We always talk about the Destin and having the best fishery in the world, but we also have an abundance of fresh bay and gulf shrimp.
Local shrimp boats have started catching again for this years shrimp harvest and we are right there waiting at the docks. Today we picked up the first of many pounds to come. Just doesn’t get any better than that. Fresh local shrimp from our own back yard
Monday morning begins with loading up some amberjacks in Destin. These are no small fish. On average each one weighs about 60 pounds.
Next we arrive at STEWBY’S and unload as quickly as possible. We store the fish in our walk in cooler at about 34 degrees. Covered in ice these fish can last up to 2 weeks, however we only buy enough for about 3-4 days. Which means we make this trip or have them delivered twice a week.
Then it’s on the cutting board where we fillet an portion the fish. It takes a strong back and sharp knife to wrestle these monsters. Occasionally these jacks get over 100 pounds.
Finally it’s into the fryer where we fry the fish at 350 degrees to a nice golden brown or on the grill if you prefer. At STEWBY’S, your order comes back to the kitchen as soon as you place the order. In most cases, your order is on the grill or in the fryer before the cashier puts your change in your hand.
When your order is finished your number is called and you pick it up at the window. Straight from the fryer to your table. But be careful because it’s HOT. Normally you my have to let it cool down a bit before you can eat it!