The best collection of easy seafood recipes, including fish, lobster, shrimp, crab, clams, and mussels recipes! Get inspired to add more seafood into your meal plan with ideas for lunch, dinner, snacks, and appetizers.
Are you trying to cut down on meat? Or maybe you want to eat a little leaner for the summer? Or possibly you are just a bit tired of the same old same old beef, chicken, and pork recipes?
Well, you are in luck, because you can always make seafood recipes. 😂
Seafood has a very special place in my home. Once a week, we have some sort of seafood meal or snack. But if you know me, you know my main requirement - it has be be easy to make! Luckily, easy seafood recipes are not hard to find! And now you have a whole bunch of 'em right here in one post.
My kids love crab cake and shrimp recipes! What are your kids' favorites?
- 💭 Top tips for easy seafood recipes
- 🌿 Fresh seafood vs frozen
- 🧊 Selecting frozen seafood
- 🍤 Shrimp recipes
- 🐟 Fish recipes
- 🦪 Mussels and clams
- 🦀 Crab recipes
- 🐡 Imitation crab recipes
- 🦞 Lobster recipes
- 🍥 Scallop recipes
- 🦐 Mixed seafood recipes
- 👶 Kid-friendly seafood recipes
- ❓ Questions about seafood
- 😋 More recipe collections
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💭 Top tips for easy seafood recipes
- Seafood is generally best when cooked on a low or medium constant heat. This helps prevent it from charring or burning.
- Lemon, lime, and other citrates bring out the best in many seafood recipes. It's hard to go wrong if you use those flavors to go with your seafood!
- When cooking fish, use thermometers to check the internal temperature. The internal temperature of the fish should be about 145° or as specified in the recipe.
- Do you own a fish spat? If not, consider investing in one. Fish spats can help you apply balanced pressure on your fish which will help with even cooking. This technique is useful when you are cooking your fish in a pan on the stovetop. See this article for tips on using a fish spat to get the perfect crispy skin for your fish dishes!
- Try not to overcrowd the pan. Seafood is better when it has plenty of room while cooking. This will also help to ensure that your food cooks evenly.
- Clams and mussels should be washed thoroughly. The last thing you want is to taste sand in your mussels. Also, only serve mussels and clams that are open (after cooking). If they are closed, that is an indication that they are bad and should be discarded.
- Uncooked seafood should be tightly wrapped in plastic and frozen immediately. Seafood tends to go bad very quickly so if you don't plan to cook it very soon after purchasing, definitely freeze it.
- If you aren't familiar with cooking with seafood, definitely start with one of the easy seafood recipes in this list to help you get the hang of it!
🌿 Fresh seafood vs frozen
There are differing opinions on whether fresh seafood is better than frozen seafood.
In my family, we go for whichever is available as well as what is most convenient. Fresh seafood really is best in terms of taste and texture, but not always easy to find, whereas frozen is almost always available. In addition, frozen seafood just more convenient because I won't have to worry about it going bad if I'm not able to cook it within a day or two after purchase.
Honestly, for me, having to commit to cooking the seafood within a certain time frame from purchasing sort of defeats the purpose of working with super easy seafood recipes. I like the flexibility I get when I have a bag of frozen shrimp or seafood medley or salmon fillets sitting in the freezer, ready at a moment's notice!
I am lucky to be surrounded by many stores that sell amazing frozen seafood. We can get frozen crab, shrimp, cod, calamari, mussels, and so much more.
🧊 Selecting frozen seafood
- I love seeing "caught date" and "frozen date" information on my frozen seafood. If the package has that information or if the company provides a way to track it online, that's a plus. The time interval between catching and freezing should be very small.
- Avoid frozen seafood that shows signs of freezer burn. The freezer burn occurs when food has been frozen for a long time or it's been been frozen at incorrect temperatures.
- Look for labels specifying that the seafood was quickly frozen or flash frozen. It means that the fish was frozen without allowing much time for deterioration.
