What You Need to Know About Emerald Isle Seafood

What You Need to Know About Emerald Isle Seafood

Fresh, local seafood is a staple of any beach vacation. So where do you go for freshest local seafood, whether you want to prepare it yourself in your Emerald Isle rental or go out on the town? We're glad you asked! Here's all you need to know about Emerald Isle seafood. Make North Carolina seafood a part of your beach vacation!


Local Catch ChartWhat's in Season

The first thing you'll want to know is which seafood is in season during the time of your Emerald Isle beach vacation. The good news is that every season of the year on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina has a beautiful bounty of fish and seafood. We love these downloadable seafood seasonality charts from Carteret Catch. Not only do they give you what's in season at a glance, but there are also tips on what characteristics to look for when shopping for and buying fresh, quality fish and seafood. You'll definitely want to read this.



Seafood Markets in Emerald Isle

If you're looking for a seafood market right in Emerald Isle, then Cap'n Willis Seafood Market is where to go to find a wonderful selection of the best catches. The seafood market offers fresh local seasonal seafood including Salmon, Flounder, Tuna, Grouper, Trigger, Swordfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Snapper, Speckled Trout, Scallops, Clams, Oysters, Spots and Mullet. Don't leave without taking some of their signature homemade tartar sauce, slaw and Key lime Pie back with you to enjoy in your Emerald Isle rental. Their crab cakes are pretty fabulous, too. 


Seafood Dish

Emerald Isle Seafood Restaurants

There is no shortage of top-notch restaurants in Emerald Isle, many of which specialize in seafood or offer it on their menu. The hardest part is choosing! The local chefs know just how to make fresh seafood the star of the show and how to use other local ingredients to further complement your meal.

Once you get a taste of the local flavor, you'll be coming back for more. Check out some of the best Emerald Isle restaurants that cater to both the seafood and non-seafood lovers among you. Visit your favorite or try somewhere new. Or better yet, do both. It is your hard-earned vacation after all. Go ahead and treat yourself.


How to Catch It Yourself


If all this talk of fresh fish and seafood inspires you to get out there and catch some yourself, then go for it! Fishing in Emerald Isle is a very popular activity for visitors, vacationers and residents alike. Nothing tastes as good as dinner you've caught yourself.  

Surf fishing? Pier fishing? Deep sea fishing? Dropping a line off the dock? You name the style of fishing, and we offer it here. Try one or try them all!

To get you started on the right path, we have some helpful posts that will give you everything you need to know about fishing in Emerald Isle and along the Crystal Coast. Just follow the links found below. Happy fishing!



Fishing in Emerald Isle: 5 Pressing Questions Answered

Are you ready to get a taste of Emerald Isle? There's no time like the present to start planning your next EI beach vacation. 


Where do you go for the freshest local seafood during your Emerald Isle, NC vacation? We want to know!

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