A few weeks ago we went to Tybee Island for the weekend and we stopped at the most amazing restaurant on the beach. Patrick and I have always been very fond of hole in the wall type restaurants. Places where the owner is usually on site talking to the guests and all the pictures on the wall are family photos. After a day on the beach in the sun and wind we were starving. We weren’t planning on dinner for a few hours so we started searching the island for a place to have a snack. We found a really tiny beach “shack” with a large patio. We ordered a platter of shrimp and fried fish to share with a side of home made tartar sauce. I don’t know if it was the beach air, the long car ride, or if these truly were the greatest bites of fish and shrimp that I have eaten.
My goal was to try and recreate those fun beach memories with my own fish fry. My batter is not quite as light as the batter I had that weekend on the beach, but it is so delicious. The spicy crunch of the batter with the tender shrimp and fish on the inside. A squeeze of fresh lemon and a sprinkle of salt and you are set for an amazing meal.
The true star of the meal is this tartar sauce. I have never really had tartar sauce with my fish in the past, but after trying it at the beach and Patrick raving about it I knew I needed to try. I am pretty impressed with my first try. If you do not like a super tart tarter sauce skip the lemon. I think I would have liked the sauce more if I had just left the fresh lemon on my fish and not added it to the sauce too.
So I finally made it. I am only one day away from completing my first 14 day cycle on this carb and sugar cleanse. I bought a veggie spiralizer so I can replace my pasta with zucchini. I know that is not for everyone – including my boyfriend. So, for this recipe to help ease you into the low carb lifestyle I have included some fresh pasta as well. I can eat this without the pasta. The sauce over the zucchini is delicious.
You do not have to add chicken and shrimp, but I personally just like the variety. The zucchini noodles soak up the cheese sauce perfectly.
I bought a $15 grill from target I like to use for these kind of recipes. It is so easy and chars the shrimp exactly the way I like it.
Shrimp are not necessary a Valentine’s Day staple, but in our home this is a dish that reminds us of our first Valentine’s Day together.
We wanted a fun place close by that served seafood so we decided on Bahama Breeze last V-day. We ordered the signature coconut shrimp appetizer while we were waiting on our table. Jumbo shrimp perfectly butterflied with a sweet crunch dipped into a sauce that always makes my mouth water.
If you have not been to a Bahama Breeze before – try and picture a Caribbean themed restaurant filled with wicker chairs and tropical drinks. Usually there is some sort of live band playing island music. The atmosphere is so light and fun it really is just a bonus that the food is pure heaven.
So the other night we were debating on what to eat at the grocery store when I spotted jumbo shrimp on sale. I dipped them in a sweet and salty coconut panko mix that is a spot on copy cat texture. I was shocked when I researched the citrus sauce and saw Bahama Breeze has the recipe posted on their website! It truly is the perfect companion to these shrimp.