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It's the time of year when calendars are full of holiday get togethers. Whether it's a business gathering, neighborhood potluck or simply a house party open to friends and family, the party goer count often multiplies at the last minute. 

And we hope you'll consider adding fresh fish and seafood to your culinary lineup. Shrimp cocktail (see holiday recipe idea below) make for a fast and delicious appetizer. Firm, flaky white fish with white sauce and colorful seasonal vegetables provides a great entree to a sit down holiday meal. And don't forget that an oyster roast by an outdoor fire pit is sure to draw a hungry crowd.

Here at Motts Channel Seafood we are happy to take advance orders for your holiday seafood needs.  Because our inventory changes daily, we are better able to ensure the best the sea has to offer for parties both big and small. 

Please note our pre-order deadlines. Call us with your orders and get ready to enjoy the best seafood available anywhere on the East Coast!

Deadline for orders:  6:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 21st
Pick up by 2:00 p.m. December 24th

New Year's Eve/Day
Deadline for orders:  6:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 28th
New Year's Eve/Day:  Pick up by 6:00 p.m. December 31st
This is part party tip, part appetizer sure to look awesome on your holiday buffet table. The key is using the best, freshest shrimp that you can find. We have it at Motts Channel Seafood! 

If you need a refresher on the best way to boil shrimp for shrimp cocktail, please click here to view a tutorial video courtesy of Motts Channel Seafood's own Alison Long.

Serve shrimp in small cordial glasses -- some with a dollop of guacamole, some with cocktail sauce (we sell four awesome brands). The alternating red and green sauces are perfect  for a holiday party! 

Holiday tip published by Shelley from The World According to Eggface blog.

Need a good guacamole recipe? Here's one we like found on

 Prep time: 10 minutes

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp of fresh lime juice or lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp to 1/4 cup of minced red onion or thinly sliced green onion
  • 1-2 Serrano chilies, stems and seeds removed, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro (leaves and tender stems), finely chopped
  • A dash of freshly grated black pepper
  • 1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped
  • Red radishes or jicama for garnish 
  • Tortilla chips
  • Cut avocados in half and remove the seed.  Score the inside of the avocado with a blunt knife and scoop out the flesh with a spoon.  Place in a bowl.
  • Using a fork, roughly mash the avocado. 
  • Add salt.
  • Sprinkle with lime (or lemon) juice.
  • Add the chopped onion, cilantro, black pepper, and chilies.  Perhaps start with a half of one chili pepper and add more to the guacamole as desired.
  • Cover with plastic and chill to store.  Place plastic wrap on the surface of the guacamole to prevent air from reaching it, thus turning the guacamole brown.  Refrigerate until ready to serve with tortilla chips.
  • Cook's note:  Chilling tomatoes hurts their flavor, so if you want to add chopped tomato to your guacamole, add it just before serving.
Sheepshead and Red Drum fishing seasons are closed out for 2016 but Nikki, our veteran customer service guru, recommends speckled trout for your fresh fish cravings. Try this local delight in fish tacos tonight! Need some other dinner suggestions....just ask!
Way to go John! He is what our staff likes to call a "regular" customer who on a rainy Tuesday came into the store and won a free ‪#MottsChannelSeafood‬ t-shirt for a family member. He is our lucky t-shirt Tuesday Winner for December. We'll do it again in 2017!

Planning an oyster roast? Insist on local. They're THE best!

Quiet Visits With Santa

December 17, 2016
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM


300 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

Quiet Visits with Santa is a free event for families with special medical needs. Medical staff from the Clinic for Special Children serve as Santa's Elves and help provide a calm visit for families unable to attend busier venues. Photographer onsite to capture a special keepsake for each family. This event is free, but registration is required by phone.

More Info:

Contact: Sharon Aldridge-Morris
Phone: (910) 319-7744
Email: Sharon Aldridge-Morris


Our recent accolades:

Wilmington Magazine readers voted us
Best Seafood Market
for 2016

Star News readers voted us
Best Seafood Market
for 2013 and 2014!

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