Posted by Terry Moore

Discovering the Flavors of the Outer Banks: Local Seafood Delicacies

A sign for fresh seafood

Nestled on the coast of North Carolina, the Outer Banks (OBX) is known for its fresh and flavorful seafood, offering a range of dining options to suit every taste. From fine restaurants to more informal eateries, the OBX is a true foodie's paradise.

Local Seafood Delicacies

Food is a huge part of the OBX culture, and it's no surprise that seafood takes center stage. The region is renowned for its bounty of shrimp, crab, and oysters, which are considered some of the best in the world. These local delicacies are used in a variety of dishes, from classic comfort food like shrimp and grits to more innovative creations that showcase the chefs' creativity.

Shrimp and Grits

The OBX is famous for its shrimp and grits, which are a staple on most menus. Shrimp is caught locally and cooked in a variety of ways, but it's the grits that really make this dish a standout. The creamy, Southern-style grits provide the perfect contrast to the juicy, plump shrimp, making for a delightful flavor explosion in every bite.

If that description has your mouth watering, Mahi Mahi's Island Grill in Nags Head is a popular choice for their Award Winning Shrimp & Grits.

Mahi Mahi's Island Grill's Award Winning Shrimp and Grits plate

Softshell Crab

Another local delicacy is the softshell crab, which is a seasonal treat that is highly anticipated by seafood lovers. Harvested from late April until early September, the crabs are caught, cleaned, and then lightly breaded and fried, creating a crispy exterior and a juicy, succulent interior. The softshell crab is a versatile ingredient, and can be served as an entree, sandwich, or even as a topping for a salad.

I Got Your Crabs is well-known for seafood of all types but is especially loved for softshell sandwiches and tacos!

A delicious looking softshell crab sandwich


For those who are fans of oysters, the OBX is a true paradise. Oysters are available year-round and can be enjoyed raw on the half-shell or baked with a variety of toppings. Whether you prefer the briny flavor of a well-shucked oyster or the creaminess of a baked variety, the OBX has an oyster dish that's sure to please.

If you would rather stay in but still want to enjoy raw or roasted oysters, consider Cousin's Oysters, a local duo happy to set up and serve on location!

A pan of fresh and ready-to-eat oysters

In conclusion, the OBX is a local seafood paradise, offering a range of seafood dishes that make it an ideal destination for an unforgettable experience at one of our Outer Banks vacation rentals. So pack your appetite and get ready to indulge in the fresh, flavorful seafood of the Outer Banks.

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