An abundance of seafood is served at Redneck Riviera coastal restaurants: oysters, crab, shrimp, scallops, along with a variety of fresh fish. Of course, that’s not all there is on the menu. The Redneck Riviera still impresses diners with old-fashioned comfort foods like meat loaf, fried chicken, beans and cornbread, okra, and fried green tomatoes. You’ll also find things such as deep-fried mullet, cheese grits, coleslaw, and hush puppies.
Next time you want a little taste of the Redneck Riviera, but can’t make the trip, these recipes will make you feel just like you are there!
Here are a few of our favorite Redneck Riviera Style Recipes:
1. Redneck Riviera Seafood Chowder
Hearty and creamy, this chowder will be on the table in less than 20 minutes!
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 tsp. garlic powder OR 1 garlic, minced
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) condensed cream of celery soup
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) condensed cream of potato soup
1 1/2 soup cans milk
1/4 tsp. dried dill weed, crushed
1/2 lb. medium fresh or thawed frozen shrimp, shelled and deveined
1/2 lb. fresh or thawed frozen firm white fish fillet, cut into 1″ pieces
Chopped fresh parsley
Heat oil in saucepan. Add onion and garlic powder and cook until tender.
Add soups, milk and dill. Heat to a boil.
Add shrimp and fish. Cook 5 min. over low heat or until done. Garnish with parsley
2. Shrimp and Grits
Shrimp, grits and bacon. Doesn’t get any better than this!
4 cups water
Salt and pepper
1 cup grits
3 tablespoons butter
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
6 slices bacon, chopped
4 teaspoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 cup thinly sliced scallions
1 large clove garlic, minced
Bring water to a boil. Add salt and pepper. Add grits and cook until water is absorbed, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter and cheese.
Rinse shrimp and pat dry. Fry the bacon in a large skillet until browned; drain well. In grease, add shrimp. Cook until shrimp turn pink. Add lemon juice, chopped bacon, parsley, scallions and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes.
Spoon grits into a serving bowl. Add shrimp mixture and mix well. Serve immediately.
3. Fried Fish and Hushpuppies
Because you shouldn’t have one without the other!
Vegetable oil, for frying
1 1/2 to 2 pounds fresh cod
Salt and pepper
1 /2 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons cold water
2 cups plain bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, a few pinches
Lemon slices and malt vinegar for topping
Pour 2-inches of vegetable oil into a large skillet. Place skillet over large burner and heat oil over medium high heat.
Cut cod into 4 servings, 6 to 8-ounce portions and season with salt and pepper. Place a couple of scoops of flour in a pie tin. Combine egg and water in a second tin. Season plain bread crumbs and cayenne in the third tin. Coat fish in flour, then egg, and then bread crumbs. Gently set coated fish into hot oil and fry 5 minutes on each side until medium golden brown in color.
When the fish is evenly golden all over, remove and drain on brown paper sacks or paper towels.
6 cups peanut oil
1 1/2 cups self-rising cornmeal
1/2 cup self-rising flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg, lightly beaten
Using a deep pot, preheat oil for frying to 350 degrees F.
Using a mixing bowl, stir together the cornmeal, flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the onion. In a small bowl, stir together the buttermilk and egg. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until blended. Drop the batter, 1 teaspoon at a time, into the oil. Dip the spoon in a glass of water after each hushpuppy is dropped in the oil. Fry until golden brown, turning the hushpuppies during the cooking process.
4. Key Lime Pie
Everyone loves this coastal-classic recipe for dessert!
2 cups graham-cracker crumbs
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups sweetened condensed milk (you’ll need 2-14c oz cans)
8 large egg yolks
3/4 cup freshly squeezed Key lime juice (can use regular limes if you can’t find Key limes)
2 tablespoons grated Key lime zest
Heat oven to 375°F. Combine graham-cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar in a medium bowl; mix well. Press into a 9-1/2-inch deep-dish pie plate, and bake until lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Remove from oven, and transfer to a wire rack until completely cooled.
Lower oven to 325°F. In a medium bowl, gently whisk together condensed milk and egg yolks. Add Key lime juice and zest and mix until smooth. Pour into the prepared, cooled crust to the top edge. Shake to even if needed.
Return pie to oven, and bake until the center is set but still quivers when the pan is nudged, 15 to 17 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
Chill before serving, using the freezer to quick-chill for 10–15 minutes if in a hurry. Garnish with whipped cream.
5. Fried Green Tomatoes
A Southern classic that is the perfect summer side-dish.
4 large green tomatoes
1/2 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 quart vegetable oil for frying
Slice tomatoes 1/2 inch thick. Discard the ends.
Whisk eggs and milk together in a medium-size bowl. Scoop flour onto a plate. Mix cornmeal, bread crumbs and salt and pepper on another plate. Dip tomatoes into flour to coat. Then dip the tomatoes into milk and egg mixture. Dredge in breadcrumbs to completely coat.
In a large skillet, pour vegetable oil (enough so that there is 1/2 inch of oil in the pan) and heat over a medium heat. Place tomatoes into the frying pan in batches of 4 or 5, depending on the size of your skillet. Do not crowd the tomatoes, they should not touch each other. When the tomatoes are browned, flip and fry them on the other side. Drain them on paper towels.
6. Classic Meat Loaf
Just like mamas, this is no-fail recipe that is perfect time after time.
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 cup milk
1 cup dried bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1/3 cup ketchup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, onion, milk and bread OR cracker crumbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste and place in a lightly greased 5×9 inch loaf pan, OR form into a loaf and place in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish.
In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard and ketchup. Mix well and pour over the meatloaf.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
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