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Barbeque Shrimp Recipe

Lombardi’s, who has the best Orlando seafood, has a great recipe for you to try: Barbeque Shrimp. A staple in New Orleans restaurant, this easy and delicious recipe will have your guests wanting more.

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If you decide to get this recipe a try, please stop by Lombardi’s who has the best Orlando seafood, including the freshest shrimp. Do you want other ideas for recipes? Please browse the rest of our website for recipes for every type of seafood.


3 Ways You Can Start Adding Seafood to Your Diet

pot-996977_1920The rise in popularity for seafood is in large part due to the recommendations and suggestions of nutritionists who have found that omega-3 fatty acids bring about a myriad of benefits. Given that many of the best Orlando seafood options are rich in these fatty acids, you might have thought about how to incorporate it some into your diet. Let’s talk about three easy ways to start doing so!

  • Atlantic Mackerel: This fish is chock-full of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids; more so than any other fish, making it an excellent choice to begin with. Consequently, it is also quite simple to prepare as you have plenty of options to choose from, including grilling, poaching, sautéing, and more. Pair this fish with some acidic ingredients, such as tomatoes, vinegar, and citrus to accentuate its strong flavor.
  • Catfish: For an even simpler option to get started on, give this white-fleshed, all-purpose fish a try. Its taste has a hint of sweetness and is also low in fats, making it a top choice for finicky eaters. You can prepare it similarly to the mackerel and even fry it in several ways. Pair it with avocados, bacon, olives, tomatoes, and wine.
  • Mussels: We had to include a shellfish option as shellfish represent an immense part of seafood meals. These oval-shaped, hard-shelled marine animals make for an excellent foray into implementing healthy foods into your diet as they contain plenty of vitamins and the ever-coveted omega-3 fatty acids. You can prepare these many ways, including steaming, smoking, baking, or grilling them to perfection. We like to pair them with pasta or rice as well as a healthy amount of tart, spicy, or mild ingredients such as paprika, curry powder, and lemon.

As you can see, there’s really not much to it if you’re just starting out. One of these three make a great choice to begin your improved diet as you dive into the best Orlando seafood available. Head over to our location on West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park and take a gander at the options at hand. Our knowledgeable team is ready to get you and your family on the right track.


6 Things You Didn’t Know About Caviar

caviar-3471_640Whenever most people think of caviar a few things come to mind: exotic… elegant …expensive! But there’s a much more rich history to this seafood delicacy than you may have imagined. It’s one of the best Orlando seafood items we have in stock here at Lombardi’s!

In case you weren’t aware, caviar is made up of the unfertilized, salt-cured fish eggs found inside 26 species of sturgeon. These small spheres have been part of seafood culture for many centuries, and they continue to captivate aficionado and amateur alike. Here are six things you didn’t know about caviar:

  • Caviar is Old: As far as historians know, many generations have enjoyed the taste and experience that is consuming caviar, including the Greeks and Romans.
  • Caviar is Less Expensive than Ever: Yes, compared to other seafood options, caviar is without a doubt more costly, but you should also know that it is at one of the least expensive points ever right now. That’s thanks to an increased U.S. production deriving from an abundance of lake sturgeon.
  • Caviar Comes in All Shapes and Sizes: Well, not literally, but it does come in a variety of colors, flavors, textures, and levels of maturity. The older caviars are made up of larger eggs that are a bit lighter in color and have a powerful fish flavor. Conversely, the younger caviars are darker and milder, and coincidentally, less expensive.
  • Caviar is Like Wine: Caviar can be collected like wines, and some types are highly sought after, much like the best wine connoisseurs collect their favorites. Reserve caviar is the most expensive and rarest you’ll find.
  • Caviar is Healthy: These little fish eggs are jam-packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to bring about improvements in individuals with bipolar disorder and depression.
  • You Can Eat a 100-Year-Old Fish’s Caviar: Almas caviar comes from Iranian beluga sturgeon estimated to be 60-100 years old and sells for $35k per kilo, or $1000 per ounce. Yikes!

We’re not suggesting you buy such an expensive caviar, especially not if it’s your first venture into this delicacy, but you should definitely try some available at Lombardi’s Seafood Market, your source for the best Orlando seafood! Come by our location on West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park today and pick some up for yourself.


Crab & Spinach Breakfast Casserole for Christmas Morning

cheese-casserole-283271_1920The holiday season is upon us and what better way to celebrate the festivities than with a simple-to-make, and delicious seafood meal? Today, we tackle what is considered the most important meal of the day: breakfast! We’re going to take advantage of the quality seafood found at Lombardi’s Seafood Market and incorporate the best Orlando seafood into this quick recipe that feeds 12 to 16 people.

You’re going to need the following ingredients, but don’t be alarmed at the length of this list, it’s all pretty much a grab and combine scenario – you can reserve your Cordon Bleu skills for some of our more complicated recipes!

Ingredients:

  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups of half-and-half
  • 2 6oz. cans of drained crabmeat
  • 1 10 oz. package of spinach
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 4 oz. of shredded Swiss Cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ ground nutmeg
  • 2 celery stalks
  • ½ cup of onion
  • ½ cup of sweet red pepper
  • 3 medium fresh mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons of butter

Steps:

  • Grab a large bowl and beat your eggs and half-and-half together.
  • Add the crab, spinach, dried breadcrumbs, cheese, salt, pepper, and nutmeg and place the bowl to the side.
  • Now you’re going to sauté your celery, chopped onions, red peppers, and mushrooms in a medium-high heat skillet until they are tender. At this point, you can add your thawed and dried spinach.
  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Grab a greased, shallow, baking dish and combine the ingredients in the skillet to those in the bowl. Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes and let it cool for about 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

How simple was that? We hope you enjoyed this recipe and give it a try yourself. Although it’s a holiday favorite of ours, this meal is fit for any day of the year. Be sure to stop by Lombardi’s Seafood Market and pick up the freshest Orlando seafood with which to prepare this dish. Have a wonderful, merry Christmas!