- In general, look for frozen seafood that is wild caught. If you must get seafood that is farm raised, and you are in the U.S., looks at the label to verify that the seafood was farmed and packaged in the U.S. Imported seafood is not subject to the same strict regulations as domestic seafood. (See this article on wild-caught vs. farm raised seafood for more information.)
🍤 Shrimp recipes
Out of all the seafood, my family loves shrimp more than any other! I haven't yet found a shrimp recipe that they don't just absolutely devour.
Shrimp is so easy to cook, whether it's fresh or frozen. Which is why it's a staple in this collection of easy seafood recipes! I often buy it frozen, since it's generally readily available and I can also get it pre-peeled and deveined.
Frozen shrimp is great to keep on hand, and it's really no trouble to thaw it before incorporating it into recipes. Just place in a colander and run cool water over it for several minutes.
This shrimp in a buttery, tangy lime sauce, is completely drool-worthy and pretty much the champion of easy seafood recipes. In my family, just the mention of this recipe and everyone can't wait for dinnertime.
Plus, there are only 6 ingredients needed and it's ready in just 15 minutes! You can't go wrong with it.
And this recipe is super easy to make. I used fresh shrimp, but there are instructions for using frozen as well.
If you are on a keto diet, you will want to bookmark this recipe!
There are all keto-friendly ingredients in this recipe. And the net carbs are just 7g (13g carb - 6g fiber)!
It is a filling main dish and it tastes so good. The spicy tang from the shrimp blends really well with the creamy avocado zoodles.
This recipe is inspired by étouffée. I love the strong flavors of this shrimp recipe.
With just one spoonful of this yummy stew and it sucks you in! You can't help but finish the whole bowl and then go back for seconds.
The secret to this shrimp recipe is it's rich tomato base. Plus, it's another one that makes the short list of super easy seafood recipes, so, you can't go wrong with it.
I made this shrimp Alfredo for dinner last night and, as always, there weren't any leftovers!
This recipe is actually even better than what you can expect at seafood restaurants. It's also very easy to make at home. Plus it will be ready to serve in 25 minutes!
Even younger kids can't resist this elegant and tasty pasta recipe.
🐟 Fish recipes
Did you know that there are over 100 fish species that are classified as tilapia? I had no idea.
Why is tilapia included in this round up of easy seafood recipes? Tilapia fishes are high in protein and they cook quickly. And it's easy to tell when tilapia is properly cooked and ready to serve.
If you aren't a fan of tilapia, you can always substitute another mild, flaky fish, like cod or flounder.
Tilapia lends itself really well to very flavorful, fragrant companion ingredients. I love to marinate it in a tangy and spicy sauce.
After that, I put it into this fish stew recipe and it is out-of-this-world good! Just one spoonful of this stew and your soul will be warmed up!
She also showed me just how easy it is to cook tilapia in an air fryer. This has inspired me to seriously consider buying an air fryer!
I recommend serving this tilapia over a bed of quinoa. (Did you know? You can cook quinoa in a slow cooker!)
My mouth is watering just thinking about crispy tilapia fish. Lilian of Simple Living Recipes is a huge fan of 'everything that comes from the sea'.
She coats the tilapia with seasoned panko and bakes them in the oven! The recipe couldn't be easier and the taste is heavenly!
Add my dill fries to this recipe and you can have a unique version of 'fish and chips'!
Whether it's the Atlantic cod or Pacific cod, these cod fish recipes are a great choice to make for your family. Cod can be found all year round and it is really easy to make. So we just had to include it as an entire category in our list of easy seafood recipes!
Cod's mild flavors make it easy to dress it up in so many different ways. They can easily be made spicy, salty, tangy, and even sweet.
Did you know that cod fish is high in protein and vitamin B-12?
I am willing to bet that you can eat about a dozen of these tacos and not break a sweat!
This colorful creation is the work of Caitlyn of Erdharts Eat. She uses cod fish that is coated in panko. Her recipe is really easy to follow and make.
