Any good husband, wife, or significant other knows that Valentine’s Day isn’t about who spends the most money—it’s about who makes the most effort.
And the smart ones, well, they know how to work a little harder and spend a little less.
That’s why we want to help out all the lovebirds that are planning on bypassing the expensive restaurants this Valentine’s Day in favor of a delicious, thoughtful home-cooked meal.
All you have to do is head to your nearest grocer that sells Alabama Gulf Seafood and follow one of our many recipes.
Need a suggestion? Here’s a few recommended dishes from some of the state’s finest chefs.
Blackened Alabama Gulf Shrimp & Grits with Creole Cream
From Chef Carl Tilley at Classic On Noble in Anniston
A quintessential Southern dish—simple in theory, but a beautiful, rich combination. You’ll find plenty of small accoutrements to enhance the base, but don’t go easy on the key ingredient: fresh Alabama Gulf Shrimp.
Pan-Seared Red Fish with Gulf Lump Crab Meat & Hollandaise Sauce
From Chef Stafford Decambra, former National Chair of the American Academy of Chefs
This dish is an easy way to double up on your Alabama Gulf Seafood quota with delicious Red Drum (or Redfish) and fresh lump crabmeat. And take our word for it—your date will be very impressed with the homemade Hollandaise too.
Grilled Cobia on Three-Bean Salad
From Chef Chris Hastings at Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham
If you’re trying to stay healthy without sacrificing any flavor, this is the recipe for you. A tasty three-bean salad with cherry tomatoes, topped off with a fresh filet of Cobia—which just so happens to be rounding into season right now.
Lucy Buffett’s Mahi Tacos
From Chef Lucy Buffett at Lulu’s at Homeport in Gulf Shores
Nothin’ wrong with combining Valentine’s Day and Taco Night for a festive feast, and with fresh Mahi-Mahi on the menu, this one’s a crowd-pleaser. A lot of ingredients involved, but it’ll be worth it.
Famous Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Gumbo Pizza
From Chris Hankins at the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo in Dauphin Island
Keeping it low-key for Valentine’s Day? Don’t settle for just any home-baked pizza—put a fresh Alabama Gulf Seafood spin on it with this Gumbo Pizza recipe that combines two of the finest foods in the world.
Need a few more suggestions? We’ve got more than 135 recipes to choose from, so dig in and find one that your loved one will enjoy.
Or if you need to get out of the house for dinner, there’s a restaurant nearby that serves Alabama Gulf Seafood.
Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all. Thanks for making us a part of your special day.