5 Reasons Why You Need to Add More Seafood to Your Diet

prawns-959219_1920Seafood is seriously healthy. Make no mistake about it; the benefits of seafood are so worthwhile, yet very much underrepresented in the average American’s diet. Well, as providers of the best Orlando seafood available, we are ready to show you why you should increase your seafood intake, and why you need to tell your friends and family to do the same. Here are five excellent reasons why great seafood is great for you:

 

  • Tons of Protein, Low in Calories – Society generally understands the necessity of protein in our lives, but they may not know that all protein is not made equally. Fish protein is very low in calories, with some fish averaging 100 calories for 3 ounces, and it is also easily digestible. This benefits all of us, but it can really aid those whose digestive system is compromised or the elderly.
  • Good for Mom, Good for Baby – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends pregnant women eat 2 to 3 servings of low-mercury fish and seafood each week. It’s been proven to support fetal growth, particularly with the development of the eyes and brain.
  • Omega-3 is for Me – We know omega-3 fatty acids are good for our health because they significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and provide other notable benefits. Given that all fish, but primarily fattier fish like salmon and sardines, are packed with omega-3s, consuming more is a no-brainer.
  • It’s Easy to Prepare – As you’ve witnessed, if you’ve ever tried one of the recipes on this blog, most seafood dishes take very little time to prepare because their cooking time is so short. This not only saves you and your family time, but also allows you to get very creative with what you make. Check out our recipes for some ideas.
  • Vitamins – You’ll find that seafood has a lot of necessary vitamins that benefit our health tremendously. Instead of spending your dollars on processed vitamins from the shelf, get some fresh seafood in your system. Different varieties of fish and shellfish contain vitamins D, A, C, E, B-12, manganese, Zinc… you get the idea, there’s tons of good stuff in there.

 
Whether your passion for seafood lies in its delicious taste or its incredible benefits, we know one thing for sure: Lombardi’s Seafood Market is the place to get it. The best Orlando seafood will not only taste great but will also do wonders for your health. If you’ve got any questions about it, or anything seafood related, stop by our location on W. Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park during business hours.


How to Create the Perfect Caviar Flight

egg-770970_1920Today, we’ll discuss how to create the perfect caviar “flight” out of our best Orlando seafood, but fret not; we won’t be using your frequent traveler miles.

“But What’s A Flight?”

We’re glad you asked! A “flight” in the realm of food and fine dining refers to a grouping or pairing of complementary foods or dishes that fall under one common theme. The goal is to create elegant tastings that will provide variety in taste, but that also play well with your beverage of choice. It sounds like a serious task, but we’ll break it down into easily digestible steps.

1) Create Your Grouping

As you embark on your culinary journey keep in mind the following options that may help in developing your theme:

  • Group by Region – Caviars and roes from different parts of the country have different flavors. It might be fun to sample a diverse variety.
  • Group by Color – A visually appealing ensemble is important. If it looks good, it will taste even better.
  • Focus on One Species – As harvesters vary, so do their products. Focus on one species of caviar or roe and taste what different harvesters have made.

2) Presentation Is Important

If you want to impress your guests with some delicious caviar, ensure you spend the time to present it well. Whether you’re going for sophisticated or practical, it’s important that your offering looks good. Even more important is that it is served with the proper utensils. Nearly any material does the trick, but remember to stay away from anything with metal on it as it can negatively affect the taste of your caviar.

3) Pairings

Traditionally, caviar is paired with alcoholic beverages. Experts suggest a wine with good acidity, such as a White Burgundy, or to go for a cold Champagne. Vodka is also a favorite because of its neutrality of taste. As for food, we like to keep it simple. Since the flight is meant to showcase the caviar itself, often some crackers or plain toast will do the trick.

Because Lombardi’s Seafood Market serves only the best Orlando seafood, you’ll have no trouble finding the right caviar for your perfect caviar flight. Take the time to peruse our offerings, and ask our professionals any questions you may have about preparing this, or any other food ideas, on your mind.


The Feast of the Seven Fishes

dorada-596789_1920A derivative of Catholic tradition in Southern Italy and Sicily, this elaborate fish and seafood celebration has become a staple in many of our homes. Catholic or Italian, or neither, this Christmas Eve custom brings the best Orlando seafood lovers together for what is undeniably a feast of a meal. We’re big fans of it because it allows us to showcase our kitchen savvy in front of the whole family.

Why Seven?

As it turns out, nobody really knows why the “Seven” in the name of this custom stuck, but we’re glad it did. Historians have come up with several theories for its origin: The Seven Sins, the seven days in which God created the universe, the seven wonders of the world, the seven days of the week… The list goes on, but you get the idea, there are seven seafood dishes to be had… or is there?

Given its name, you could argue that creating seven seafood dishes, or somehow incorporating seven different types of fish into one dish, is customary or expected, but in practice, there is no set-in-stone rule. Often, families will base the day’s menu off of what’s available at their local seafood market or what they can afford, considering both time and money. Some decide to make one elaborate dish, while others concoct literal feasts of up to thirteen dishes. It’s really up to you.

Typical Courses

You’ll find any and all seafood courses are incorporated into this holiday tradition, but there are some more common than others. Typical courses make use of salt cod (bacalao), eel, anchovies, or whole roasted fish, such as some sea bass or swordfish. Any and all shellfish and other seafood are equally as welcome on the table.

You’ll find a typical meal starts with a cold antipasti, sometimes a seafood salad, followed by a warm dish such as baked eel. Pasta dishes or seafood stews also play a large role during the Feast as the chef does their best to create a balanced, palate-pleasing menu.

No matter if or how you celebrate, the Feast of the Seven Fishes is indeed one of the many ways you can incorporate the best Orlando seafood into your diet. Visit Lombardi’s Seafood Market on West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park and see what catch of the day catches your eye. There’s no need to wait until Christmas Eve to give some of the recipes on our blog a try. See if you’ve got what it takes to make one of them today.


Lobster Roll Recipe

The lobster roll, a staple in New England cuisine, is even better if you have a great selection of fresh lobster. And guess what? Lombardi’s, who has the best Orlando seafood, will always have a tank full of live lobster so that this recipe will be made the way it’s supposed to be. Enjoy!

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If you are interested in trying this recipe, Lombardi’s has the best Orlando seafood, including live lobsters. Please browse the rest of our website to see other recipes you can try with lobsters.


Seared Scallops with Warm Tuscan Beans

Scallops, known for their mild and sweet flavor, remain one of the most popular items we sell at Lombardi’s. You can pretty much prepare scallops anyway you’d like, such as grilling, frying, or baked. Here is recipe for scallop from the best seafood in Orlando market, Lombardi’s Seafood: Seared Scallops with Warm Tuscan Beans.

 

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Make sure you come to Lombardi’s in Winter Park to get the best seafood in Orlando, including the freshest of scallops, and also to browse the rest of our blogs for more amazing recipe ideas.


Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi Recipe

shrimp-852980_1920Have you been craving the taste of scrumptious, buttery, sautéed shrimp combined with the mouth-watering citrus flavor of a lemon, resting on a plump bed of orzo? No…? Well, now you are! Get your taste buds ready for this roller coaster of a ride through the broad spectrum of flavors that only the best seafood in Orlando can provide.