I am definitely making it for taco Tuesday!
Want more taco recipes for taco Tuesday? I have a shrimp taco recipe that is beyond delicious!
Cod fish in a decadent tomato, bell pepper, and onions sauce! What could be better!
Julie from Cooked by Julie knows that your time is precious! She came up with this recipe because she wanted cooking time to be as short as possible.
So, how long does her recipe take to make? Just 20 minutes!!
Taryn from Joy Filled Eats pan sears her cod with simple ingredients. Then, she tops it with her homemade compound butter!
Seriously, how delicious does that sound?
This could be the perfect date night dinner recipe to serve your significant other. It looks like it came from a 5-star restaurant, yet it is straightforward enough that it made the list of our easy seafood recipes!
Salmon is the most consumed fish in my home. I use it in sandwiches, snacks, and entree recipes.
Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, potassium, and vitamin B12, among other nutrients.
If you haven't tried salmon in your grilled cheese, here is your chance. This recipe looks fancy and gourmet, but it's one of our easy seafood recipes because it comes together quickly and easily, even on a busy weeknight!
I used canned salmon in this recipe because it is delicious and quick to prepare. Add mayo to the mixture and it will be so easy to spread on the sandwich.
I made 6 sandwiches in just 25 minutes. You can't beat that!
Serving salmon over a bed of zoodles is a very creative idea, don't you agree?
Salmon is very healthy and so it makes sense to serve it with other healthy ingredients.
Andrew from Scrappy Geek made this recipe using just 6 ingredients and in just 40 minutes. It also happens to be keto friendly.
Look at that perfect pink color of the salmon! Cooking salmon with just a few ingredients brings out it's best qualities.
There are only 7 ingredients in this salmon recipe. I like to make it for date night or other special nights.
And - bonus - it only takes 25 minutes to make!
Deb from Life Currents blog loves serving her salmon over creamy risotto. I have to agree that it is a really delicious way to serve it.
She walks you through every step of the process and even anticipates your questions when making this recipe. And it's one of the tastiest easy seafood recipes I've found!
Super-easy, quick, and flavorful, you can't go wrong with this classic combination of soy sauce, brown sugar, and ginger. It's sweet, salty, and has a nice ginger-y bite to it. And it's ready in less than 15 minutes!
Don't know how to smoke salmon? No worries!
Justine from The Typical Mom shows you all the steps to smoking your salmon to perfection. She outlines every step, making each step easy to follow.
She uses simple spices that you already have in your pantry to make this recipe.
Trout is easy to prepare in so many ways. You can bake it, smoke it, grill it and even roast it. It definitely qualifies for our collection of easy seafood recipes!
These recipes are from very talented bloggers who know their way around a trout. You will want to eat your way through each recipe!
Michele from a Taste For Travel decided to spice up her trout. Serving it with horseradish takes the trout to a whole new level, wouldn't you agree?
Serving this trout to your guests will definitely impress them. Place the smoked trout over a bed of greens for a colorful presentation.
Grilling season is made better because of this grilled trout recipe by Kitchen Laughter.
Not only is the recipe awesome, but it contains the best tips on how to grill trout. The recipe is simple to make and topped with homemade butter.
I would love to serve this grilled trout with my chipotle flavored grilled potato side dish!
Don't like to grill? Well, you are in luck, because Sandy from Simply Happy Foodie shows you how to bake trout in your oven.
Her steelhead trout turns out moist, crispy, and tangy. She outlines the steps easily with just a few ingredients.
Serve it with an easy quinoa salad.
When was the last time you had a tuna melt?
Some don't consider canned tuna to actually be seafood. But it's so effortless to work with that it, as well as tasty, that it would be a shame to exclude it from our list of delicious and easy seafood recipes!
I modified the traditional tuna melt slightly by adding a few more healthy ingredients. Also, I used an open faced tuna melt technique which makes it extra delicious.
When you are short on time, here is a lunch recipe that you can make in just 5 minutes.
