Whether you live by the ocean or are on vacation near a beach, there’s nothing better than fresh seafood caught locally and cooked with fresh ingredients.
Even if you don’t live near the ocean, you can make fresh seafood recipes like the ones from your favorite restaurants right at home! No fishing required!
In this list we’ll cover 17 of the easiest, most delicious seafood recipes out there. From fish and lobster to scallops and mussels, we’ll cover it all.
17 Easy Seafood Recipes
Here are 17 easy seafood recipes to try at home.
1. Crab Cakes
Crab cakes are delectable and can be served as a full meal or made smaller and served as appetizers. The key is to use fresh ingredients.
This recipe takes some time, about an hour and a half. Most of that time is spent refrigerating the cakes before cooking them in a pan.
2. Shrimp Scampi
Combining shrimp and pasta in a delicious garlic and lemon sauce, this shrimp scampi is full of flavor and is sure to be a hit.
The ingredients are pretty standard. This recipe in particular has a slight twist by adding dry white wine to the sauce mixture instead of chicken broth.
3. Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Mushrooms can be stuffed with practically any filler to fit your taste. If you’re looking for a seafood fix, try this crab stuffed mushroom recipe.
All in all, you’ll spend about 40 minutes making this delicious appetizer. It’s great to serve at parties, and the batch can be doubled if needed.
4. Lemon Pepper Salmon
It can be hard to find a food that is both delicious and healthy. Enter lemon pepper salmon. This meal is packed with nutrition and tastes amazing.
For this recipe, you can cook the salmon with the skin on or off, but it’s suggested to keep the skin on to lock in the moisture.
5. Baked Scallops
Baked scallops are buttery and full of flavor. Since they are baked, they’ll have a delicious crispy outer coating from the oil and many seasonings.
Seafood can be intimidating to try making at home, but this baked scallops recipe is incredibly easy to make, and takes less than a half hour to make.
Gumbo is a dish native to South Louisiana. It’s similar to a stew, and made with chicken, sausage, shrimp, and a mix of fresh veggies.
This recipe has two parts: the roux and the gumbo. It is a little time consuming to make, about an hour and a half, but so worth it!
7. Crispy Fish Fillets
Fish fillets can seem a little intimidating to cook at home. Or maybe you’ve tried it before and the fish just stuck to the pan, losing its crispy coating.
This recipe walks you through how to make the perfect fish filet. The best part? It only takes about 15 minutes to both prepare and cook.
8. Oysters Rockefeller
Oysters are typically one of those foods that you either love or refuse to even touch. When prepared correctly, they can be a delicious appetizer.
Oysters Rockefeller are oyster halves topped with a buttery sauce, fresh spices, spinach, and shallots or onion. This recipe takes about an hour to make.
9. Baked Tilapia
Tilapia can be made in several different ways, similar to salmon or cod. As with most baked fish, it’s best paired with lemon and butter.
This recipe takes less than a half hour to prepare and cook, making dinnertime a breeze. The result is a lightly breaded, flavorful fish dinner.
10. Fish Tacos
Fish tacos are an amazing street food often served at food trucks. They’re packed with fresh ingredients and typically served with a creamy lime sauce.
You can use any white-fleshed fish for fish tacos. This recipe calls for tilapia, but feel free to substitute the fish as well as the toppings.
11. Mussels Mariniere
Mussels mariniere is a dish made with mussels (duh!) in a creamy sauce that can be mopped up with a good piece of garlic bread afterward.
It doesn’t take long to cook mussels, and the ingredients for the sauce are pretty standard. It takes about 15 minutes to put together. Here’s the recipe.
12. Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks
Ahi tuna steaks are so versatile. They can be marinated in tons of different sauces and served with rice, greens, beans, or any other side you like.
This particular recipe uses a soy sauce and sesame honey marinade. The best part about this recipe is it takes only 15 minutes to make!
13. Broiled Lobster Tails
For many, lobster tails feel like a special treat at restaurants. But this delicious meal can be prepared at home in no time with just a few ingredients.
To make this delicious recipe you’ll need lobster tails, butter, garlic, lemon juice, paprika, cayenne pepper, and 20 minutes! The recipe also provides directions on how to butterfly the tails.
14. Salmon Cakes
Similar to crab cakes, salmon cakes are a little less expensive to make. They still pack amazing flavor and can be served as a meal or appetizer.
This recipe takes about 30 minutes to put together, and uses many of the same ingredients as crab cakes. The main difference is substituting salmon for crab.
15. Clam Chowder
This famous New England dish is oh so creamy and full of flavor (and clams!) Once done, serve it up with oyster crackers or your favorite bread.
This recipe takes less than an hour to put together, with half of it being cook time. To make it, you’ll need a large stockpot or Dutch oven.
16. Steamed Mussels
Steamed mussels are similar to mussels mariniere, but the sauce can be made in several different ways with steamed mussels and changed based on your taste preferences.
The ingredient list for this recipe consists of standard spices and oils, but make sure you have chicken stock, dry white wine, and heavy cream too.
17. Coconut Shrimp
Coconut shrimp is a classic meal or appetizer at many seafood restaurants. A coconut and panko coating gives this shrimp so much flavor and crunchiness!
This recipe takes about a half hour to make and is made with raw, deveined shrimp. Once finished, you can serve this with pasta, rice, or a sweet chili sauce for dipping.
Seafood has such a variety of different foods, from shellfish and clams to fish and lobster. You’re sure to find something you like under the sea!
Use this list to find a seafood dish or appetizer to prepare for your next family meal. These easy recipes are a great intro into cooking seafood at home.