This simple and inexpensive meal serves four, but we’d recommend you double up just in case you want more. Because, undoubtedly, you’ll want more. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of uncooked orzo
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 7 teaspoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 ½  lbs shrimp
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Steps:

  • Devein and peel your shrimp and put it to the side, chop your parsley, and juice your lemon.
  • Cook your orzo as you normally would and drain. Place the orzo in a bowl and add your fresh parsley and ¼ tsp of salt, covering with a lid to keep the warmth in.
  • While the orzo is cooking, place 1 tablespoon of butter on a skillet with medium heat. Once melted, add half your shrimp onto the pan along with half of the remaining salt and sauté for 2 minutes, then plate. Repeat this process with the other half of the shrimp.
  • Add the remaining butter to the pan along with the garlic. After 30 seconds, add all of the shrimp back onto the pan along with the lemon juice and pepper and cook for one more minute.
  • Place everything on a plate and enjoy immediately, not that we think you’d let this get cold.

This simple and delicious dish is elegant and makes it seem like you worked for hours on it. Your guests will approve, guaranteed. The combination of succulent shrimp, paired with the citrus of the lemon, the kick provided by the pepper, and the buttery orzo is sure to please. Stop by your favorite location for the best seafood in Orlando, Lombardi’s Seafood Market, and pick some shrimp up to try this recipe yourself.


Live Shellfish & Lobster Guide

lobster-752705_1920Just as with fresh fish, shellfish and lobster also require adequate preparation in order to preserve their flavor, texture, and overall edibility. Your first step after picking up some of the best Orlando seafood is to place your products in a cool, loosely covered container to transfer them home. Given that nearly all shellfish and lobster are sold alive and intended to be cooked alive, it’s important to handle them with care. Let’s talk about the ways you should transfer and store these tasty seafood products.

Lobster

As soon as you get your hands on some beautiful lobster, place the live lobsters in an open container, and drape them with damp paper towels. Don’t transfer them into water or ice as that will kill them. Consume them within the recommended 24-hour period for best results.

Mussels

Mussels can last a few days if properly refrigerated, but the earlier you eat them, the better. Transfer them to your home in a bag or open container, never closed and never in ice or water. Simply keep them moist by covering them with a damp paper towel. Toss the dead ones before cooking, and only keep those whose shells were open after cooking.

Clams

Take your clams home in an open container lined with damp paper to keep the product cool. Check that your clams are alive and well by discarding the ones that are already open or that have a broken shell. Soft-shelled clams don’t fully close, so simply touch the bit of flesh sticking out of their shell to see if it retracts, signaling that they’re alive.

Oysters

If you know that you’re not going to be able to cook your seafood same-day, your best option would be to pick up some oysters. They can live for five days if adequately transferred and refrigerated. Like the other types of shellfish, make sure you place these on some damp paper towels, not ice or water, and allow ventilation to go through their container.

Who knew how simple it would be to preserve the best Orlando seafood in your fridge? We did, of course! Our knowledgeable staff can answer any and all of your questions regarding the transfer, storage, and preparation of seafood products. Stop by our convenient location on West Fairbanks Avenue today.


How to Properly Store and Prepare Your Seafood

lombardisGetting your hands on and preserving quality seafood is no easy task. After taking the time to get a hold of some of the best seafood in Orlando, the last thing you want to do is waste your purchase by allowing your fresh fish to go bad before you get to enjoy it. Oftentimes, customers find that their fish degrades by the time they are able to cook it, but by taking heed of the following precautions, any loss in quality will be negligible.

During Transit: You’ve spent time talking to the experts at Lombardi’s Seafood Market to find the right pieces of fish to take home, but what comes next is equally as important. During the ride home, your fish should be carefully wrapped and kept cold. You’re going to want to transfer the fish in the proper containers, preferably a cooler with ice. Once you’ve ensured your fish is being kept cool, be sure to drive directly home because our warm and humid Florida weather is not adequate for sustaining the seafood’s quality, especially inside of a hot car.

  • On The Kitchen Counter: The first order of business is to unpack your fish and give it a good rinse with cold water. If your did not buy the fish gutted, you’re going to have to do it yourself as the entrails of the fish will go bad first and dramatically reduce your seafood’s quality. After rinsing both the inside and outer skin, pat dry the fish with some paper towels to remove excess moisture. This will remove most of the natural bacteria that lies on the surface.
  • Inside The Fridge: To store the fish you should wrap it in plastic or butcher paper and set it on top of a container packed with crushed ice, ensuring that the flesh of the fish does not directly touch the ice. This container should have perforations to allow the melting ice water to drain, as water should not make contact with the fish. Place the container in the coldest part of the refrigerator, typically in the back and bottom shelves, and check on the ice periodically to ensure it is still solid. Following these steps, your fish should remain in excellent shape for up to three days.
  • To Freeze: If you’re looking to store fish for prolonged periods of time, freezing is required. Best practices suggest preparing the fish exactly as we’ve mentioned, but after the towel drying process, vacuum seal them inside of freezer bags, ensuring there is no air left inside. They will remain good for up to six months, but should preferably be eaten within 2 weeks. Thaw your fish by transferring them from the freezer to the refrigerator for 1 or 2 days, but never thaw them at room temperatures.

As you can see, there is a bit of an effort required to store fresh seafood, but it’s completely worth it. The best seafood in Orlando deserves the best care, and we know about caring for seafood here at Lombardi’s Seafood Market. Make sure to stop by today and we’ll set you up for a successful seafood experience!


Ocean to Plate: Your Seafood’s Journey

boat-207129_1920You might not have considered how extensive a journey your seafood makes before ending up on your plate, but, rest assured, it is quite long indeed. Many things can happen from the moment your food is caught to when it ends up at our seafood market, which is why proper care throughout the entire process is essential. As your source for the best Orlando seafood, Lombardi’s Seafood Market makes sure to only bring you the highest-quality seafood.

  • At Sea: It’s remarkable how different methods of catching fish can affect what you end up buying at the market. While all methods are successful in bringing in seafood, some are harsher on the fish than others, making for varying levels of condition. Typically, small-scale fishermen and boats are considered best because the fish are caught by hook and there are less of them caught at a time, meaning that they won’t be piling up on the boat waiting to make it to land. This is, of course, not the best way to meet the amount of seafood demanded, and as such, other methods of capture are used. There are wide nets that can bring up many fish at a time.
  • On the Boat: Once caught, the process of grading the fish by size and quality begins. After the fish have been separated into appropriate groups, the fishermen begin to remove their entrails and set the rest of the fish on ice to keep cool. This prevents the spoilage of the fish while also keeping bacteria at bay. The faster that this process can occur, the better for the preservation of quality, and thus the higher a price a fisherman can demand from the supplier.
  • To the Market: Once a supplier gets their hands on the fish, they take care of packaging them and shipping them to the appropriate destination, such as a market like Lombardi’s Seafood Market.