Just toss the ingredients into a bowl, mix, and serve over your favorite bread. It couldn't be any easier!
I can't believe we get to include a sushi recipe in this medley of easy seafood recipes. But here it is! I'm so excited because I love sushi, but I always thought it was difficult to make at home!
If you don't like rolling sushi, you are not alone. Rolling sushi is an art and it takes time to roll each sushi perfectly.
Lucky for us, Your Ultimate Menu shows us how to make a sushi bowl at home. No rolling involved.
This bowl happens to be very easy to make and also on the healthy side.
🦪 Mussels and clams
We always order mussels or clams at restaurants. They make for such a delightful meal. My kids always went wide-eyed crazy to see them being served.
Thanks to these wonderful bloggers, I can include mussels and clams in our compilation of easy seafood recipes! I am no longer intimidated by the cooking process for them and now I make them at home all the time. I hope you will feel the same after you see these!
Clams served over a light olive oil spaghetti recipe! That couldn't be simpler, right?
This recipe is by Alix and Hugo of A Hedgehog In The Kitchen. Their goal was to make a restaurant-quality recipe that everyone can enjoy at home.
They succeeded because the recipe is absolutely easy and delicious when made at home. They show you how to balance the ingredients and flavor with what you have in the kitchen.
I love simple spaghetti recipes that I can serve my family. My healthier spaghetti recipe is a family and fan favorite.
This linguine and clam sauce just happens to be a favorite of Lisa's husband. She posted this recipe on her Drug Store Divas blog to share with everyone!
She makes sure that the recipe is super easy to make so that anyone can enjoy it, even a newbie cook!
Steaming mussels can be made quickly at home. Pina Bresciani, a master of Italian food, made this recipe in just 25 minutes.
The mussels are in a rich tomato and garlic broth. It sends out a heavenly aroma when served.
Pina's post is also filled with useful information, like how to store and clean fresh mussels to the best way to steam them. So be sure to bookmark it as a super-handy resource!
Do you know what to look for when buying mussels?
I am so glad I found Brenda of Becoming Betty's recipe. She gives all her tips about mussels in easy to understand language and pics. Then, she shows you how to make them on the stove top.
Make sure you let her know how much her post has helped you understand the process of selecting, cleaning, and cooking mussels!
🦀 Crab recipes
Whether its fresh, canned, or frozen, crab will be delicious in any recipe. These bloggers have turned crab into a fantastic meal that you can serve anytime.
Make these crab recipes and let me know your favorite.
If you have access to dungeness crab in your area, you must make this crab recipe by Love of Munchkin Time.
She has step-by-step instructions with images, so, you will be able to easily make this recipe.
This recipe is perfect to serve to your significant other on date night!
Julie from Cooked By Julie decided to test laws of seafood by stuffing salmon with crab!
Her gamble paid off, because this salmon-crab recipe is delicious! She has impressed me with this combo.
I plan to make this on my next date night. My husband is going to love it!
If you were wondering if crab cakes would make it into this list of amazing, easy seafood recipes, you now have your answer! No seafood list is complete without a crab cake recipe, right?
This is my kids' favorite crab cake recipe. And my sisters' kids love it too! You just can't go wrong with this yummy but easy recipe.
I used lump crab meat to make this recipe. That's why it's juicy and succulent. On the outside, it's crispy and crunchy, so it holds it's shape.
🐡 Imitation crab recipes
Why is it that the delicious food is always the most expensive? My family LOVES eating crab, but, it's kind of expensive.
Some folks would not consider imitation crab to be seafood, but since it is made using fish, it technically is seafood even if it isn't actually crab meat. So we decided to include it in this ensemble of easy seafood recipes, especially for the budget-conscious seafood-lover!
I actually use imitation crab in many recipes. It's so good with pasta, rice, and even on pizza!
This salad is made for the outdoor parties. I take it to picnics, BBQ parties, and potluck dinners.
There is nothing complicated about this recipe. It's a matter of mixing a few ingredients and serving it.
