Visitors to the Outer Banks enjoy the simple pleasures of island life – fishing, playing in the surf, and riding bikes. The Outer Banks are where families come together to relax and refresh and savor some of the freshest seafood on the eastern seaboard.
Popular dishes like steamer buckets, clam bakes, shrimp and grits, and crispy fried fish and hush-puppies are prepared with secret recipes passed down from generation-to-generation. Before preparing these favorite recipes, visitors must get the seafood. When you need seafood markets Outer Banks can supply fresh-from-the-ocean ingredients.
Risky Business Seafood
Risky Business Seafood keeps vacationers satisfied with items like live or steamed crabs, steamed shrimp and homemade crab cakes. The business is open 7-days a week with services like vacuum-packing and shipping free when you purchase your seafood from them. Whether you need thick fish steaks, crab legs or pounds of shrimp you can count on the products to be fresh and flavorful. There is also a variety of sauces, seasonings and rubs for your seafood. Risky Business is easy to locate in the Hatteras Village.
Harbor House Seafood Market
Harbor House Seafood Market is another one of the seafood markets Outer Banks is famous for, with good reason. Here visitors can purchase tuna, mahi-mahi, grouper and more – all caught fresh by the family of fishers. Choose to buy the cooked products like fish tacos, shrimp and crab enchiladas or some shrimp pasta salad. They are tasty and completely fresh. You could also choose to purchase raw products to make into your own favorite recipe. The family opened the retail market to insure a future for the upcoming fishers in the family who will one day captain the F/V Prowler. You can find this market on Hwy 12 in Hatteras near the marina.
Austin’s South Island Seafood Company
In a place filled with romance and mystery – a place movies are made of and books are written about – it is no mystery where to go for the makings of a romantic lobster dinner (or any other seafood dinner you have in mind). Austin’s South Island Seafood Company will fry or steam up your to-go orders (except for oysters) and have it ready when you get there. There is no seating – this is strictly a ‘pick-up-and-take-home’ place, but you will not be disappointed. Call ahead for large steamer pots, huge fresh shrimp, gorgeous grouper fillets and more. They also have desserts, sides like cole slaw, and sauces – everything you need for a great meal. Be sure to grab some of the Cajun crab dip for appetizers!
If you visit Kill Devil Hills April through October, then you probably already know about Billy’s Seafood. This unassuming place holds amazing fresh-off-of-the-boat seafood and also freshly steamed blue crabs and soft-shelled crabs in season. Do you want to prepare great steamer pots? Beer is the key and at Billy’s you can get beer, wine, seasonings and other essentials in their little market area. Celebrating 42 years, Billy’s Seafood Market is easy to find on 1341 Colington Road in Kill Devil Hills.
St. Wave’s Seafood and Steaks
St. Wave’s Seafood and Steaks offers guests a duo that is hard to beat – surf and turf! Fresh from the waters off of the Outer Banks, the shellfish like mussels and clams are tasty and ready to steam (or let them steam it for you) and the fish variety is unbeatable.Choose your seafood and then choose a big, juicy steak to go with it. Let the staff make up a custom steamer bucket from your seafood choices. Be sure to try the homemade she-crab soup and crab cakes, too.
Diamond Shoals Restaurant
Diamond Shoals Restaurant is also a seafood market. This place offers seafood lovers everything they could want – freshly caught fish, clams and scallops. Seasonings and even a fresh herb garden that customers can pick from make this place a top notch catch. The restaurant has award-winning clam chowder, salads, kids meals and everything to compliment your dinner at home. They can fry, steam, broil or boil your choices to take home, too. How much easier can it get?
Beautiful Kitty Hawk is full of history, first flights and of course, great fresh seafood. At Carawan’s Seafood you can be sure your fish is fresh – they offer a 100% fresh fish guarantee – and plentiful. Choose from NC shrimp, fresh crab meat and lobsters or snow crab legs. Don’t worry about going to the grocery store for side items. At Carawan’s they have organic fresh vegetables, herbs and breads. There are marinades and spices for your delicious dinner. Soups are already prepared (a great time-saver) and cakes and pies will tempt your taste buds. Be sure to stroll through their gift shop to pick up some souvenirs. Carawan’s takes pride in serving not only fresh seafood, but locally grown produce and locally made products.
The Outer Banks are wild, mysterious, and varied – and so is the variety of fresh seafood offered here. Come and enjoy the place and the tastes on your next vacation to the Outer Banks, North Carolina.