Once the fish gets to us, we set it on display at our market so that you may get your hands on the best Orlando seafood available. To see exactly how our quality stands up, we invite you to stop by Lombardi’s on West Fairbanks Avenue today and look for yourself.


Lombardi’s Seafood Launches Free Mobile App on iTunes & Google Play

Lombardi’s Seafood, an Orlando seafood market, launched a free mobile app to better serve its customers and wholesale markets. The mobile app is now available for download in both the iTunes App Store and the Google Play app store. The app allows for easy access to directions, weekly specials, recipes, beer and wine pairings, the cafe menu, and blog articles.

Lombardi’s Seafood Market offers an amazing variety of the freshest seafood in Central Florida, such as lobster, shrimp, oysters, and a huge selection of fresh-caught fish. The cafe at Lombardi’s offers patrons fresh fish sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and much more.

“We are excited to provide our customers more accessibility to their favorite seafood market,” states Mike Lombardi. “We aim to bring even more utility through the app in the future so that our customers can stay updated on everything that’s going on at Lombardi’s.”

Lombardi’s Seafood is your source for fresh, local seafood. To download the application from either iTunes or Google Play, please visit http://www.lombardis.com/download/.

About Lombardi’s Seafood

The Lombardi family has been serving Orlando with high-quality seafood for over 50 years. Their commitment has been and always will be to provide the finest selection of fresh seafood at affordable prices. Lombardi’s Seafood is excited to grow and continue to serve local friends and family with excellent products.


Swordfish Recipes Sure To Delight

swordfishDespite its intimidating look and name, swordfish meat is rich, firm, and moist, making it a great seafood option. Often grilled, this tasty fish pairs well with a variety of ingredients and is sure to please your palate. We love it here at Lombardi’s because it is so easy to make and functions as an unexpected treat for our guests, even those who are familiar with the best seafood in Orlando around. Here are two ways we like to prepare it:

Grilled Tacos

Tacos are always a good idea and this swordfish taco recipe takes a traditional dish and makes it extraordinary.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ lbs swordfish steaks
  • 4 tbsp chipotle ranch dressing
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage (red or green)
  • 8 soft corn tortillas
  • ½ cup of salsa

Steps:

  • Get your grill ready on a high-heat setting.
  • Brush 2 tablespoons of your dressing over the steaks and place them on the grill, cooking the fish for a total of 6 minutes, turning it only once.
  • Once cooked, remove the skin and cut into small pieces.
  • Add the remaining dressing to your cabbage and toss.
  • Place some of the fish into your warmed tortilla, add the cabbage, top with some salsa, and enjoy.

Swordfish Zucchini with Orange

Instead of grilling, this time we are going to place the fish into the oven to keep in all of the juicy tenderness it is known for. The oranges in this recipe really contrast well with the swordfish, while the zucchini serves as a palate cleanser. This is one of our favorites.

Ingredients:

  • 1 steak, 12 ounces
  • 2 zucchini, sliced thinly
  • 1 orange, peeled and diced
  • 1/3 cup of pitted black olives
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ tsp black pepper, ground
  • 2 tbsp white wine OR orange juice
  • 2 cups cooked barley

Steps:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Take some parchment paper and make four squares with a length of 12” on each side.
  • On top of each paper, place an equal portion of fish, adding zucchini, oranges, and olives as well. Add the garlic, pepper, and wine on top of that, and fold the corners of the paper up to wrap the ingredients.
  • Place these small packages on a baking sheet and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the fish is opaque and the zucchini is tender.
  • Remove from the oven, and place along with the barley. Enjoy!

As you can see, swordfish is a versatile meat that can be enjoyed in endless ways. If you’ve taken home the best seafood in Orlando, then you’re well on your way to crafting a delicious meal. Look for some more recipes on our website and enjoy cooking some of our favorite seafood dishes.


Lombardi’s Seafood Extends Its Market and Cafe Hours

IMG_7583Lombardi’s Seafood, an Orlando Seafood Market, who recently moved to its market and warehouse on June 1, 2015, has enjoyed watching the success in its new location. Starting Monday, October 5th, Lombardi’s Seafood will be open until 8 pm Monday-Saturday, to the delight of its loyal customers.

Lombardi’s Seafood Market offers an amazing variety of the freshest seafood in Central Florida, such as lobster, shrimp, oysters, and a huge selection of fresh-caught fish. The cafe at Lombardi’s offers patrons fresh fish sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and much more. Located at 1888 West Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park, FL, the new hours will allow their guests the chance to dine in the cafe after work, or to pick up a delicious meal to take home for dinner.

“We are excited to continue to offer our patrons in Central Florida the very best choices when it comes to seafood,” states Mike Lombardi. “For over 55 years, our family has provided exceptionally fresh seafood to Orlando, and we are glad that we can continue to give our guests what they want.”

Lombardi’s Seafood is your source for fresh, local seafood. For more information, such as hours or the types of seafood available at their new location, please browse the website at www.lombardis.com, or call 407-628-3474.

About Lombardi’s Seafood

The Lombardi family has been serving Orlando with high-quality seafood for over 50 years. Their commitment has been and always will be to provide the finest selection of fresh seafood at affordable prices. Lombardi’s Seafood is excited to grow and continue to serve local friends and family with excellent products.


Crab Cakes That Do Not Disappoint!

imgoIf your quest for the best Orlando seafood has brought you to this point, look no further. As you know, the crab cake is the quintessential dish for any crab lover because it combines hearty, creamy, and crunchy, all in one, providing you a complete meal in a compact size.  In fact, we find them to be so irresistible that we bet you can’t have just one, and we wouldn’t blame you if you had to put your diet on hold to try some of these recipes for yourself.

Sesame Panko Crab Cakes with Cilantro Lime Tartar Sauce

Crab cakes are delicious by themselves, but the Cilantro Lime tartar sauce will take this meal to the next level.

Ingredients for the Tartar Sauce:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp chopped pickles
  • 2 tbsp red onion
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • 1 tbsp lime juice

Ingredients for the Cakes:

  • 1 lb lump crabmeat
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 scallions
  • 2 eggs

Steps:

  • Mix the mayo, eggs, scallions, mustard, lime juice, and Old Bay seasoning, then add the crabmeat, and half a cup of panko breadcrumbs.
  • Add sesame seeds, salt, and pepper.
  • Take the mix and create patties with it, just like when you make a burger, then allow them to chill in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prepare the sauce by mixing all of the ingredients together.
  • Pull the cakes out of the fridge and cover them with the remaining breadcrumbs.
  • Heat some oil in a non-stick skillet, fry the cakes for 3-4 minutes per side, and serve warm!

