Just ask Emeril Lagasse who went out on a boat and explored the treasure trove of ocean life, from snapper to mackerel to grouper and more.
Getting hungry? Not to worry, in honor of Emeril's trip we've pulled together his best fish and seafood recipes.
When Emeril said, "I hope to catch a grouper, I've got a great recipe," he wasn't kidding. This tropically inspired recipe tops fresh grouper with a tropical salsa made of avocado, oranges, roasted peppers, mango, pineapple and a touch of jalapeno pepper for a kick. With everything in season and a fresh grouper on the line, it's the perfect summertime dish.
Pair it with Emeril's roasted beet salad with walnut dressing to complete the meal.
Everyone loves a burger this time of year, but if the meaty version seems too heavy, give this savory barbequed tuna option a try.
Emeril expertly blends ginger, green onions and soy sauce right into the patties and tops them off with a fresh honey mustard sauce. Dress the burger with cucumbers and sprouts and call the family in for dinner.
Pair the burgers with these roasted potatoes seasoned with bay, thyme and rosemary for a great compliment.
Off the coast of Destin, Fla., fisherman anchor their boats at a sandbar right in the middle of the ocean called Crab Island. After enjoying all the swimming, snorkeling and football that the island has to offer, Emeril suggests digging into a personal favorite, Gulf Coast crawfish or crab boil.
When making it at his restaurant, Emeril's Gulf Coast Fish House, he sources local oysters, fish, shrimp and crab straight from the docks along with farm fresh vegetables. Even if you can't make it to the coast this summer you can still get a taste of it at home.
Looking for a side dish? Give Emeril's pan-roasted asparagus with shiitake mushrooms and cherry tomatoes a try. They're the perfect pair.
Can't get enough crab? We can't either. This corn and crab chowder is an excellent way to start off any meal. It combines bacon, crab meat and fresh corn for a deliciously filling summer starter.
Finish off the meal with Emeril's grilled fish tacos. They're a healthy treat, but full on flavor.
Even though it isn't snapper season quite yet in Destin, you can still get the delicious fish at your local market. It's a favorite in the area and perfectly prepared when baked in foil with cashew butter. The rich butter blends with the flakey fish making it an obvious choice for dinner tonight.
Add Emeril's roasted carrots with fresh thyme for a little extra sweetness.
So the fillet of fish isn't your thing? This grilled romaine and shrimp caesar salad is sure to do the trick. The shrimp are the start of this dish but it's filled with delicious avocado, garlic and grilled croutons and then topped off with a generous helping of parmesan cheese.