What's Your State's Beach Food?
Iconic dishes for every coast, plus how to create them at home.
We're celebrating the dishes and drinks that set our coastal states apart. Dig in and discover the Coastal Living recipe that matches your favorite beach.
This quintessential New England creation is tied with Maine thanks to the state's multitude of these delicious crustaceans.
- Recipe: Lobster Rolls
Pair this rich soup with your favorite salad for a delicious lunchtime combo.
- Recipe: Corn Chowder with English Peas
Cranberry juice is this state’s official beverage. Sure, it’s tasty, but try our adults-only cranberry drink.
- Recipe: Cranberry Sangria
Rhodies love their clams, and you’ll love this recipe featuring their favorite bivalve.
- Recipe: Local Clams with Herb Butter
The hamburger is said to have been invented in New Haven, and it remains a favorite of beach goers across the country. The key to a great burger? Fresh ground beef and not overworking the meat when forming patties.
- Recipe: Best Beach Burger
According to legend, Wall Street stockbroker Lemuel Benedict dreamed up what became eggs Benedict to cure his hangover. This version may inspire you to travel to the warm sands of a Caribbean island.
- Recipe: Caribbean Crab Cakes Benedict
Like its sister state across the river, New Jersey loves a pizza. For the crispiest crust, bake your tasty pie on a preheated pizza stone.
- Recipe: Three Cheese-and-Spinach Pizza
A cheesy crab dip is just right for any party. Make it early in the day, then bake just before guests arrive.
- Recipe: Blue Crab Dip
Though crab cakes can be found in several states, Maryland is known for some of the best.
- Recipe: Crab Cakes
Hickory smoked and aged, Virginia or country ham adds a distinct savory flavor to fresh shucked oysters.
A lowcountry specialty, shrimp & grits can be enjoyed any time of day, from brunch to supper.
- Recipe: Shrimp & Grits
The sweet-salty combo of fresh peaches and blue cheese sounds unusual, but makes an addictive and pretty appetizer.
Friends will rave of the subtle sweet-tangy flavor of key lime pie. Perfect as a make-ahead dessert for your next party.
- Recipe: Key Lime Pie with Raspberry Sauce
For feeding crowds, buy small or medium shrimp (for more shrimp per person). With shells, they may take up more space than the same weight of large shrimp so be sure to have a big pot.
Though most associated with Louisiana, crawfish are equally loved in this Gulf Coast state. This simple pizza recipe can be made with your favorite cheese.
This classic New Orleans sandwich comes on a French loaf, often with shredded lettuce, tomato, and remoulade or Creole mayonnaise.
- Recipe: Oyster-and-Shrimp Po’ Boys
Even the shrimp and onions have their sweet side in Texas. Check out this easy party favorite. Despite the name, it’s not tradition barbecue, but still oh so delicious!
- Recipe: Beer-Braised BBQ Shrimp
Born south of the border in Baja, Mexico, fish tacos are a Socal staple, and should be in your kitchen too.
This Italian-American seafood stew originated in San Francisco in the 1800s and is still a comforting and delicious favorite.
- Recipe: Cioppino
Oregon is the leading producer of plump, sweet blackberries. In this salad, a tasty blend of ground hazelnuts and panko add a crunchy bite to richly flavored goat cheese, and the berry vinaigrette makes the dish truly come alive.
Washington is known for its salmon, and cooking fresh filets on a plank keeps them moist and adds a slightly smokey flavor. This recipe is kicked up with a delicious mustard glaze.
- Recipe: Mustard-glazed Planked Salmon
Chilly Alaskan waters are home to five species of wild salmon. Any one will work for this recipe, but sockeye or king salmon have amazing flavor.
- Recipe: Sesame-Soy Salmon
Poke is a Hawaiian appetizer featuring raw tuna, sesame oil, soy sauce and seaweed. There are many variations, and this elegant recipe has several steps, but you’ll swoon over the result.
- Recipe: Ahi Poke-tini