and bones included.This recipe yields about 2 quarts.

How to blacken fish

Blackened fish is a Cajun favorite and so easy to make. All you need is butter, Old Bay, and a very hot skillet – we recommend you try this outdoors!

How to Clean a Soft Shell Blue Crab

Fried softies are a summertime favorite for southerners. But you’ll have to face your fears and clean soft shell Blue Crabs before you can cook them.