Episode 504

Florida Keys

Show Description: Get away with Chad Crawford as he makes his way through the beauty of the Florida Keys. Each key has something unique to offer and Chad shows you the best when he shows you how to Do the Florida Keys. And Chef Justin Timineri brings you a new recipe for an old Keys favorite when he mixes up a Florida Spiny Lobster Stir-Fry.

how to Do Coral Restoration

The Coral Restoration Foundation works out of the Key Largo area but continue to expand to other locations in the Keys as they restore more and more reefs.

how to Do Charter Boat Fishing

Most coastal towns will have plenty of charter boats available for hire, but Islamorada is known as the Sport Fishing Capital of the World and offers more charter boat fishing opportunities than probably anywhere else.

how to Do SNUBA

There are a few different centers that offer SNUBA to visitors. But Tilden’s Scuba Center is located in Marathon at mile marker 49.5. Click Here to get more information on SNUBA.

how to Do Snorkeling

Most people go to the beach but you can really snorkel anywhere there’s water. Enjoy the beautiful coastal waters of the Keys all year round with just a mask and snorkel.

how to Do Wreck Diving

Wreck diving can be done year round, as long as water visibility is good. You’ll need an open water certification and your own gear, but actual dive costs are minimal.

Florida Cooking: Florida Spiny Lobster Stir-Fry with Sweet Peppers


Yield 4 Servings



  • 4 six ounce Florida spiny lobster tails, shelled and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 3 Florida sweet bell peppers, (assorted colors) sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
  • 4 to 6 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped fine
  • 1 bunch scallions, rinsed and sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste



  1. Preheat a large sauté pan or wok over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the cooking oil to the preheated pan.
  3. Season the corn starch lightly with salt and pepper.
  4. Lightly dust the lobster bites with the corn starch.
  5. Carefully place the dusted lobster bites in the oiled pan, trying not to overcrowd them.
  6. Cook lobster bites for one minute, then move the lobster to the side of the pan.
  7. Add the bell peppers, garlic, scallions, and ginger.
  8. Season the ingredients in the pan lightly with salt and pepper. Stir-fry the ingredients together, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the stir-fry sauce and stir to coat.
  9. Add some of the cilantro, saving some for garnish.
  10. Serve lobster stir-fry over a bed of rice and garnish with sesame seeds and remaining cilantro.

Stir-Fry Sauce


Yield 4 Servings



  • 3/4 cup Florida orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and diced fine
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest, finely grated



  1. In a small sauce pot over medium heat, add orange juice, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, sesame oil, ginger and orange zest.
  2. Bring ingredients to boil.
  3. In a small bowl, combine corn starch and 3 tablespoons of cold water.
  4. Whisk the corn starch and water mixture until combined.
  5. Slowly whisk the corn starch mixture into the sauce mixture.
  6. Continue to whisk until the sauce has thickened.
  7. Bring to a slight boil and let cool.


Florida Keys Flavors: Conch Fritter, Stone Crab, Grouper Sandwich, Florida Spiny Lobster, and Key Lime Pie



Be sure to visit these restaurants and sample some of our favorite Florida Keys Flavors.

Key Largo Conch House

Conch Fritters from Key Largo

Keys Fisheries

Stone Crab from Marathon

The Square Grouper

Grouper Sandwich from Cudjoe Key

Latitudes at the Westin, Sunset Key

Florida Spiny Lobster  from Key West

Mangrove Mikes

Key Lime Pie from Islamorada