24 Easy Seafood Recipes for Beginners

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24 Easy Seafood Recipes for Beginners

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November 17 2023


Who said cooking seafood had to be hard? Or too expensive? Keep reading to find recipes to debunk those misconceptions! 

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  1. Broiled Salmon with Blue Cheese and Lemon

    Bright citrus notes and bold blue cheese flavor are ideal complements to this moist and flaky fish. 

  2. Tomato Orzo Pilaf

    This quick and easy one-pan side dish pairs perfectly with Andrew's Broiled Salmon with Blue Cheese and Lemon.

  3. Crispy Fried Tilapia

    Swap your crispy chicken with Crispy Fried Tilapia! This simple fish recipe is perfectly crispy on the outside and tender and flaky on the inside.

  4. Crispy Twice-Fried Potatoes

    Homemade double-fried steak fries are simply delicious and so easy to make.

  5. Remoulade Sauce

    Enjoy a tangy twist on a classic remoulade sauce flavored with mustard, horseradish, vinegar, chili sauce and green onions.

  6. Broiled Miso Cod with Sauteed Sesame Spinach

    White miso is a light-colored, sweet bean paste that’s a Japanese culinary mainstay. It provides million dollar flavor for this flaky cod. Plan ahead, as it marinates for one to two days.

  7. Pan-Fried Tilapia with White Wine Sauce

    This decadent dinner for two features dressed-up tilapia in a bright lemony wine sauce. It's perfect for a date night at home.

  8. Charred Broccolini

    Get ready for an explosion of flavor with this simple side dish. It’s comes together in just 10 minutes and pairs well with a variety of meats and seafood.

  9. Seared Scallops with Peas and Prosciutto

    Sweet, buttery golden scallops sit atop a Parmesan-pea mash in this delicious and colorful dish. It's like eating at a fine restaurant (without the high prices).

  10. Grilled Tuna with Yakitori Sauce

    This five-ingredient yakitori sauce is the perfect Japanese seasoning to have in your repertoire. While it’s traditionally used on grilled chicken kabobs, you can use it at home for various Asian-style creations!

  11. Swordfish Piccata with Lemon and Capers

    Piccata is an easy Italian dish that comes together in about 30 minutes. Fresh lemon, capers and shallot combine to add delicious flavor to the pan-seared swordfish.

  12. Mashed Sweet Potatoes

    Baked sweet potatoes are mashed together with butter, brown sugar and sea salt for a delicious side dish the whole family will love.

  13. Weekday Shrimp Stir-Fry

    It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare this Weekday Shrimp Stir-Fry that's loaded with fresh veggies.

  14. Classic Cajun Seafood Boil

    Petite golden potatoes, fresh corn on the cob, chunks of andouille sausage and an array of Fish Market seafood are all simmered in a generously seasoned Louisiana-style broth for this one-pot favorite.

  15. Garlic Butter Dipping Sauce

    Add some extra buttery fun to your Classic Cajun Seafood Boil with a homemade Garlic Butter Dipping Sauce.

  16. Crab Fried Rice

    This recipe is better than any Crab Fried Rice from your local take-out restaurant. Plus, it’s a quick way to use leftover cooked rice and customize with your favorite vegetables.

  17. Shrimp Cocktail

    You’ll love this classic shrimp cocktail featuring tender shrimp poached in a flavorful broth. 

  18. Cocktail Sauce

    A combination of pungent horseradish and sweet chili sauce make up this classic cocktail sauce. Drizzle on your Shrimp Cocktail or use it as a dipper.

  19. Fried Catfish

    Although catfish can be prepared in various ways, frying it in a light, seasoned coating is the most traditional method.

  20. Homemade Tartar Sauce

    Loaded with herbs and just the right amount of briny tang from minced capers, sweet pickles and fresh lemon juice, this tartar sauce is a classic pairing for seafood dishes such as Fried Catfish and crab cakes.

  21. Chopped Hot-and-Sweet Coleslaw

    This deliciously creamy coleslaw is the perfect side dish for your barbecue, picnic or summer potluck! A hint of heat comes from the honey-cayenne apple cider vinegar.

  22. Classic Moules Mariniere

    For this traditional French dish, fresh mussels are steamed in a buttery wine broth that’s flavored with shallots and garlic. Serve over cooked pasta to soak up every drop of the aromatic cooking sauce.

  23. Salmon Eggs Benedict

    Sautéed spinach, succulent cooked salmon, poached eggs and homemade No-Fail Hollandaise top off toasted English muffins in this elegant twist on a classic breakfast entrée.

  24. No-Fail Hollandaise

    This homemade No-Fail Hollandaise is a staple for Salmon Eggs Benedict. It's also delicious when served over asparagus, broccoli, eggs, seafood or poultry