Florida Recipes to Celebrate Seafood Month

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October is National Seafood Month, and Wakulla County is the best place to celebrate, with a wide variety of local recipes to eat great seafood and the ability to buy fresh seafood to take home.

If you enjoy cooking, why not spend National Seafood Month creating unique meals that feature local Florida seafood? Here are some delicious dishes for any seafood fan:

Crab Cakes with Homemade Tartar Sauce

Who doesn’t love a good crab cake? Add a Wakulla twist to this classic dish by using stone crabs, which are in season. Stone crabs are a staple to the Panhandle area and a Wakulla favorite. Homemade tartar sauce is a great way to top your crab cakes! Your crab cakes will be a hit as an appetizer or a main dish! Find the whole recipe here.

Beer Battered Catfish and Lemon Mayo

Tired of boring tailgating dishes? Try beer battered catfish! This fried dish will be a fan favorite whether you’re tossing a ball around before kickoff, or are hanging out with friends and family at home for the big game. Homemade fries make the perfect side dish for beer battered catfish. Dip your catfish and fries in a delicious lemon mayo. Here is how to make the whole meal.

Pan Seared Florida Grouper with Smoked Gouda Grits and Tomato-Bacon Gravy

Fish and grits are both southern staples. Add some pizazz to this classic dish by making pan seared Florida grouper with smoked gouda grits and tomato-bacon gravy. It isn’t a difficult dish, but your friends and family will think you’re a master chef after tasting it. Make sure to use fresh grouper from Wakulla County. The full recipe can be found here.

Shrimp Quesadillas

Looking for a quick and easy seafood meal? Try these shrimp quesadillas! Be sure to pick up Wakulla shrimp if you are in the area. Fresh, local shrimp will elevate this simple meal to the next level. Add your own twist to this recipe by topping your quesadilla with a different type of cheese, a spicy salsa, or guacamole; the possibilities are endless!

Rock Shrimp Chili

There’s so many uses for shrimp, including chili! The weather outside is starting to get chilly, so why not warm up with a bowl of chili? This recipe for rock shrimp chili is delicious with Wakulla County shrimp. You can control the spicy-level by the amount of peppers and spices you use. So check out the recipe and enjoy this dish curled up on the couch during a cool fall evening.

If you want to fully enjoy Wakulla seafood, plan a trip to Wakulla County. We have plenty of local spots for you to fully immerse yourself in Florida dishes, including a great seafood market. Stay in one of our hotels to refresh after your tour of Wakulla restaurants before visiting one of our many national parks.