Ahhh, summer! The sun is warm, the water is cool, and seafood is in season.
Growing up in a New England fishing town, summer meant freshly dug clams in chowders or steamed, lobsters from the family down the street, and so much fish on the grill. The tastes of all different seafood screams “summer” to me!
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10 Recipes to Savor the Flavor of Seafood
1. Thai Shrimp Kabobs with Spicy Ginger Sauce
Let’s get things heated up right away, with these spicy grilled shrimp. Featuring fresh grated ginger and hot ginger sauce, these kabobs are sure to please the heat-seekers in your house. They also make an easy grilled appetizer for parties or barbecues. To help everyone enjoy the dish, you could also opt to omit the spicy ginger from the marinade and serve the hotter sauce recipe as a dip on the side.
This creamy soup is packed full of lobster and is a great comfort food for cooler summer evenings or rainy days. When I make lobster bisque, I like to serve it with DIY croutons made from day-old sourdough bread and a BLT. Or just gobble up a huge bowl alone before anyone else arrives on scene!
The tangy bite of citrus combines with imitation crab and shrimp for a delicious seafood medley. For a deeper crab taste, use freshly cooked or canned crab meat instead of the imitation crab. For serving, pair with tortilla chips and salsa or add a big scoop to your favorite salad greens.
Add a little tropical flavor to your menu with Jamaican jerk spices and lime juice! This recipe is super easy to prep, with just a dash of the spice blend and squirt of lime juice, but packs incredible flavor. Serve with red beans and rice and grilled pineapple slices.
5. Louisiana Crawfish Etouffee
Etouffee is a fabulous one-pot meal that you can tweak to suit your family’s tastes. Crawfish might be easier to find on the Gulf Coast, but you can certainly sub in other seafood local to your area. Add shrimp, lobster, crab or even chicken to this meal for slightly different flavors.
Chicken enchiladas are so winter! Mix it up by trying this crab and shrimp variety. Add seasoned rice, beans or slices of your favorite fresh local veggies to complete the meal.
7. Tom Yam
We head back to Thailand for this flavorful seafood soup. It is creamy, citrusy and absolutely delicious. This soup is also great for people on a dairy-free diet who still crave the creaminess of chowder. Tom Yam uses coconut milk instead of cream!
8. Crab Cakes
This is a Maryland specialty enjoyed around the country! Featuring fresh or canned crab and very little else, the flavors of the seafood really shine through. Enjoy your cakes on a salad, alone or as part of a complete meal. I like to pair my crab cakes with fresh broccoli, corn on the cob and coleslaw.
9. Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi
The sweet honey and the savory ginger combine with the mahi mahi perfectly. This baked fish recipe would also be great on the grill. Serve with a side salad, fresh steamed or grilled veggies and roasted potatoes for a delicious dinner.
10. Clam Bake
For a complete, one-pot seafood feast, try a clam bake or boil. Loaded with clams, mussels and shrimp, this is a great way to feed all of the seafood lovers in your life. For a clam boil, simply add halved onions, breakfast sausage, hot dogs and corn on the cob.