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It's prime grilling time! And although burgers and hot dogs are the obvious 4th of July entree staple, we hope you'll consider changing things up a bit and add fresh, local seafood (from Motts Channel Seafood...of course) to the holiday grilling repertoire. Here are some quick tips for grilling fish.
When fish cooks on a grill, it loses moisture fast -- faster than most meats. And over an open grill, the juice drips straight onto sizzling coals. To preserve moisture, coat the fish with oil, which will seal some of the moisture inside. And follow these steps:
Designate a cool area on the grill. Pile hot coals on just one side of the grill.
Start with clean grill grates.
Use tongs to rub the grate with a cloth or paper towel coated with vegetable oil.
For firm-fleshed fish like salmon and tuna steaks: brush the fish with vegetable oil and season with salt.
Most fish can grill directly on the grate, at high heat.
Flip as soon as the fish is cooked at least ½ way through.
For every 1-inch of thickness, expect about 10 minutes of cooking time (over medium-hot coals).
Wrap thin fillets or delicate fish in cornhusks, banana leaves, grape leaves, or aluminum foil -- or place the fish on top of the foil. Place parchment paper between fish and foil to help prevent sticking.
This is a firecracker inspired, grill-worthy recipe great that's easy to prepare yet packed with flavor for your 4th of July parties.
Printed From Allrecipes.com 6/24/2018 Photo and recipe courtesy of Judy Rota
2 pounds fresh Motts Channel Seafood shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons hot sauce
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon Asian chile paste
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons lemon juice
12 wooden skewers, soaked in water
Whisk together the olive oil, sesame oil, parsley, hot sauce, minced garlic, ketchup, chile sauce, salt, pepper, and lemon juice in a mixing bowl. Set aside about 1/3 of this marinade to use while grilling.
Place the shrimp in a large, resealable plastic bag. Pour in the remaining marinade and seal the bag. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard marinade.
Lightly oil grill grate. Cook shrimp for 2 minutes per side until opaque, basting frequently with reserved marinade.
STARS & STRIPES AT THE SYMPHONY
Sunday, July 1; 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate the nation's birthday as the Wilson Center comes to life during Stars and Stripes. Hear your favorite patriotic music played by the North Carolina Symphony. This tribute to America is the perfect way to start off your July Fourth celebrations.
FIN-DEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS
Monday, July 2; First pitch at 7 p.m.
Nothing is more American than baseball. Wilmington Sharks Baseballhas your pre-holiday festivities covered with a special fireworks celebration during their July 2 game against the Fayetteville Swamp Dogs.
INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS BY THE SEA
Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Tuesday, July 3; Music at 6:30 p.m.; Fireworks at 9 p.m.
Join us at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk for a beachside Independence celebration, complete with live music and fireworks. Bring your beach chairs and grab a spot on the beach or get there early to set up at the gazebo.
CITY OF WILMINGTON FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Downtown Wilmington Riverfront Park
Wednesday, July 4; 6 to 10 p.m.
Watch a spectacular fireworks show over the Cape Fear River at the City of Wilmington's Fourth of July Celebration. Enjoy live entertainment and food vendors along Water Street in Riverfront Park and stay for one of the best fireworks shows on the East Coast.
JULY 4TH OPEN HOUSE
Hannah Block Historic USO
Wednesday, July 4; 1 - 6 p.m.
Staff will be in 1940’s era costumes, serving free coffee and doughnuts courtesy of Krispy Kreme at the Hannah Block Historic USO/ Community Arts Centeropen house. Enjoy free Swing Dance lessons, a documentary film, WWII-priced five cent sodas and old fashioned fun.
FIREWORKS BY THE SEA & BOARDWALK BLAST
Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Thursday, July 5; Music at 6:30 p.m.; Fireworks at 9 p.m.
Enjoy live music and fireworks every Thursday on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk at the Fireworks by the Sea and Boardwalk Blast.
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