No ocean vacation is complete without a seafood dinner. Whether fish, shellfish, or crustaceans, seafood doesn’t get any fresher than the catch of the day at a locally owned restaurant on Florida’s St. George Island. But where should you start? Resort Vacation Properties of St. George Island introduces some of the most popular St. George Island seafood dishes to try the next time you’re dining in our area.
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Apalachicola Bay Oysters
When it comes to seafood, the Forgotten Coast is best known for its oysters. St. George Island sits right next door to the Apalachicola Bay, where the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint Rivers meet the ocean water. The nutrient-rich blend of H20 creates a complex network of food chains and the perfect feeding ground for sea life of all kinds. In fact, Apalachicola Bay is renowned as one of the most productive estuaries in the world, and its oysters are uniquely plump, mellow, and delicious.
Wild-caught Apalachicola Bay oysters are a feature on menus all along the Gulf Coast, but especially on St. George Island. Enjoy them raw on the half shell, baked, or steamed. With oyster boats coming in daily, you can be sure your meal is as fresh as it gets.
Shrimp, Shrimp, and More Shrimp
The Apalachicola Bay estuary also produces over a million pounds of shrimp every year, including white brown, and sweet pink varieties. With so much shrimp available, it’s no wonder that locals have invented some delicious ways to cook it! Here are a few popular Floridian ways to consume this maritime delicacy:
- Shrimp and grits: This classic Southern and Creole dish is available at almost any seafood restaurant, ranging from simple low-country fare to more elaborate interpretations.
- Peel and eat: If you’re looking for fresh and authentic, it doesn’t get better than peeling and eating pink shrimp. They’re traditionally served cold with lemon and cocktail sauce or warm, beer-steamed, and covered in Old Bay Seasoning.
Florida Blue Crab
A large percentage of Floridian crab harvests come from fishing in the bay and surrounding area – the crustaceans almost seem eager to climb into a trap. Whether blue crabs are caught yourself, bought fresh from a seafood market, or cooked by a restaurant, they’re an excellent culinary experience on St. George Island. The most popular method is steamed and served with lemon, vinegar, and Old Bay Seasoning. It’s no-frills, down-to-earth, and homey – not to mention tasty. That’s not the only way to go, of course. There are dozens of ways to enjoy a crab dish – take your pick on your next visit to our area.
Explore St. George Island Seafood and Cuisine
Oysters, shrimp, and crab are the most popular St. George Island seafood offerings, but they’re by no means the limit. Plan your trip today with Resort Vacation Properties of St. George Island to explore the other great eats pulled from the ocean and estuary. We offer hundreds of rental properties to stay in during your local seafood adventures. To book, contact us today.