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5 Spring Recipes to Brighten Up Your Crystal Coast Vacation

Spinnaker’s Reach Realty is so excited to host your Crystal Coast spring vacation this year. Whether you’re returning for another stay or joining us in paradise for the first time, our inviting Emerald Isle vacation rentals will become your summer home away from home! We are always standing by to help you plan the getaway of your dreams, full of family-friendly activities, serene ocean views, and so much more. 

This spring, take your family on a relaxing Crystal Coast vacation to the ever-pristine Emerald Isle, NC. Here at Spinnaker’s Reach, we value family and togetherness. One amazing way to stay connected with your family and friends during your beach vacation is cooking. Our vacation rentals are equipped with basic kitchen items so that you can cook the day away. Try the following five spring recipes to brighten up your Crystal Coast vacation, curated with large groups in mind! Keep reading for more information—

Citrus Melon Mingle

Brighten up your table setting with this refreshing fruit salad, mixing all the best springtime produce. You can substitute the suggested ingredients for your favorite fruits and garnishes. This recipe makes for a great snack or side dish! We recommend grabbing some Bogue Sound Watermelons and other local produce from the area’s top farmers’ market

Carolina She-Crab Soup

Drop your crab pots at the end of any sound side deck and try your hand at a fresh catch for this local favorite. If you’re looking for an immediate fix, you can purchase fresh, already-pulled crab meat from a local seafood market. Ladle up a bowl of this delicious soup and gather with your family in your rental’s spacious living area. This creamy soup requires some time and love, allowing the buttery roux, juicy crabmeat, and tasty stock to mingle together. The outcome of your patience and cooking will be spectacular! Perfect for movie or game nights. 

Carolina Shrimp & Cheddar Grits

Consider pulling out the slow cooker provided in most of our homes during your Crystal Coast vacation and making this delicious savory grits recipe for dinner! You can visit the best grocery stores and seafood markets near Emerald Isle and gather fresh ingredients. The recipe makes six servings, but you can adjust for any amount of people. 

Easy Pulled Pork Sliders

North Carolina is known for its unique take on good-ole fashioned BBQ. We love pulled pork, drizzled with a tangy vinegar-based sauce. It’s a Carolinas signature, with lots of variations. This dish is a fresh take on the normally slow-cooked pulled pork recipes, only taking 30 minutes to cook. The mini sliders will certainly be popular with your little ones! We recommend enjoying them as you watch the sunset on your deck. Eastern North Carolina is one of the largest pork producers in the US. Many local producers stock the finest pork selection at The Market at Cedar Point—just over the bridge and to the left from Emerald Isle!  

Mini Key Lime Pies

And finally, dessert! Many locals love ordering key lime pies from our incredible area restaurants. If you want to spend the night in, consider trying your hand at these zesty mini key lime pies! They’re the perfect little treats to pop in your mouth after a savory meal. You can eat them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The pies are also the perfect-sized treats for your little ones.

Get cooking during your Crystal Coast vacation to Emerald Isle, NC. Spinnaker’s Reach Realty has your rental needs covered—book your stay with us online today!