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.
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
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.
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
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
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