Feel free to substitute real crab for the imitation if you prefer...you can never go wrong with the real thing!.
The first time I tried crab on pizza, I thought I was in heaven!
It has a different texture and taste than any other pizza topping. The tomato sauce in pizza brings out all the flavors of the crab. This recipe qualifies as one of the super easy seafood recipes!
This is my take on crab rangoon. I modified the recipe slightly because I wanted to make an easy appetizer.
Instead of frying the wontons, I opted to bake them in the oven. This way, I can make a big batch at once.
This can be a great after school snack for the kids.
🦞 Lobster recipes
What list of easy seafood recipes would be complete without mentioning lobster? Lobster used to be a luxury item that you could only get in restaurants.
Today, however, lobster is in many home refrigerators.
Since it freezes so well, lobster can be stored for months at a time. If you have lobster in your freezer, it's time to bring it out to make one (or all) of these recipes!
Why not go for lobster at lunch? Laura of Cook At Home Mom made this a budget-friendly recipe that you can make for summer lunch.
The lobster roll is creamy and happens to be a Whole30 friendly recipe. It has potassium, Vitamin, A, C, and Calcium.
This is one healthy lunch recipe!
This is a classic New England sandwich recipe normally served warm. Lyuba of Will Cook For Smiles doesn't let not living in New England stop her from making the perfect New England lobster roll.
She shows us how to cook a whole lobster and then how to take it apart with ease. It's not a hard process at all.
So, make it today and enjoy the goodness of New England at home!
Want to serve a crowd? Sherry from Backyard Bohemian shows us how to make a big serving of Boston lobster rolls.
Get to know more about Maine and Cape Cod in her post. She has so much love for New England and it shows in her food.
This is a fun recipe to serve as an outdoor party in the summer.
🍥 Scallop recipes
Amy of House of Nash says that this scallop recipe is a fraction of the price you would pay at a seafood restaurant. That has me intrigued!
I love ordering scallops at restaurants and often wonder how I can get them so perfectly cooked at home.
I can't wait to follow her recipe to make it at home and impress my husband. He loves scallops!
Patty of Books, Cooks, Looks serves scallops on a bed of radicchio. This is a must try recipe!
The blackberry sauce adds a sweetness to the scallops. It's the perfect dinner for two recipe that you will love serving on date night.
I have never tried crispy scallops before, so I am planning to try this recipe over the weekend.
Lisa from Low Carb Yum made these low carb and gluten free sea scallops. She shows us how to bake it in the oven in 35 minutes and gives you great tips along the way.
Many folks have a love for copycat recipes. So, when I saw this Bone Fish Grill inspired recipe that Christa of Puravida Mom made, I knew I had to include it on this list.
She quickly pan-sears the scallops and serves them with vegetables. The glaze is a spicy glaze that can be used in many other recipes.
Personally, I am going to serve the scallops with buttery broccoli side dish. This is going to be a fun Saturday night recipe to make for my family!
🦐 Mixed seafood recipes
Don't you love seeing a heaping spread of mixed seafood sitting in front of you? Just the thought of it makes me start to drool a little! 🙂
If you are like me and you can't pick a favorite seafood item, the solution is to go for a big platter with all different kinds of seafood!
I am a pot pie lover and I make no apologies for it! Veggies mixed in with a creamy sauce in a pie crust! How can you not love it, right?
One of the most requested easy seafood recipes in my house, this seafood pot pie is made with shrimp and crab, along with vegetables, swimming in a creamy sauce! And, I couldn't resist - I just had to throw some bacon in there as well!
The seafood pot pie only needs 25 minutes to be ready for serving. Bookmark it to make it on a day you only have about 1/2 hour to make dinner.
(Pssst...my chicken pot pie takes only 35 minutes to make, so it's another great option for a busy weeknight.)
There are lobsters, clams, and shrimp in this recipe! Oh my!!
How is this seafood platter not in front of me right now?
