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5 Easily-Avoidable Seafood Cooking Mistakes for Your Holiday Weekend Feast

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Are you preparing seafood for your 4th of July bash?

Are you preparing seafood for your 4th of July bash? Avoid these common mistakes! After all, seafood is amazingly delicious. The problem is, when mishandled, it could turn into a mealtime catastrophe. The pressure gets even higher when planning a banquet for a special occasion like the 4th of July. Independence Day is coming, so declare your love for fish, scallops, and calamari!

Overloading the Pan 

This may sound like overly simplistic advice, but take our word for it. Overloading the cooking pan is one of the worst things you could do when you’re trying to prepare seafood properly. Bear that in mind as you start up the stove. Some of the food could end up undercooked while the rest will be overcooked. Both outcomes are going to ruin the experience!

Stirring Way Too Often 

While at first, it seems reasonable to keep stirring what’s heating up, don’t do this. Let one side cook until it looks delightfully browned. Then flip it over and give the other side time to get tastier. Otherwise, the insides of the food will be cold to the taste. 

Turning Up the Heat

Avoid the temptation to jack up the heat on the burners. Instead, be gentle. A slow simmer works. Add the right amount of seasonings and decrease the heat. A quiet simmering for the next 8 or 9 minutes should be sufficient. 

Forgetting to Taste While You Cook 

It’s also super important to taste your seafood while you cook it. This advice is valuable for cooking other types of protein and veggies, of course. Still, you don’t want to forget about it when shrimp and other fragile foods are on the line. You’ll be able to determine if it has an enjoyable flavor and if your raw ingredients are still edible.

Picking Out the Wrong Ingredients 

Don’t be afraid to carefully select the ingredients that you use. For example, if you happen to misread labels or make an unfortunate mixup, such mishaps can spell unintentional disaster! 


Costas Inn has been a Baltimore tradition since 1971. So here’s to 50 years, and cheers to 50 more! 

You may recognize our restaurant, which was recently featured on the Food Network with Michael Symon on Burgers, Brew, and ‘Que! We were also voted the 2015 #1 Baltimore Seafood Restaurant by USA Today and #1 Crab Restaurant 2014 in the Baltimore Business Journal. You may have also spotted Costas Inn during one of our nine appearances on the Today Show or heard one of our many interviews on WJZ TV Channel 13 with Ron Matz and Marty Bass.

You can enjoy our famous crab cakes in-house or order them online for any time eating. We also provide some of the best seafood catering in the Baltimore area! Of course, you can also get your fill from Costas even when you’re not in our dining room: follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube!

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Costas Inn
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4100 Northpoint Blvd. Baltimore , Maryland
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Costas Inn
5 stars - based on 695 reviews
4100 North Point Boulevard Baltimore , Maryland 21222
(410) 477-1975 URL of Map Categories: Seafood & Crabs Price Range: $$ Takes Reservations: yes