Enjoying seafood by the water after a long day in the sun at Lake Norman is a wonderful way to cap off your evening. Sometimes seafood dishes can seem intimidating, but with just enough finesse, you can create a dish your guests will love. The only question is: what’s on the menu? Below, we will cover some of our favorite seafood meals on our menu and how you can make them at home.
If you’re not in the mood to cook, don’t waste your time searching for “restaurants near me.” Instead, stop by Eddie’s on Lake Norman in Mooresville, North Carolina, where you can enjoy a wonderful dining experience with friendly service and fresh ingredients.
1. Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi is the perfect light, fresh, and classic summer seafood dish. You need one skillet, some basic herbs, and seasonal veggies to top off the plate.
First, dress the fish in lemon, salt, and pepper before pan-searing or broiling. We recommend broiling, though keep an eye on your oven so it doesn’t burn.
As the fish cooks, create a mango salsa using onion, tomato, mango, and any of your other favorite ingredients. In a pan, sauté julienned peppers, mushrooms, and onions with a bit of oil and seasoning.
When your fish finishes cooking, place it atop a bed of vegetables and your choice of grain. We recommend cooking an orzo pilaf. Now sprinkle on the salsa and enjoy!
2. Pan-Seared Red Snapper
Like most snapper varieties, red snapper is a firm, meaty white fish. The flavor is sweet, nutty, and mild, making it ideal for various recipes. This is how we like to cook this tasty fish. After your fish has been cleaned and fileted, pat it dry and dust the filets with flour before seasoning with salt and pepper. In a heavy pan, melt butter and oil. Add the fish to the pan once the pan is hot and the butter has melted.
Set a timer for four minutes, and don’t touch the fish during that time. After four minutes, test the fish with a thin metal spatula. It’s time to flip the fish when it easily releases from the hot pan. Top the filets with a little more butter after flipping the fish. Remove the fish from the pan after another four minutes of cooking, leaving the excess butter in the pan. When finished cooking, the fish should be golden on top and bottom and opaque all the way through. To keep the fish warm, cover or place it in a 200°F oven.
Reduce heat to medium and add some light white wine, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and capers to the hot pan, stirring with a wooden spoon to create your sauce. Once sautéed, serve the fish immediately with the sauce. You can accompany your delicious pan-seared red snapper with a side of seasoned julienne vegetables and herbed orzo pilaf.
3. Fish Sandwich
The only way to make fried fish even better is by throwing it on a bun with tasty sauce and toppings. Fried fish sandwiches are perfect for a picnic by the lake or dinner at the table.
Start by covering your whitefish filets in a seasoned breadcrumb mixture. Depending on your preferences, you can deep fry the fish, grill, or broil. When blackening or grilling, you can even skip the breadcrumb step and season the filet with lemon, salt, and pepper instead.
While your fish cooks, toast up some brioche buns and prepare a pesto aioli. Combine mayonnaise, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, fresh basil, lemon, and garlic to make the aioli. Spread the sauce on your bun with fresh tomato slices and lettuce.
When the fish is ready, assemble your sandwiches. Serve with fries or homemade coleslaw.
4. Cajun Shrimp Pasta
Quit your search for “seafood near me” and whip up this classic, heart-warming dish. Nothing says southern, North Carolina, cooking like Cajun shrimp pasta. The warm spices, rich creaminess, smoky sausage, and fresh seafood create the perfect entree.
Clean and season your shrimp with Cajun seasoning before sautéing. Once cooked, remove the shrimp and add your andouille sausage, and cook it until the edges are crisp. When the meat is all done, sauté peppers, onions, garlic, and tomatoes.
When your veggies are soft, add your meat and shrimp back to the pan and add parmesan cheese, mozzarella, and heavy cream to build your sauce. Boil your linguine, toss the pasta with your sauce and fillings, and serve!
5. Snow Crab Legs
Summertime seafood boils are unbeatable. We recommend starting with snow crab legs and adding any of your favorite seafood items like shrimp, lobster, mussels, and clams. Simply throw all your favorites into one pot, dump in some seasoning, and steam until everything finishes cooking.
You can also add vegetables like potatoes and corn or andouille sausage for a smokier flavor. Season with butter, lemon, and anything else you’d like.
Stop By Eddie’s on Lake Norman to Find These Dishes at a Seafood Restaurant Near Me
Before spending hours searching online for “seafood near me,” save yourself the headache and stop by Eddie’s on Lake Norman. We offer fine Italian cuisines, freshly caught seafood, and only the highest quality ingredients.
Aside from the incredible meals, enjoy a serene view of Lake Norman, fresh air, and friendly staff. We do not take reservations, but you can stop by during any of our open business hours for indoor or outdoor seating.
Call Eddie’s on Lake Norman in Mooresville, NC, today at (704) 799-2090 with any questions, and we will be happy to help!
About Eddie’s on Lake Norman
Ann-Margaret Wagner brings her hospitality and restaurant expertise from New York to the shores of Lake Norman with Eddie’s On Lake Norman. Ann-Margaret is the former owner of a successful restaurant in Westchester County, New York, called The Muscoot Tavern, an iconic “Cheers-like” bar and grille. After visiting Lake Norman, she fell in love with the area, saw potential in the restaurant, and decided to make North Carolina her new home with her daughter Lacy.
After purchasing the business, which was previously Vinnie’s Sardine Grille and Raw Bar, she completely renovated the entire space, sold the other restaurant, and moved south. The kitchen is filled with all new appliances, while the bar, dining room, and back patio were all touched up to create a clean, comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Whether in North Carolina, New York, or anywhere else, Ann-Margaret’s mission is always to provide the freshest seafood, prime meats, produce, pasta, and bread, every meal.
“I hope you enjoy eating our delicious cooking as much as we love making it for you!”
If you would like to book an event at Eddie’s on Lake Norman, we require a $250 refundable deposit that can be applied to your bill and or credit card used for deposit. We charge a $50 Event Fee and 25% gratuity, plus tax. For more information, call us at (704) 799-2090.