• Our Coast’s Food: Oyster Stew

    Coastal N.C. natives will put up with jalapenos in their pimento cheese and bourbon in their pecan pie, but don’t mess with their steaming bowls of oyster stew.

  • Our Coast’s Food: The Seafood Bible

    For more than 30 years, Joyce Taylor taught North Carolinians how to buy, cook and store N.C. seafood. Her book remains as indispensable to seafood cooks as a shrimp peeler.

  • Our Coast’s Food: Sweet Potato Pie

    The rich, spicy treat these days may pop up most often at the end of holiday meals, but in years past sweet potato pie was the start of a hard-working fisherman’s day.

  • Our Coast’s Food: Charcoal Mullet

    Fall’s first chilly nips trigger a smoky scent along North Carolina’s coastal back roads where embers in barbecue pits and grills coax the savory smell of an old-fashioned dish locals lovingly call “charcoal mullet.”

  • Our Coast’s Food: No-Frills Seafood

    The simple clam chowder, the basic drum stew with cornmeal dumplings or broiled mullet paired with fresh watermelon are the sorts of recipes that might have been lost had it not been for “Coastal Carolina Cooking.”

  • Our Coast’s Food: Fried Shrimp

    Fried shrimp is perhaps the most beloved seafood dish on the N.C. coast, but making it at home can be a bit of a messy chore. Follow these simple suggestions for perfect fried shrimp.

  • Lionfish: It’s What’s For Dinner

    The invasive lionfish turns out to be quite tasty, which may provide a path to the species’ long-term management. Today’s Coastal Review Online offers some recipes that can help you do your part.

  • Our Coast’s Food: Crab Cakes

    Blue crabs’ lives are tales of violence, cannibalism and pain — until their story turns to meaty, golden-brown crab cakes.

  • Our Coast’s Food: Chicken of the Sea

    The spring arrival of northern puffers is the first sign of a new fishing season. Many throw the ugly “blow toads” back in the water. No, they’re not poisonous and, yes, they are delicious.

  • Our Coast’s Food: Keeping It Simple

    With the elaborate dishes that inventive chefs create at hundreds of restaurants lining the N.C. shore these days, it’s hard to remember why simple, traditional seafood recipes like roasted oysters or mullet and sweet potato stew endure — until you sample their pure seafood flavor.