Crab Cake Sliders with Pineapple Kiwi Salsa

As always, our second recipe is a little more complicated and can take a few more ingredients to make, but you will be, without question, rewarded for your efforts. These sliders combine traditional flavors with a tropical twist.

Ingredients for Sliders:

  • 1 lb lump crabmeat
  • 8 saltine crackers
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise

Ingredients for Yogurt Spread:

  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce
  • zest of ½ lime
  • juice of ½ lime

Ingredients for Kiwi Salsa:

  • 1 kiwi
  • ½ jalapeño
  • 2 pineapple rings
  • 2 tbsp red onion
  • 3 tbsp cilantro
  • juice of half a lime
  • salt and pepper

Steps:

  • Start by mixing all of the ingredients for the yogurt spread in a bowl. In a separate bowl, do the same with the kiwi salsa, making sure you’ve chopped the jalapeño, onion, and cilantro, as well as chopping and peeling the kiwi.
  • Mix all of the ingredients except your oil and bread. Create patties from this thoroughly mixed concoction.
  • Heat the oil in a skillet on medium heat. Once heated, cook each patty for 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
  • Place the patties inside the buns and top with the yogurt spread and kiwi salsa.

There are endless dishes to be made from crab meat, but if you’ve gotten the best Orlando seafood from Lombardi’s, any dish you make is bound to be delicious. Don’t pass up on the opportunity to try some great seafood, and you can start by trying these recipes after visiting us at our location on West Fairbanks Avenue.


Ready for Something Different? How About Shark?

hammerhead-shark-586807_1280Shark is not typically something you’ll find on the menu. In fact, it is a seasonal item here at Lombardi’s Seafood Market, but when it’s in stock, you have got to try it. Its flavor and texture are often described as somewhere between chicken and alligator, seasoned with the distinctive taste of the ocean. Shark meat requires greater, more thorough care than your average seafood, so it’s important that it’s prepared properly. When you’re ready to try some yourself, be sure to stop by your source for the best Orlando seafood, Lombardi’s Seafood Market.

Ensuring that your shark is bought from a reputable, responsible company is critical as heavy regulations are in place to prevent the overfishing of the species. Along those same lines, due to its intricate digestive system, the proper cleaning of shark meat must be extensive and thorough, which is why sourcing it from a trustworthy Orlando seafood market is important.

Methods of Preparation: Don’t be afraid of preparing some at home, as when it comes down to it, this intimidating beast is just as any other seafood. Here are three simple ways to cook it yourself:

  • Shark on the Barbie: When cooking shark on the grill, it is wise to place it in a marinade for a couple of hours prior to turning up the heat, as this is a lean meat that can lose its moisture quickly. Start by placing some thick shark steaks on the highest heat section of the grill, cook them for 2 minutes per side to create a nice color, then move them to a lower heat area and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes per side. You may season with fresh herbs, garlic, citrus, or ginger.
  • Pan-Fried Shark: Cooking shark in a pan is an equally good alternative to grilling. Heat up some oil in a pan and place your seasoned shark stakes on top. You may use the same seasoning as in the grilled method, or you can simply use salt and pepper. Allow the steaks to cook for 5-6 minutes on each side and move them to a plate to rest. Reduce a fourth cup of white wine or broth on the pan for about 3-5 minutes, or until thick, and pour this over your shark steaks right before serving them.
  • Skewered Shark Kabobs: If you want to try something different, either on the grill or in the oven, take some shark pieces cut into thick cubes and skewer them along with some potatoes, cherry tomatoes, peppers, or even pineapples. You can get creative with what you choose to skewer, as most vegetables will pair well with the shark meat. Apply a citrus marinade, or serve with a salsa of your choice.

We know that eating shark may be intimidating, but if you’re interested in trying the best Orlando seafood available, you should definitely give it a chance. Give us a call at (407) 628-3474 to check if it is in season, and then come by Lombardi’s Seafood Market to pick some up; our seafood specialists can answer any questions you may have!


Rock Shrimp: What It Is and How to Prepare It

rock-shrimpRock shrimp’s hard shell and inaccessible deep-water habitat helps to keep them out of most people’s reach for a long time. Thanks to technological advancements, these delicious, bite-sized, lobster-like shrimp have made it onto our plates as one of the best Orlando seafood dishes available.

Although rock shrimp are indeed in the shrimp family, their appearance and taste are often compared to that of the much larger lobster. These tiny creatures, about two inches in length, are found in deep Florida waters in depths of 120-240 feet and are harvested with the help of reinforced trawl nets that pull them up and out of the water. They can then be processed through a machine that removes their hard shell and deveins them for easy consumption and preparation. Speaking of preparation, here are a couple of ways that we like to prepare our rock shrimp:

Rock Shrimp Tempura

Ingredients:

  • rock shrimp
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 6 tbsp mayonnaise
  • lemon juice
  • ½ tsp chili garlic sauce
  • oil

Steps:

  • Make a batter to coat your shrimp by beating the egg yolk into iced water, and then add your flour and salt to the mix.
  • Create a creamy sauce to dip your shrimp into by mixing the mayonnaise along with the chili garlic sauce, and a few drops of lemon juice.
  • Heat up the oil in a wok, a large pan, or a deep fryer until it is heated thoroughly.
  • Dip your de-shelled and deveined shrimp, either whole or chopped, into the batter and subsequently into the oil.
  • Remove the shrimp and place on paper towels to blot the excess oil.
  • Now, toss the shrimp into the sauce and serve. You may add chopped chives for garnish.

Enjoy!

Rock Shrimp Coconut Curry

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ lbs rock shrimp
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • ½ cup onion
  • 1 cup zucchini
  • 1 cup yellow squash
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ cup mango chutney
  • ½ cup half-and-half
  • ½ tsp thai red curry paste
  • 2 tsps parsley
  • sea salt
  • ground pepper

Steps:

  • Chop your onion and fresh ginger. Julienne slice your zucchini and squash.
  • Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium to high heat and add the ginger, onion, and squash, sautéing until soft.
  • Add the coconut milk, wine, turmeric, and chutney and bring everything to a boil.
  • Now, add the shrimp and lower the heat to a medium setting, cooking for about 5-6 minutes.
  • Finally, add the half-and-half, curry paste, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste.

Serve and enjoy.

We think you’re going to really enjoy these recipes and the taste of rock shrimp. It’s quite simple to cook, and it’s just one of the best Orlando seafood you can find at Lombardi’s Seafood Market. Stop by today to pick up some great seafood, and then try one of these recipes at home.


