By Jessica Tuggle
SEBASTIAN -- The little yellow seafood market on Old Dixie Highway in Sebastian has all you need to make a great seafood dinner for the family.
Indian River Seafood Market, owned by Robert Twiss, has freshly caught fish, gulf shrimp and other fresh seafood to order or customers can prepare themselves, or they can take advantage of prepared dishes such as spicy conch salad, fish cakes, stuffed clams or lobster bisque.
Mr. Twiss' family owns The Fish Peddler, a retail market in Fort Lauderdale, and family wholesale contacts in New England allow him access to a large number and variety of seafood, which benefits Sebastian and Vero Beach seafood customers.
The prepared dishes only need be warmed before they are ready to eat, Mr. Twiss said.
The regular soups include conch chowder, Manhattan and New England clam chowders and lobster bisque.
The bisque is lightly seasoned, pink and creamy. Tiny chunks of lobster make the dish full-bodied and delicious.
"We also sometimes have a bouillabaisse that is out of this world," Mr. Twiss said.
Conch, shrimp, seaweed and tuna salads, as well as coleslaw, are also regularly available at the seafood market.
Right now, the market for stone crabs is quite large, as is the call for shrimp, Mr. Twiss said.
"It's all fresh, never frozen," he said.
The local fresh fish of choice at the moment is golden tilefish, but when the season opens up again, local snapper and grouper will be stocked, courtesy of local commercial fishermen.
"The snapper and grouper around here are as good as anywhere in the world," Mr. Twiss said.
Having the relationship with the retail store, which has a chef on staff, has proven very beneficial for Indian River County customer's dinner and dessert choices.
On the market's website are recipe suggestions from the chef and a link to sign up to receive "sea-mail," or email alerts for the new weekly specials, Mr. Twiss said.
The seafood market also sells fresh-made Key lime pies for the perfect ending to a delicious meal.
The pie filling is light and creamy, with a definite tart lime taste. The flavor tickles the taste buds who then beg for another bite, and then another. The firm crust isn't overly sweet, yet it takes a bit of the edge of the lime off.
Market hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Indian River Seafood Market is located at 633 Old Dixie Highway, Sebastian. For more information, call (772) 589-8585 or visit www.indianriverseafoodmarket.com.