image: Ricky Moore video shoot.Mariner’s Menu

Five Great Recipes — and More


including a sneak peek at the new Mariner’s Menu video series, Cooking North Carolina Seafood, featuring Chef Ricky Moore

Mariner’s Menu, North Carolina Sea Grant’s popular online seafood guide, features blogger and photographer Vanda Lewis’s pictures with hundreds of recipes the late Joyce Taylor developed. We’ve selected our Top Five Holiday Recipes below. We hope you’ll enjoy these favorites over the holidays and afterward.

But first, here’s an extra treat. In 2023, we’ll be launching a new Mariner’s Menu video series, “Cooking North Carolina Seafood.” The first videos will feature Chef Ricky Moore, the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef in the Southeast, and the owner of Saltbox Seafood Joint in Durham. Chef Moore will demonstrate how easy it can be to cook delicious seafood.

You can visit in early 2023 to watch these videos. Meanwhile, you can enjoy a little taste of them here:


Our Top Five Holiday Recipes (In No Particular Order)

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Oysters Casino


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Chopped Shrimp Salad


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Steamed Clams in Wine Broth


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Simple Scallop Fritters


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Pecan Encrusted Grouper with Fresh Cilantro


Visit for more recipes.

Read The Story of Ricky Moore in Coastwatch.

Watch Ricky Moore in PBS’s “Hook” as he highlights the seafood traditions of North Carolina’s coastline and celebrates the contributions of black chefs and fishermen to coastal food culture.


lead photo: On the set of the Ricky Moore video shoot for Mariner’s Menu. Credit: Becky Kirkland.


more from the Winter 2022 issue of Coastwatch