We STILL Need to Eat More Seafood

salmon-518032_1280(1)You’ve probably heard about studies showing that people who eat primarily seafood-based diets, or at least incorporate significant amounts into their weekly routine, tend to live longer, healthier lives. In fact, we’re pretty sure that lots of people have heard about this information, so why aren’t more Floridians, on average, eating more seafood? We’ve been asking ourselves that same question. The benefits of eating the best Orlando seafood are clear and straightforward; we’ve outlined them here for you:

  • Heart Health: Seafood is low in saturated fats, but high in polyunsaturated ones, such as the omega-3 oils (EPA and DHA being two common oils). These oils can lower your cholesterol levels and can potentially decrease heart disease. Studies have even shown them to decrease blood clots and inflammation of your blood vessels.
  • Better Skin: Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and the omega-3 oils can help you keep it healthy. They aid in protecting the skin from the damage caused by UV rays and can also help combat eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. The protein found in seafood is also one of the key ingredients in producing collagen, which helps keep your skin firm and taut.
  • Improved Vision & Joints: Fish and shellfish contain a form of Vitamin A known as retinol that has been proven to help prevent degeneration of the retina and improve your vision at night. There’s also evidence that eating seafood can ease the symptoms of arthritis and lower the risk of osteoporosis as we become older.
  • Brain & Mind: Given that the brain is made up of over 50% fat cells, primarily from omega-3 fats, research suggests that eating foods rich in said fats could prevent dementia and memory loss in the future. There is also a correlation between individuals who suffer from depression and also have low levels of the healthy omega-3s found in many seafoods.

The evidence is substantial and has been available for a long time, which is why the fact that the national average consumption of seafood only being 16 pounds per year is shocking. Seafood has significant benefits for improving your health and well-being, which is why we always suggest eating a healthy amount every week. For access to the best Orlando seafood around, head over to Lombardi’s Seafood Market today.


It’s Time for Mexican Seafood Night

spice-370114_1280Every so often, we like to kick things up a notch in our kitchens by using some of the best Orlando seafood in recipes from around the world. Residing just south of the border, Mexican cuisine is known for it’s delicious, savory flavors and a spicy kick that keeps your nose a little runny and your tummy feeling a little funny – in a good way, of course! Here are a couple of recipes to try on your next seafood night:

Shrimp Fajitas

If you’ve never tried these quick and simple fajitas before, you’re in for a tasty surprise. They’re a take on the chicken or beef classic, but with a seafood twist.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of medium shrimp
  • 1 ½ tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 cup onion
  • 1 package of taco seasoning
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 6 large flour tortillas

Steps:

  • Slice your peppers and onion and add them to a large skillet with 1 tablespoon of oil. Cook on medium-high heat for about five minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Place these ingredients onto a dish and add the rest of the oil onto the skillet.
  • Add your peeled and deveined shrimp and cook until pink.
  • Bring the heat to a low temperature and return your peppers and onions while also adding the seasoning and water.
  • Simmer until heated thoroughly, and serve on warm tortillas.

Sea Bass and Spicy Tomato Sauce

Those fajitas were too simple, weren’t they? How about you give this recipe a try and impress your friends and family with your master chef skills?

Ingredients:

  • 4 skinless, boneless sea bass fillets
  • 2 large fennel bulbs (2 lbs)
  • 1 large onion
  • ½ tsp anchovy paste
  • 2 ½ teaspoons E.E.O.O.
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ¼ tsp hot pepper flakes
  • 1 14oz can of whole tomatoes with juice

Steps:

  • Chop your fennel bulbs lengthwise into 1/4 inch thick slices and cook them along with your sliced onions, anchovy paste, and 1 ½ teaspoons of oil in a skillet at medium heat for about 1 minute.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, add your broth, and then cover with occasional stirring. Allow the ingredients to braise for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and allow to boil until the liquid has all evaporated, about 10 minutes. Place this onto a 9-inch baking dish and preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In the meantime, cook your chopped onion, red pepper flakes, and the remaining oil with some salt on a skillet set at medium heat, about 3 minutes.
  • Now, add your tomatoes and simmer until they are broken apart and the mix becomes thick. About 20 minutes.
  • Place your fillets over the fennel mixture and season with salt. Add your tomato sauce on top and cover with a sheet of wax paper and subsequently with aluminum foil, ensuring a tight seal. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes and serve.

These two recipes exceeded our expectations and were both thoroughly enjoyed. Even if spicy food isn’t your taste, pick up some of the best Orlando seafood at Lombardi’s Seafood market and give some of the other recipes in our blog a try.


Swordfish With Pico de Gallo Tacos

Surprise your friends and family with this original swordfish recipe. If your kids don't like fish, this is your go-to recipe. None will resist this savory and healthy temptation!

Seafood Cocktail

This mixed seafood cocktail is the perfect appetizer for the summer. Delight your friends and family with this easy-to-make, fresh, and full of flavor recipe.

Soups for the Seafood Souls

soup-552630_1280There is no meal more wholesome than a rich, filling, just-like-mom-made-it soup. Soups hold a special place in our hearts for providing us with limitless opportunities to make hearty meals for our families and friends. We truly love to take care of the important people in our lives, and if you’re a Seafood Soul like us, then you know the place to get the best Orlando seafood is at Lombardi’s Seafood Market and restaurant. Here’s a couple of a recipes to get you on your way.

Crab Soup

This hearty soup yields about 8 servings and is sure to be a favorite.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup chopped green onion
  • 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of fish stock
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 pound of crabmeat, no shell
  • ¼ cup of sherry
  • ½ teaspoon of lemon-pepper teaspoon
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of white pepper
  • 1 cup of parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup of chopped chives

Steps:

  • Cook your green onion and garlic in the butter until they are tender.
  • Slowly add the flour until the mix is well blended.
  • Add the fish stock, a little at a time, and then add your cream and milk.
  • Stir in the crabmeat, then add the rest of the remaining ingredients and keep simmering until everything is very hot.
  • Plate the soup and add cheese and chives on top.

Shrimp Bisque

Only taking 30 minutes to make, this shrimp bisque soup can leave a family of 4 satisfied and content.

Ingredients:

  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 green onion
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of half and half
  • 3 and ½ cups of fish stock
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley
  • 8 ounces of cooked shrimp
  • Croutons

Steps:

  • Combine the onions, celery, and butter in a saucepan. Once tender, add and simmer the garlic, flour, and half and half.
  • Add the fish stock and parsley, allowing the mix to cook for about 10 minutes, or until thick.
  • Add your shrimp and simmer for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Salt as desired, then plate and serve with croutons.