To top it all off, it has kielbasa in it as well! I couldn't keep this off this list of easy seafood recipes if I tried!
(If you like kielbasa, I totally recommend my kielbasa and butternut squash recipe!)
Imagine having a bowl of this stew in hand on a cold day? This soup is designed to warm you up, right down to your core!
Amy of House of Nash made this stew using clams, mussels, crab, shrimp, scallops, and cod! It's like the whole ocean in a hearty stew!
She flavors it with basic spices that you will definitely have in your pantry. So, now I am definitely putting this in my recipe book.
Here's a seafood recipe from Canada that is simply irresistible!
You will find scallops, haddock, and lobster mixed into this creamy chowder. YUM!
Make this chowder and discover why it's the 'best chowder in Halifax', and an obvious addition to the list of delicious and easy seafood recipes!
👶 Kid-friendly seafood recipes
It's never too early to get kids to fall in love with seafood. My kids were eating it by the time they were 4 years old. They fell in love with shrimp immediately.
So, here are a few of my kids' favorite easy seafood recipes.
Talk about the pinnacle of easy seafood recipes! This one doesn't even require cooking!
I used to have these salmon bites ready for my kids when they used to come home from school. I get pre-sliced smoked salmon from my local deli which makes my life so much easier.
These bites take only 10 minutes to assemble and serve.
What do you get when you mix salmon and hash browns together? You get a delicious salmon cakes recipe that kids will devour!
These salmon dill cakes take only 20 minutes to make. They are wonderful for lunch or dinner, or even as a hearty after school snack.
(Interested in more snack ideas for kids? I have lots of after school snacks for kids that you can bookmark for future use.)
This is absolutely one of our favorite easy seafood recipes!
They look like rings, and when my kids were little, they loved to put them on their fingers before eating them. Silly kids!
Do your kids eat calamari?
❓ Questions about seafood
Buying, storing, and cooking seafood can be confusing. But once you have worked with some different types of seafood a few times, you quickly gain confidence.
This list of easy seafood recipes should give you a good start!
Here are a few common questions you may have as you shop for and prepare your seafood.
Wild caught vs farm raised
Farm raised seafood means that the fish or shellfish were nurtured in underwater pens. It's cost-effective for the aquatic farmer to produce seafood that way.
Wild caught seafood means that fishermen caught the fish in their natural environment (oceans, lakes, or rivers).
So, which one is better? There isn't a blanket answer that applies in all circumstances. You will want to do some research to make sure you are making a choice that is best for your family. This article on wild caught vs farm raised seafood should give you a good start!
How do I know when fish is done cooking?
The best way to tell is by using a cooking thermometer. Put it into your fish and measure the internal temperature.
Most fish is ready when the internal temps are at 145°. Check out this article on safe minimum cooking temperatures for more information!
Can you cook your salmon in a dishwasher?
Believe it or not, cooking salmon in the dishwasher is actually a technique featured in a recipe on Food Network.com, so apparently it's possible!
Have you tried it? Let me know all about your experience!
What is the best way to thaw frozen seafood?
Frozen seafood is best when thawed overnight in the refrigerator.
If you forget to put it in the refrigerator, place the frozen seafood in a sealed bag and put it in cold water. It will thaw in about 10 minutes.
Don't defrost in the microwave. It heats unevenly so your seafood will be partially thawed in some places, burnt in other places, and hard as a rock in still other places. Not good!
How do I know if seafood has gone bad?
Take a sniff! If your defrosted seafood smells rancid, overly fishy, or reminds you of ammonia, it is probably not good. You should just throw it ou.
Can I consume canned seafood?
Canned seafood, for the most part, is safe to consume. And it is great to keep on hand to use in many of these easy seafood recipes! When purchasing, I always make sure I check the date on the can. If the expiration date is more than 3 months away, I will usually avoid buying it.
I hope you have found this list useful. Feel free to comment below with your favorites and how often you made them.
I know I am going to be making every recipe listed here! They all look so delicious.
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