Oysters are practically a way of life in the Lowcountry! Whether you’re eating them on the half shell, à la Alexander’s, or roasted, there’s no denying that they’re simply delicious. There’s a saying here on Hilton Head Island that any month that contains the letter “r” is oyster season, which means we’re right in the thick of it!
Our local oysters are salty and sweet; with a unique flavor you won’t find anywhere else. Make sure to sample some local oysters the next time you’re at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, and in the meantime, read up on how to shuck an oyster like a pro!
1. Place the oyster curved-side down and find the hinge where the top and bottom shell meet.
2. Wedge your oyster knife into the hinge at a 45-degree angle by wiggling it back and forth and pushing it in until it feels “stuck.” Then continue to wiggle and rotate the knife back and forth until the oyster releases and its shell pops open.
3. Carefully run the oyster knife along the top of the shell to cut the muscle and loosen the meat.
4. Next, run the knife gently underneath the oyster, taking care not to cut the oyster or spill too much of its juice, to release it from the bottom of the shell and clear out any debris or shell fragments.
5. Add your topping of choice, be it a squeeze of lemon or a dash of hot sauce, and enjoy!
What’s your favorite way to eat oysters? What do you think is the best oyster dish on Hilton Head Island? Tell us! And don’t forget to share photos of all of your Hilton Head adventures with the hashtag #PalmettoDunes.
Summertime and the eating is easy—especially with this light and refreshing summer watermelon salad from Alexander’s Restaurant. Alexander’s, a favorite Hilton Head Island restaurant, recently reopened and they’ve been serving up delicious seafood and seasonally inspired dishes to rave reviews. Chef de Cuisine Sean Carroll has handed over this recipe so you can take the tastes of Palmetto Dunes home with you!
2 Tbsp Honey
1 Tbsp Creole mustard
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 ea. Shallot sliced
1 Tbsp Garlic minced
1 Tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
2 Cup Blended oil (75% Canola 25% Extra Virgin Olive oil)
1 ea. Watermelon, seedless
1/2 Cup Grenadine
2 Tbsp Red wine vinegar
2 ea. Garlic cloves, crushed
1.5 Cup Blended Oil (75% Canola 25% Extra Virgin Olive oil)
2 Tsp Granulated sugar
For the Salad
1 lb. Mixed greens, rinsed
4 Tbsp Smoked almonds, crushed
6 oz. Ricotta Salata cheese, shaved with a peeler
2 oz. Fresh basil, torn by hand
This recipe serves 8 people and can be plated “party style” or individually. Enjoy!
Read up on some more of our favorite Alexander’s dishes and don’t forget to dine with them next time you’re here!
If you’ve visited Palmetto Dunes, then you know that the resort’s best nachos can only be found at Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers & Pizza. A casual meal at this family-friendly restaurant is the perfect way to unwind after a game of golf on the Robert Trent Jones golf course. Thanks to its big screen TVs it’s also a go-to place for guests and locals alike to cheer on their favorite sports teams all year around.
If you’re looking for things to do on Hilton Head Island this autumn, there are tons of reasons to visit Palmetto Dunes in the fall! Golf season is still in full swing and packages like our Players Golf Special make for a perfect weekend of fall golf. Thanks to our pet-friendly vacation rentals, you can even bring your pet with you on your fall getaway to Palmetto Dunes. Beautiful beach sunsets, unique events like Music & Taste, and of course delicious dining are waiting for you this fall, and all year round, on Hilton Head Island.
In the meantime, you can bring the taste of Palmetto Dunes to your table with our authentic Big Jim’s Brisket Nacho recipe! Smoky beef brisket, fresh pico de gallo and spicy jalapenos make this no ordinary plate of nachos. Next time you’re settling down to watch a game whip up a batch of Big Jim’s famous brisket nachos! It’s sure to become a fan favorite.
Everybody knows that one of the best ways to celebrate summer is with a round of refreshing summer cocktails with friends. The Dunes House's laid-back, beachfront atmosphere is the perfect place to "sip back" and relax with a beautiful view, delicious food, and a smashing drink!
All summer long at The Dunes House we’ve been serving up casual beachside fare, like our famous fish tacos, family-friendly classics including burgers and hot dogs fresh from the grill, and of course, our signature frozen drinks.
Keep the summer vibes of Palmetto Dunes alive well into fall by whipping up a batch of one of The Dunes House's most popular summer drinks – The Tiger Paw. With flavors of peach, pineapple, and strawberry, all you'll have to do is take a sip, close your eyes and transport yourself back to the beaches on Hilton Head Island.
Recipe: (makes 1 14 ounce drink)
1.5 ounce peach vodka
2 ounces mango puree
2 ounces strawberry puree
1 cup ice
Mix in a blender and serve garnished with an orange slice and a cherry.
Affectionately known as "the caviar of the South," this pimento cheese recipe is from Hilton Head Island's finest.
4 large pimento peppers, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced*
2 jalapeños, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced*
4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. Frank’s hot sauce
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
1⁄8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1⁄8 tsp. ground white pepper
1⁄8 tsp. smoke paprika
1/4 cup chopped pickles with brine
1 lb. extra sharp cheddar cheese (Tillamook suggested)**
Grate entire pound of cheese on the large holes of a box grater into a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and fold in until completely mixed. Cover the bowl and chill until serving.
*Pimento peppers and jalapeños can both be purchased fresh or in jars. Fresh is the best way to go for most flavor but jars can be found on the pickle aisle of your grocery store. **Freshly grated cheese will work and taste much better than pre-grated bagged cheese but is not required.
If you like curry, you'll enjoy the rich flavor of this creamy shrimp mixture that is delicious served over rice. Try this delicious curried shrimp recipe from Palmetto Dunes.
Serves 4, prep time 15 minutes, cooking time 25 minutes.
2# large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 green bell pepper (diced)
1 carrot (diced)
1 onion (diced)
1 can coconut milk
2 tbsp. curry powder
2 tsp. cooking oil
Salt, pepper and blackening spice to taste
In a large saucepan, sauté the vegetables until tender. Add curry powder and stir until fragrant. Add coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Stir in shrimp and cook until shrimp are opaque and firm. Season to taste with salt, pepper and blackening spice. Serve over steamed white rice.
It's BBQ time at Big Jim's! Are you ready for this Summer's grilling season? We are! Start off summer with this easy grilling dry rub right from Big Jim's. And if you are hungry for some great BBQ and don't want to do any of the work, stop by Big Jim's and try our BBQ ribs.
8 Ounces Paprika
6 Ounces Granulated Sugar
4 Ounces Kosher Salt
3 Ounces Black Pepper
2 Ounces Oregano
2 Ounces Thyme
Combine all ingredients and use as a dry rub for BBQ, seasoning for grilled meats and poultry or as a condiment to season grilled items, sauces and dressings.