Now that you’ve checked these recipe’s out, come check us out, we’re on West Fairbanks Avenue serving you the best Orlando seafood available. Feed these soups to your Seafood


It’s Time for Scallops and Clams!

clams-696406_1280Given their soft texture, sweet taste, and ease of preparation, scallops and clams are a couple of our favorites here at Lombardi’s. We’d like to share with you two simple, yet delicious, recipes that will have you savoring ‘til the last bite! We guarantee that you’ll fall in love with what is some of the best Orlando seafood, found right here at Lombardi’s.

Scallop and Corn Chowder

What’s better than a big bowl of warm, cozy corn chowder? Not much, but including some tasty scallops sure does kick things up a notch. Here’s a list of ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 and ½ lbs of sea scallops
  • ½ lb of Yukon gold potatoes, ½ inch cubes
  • 5 slices of bacon, diced into pieces
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup of dry white wine
  • ½ cup of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of corn kernels fresh or frozen
  • ¼ cup of flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • Kosher salt, black pepper

Steps:

  • Cook the bacon bits in a skillet until they are crispy, and then transfer them to a plate.
  • Cook the salt and pepper seasoned scallops on the same skillet, being sure to preserve the fats remaining from the bacon. Add olive oil if necessary. The scallops should take approximately two minutes per side. Once golden brown, remove them and put them aside on a plate.
  • Cook the onion slices until they appear translucent. Add the cream, broth, and potatoes and simmer for about fifteen minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  • Bring back the scallops and add the corn, gently simmering until all of the ingredients are heated through.
  • Add the bacon bits and parsley on top once plated.

Battered Fried Clams

Fried clams are a classic dish found in restaurants and diners alike, but these puppies paired with some creamy tartar sauce are heaven on earth! Make them yourself by bringing the best Orlando seafood home with you. You’ll need:

  • 1 pint of shucked clams, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of melted and cooled butter
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • Oil
  • Tartar sauce (optional, but not really!)

Steps:

  • Mix the milk, egg yolk, butter, and salt.
  • Add the sifted flour into the mix until it is well blended and lump-free.
  • In another bowl, beat your egg whites until soft peaks are formed, then fold them into the flour mixture.
  • Dip your clams into the batter and fry them in 375-degree oil for about 1 and ½ minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Set the fried clams on paper towels to drain the oil, and serve with your favorite tartar sauce.

There you have it, two delicious recipes that you can make once you’ve brought scallops and clams home from Lombardi’s, your source for the best Orlando seafood. Stop by today for more recipe and seafood tips.


Seafood: It’s What’s for Breakfast!

Our chefs know it. Your nutritionist knows it. Don’t you know it? Seafood and fish can be one of the most nutritious and healthy foods to incorporate into your meals, yet typically, seafood is markedly absent from the breakfast scene. Here at Lombardi’s, seafood all day, every day is our motto. We believe in providing you the best Orlando seafood, whether you’re having it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, because of its great taste and benefits.

Some of the most valuable and key benefits of eating seafood and fish for breakfast are the following:

  • Protein: Fish are a great source of protein and amino acids that we need to stay healthy. The benefit of fish protein over other animal protein is that fish protein is much more digestible.
  • Fatty Acids: Seafood lipids can contain much of our daily requirement of fatty acids and can aid to fight cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, and more.
  • Vitamins: Fish contains large amounts of fat-soluble vitamins that promote healthy growth and living and give us a boost start to our day. Most fish contain a significant amount of B vitamins, while liver oils deriving from codfish and shark contain large amounts of vitamin A and vitamin D.
  • Brain Boost: Studies have shown that consuming fish or seafood can increase the IQ of young children and can help adults focus and concentrate.
  • Antioxidants: Many varieties of fish contain strong and effective antioxidants that help detoxify the body and can aid in maintaining organ health.

Given that fish and seafood can be so beneficial to our health, we urge you to try the recipe below!

Omelet with Pressed Caviar and Sour Cream

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces of pressed caviar
  • 2 tablespoons of sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon of minced chives
  • 2 large eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter

Steps:

  • Place your caviar between some plastic wrap and press it to a thickness of 1/8th of an inch. Cut half into small strips while chopping the other half.
  • Stir your sour cream, nearly all of the chives (saving some for garnish), and the chopped caviar in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, mix your eggs, salt, and pepper. Take your butter and melt it in a skillet, then pour your egg mixture.
  • Remove from heat once eggs have set and spoon the sour cream mix over the eggs, then fold the eggs over and place them on the plate.
  • Finally, place the caviar strips on top and add the chives to garnish. Serve and enjoy promptly.

This omelet recipe is sure to please. We hope you try it and the many more breakfast options available for a healthy start to your day, from your friends at Lombardi’s Seafood. We aim to provide you with the best Orlando seafood to help you introduce delicious seafood into your breakfast and lifestyle. For more recipe ideas, please check out the rest of our website.

 


The CDC says that Seafood Protein is the Safest

oysters-220955_1280Seafood is one of the healthiest proteins you can incorporate in your diet. Plus, it tastes great! Lombardi’s Seafood carries a large selection of the freshest, most delicious seafood catches that you will find anywhere, making it the best Orlando seafood market.

Not only is seafood a healthy and delicious protein option, it is also the safest. The risk of contamination is lower in seafood than in other foods. A recent study published in February 2015 by the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) outlined which types of foods are responsible for the highest number of food-borne illnesses resulting from exposure to Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria, and Campylobacter. The types of foods studied included beef, poultry, dairy, fruits, vegetables, grains, fish, and seafood.

Low Risk for Food-Borne Illness

The study was done in collaboration with several agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Findings of the study revealed that seafood had the lowest incidence of any type of food-borne illness as compared to other protein sources, such as beef or poultry. Additionally, seafood poses a smaller risk of contracting a food-borne illness than many fruits and vegetables.

Results of the study indicated that the majority of illnesses stemming from exposure to Salmonella occurred after eating seeded vegetables, fruits, eggs, chicken, beef, and pork. Beef and certain vegetables were responsible for most cases of illness from E. coli infection. Food-borne illnesses from Listeria were most associated with eating fruits and dairy. Finally, Campylobacter illnesses were largely due to dairy products, as well as chicken. Fish and seafood did not contribute significantly to any food-borne illnesses.

The findings of this study are backed up by an earlier study conducted by the CDC. The CDC gathered data on food-borne pathogens, such as Salmonella, and different types of foods from 2005-2010. One specific food category included in the study was imported seafood. The CDC found that imported seafood was responsible for just 0.12% of all reported food-borne illnesses. With less than 1% of food poisoning cases coming from seafood, it is a safe bet that seafood is also a safe food source for protein.

