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July 31, 2015
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Tacos and Summer
Here on the island at Motts Channel Seafood, fish and shrimp tacos have been one of our favorite "go to" summertime meals for groups of any size. While the exact origins of fish tacos are unknown, it's likely that people living along the coast in Mexico have been eating them as long as tacos have existed.

Best Fresh Fillers
Of course here at Motts Channel Seafood we think that fresh fish and seafood are the key ingredients to any taco dish.  That being said, along with fresh shrimp, we would highly recommend:

Lane Snapper
Red Drum

Endless prep choices
The methods to prepare your fresh fish or seafood for your taco are virtually endless. You can choose to grill, fry, sauté or broil. We suggest're guaranteed to find something you love!

Want to add a little kick?
Our store pantry sells a variety of sauces and seasonings that will make your taste buds take notice. Our two favorites we always try to keep in stock are Zatarains Blackened Seasoning and Shipwrecked "Captain's Blend" Seasoning.  Pick them up next time you are in the area.

What else should go in the tortillas?
When possible, please don't spoil your taco with less-than-fresh ingredients that will share space in the tortilla with your fresh fish or shrimp! Our fresh veggie stand offers local produce that would be perfect additions to a variety of taco recipes.  Fresh items to consider include onion, cabbage (or any other leafy greens, including lettuce), avocado, green chilies and jalapeños.
Many of our customers tell us they also like to add shredded manchego, cheddar or Monterey jack cheese to their culinary creations. Condiments that help keep all the ingredients from falling out of the tortilla include pico de gallo, fruit-based salsas, hot sauce, ranch dressing, mayonnaise, lime juice and sour cream.

Pair Your Meal With the Perfect Beer
For this we defer to our friends down the street at Lighthouse Beer and Wine. Be sure to stop in and say hello to Jason and his amazing staff. Highlighted below are just a few of their suggestions:

For a spicy fish taco, Jason recommends an IPA, such as Victory Dirt Wolf. It has a strong mix of pine and citrus hops that can not only stand up to the spice, but compliment it as well. 

For tacos with a sour cream/cilantro based sauce, Jason suggests a Belgian Saison such as Brooklyn Sorachi Ace. It has subtle earthy and peppery flavors that will compliment the fish and enhance the sauce. 

If you are having fried fish tacos, the staff at Lighthouse Beer and Wine would pair them with a Pilsner style beer such as  North Coast Scrimshaw. Its sharp mouthfeel and very slight hop spice will help cut through richness of battered fish. 

Have any other fish or shrimp taco preparation questions?  Stop on in and our staff with be more than happy to help you out...just ask!

Recipe Credit - Real Simple Magazine - Jane Kirby
Serves 4

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 limes, cut into quarters
  • kosher salt
  • 8 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 2 to 3 cups finely shredded green cabbage
  • green tomatillo salsa
  1. Heat grill to medium-high. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, milk, and cumin. Set aside.
  2. Skewer the shrimp. (If using wood skewers, soak them in water for 10 minutes beforehand.) In a small bowl, combine the butter and garlic. Brush the shrimp with the garlic butter.
  3. Place the shrimp on grill with the limes. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side or until the shrimp are opaque and the limes are browned.
  4. Remove from grill. Lightly salt the shrimp.
  5. Grill the tortillas for 30 seconds on each side, then place inside a paper bag to keep warm.
  6. Pull the shrimp off the skewers; divide evenly among the tortillas. Top with the cabbage, sour cream sauce, tomatillo salsa, and a squeeze of grilled lime.
Only six more days to go!

Do you have a tried-and-true fresh fish or seafood recipe? Share it with us and you may win a $50 gift certificate towards your next fresh fish or seafood purchase here at Motts Channel Seafood.

Simply send us your recipe (details below) by 5:00 p.m. on August 5th.  We will randomly select a winner from all recipe entries and will share the news in our August 14th newsletter!

  • Must include at least one fresh fish or seafood. ingredient
  • No more than 10 ingredients total.
  • Ingredients should be widely available for purchase in the greater Wilmington area. 
Email ( the following information:
  • Name of the recipe:
  • From the kitchen of:
  • Number of servings:
  • Step by step instructions:
  • A sentence or two on how this recipe came to be a part of your cooking "repertoire." 
Good luck!
It's Turtle Time!

Besides signaling back-to-school and end-of-summer, August also brings an exciting time on the island as it is the key month of the year for sea turtle eggs to hatch.

Right now, the 100+ volunteers of the Wrightsville Beach Sea Turtle Project are keeping an eye on the two remaining nests on our stretch of the beach.  A little over a week ago the season's first nest hatched. Last Saturday, a large crowd gathered for the excavation of the nest and had the privilege of watching seven more turtles safely make their way to the ocean for the first time.

Want to learn more about these amazing creatures?  The group is offering "Turtle Talks" Tuesdays in August starting at 7:00 p.m. 

How can you help?  Nancy Fahey, Volunteer Coordinator and Wrightsville Beach sea turtle rescue permit holder, is always looking for volunteers in a variety of capacities both on and off the beach.

Another way everyone can help is by calling 910-612-3047 if you see:
  • An sea turtle in distress.
  • A mother turtle making its way to the beach to lay her eggs.
  • Tracks in the sand that are consistent with turtle activity on land.
Want to keep up with their latest news? Follow the Wrightsville Beach Sea Turtle Project them on Facebook by clicking here.

Thank you, Wrightsville Beach Sea Turtle Project volunteers for all that you do to help protect sea turtles!
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