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Mermaids in the Kitchen


Shrimp, Shrimp, Shrimp!!


Shrimp and summertime are here and that means Tybee Island boats are out fishing right off our coast. We have two types of wild local shrimp that we harvest; white and brown. The brown shrimp are here now as they are only found in the summertime when the boats can work right offshore. They love the salt marsh and sea grass and are big, fat, and brownish. And Sweet! We wait all year for them to get here.


Mermaids In The Kitchen

Here is Head Mermaid Diane’s recipe she prepares for as many of her family and friends as possible. Easy, delicious, and showcases our wild Georgia Shrimp to their full advantage!
Roasted Tomatoes with Shrimp and Feta
Makes 6 servings
5-8 large tomatoes cut into eighths ( I buy from Davis Produce – their “killer tomatoes”)
3 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of fresh garlic
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 tablespoon of fresh ground pepper
2 pounds of medium shrimp ( buy with the heads on and then peel)
1 tall sprig of fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
1 cup crumbled Feta Cheese
1 package of whole wheat pasta ( any type of noodles are fine) cooked firm and drained.
Preheat oven to 450 F. Place tomatoes in a large baking dish. Pour olive oil and garlic over the tomatoes. Sprinkle salt and pepper and toss. Place a fresh sprig of rosemary on top Roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, take off the rosemary sprig, add shrimp, lemon juice, feta cheese, and toss. Back in the oven for 15 minutes until the shrimp are pink. Remove from oven.
Pour over pasta, add dried fresh rosemary, more fresh ground pepper to taste, and sprinkle more feta cheese on top. Serve hot and be prepared to share this recipe with everyone who enjoys it!
Wild Georgia Shrimp! Of course, they’re always best enjoyed with your stay at Mermaid Cottages. We have Mini Mermaid Getaways available and even some longer stays, too. Reserve yours on our website or call/text us at 912.658.0714
mermaid kitchens for thanksgiving

4 Tybee Island Kitchens For Your Thanksgiving Feasts

Mermaid Cottages invites you to experience these four Tybee Island kitchens for your Thanksgiving feasts! Your friends and family will be eager to Gobble! Gobble! up your holidays meals prepared from these delicious cottages and rentals.  We’ve got them stocked and ready for you to serve up everyone’s favorite dishes and desserts.

Christmas Morning Brunch

Well, Christmas Eve is finally here and we’re tracking Santa Claus with NORAD and we’re watching the skies for any signs of reindeer.  We also just got this wonderful Christmas newlsetter from Whole Foods and it’s so full of wonderful recipes for Christmas Brunch we want to share with you!  Just click on a link to go directly to the Whole Foods pages for all the recipes and cooking instructions:

Baled Eggnog French Toast
Baked Eggnog French Toast

Baked Eggs with Grits and Greens

Christmas Wreath

These are wonderful, easy to prepare recipes for comfort foods that will make your Christmas even merrier.  Mermaid Cottages wishes you and yours a safe and happy holiday season.  Thank you for making our spirits bright with your visits throughout the year!

Georgia Salt Marsh Oyster Stew

Recipe by Matthew Baldwin, Jepson Cafe

salt water marsh


6 tablespoons butter

1 cup leeks, chopped

1 1/2 cups celery, diced

1/2 cup onion, diced

1 bay leaf

1 spring of thyme

5 tablespoons flour

2 cups clam juice

1/2 cup white wine

2 cups water

1 1/2 cups diced red potatoes

1/2 cup heavy cream

24 freshly shucked Georgia oysters with liquor reserved

Kosher salt and white pepper to taste

Hot and Spicy Oyster Crackers


In a large stockpot over medium heat, saute leeks, celery and onion for two minutes until they become translucent.  Reduce heat to low and add flour.  Cook, stirring constantly, for two minutes.  Stir in clam juice, water, wine, bay leaf, thyme and potatoes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Simmer on medium low heat for 20 minutes, until potatoes are cooked through.  Add heavy cream and cook for 3-5 minutes (do not let mixture boil).  Stir in oysters with their liquor and remove from heat.  Fold in heavy cream.  Season to taste with salt and white pepper.  Serve with Hot and Spicy Oyster Crackers.


Hot and Spicy Oyster Creackers


1 (16 ounce) package oyster crackers

4 tablespoons butter, melted

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 tablespoon ground chipotle powder

1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

1/2 teaspoon granulated onion

1 teaspoon dried parsley flake



Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients and stir until oyster crackers are coated.  Spread evenly on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through.  Remove from the oven and all to cool completely.  Serves 6