Seafood is an excellent source of protein that is safer than beef, pork, or poultry. Including seafood in your diet is also a great way to eat healthy. For incredibly fresh flavor, Lombardi’s Seafood always offers the choicest fish and the best Orlando seafood catches around. Please call us at (407) 628-3474 to hear about our seafood specials, or you can check out our specials online Wednesday-Saturday.


Celebrate 4th of July with a Low Country Boil Dinner Party

paella-783822_12804th of July is always a good time for getting together with friends and family over great food. Do something different than the standard cookout this 4th of July, and celebrate with a low country boil dinner party. You can get everything you need for an amazing low country boil at the best Orlando seafood market, Lombardi’s Seafood.

A low country boil is all about fresh seafood and vegetables simmering together in a single pot. Traditional low country boil ingredients include shrimp, crab, sausage, corn, and potatoes. However, this is a flexible dish that can be made any way you like. Lobster or crawfish would make a great addition, as well as an assortment of vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, and onions. Whatever your ingredients of choice, this is an easy summer dish. There’s not much to do but toss everything in a giant pot and let it cook.

How the Low Country Boil Got Started

The low country boil goes by many names, including seafood boil, Frogmore stew, or simply low country boil. Years ago, a national guardsman named Richard Gay prepared this old family recipe for his fellow guardsman. It was a quick and easy way to feed a large group. The dish was a big hit among the guardsmen who began calling it Frogmore Stew after the town of Frogmore where Gay’s family was from. Soon after, Gay’s family began sharing the recipe at their fish market in South Carolina and the rest is history.

Cooking the Lowcountry Boil

Shellfish are the star of the low country boil. Shrimp and crab are popular choices, but don’t be afraid to throw in some fresh crawfish or even lobster. Sausage, particularly kielbasa, is also an essential ingredient. Potatoes and ears of corn are also a must in this dish. Lastly, a bit of seasoning and a nice big pot of boiling water are all you need.

Add some seasoning, such as crab boil, to the pot of water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the potatoes and the sausage and cook for about 20 minutes over medium heat. Then halve the ears of corn and toss them in the pot. Continue cooking for about another 10 minutes. Finally, toss in that fresh seafood and cook for just a few minutes until the shrimp, crab, or other shellfish is done. To serve, drain the seafood and vegetables from the water and serve on newspaper for easy clean up later.

A low country boil will make for a delicious and satisfying 4th of July dinner that everyone will remember. Visit the best Orlando seafood market, Lombardi’s Seafood, for the freshest shellfish and ingredients to make your low country boil dinner party a smashing success. You can also browse the rest of our blogs for more great seafood recipe ideas.


Father’s Day Seafood Recipes That Show Dad You Care

Father’s Day is coming up on June 21st, and there is no better way to show your dear ol’ dad that you really care than to create a fabulous Father’s Day feast fit for a king. By utilizing the best seafood in Orlando from Lombardi’s Seafood, these tasty treats are sure to impress.

  • Roasted Buffalo Shrimp: What dad doesn’t love buffalo chicken? A fun take on this concept is using fresh shrimp instead. Watching the game with a beer in one hand and your scrumptious buffalo shrimp in the other, your father will feel overjoyed. Do not forget the blue cheese, celery, and hand wipes to make the experience more authentic.
  • Lobster Rolls: This classic dish is guaranteed to please. Taking fresh lobster and combining it with herbs, spices, and a tiny bit of mayonnaise makes this dish really sing. Simple and sweet, this tasty sandwich will make any father beg for more.
  • Stovetop-Clam Bake: This impressive fare is not only delectable, but it is also a lot of fun to make. By combining juicy clams, lobsters, mussels, and shrimp, this is a seafood lover’s dream. See if your dad wants to join in on the fun by creating this amazing dish.
  • Fish Tacos: This light and simple entrée might seem humble in its appearance, but it explodes with flavor. Try adding a velvety red cabbage slaw to add authenticity to this traditional dish.
  • Beer-Battered Fish: Why take you father out to his favorite pub when you can make this from home? The absolute best part of this dish is that you can use this lip-smacking batter on just about anything, from onion rings, to even cut pickles.

Craft Your Father’s Day Feast with the Freshest Ingredients
To enhance the flavors of these marvelous dishes, you need high-quality ingredients. Stop by Lombardi’s Seafood to not only pick up the best seafood in Orlando, but to also see what wines and beer pair beautifully with each meal. Or, you can check out the pairings online. Please browse our blog for more recipes and tips.


Lombardi’s Announces Move to New Winter Park Location

IMG_7225Lombardi’s Seafood of Winter Park is happy to announce the opening of their new seafood market and cafe at 1888 West Fairbanks Ave in Winter Park, which is located just 1 mile from their last building. Since 1961, the family-owned seafood market has been providing the freshest seafood in Central Florida, and now guests are able to dine in Lombardi’s new upscale gourmet cafe.

Lombardi’s specializes in high quality seafood, prepared by a welcoming and knowledgeable staff eager to help their customers with picking out the perfect seafood for their next meal. Due to their high popularity in the area and an increase in the number of customers, the new seafood market and cafe is now able to handle the demand of Lombardi’s products.

“Central Florida has been kind to Lombardi’s since we opened in 1961, and our customer base continues to grow.” says Mike Lombardi. “As a result, we outgrew our last location. Lombardi’s is very happy to offer our valued guests a chance to dine in our cafe, as well as continuing to offer the highest variety of fresh seafood in the area.”

Lombardi’s cafe has an exciting menu, one that highlights the different types of seafood found throughout the state of Florida. The regions and their offerings include:

  • North Florida: A Southern spin on seafood such as fried catfish.
  • Central Florida: Represents the seafood basics, like blackened mahi mahi and grouper sandwiches.
  • Southern Florida: New England fare, like lobster rolls, since so many Northerners call this part of Florida home.
  • Florida Keys: Cuban-influenced seafood, such as Cuban snapper dishes.

With the new location comes extended hours and the ability to purchase beer and wine with any meal. For more information about Lombardi’s, such as hours or the types of seafood available at their new location, please browse their website at www.lombardis.com or call 407-628-3474.

About Lombardi’s Seafood

The Lombardi family has been serving Orlando with high quality seafood for over 50 years. Their commitment has been and always will be to provide the finest selection of fresh seafood at affordable prices. Lombardi’s Seafood is excited to grow and continue to serve local friends and family with excellent products.


Phone

407-628-3474



Store Hours:
Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday 11:00am - 5:00 pm

Cafe Hours:
Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Pick up only Closed on Sundays

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