Here in Alabama, whether it’s at restaurants, markets, festivals, or our own kitchens, there’s always plenty of Alabama Gulf Seafood on the menu for lunch and dinner.
But what about breakfast? Or better yet, brunch?
It may sound unorthodox at first, but there are plenty of ways you can incorporate fresh Gulf seafood into your breakfast routine. Whether you’re cooking up a hearty meal before work or sleeping in for a weekend brunch, here are a few suggestions for your morning menu.
Shrimp & Grits
Perhaps the most obvious choice, but it’s a classic—and for good reason. Delicious Gulf shrimp pair perfectly with thick, creamy grits as a base, and you can add any number of herbs and accents as you please to spice things up. Our friends in South Carolina and Georgia may have invented this dish, but we like to think Alabama shrimp make it perfect.
Want a recipe to try? Here’s one from Chef Carl Tilley for Blackened Alabama Gulf Shrimp and Grits with Creole Cream.
Crab Cakes Benedict
Eggs Benedict is a breakfast favorite thanks to easy preparation and plenty of flavor. Typically ham or bacon is the meat base for the dish, but some folks like to get creative—and if you’re one of those folks, try a Gulf crabcake, featuring Alabama Blue Crab.
Gulf Seafood Omelette
Gulf seafood and eggs pair very well together, so why not try a Gulf seafood omelette? Fresh Alabama shrimp or Alabama lump crabmeat (or both!) is perfect wrapped up in a blanket of eggs, and don’t be afraid to throw some seasonings, cheeses, and veggies in there.
Smoked Gulf Fish
Smoked salmon is a popular breakfast item, but you won’t find any of ‘em in our Gulf waters. That doesn’t mean smoked Gulf fish are out of the question, though—meaty fish like Mackerel or Tuna will make a great substitute. Try it on a breakfast sandwich or on a bagel with cream cheese.
Gulf Seafood Breakfast Tacos
If you’re the type to eat tacos at any time of day—and why not, right?—try taking your breakfast tacos to a higher level with some Alabama Gulf Seafood. Fresh Gulf shrimp is a simple but great choice with some eggs, cheese, and veggies, and smoked fish will serve you well too.
Gulf Seafood Quiche/Frittata
If you want to get a little fancier with your egg-based Gulf seafood dish, a tasty quiche or frittata will serve you well. Alabama shrimp and crabmeat will both taste great, and smoked Gulf fish is a great choice if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous.
For a little bit more substance to your breakfast, a nice hash scramble is a hearty option. And to make things even tastier, mix some fresh Gulf lump crabmeat in place of sausage. All it takes is crab, potatoes, cream cheese, and your favorite seasonings and accouterments (chopped bacon, perhaps?).
Gulf Seafood Scramble
When all else fails, get a few eggs and start scramblin’. A nice breakfast scramble is one of the easiest and most practical options for your morning, and fresh Alabama shrimp of crabmeat can make a few eggs and veggies feel like a restaurant-quality meal.
Ready to wake up to fresh Alabama Gulf Seafood in your kitchen? Find a Gulf seafood market in your neighborhood and make your morning count.
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