Mississippi Seafood Guide

Mississippi is truly a foodie’s paradise – especially for those who love seafood. Mississippi’s location on the Gulf of Mexico gives it access to an abundance of fresh, sustainably caught seafood, including shrimp, crab, and oysters. The seafood industry played a major part in Mississippi’s economic development – in fact, Biloxi, has been called the “Seafood Capital of the World,” processing millions of pounds of oysters and shrimp in its canneries. Today, Mississippi’s Gulf Coast is a prime tourist destination. If you’re planning a trip, make sure you learn more about Mississippi seafood with these insights from Visit Mississippi.

Classic Mississippi Cuisine

Mississippi’s Gulf Coast is known for its abundant variety of seafood, from oysters and crab to shrimp and snapper. Visitors from around the world can enjoy the fresh daily catch at one of the Gulf Coast’s many seafood restaurants and markets. If you aren’t sure where to start, here are a few of the Mississippi seafood dishes that keep visitors coming back for seconds:

  • Gumbo: A favorite during the winter months, this dish starts with the “holy trinity” of onions, celery, and bell peppers. Traditionally, Creole gumbo is made with a dark roux and can include shrimp, chicken, sausage, and okra. It’s often served over rice, making for a delicious and filling meal.
  • Po’boys: A filling sandwich served on crusty French bread, a po’boy often contains fried shrimp, lettuce, tomato, and a spread such as mayonnaise. Some versions include roast or shredded beef, and oyster po’boys also can be found in restaurants throughout the state.
  • Étouffée: A seafood stew, étouffée comes from the French word for smothered. It’s often made with Mississippi Gulf shrimp or crawfish and has a thicker consistency than gumbo.
  • Crawfish boil: No trip to Mississippi is complete without enjoying a crawfish boil – especially during peak crawfish season, which runs from February to May. Crawfish, potatoes, corn, and other ingredients are boiled in a spicy, flavorful broth. No plates or bowls are needed here – the crawfish boil is typically dumped out on a table, and guests eat with their hands.

Where to Enjoy Mississippi Seafood

When you take a trip to Mississippi, there’s no shortage of excellent seafood to be found throughout the state. From the Gulf Coast to the Appalachian Foothills, be sure to add one of these seafood restaurants to your list of places to visit:

  • Cock Of The Walk: This restaurant in Ridgeland evokes the style of Mississippi’s authentic riverboat culture and dishes up favorites such as catfish, hush puppies, and fried dill pickles.
  • LD’s Kitchen: This authentic juke joint in downtown Vicksburg offers fried fish and shrimp dinners along with other Southern classics such as smoked ribs.
  • The Parish Oyster Bar & Restaurant: Even when you aren’t near the coast, you still can find great seafood at this local oyster bar in Hernando.
  • Mack’s On The River: Want to try a little of everything? This Hattiesburg institution features an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet.
  • 303 Jefferson: Located in historic Old Town Clinton since the 1870s, 303 Jefferson serves up dishes such as fresh Gulf shrimp along with classic lunch specials like fried chicken.
  • Lobster King Cajun Seafood & Wings: This Olive Branch restaurant offers snow crab legs, lobster tails, shrimp, mussels, clams, and more.

Wherever your travels take you, you’ll be sure to find fresh and tasty options. The Mississippi Seafood Trail highlights more than 80 restaurants throughout the state that serve wild-caught seafood responsibly sourced from the Gulf.

Learn More About Mississippi Cuisine From Visit Mississippi

Whether you’re a Mississippi native or a first-time visitor, there’s always something new to discover in the Magnolia State, from sampling our famous seafood to exploring the great outdoors in Mississippi. At Visit Mississippi, we provide all the details you need to plan your next getaway, including points of interest in Mississippi along with information on:

You can even use our free trip planner tools to plan your next trip to Mississippi and map out your visit online. To learn more, contact us today.