Best Meals to Cook at the Beach


June 30, 2013 by Jay Helms

Since everyone we know seems to be enjoying the beach this summer, my mind is wandering to some of the best meals we have ever had at the beach. Here are some favorites worth the time especially when near the ocean:

Pesto Shrimp Fettuccine

Peel the shrimp and cook them in some butter and garlic in a sauce pan.
Cook the pasta noodles (Fettuccine/Linguine is particularly good to use).
Stir the basil pesto in together with the noodles and shrimp.
Serve in one huge bowl.

Basil Pesto:
In a food processor, blend together the following ingredients. The ingredient measurements do not need to be precise. Basil Pesto is a pretty flexible recipe to make.
3 cups fresh basil
half cup fresh parsley (optional. makes it taste greener, more fresh)
3 larges cloves garlic
half cup pine nuts or pecans
1 cup parmesan
1 tsp oregano (½ tsp. dried)
½ tsp salt & pepper
½ to 2/3 cup olive oil

Shrimp Tacos with Chunky Guacamole

Part 1 – Chunky Guacemole
Gently stir together the following ingredients in a bowl.
Cut up several, meaning 2-4, avocados into small chunks.
Dice 2-4 Roma tomatoes, making sure to remove a lot of the seeds and juice to prevent making a wet and runny guacemole.
Dice 1 red onion
Add the zest (skin scrapings) of one lime
Add the juice of one lime
Dice 3-4 cloves of garlic (optional)
Chop up a small amount of cilantro (optional)

Part 2 – The Shrimp
Buy fajita seasoning or make your own by mixing together some cornstarch, paprika, chili powder, sugar (maybe brown sugar), salt, onion powder, cumin, garlic powder, and cayenne (if you like hot).
Peel the shrimp and coat liberally with fajita seasoning.
Cook with butter or olive oil in a sauce pan.

Serve the cooked shrimp on tortillas, with a generous helping of guacemole along with other toppings as desired.

Mayo Tuna

Trust me, this recipe sounds ridiculous, but I promise it is legit.
Take fresh tuna steaks and REAL mayonnaise.
Use your hands to coat, liberally, the tuna steaks with the mayonnaise.
Make sure to kind of rub the mayo into the tuna pretty well.
If you are doing it correctly, you will find it kind of gross, at least texturally.
Let the steaks sit for 30 minutes.
Grill to desired doneness.
Soy sauce is a good condiment to go along with this one. And perhaps some pickled sliced ginger like is sold in the sushi section of the grocery store.

Fresh Lemonade (with Raspberries)

5 lemons, 4 to be juiced, 1 to be sliced and put in the pitcher
1 quart water
½ cup white sugar
Put the water in the microwave for 5 minutes. Take it out and stir in the sugar until it is dissolved. Add the lemon juice, and chill in the refrigerator. Add lemon slices to the drink for visual effect.

For a raspberry or strawberry flavor:
Mash up one cup of raspberries (or strawberries) and stir them together with a 1/4 cup of sugar. Let stand for 10-15 minutes.

Add sweet berry mixture to the lemonade to taste.

3 thoughts on “Best Meals to Cook at the Beach

  1. PopPop Helms says:

    Food looks good…. PopPop

    • Jay Helms says:

      I guess you could drink the lemonade…? 🙂 Or maybe the guacamole by itself or the pesto pasta without the shrimp. I have a good wine sauce for filet that we could share sometime.

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