25 Easy Seafood Recipes
These easy fish and shellfish recipes are perfect for any occasion!
The seaweed is always greener... when you're having seafood for dinner! These 25+ Easy Seafood Recipes are the perfect way to incorporate fish into your and your family's diets. Easy fish recipes can be a lighter alternative to red meat — and can taste great, too.
Fish and seafood are chock-full of important nutrients and fatty acids that your body needs. Incorporating fish and seafood meals can also be an easy way to keep things interesting during the week and keep your family from getting bored with the same old chicken dinners!
Fish might be a problem for picky eaters, but there are so many different flavors and textures out there that you're sure to find one that works for the whole family. Start with the basics and work your way towards more complex and exotic seafood recipes.
Whether you prefer fish or shellfish recipes, you're bound to find the perfect dish in this collection! The next time you need to think of dinner ideas, don't order delivery — just make these seafood recipes instead!
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Seafood Soups and Stews to Warm You Inside and Out
These seafood soup recipes would make for a great starter course, but they're also delicious as the main course! From favorites like clam chowder to fancy recipes like bourride, these fish and shellfish soups are a surefire hit. Incorporating some seafood into a classic soup recipe takes the guesswork out of cooking, and they're a must-have on a chilly day! These seafood recipes for soups and stews are also a great way to incorporate an assortment of fish and shellfish into one dish. Serve these soups with a loaf of fresh-baked bread and some steamed vegetables, and you'll have a hearty dinner that's ready to eat!
- Spring Fish Soup
This full-flavored soup is actually easy to make. You can even include gluten-free pasta when making this soup!
- Fish in Coconut Stew
If you love coconut, then this fish recipe needs to be on your radar! This full-flavored stew will be a delight to serve to your family.
- Lobster or Crayfish Soup
In addition to seafood, this recipe calls for bacon or pancetta. The combination of flavors is one that you simply must try.
- Bourride with Aioli
Do you like garlic? Then you'll want to stop what you're doing to check out this French soup recipe!
- New England Clam Chowder
You can't go wrong with a tried-and-true classic. In this seafood chowder recipe, you'll use clams, potatoes, and bacon to create a dish that is comforting and warm.
- Nana’s Southern Gumbo
This beloved dish from the South takes a while to prepare, but the results are worth it. Don't forget to serve this easy seafood recipe with your favorite homemade corn bread!
Seafood Appetizers for Any Event
Start the meal off right with these delicious seafood appetizers! From crab dip to calamari, these restaurant favorites are easy to recreate in your very own kitchen. Impress your guests from the very start — they'll love these seafood appetizer recipes as much as we do. You'll find these easy appetizer recipes are full of flavor and will be a welcome addition to almost any menu you have planned for your event. If you'd like, you can even serve some of these seafood recipes as a light meal; just add a fresh green salad or steamed vegetables, and that's it!
- Crab and Salmon Cakes
This recipe has quite a few ingredients, but it's actually easy to make. You'll love impressing family and friends at your next event when you serve these crab and salmon cakes.
- Smoked Shrimp Cocktail with Chipotle-Orange Cocktail Sauce
Add some heat to the classic shrimp cocktail when you make this delightful appetizer! This appetizer can be smoked or grilled.
- Calamari Fritti
If you love fried appetizers, then this seafood appetizer recipe is for you. Don't forget the marinara sauce for dipping!
- Hot Crab and Artichoke Dip
Artichoke dip on its own is great, but making artichoke dip with crab is on another level. Serve this dip with thinly sliced French bread for a truly tasty appetizer.
- Shrimp Cocktail, Mexican-Style
You'll love the use of avocado in this delightful take on the traditional shrimp cocktail. This recipe also has some heat!
- Summer Seafood Platter
If you're planning a truly special event, then this recipe for a seafood platter should be on your menu. The selection of seafood in this dish will make for a memorable appetizer.
- Marinated Octopus Salad with Olive Oil and Lemon
This seafood recipe is a reader favorite! Surprise your guests in a big way when you serve this delightful salad this summer.
Fish Dishes for Lunch or Dinner
Fish should be a staple in your diet all year-round, not just on Fridays during Lent. These easy fish recipes will help you switch up your family's dinner routine and get on board with all the nutritional benefits fish has to offer! They're perfect for a lighter meal, and can be served with side dishes for a truly special dinner party. You will also love learning how to prepare and cook an assortment of fish with these easy recipes, too. From the classic fish and chips to grilled salmon and everything in between, you'll want to keep these fish recipes right at your fingertips.
- Beer-Battered Fish and Chips
Bring the comfort and ambience of your favorite pub right to your kitchen when you make these beer-battered fish and chips! This recipe is comfort food at its finest.
- Herb-baked Swordfish
Make something a bit fancy for dinner when you prepare this recipe for swordfish. This recipe couldn't be easier to make and bake!
- Baked Trout with Almonds
If you've never had almonds with fish before, then you should give this recipe a try. This super easy fish recipe is perfect for those hectic weeknights.
- Striped Bass with Lemon Zest
If you're stuck in a rut with meal planning, then this recipe is just what you need. Serve this dish with couscous and steamed vegetables for a complete meal.
- Pan-Roasted Whole Flounder or Fluke with Brown Butter, Lemon, and Capers
You'll impress family and friends when you make this fish recipe! Serve up this fish recipe for any special occasion.
- Grilled Salmon with Fresh Blueberry Corn Salsa
Featuring a wide array of flavors, this recipe for grilled salmon is perfect for anyone who cooks on the grill all summer. The blueberry corn salsa will add a complex flavor profile everyone will love!
Shellfish Recipes for Special Occasions
Crab, clams, and lobster, oh my! These shellfish recipes are a scrumptious way to get a little shellfish in your life. Shellfish instantly makes a meal a little more sophisticated, and these easy shellfish recipes are so fun to eat as a family or to cook for a date! If it's possible, pay a visit to your local fishmonger so you can select the freshest shellfish available. When serving shellfish dishes, you will want to make sure you have the right tools on hand to crack the shells safely and carefully. Don't forget to include finger bowls with water and lemon slices so you can keep your fingers clean!
- Baked Stuffed Lobster
The next time you serve lobster, consider stuffing and baking this delightful shellfish. You'll love trying lobster in a new and interesting way when you use this shellfish recipe!
- Grilled Clams with Garlic Butter
Fire up that grill and get cooking with these grilled clams! The accompanying garlic butter will take this recipe to the next level.
- Lobster with Ginger and Scallions
Add some flavor to your next special occasion when you make this shellfish recipe! You'll find this seafood recipe is actually easy to make, too.
- Dungeness Crab Mac-and-Cheese
You've probably had mac and cheese countless times, but probably not like this. The beloved classic gets a new and interesting twist in this seafood recipe.
- Mandiches Po Boy
If you can't get to the Big Easy, then bring a bit of the Big Easy to your home with this recipe! This beloved recipe from New Orleans will delight your guests at your next dinner party.
- Clams with Bacon
This shellfish recipe by chef Gordon Ramsay couldn't be easier to make. You'll love the use of bacon in this recipe, too.
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What is your favorite seafood recipe?