When you think of the 4th of July, what food comes to mind?
You might think of hot dogs and hamburgers. Maybe even ribs and BBQ pork or chicken. And perhaps some baked beans, potato salad, and corn on the cob to go with it.
There’s nothing wrong with those items, of course. But there’s a more patriotic answer: Alabama Gulf Seafood.
What makes our product more patriotic, you might ask? It’s simple, really. Most of the standard 4th of July fare isn’t very colorful—brown, beige, tan, etc. Certain species of Alabama Gulf Seafood, on the other hand, are star-spangled with red, white, and blue. It’s right there in their names, in fact!
Here are six patriotic products you can serve to your friends and family this Independence Day. (Just make sure you’re buying product from the Gulf Coast!)
Red Drum (Redfish)
Named after their rusty reddish tint, Red Drum (often called Redfish) packs a mild, sweet flavor that’ll please just about any seafood fan. It’ll cook up nicely on the grill, and if you’re curious about how to season your Red Drum, they’re one of the fish that really helped put blackened seafood on the map, so give that a try!
Alabama is the Red Snapper Capital of the World, and July is Red Snapper Season, so how could we leave these beauties off the list? Their brilliant rosy pink color makes Red Snapper one of the prettiest fish on the Gulf Coast, but they’re also one of the tastiest. Reel in a few this weekend and throw ‘em on the grill.
Royal Red Shrimp
Ever wish your shrimp tasted a little bit more like lobster? That’s exactly what you’ll get when you try Royal Red Shrimp, the crowned jewel of the Gulf Shrimp family. Their vibrant crimson color will help them stand out in a seafood counter window, and their taste will have you rethinking your whole life. They grill up quite nicely, too!
All Gulf Shrimp are beautiful in our eyes, but since it’s America’s birthday, maybe skip over the Pink Shrimp and the Brown Shrimp in favor of White Shrimp. Compared to Brown Shrimp, White Shrimp are a bit bigger, a bit softer, and a bit milder in flavor—which means they’re ideal for soaking up your favorite seasonings.
Okay, technically this species is formally referred to as Sand Seatrout, but most folks around here just call it White Trout, so it counts. These fish come in thin, white fillets that taste similar to freshwater trout, and thankfully, Seatrout is the most abundant fish on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, so they should be easy to find.
The American flag wouldn’t be complete without the blue, and thank goodness we’ve got Blue Crabs here on Alabama’s shores. As our prominent crab product here in Alabama, Blue Crab are packed to the gills with soft, sweet crabmeat that you can enjoy any number of ways. Grab a whole pile of ‘em and fire up that boiling pot!
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