Seafood Round-Up: An Ode to My Favorite Creatures of the Deep!

I’m a seafood nut.  I simply can’t get enough of the stuff!  From calamari and shrimp to oysters and mussels, I love it all and I would eat it every day if I could.  Because I’m obsessed with all kinds of tasty sea creatures, I decided to put together a list of my favorite seafood dishes and all the best seafood experiences I’ve ever had.  Keep reading to check ‘em out!

I looove all seafood with the exception of pieces of fish.  I don’t hate fish, but I’m just not a huge fan of a slab of salmon on my plate. I’d rather have a nice, juicy steak.  But here are the other creatures I’d like to eat all day long:

1. MUSSELS
When I first visited Brussels, Belgium, I had no idea that they were famous for their mussels.  I had heard of Belgian waffles and Belgian chocolate, but never Belgian mussels.  I soon learned thieir mussels were well-known, so I ordered some for dinner one night.  They brought me out what looked like a punch bowl full and I feasted for hours!

Mussels recipes:
Mediterranean Mussels with Wine
Mussels, White Wine, and Garlic Over Pasta
Italian Mussels

2. SHRIMP
I adore shrimp!  I don’t know when exactly I fell in love with it (it may have been when I first tried coconut shrimp at Bubba Gump’s), but I’ll eat ‘em any way you cook ‘em!

Shrimp recipes:
Shrimp Delight
Shrimp Kabobs in Ginger Marinade
Shrimp Fajitas

3. SCALLOPS
My favorite way to get my fill of scallops is by having it in a big plate of paella from my favorite tapas place, La Tasca.  I love how soft and full of flavor they are, and I also love how they absorb the flavors of the food around them.

Scallop recipes:
Soy Citrus Scallops with Soba Noodles
Scallops with Greek Feta Cheese
Scallops Wrapped in Bacon

4. Oysters
I tried raw oysters for the very first time at my local ribfest a couple summers ago (yes, for some reason they were serving oysters at a ribfest!)  They gave it to me with a little bit of hot sauce and a squeeze of lime.  I think I enjoyed them…I swallowed mine so quickly that I don’t think I really got to taste it!

Oyster recipes:
Oyster Stew
Oysters with Chardonnay
Oysters with Tangerine Salsa

What is your favorite kind of seafood?  Do you have a favorite seafood recipe?

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