85+ Easy Seafood Dinner Ideas

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Seafood recipes add a “splash” to dinnertime. These easy dinner ideas are a simple and healthy way to add more fish and shellfish to your diet. But many people just don’t know how to prepare seafood. Whether you are looking shrimp, salmon, or other favorite fish or shellfish there are plenty of seafood ideas for dinner in this delicious collection.

Seafood recipes with salmon, shrimp, lobster, and fish sticks

What is your favorite seafood? Do you prefer fish like salmon or tuna? Or do you go for shellfish like shrimp or crab?

Or maybe you are intimidated by seafood and don’t know where to start.

Whether you are novice or a pro when it comes to ocean fare, you are sure to find ideas to inspire you to cook more seafood recipes. This collection has everything from tacos and pasta to soups and sandwiches. Some are quick meals you can whip up in a flash. Others might be more of a meal to impress someone special, but I guarantee they are all simple and delicious.

Seafood Ideas for Dinner and More

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Salmon Recipes

Salmon is definitely one of the most popular fish. With its many health benefits, from being a good source of protein plus all the omega-3 fatty acids, everyone is trying to incorporate more salmon into their diet. You can cook an entire side of salmon, or cut it into fillets. It can be baked or grilled, pan-seared or smoked, and it lends itself to many flavors, from sweet stick glazy to spicy dry rubs, as well as Asian, Italian, or Tex Mex-inspired flavors.

Maple Sesame Glazed Salmon GFO

With a sweet and savory Asian-inspired marinade, this is a fish recipe that even the non-seafood eaters will love. Drizzle your perfectly broiled salmon with the flavorful sauce and serve it with broccoli and rice or cauliflower rice to make it a full meal. 

Broiled salmon on a plate with maple sesame glaze

Strawberry Red Wine Glazed Salmon GF

A sweet and savory sticky glaze perfectly coats and balances the richness of the fish in this simple but tasty and healthy recipe. You won’t believe you can make this elegant dish with just five ingredients.

Strawberry Red Wine Glazed Salmon

Pesto Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner GF

With potatoes and green beans is a simple and delicious dinner recipe that’s ready in less than forty minutes and leaves you with only one pan to clean up. This seafood sheet pan meal is a healthy addition to your weekly meal plan.

Pesto Salmon with green beans and potatoes

Smoked Salmon Tart

Simple to make but totally elegant and delicious, for your next special breakfast or brunch. A gorgeous dish that starts with frozen puff pastry to keep it easy.

Smoked Salmon Tart

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Other Fish Recipes

There are also many other types of fish. Tuna is available canned or fresh. You can get cod and other whitefish are fresh fillets or already made into fish sticks. And then there are less common, but equally delicious fish like swai, barramundi, and mahi mahi. These fish can be battered and fried, baked and topped with fresh salsas and sauces, or put into tacos.

Chili Lime Fish Stick Tacos GFO

A super fast and easy surefire way to get your kids eating seafood. This is a quicker way to make fish tacos with a little trick to jazz up those fish sticks and a simple, kid-friendly mango avocado salsa add tons of fresh flavor

Chili Lime Fish Stick Tacos on a green plate

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Shrimp Recipes

I feel like I am having Forrest Gump flashbacks. Shrimp might just be one of the most versatile types of seafood. Fried shrimp, shrimp scampi, shrimp gumbo, barbecue shrimp, shrimp salads. It’s probably impossible for anyone to not be able to find a shrimp recipe they’ll enjoy. Heck, there are over thirty in this list alone.

Spicy Honey Lime Shrimp GF

A quick and easy recipe that packs a serious punch of flavor and can be served over rice or cauliflower rice, in tacos or lettuce wraps, or on top of a salad. But you only need a few ingredients, one skillet, and less than ten minutes.

Homy Lime Chili Shrimp on a turquoise plate over cauliflower rice

BBQ Shrimp Quinoa Bowls GF

Quinoa bowls are a simple and versatile but satisfying dinner that comes together quickly for busy weeknights. Sauteed shrimp tossed in BBQ sauce is added to a bowl with quinoa and steamed broccoli for a healthy and kid friendly meal.

BBQ Shrimp Quinoa Bowls

Shrimp Rice Paper Rolls GFO

Also known as summer rolls, these are a fresh and versatile appetizer or side, or a light lunch. Succulent shrimp and cool, crisp veggies are tossed in a simple sauce and rolled up in rice paper wrappers and served with your favorite dipping sauce. 

Shrimp Rice Paper Rolls

Home-style Shrimp Bowls GF

Quick and easy comfort food – spicy shrimp and corn on top of a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes. Classic flavors with a little kick.

Shrimp Mashed Potato Bowl

Honey Walnut Shrimp GF

An easy but impressive seafood dinner with so many flavors and textures. This unexpectedly delicious combination will surprise your tastebuds.

Honey Walnut Shrimp with blue cheese on sweet potato noodles

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Lobster, Crab, and Other Shellfish Recipes

Of course, there are plenty of other types of shellfish too. Lobster may be the granddaddy of all seafood. It’s rich and elegant and makes a meal extra special. Crab can be eaten simply steamed, or added into soups, sandwiches, crab cakes, and more. And let’s not forget about clams, mussels, scallops, and all the other delicious shellfish in the ocean.

Lobster Cobb Salad GF

A deliciously light and fresh dinner salad. It’s the perfect combination of seafood, vegetables, and let’s not forget the cheese, avocado, and, of course, bacon to make it totally satisfying.

Lobster Cobb Salad

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Mixed Seafood Recipes

When you can’t decide, just combine your favorite types of seafood into one dish. In cuisines all over the world, you’ll find soups and stews with multiple varieties of fish and shellfish. And pasta dishes often combine a few different types of seafood.

Easy Seafood Recipes for Dinner

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