Hey there, Seafoodies!
Are you setting a table for two? Date night’s always a great night when you’re serving succulent seafood! Adding some tuna, salmon, cod or shellfish to your menu will make your meal extra-memorable, whether you’re going for candlelight ambiance or a more relaxed vibe. And because seafood is so quick-cooking, you’ll be spending less time in the kitchen and more quality time with your SO. We’ve gathered some fun and fabulous date-ready recipes that will make your special someone feel like a VIS — a Very Important Seafoodie!
For a casual weeknight tête-à-tête, kick back with some casual eats like crunchy crab melts or avocado-tuna wraps. They’re a welcome departure from everyday fare and couldn’t be easier to whip up. And if you’ve got an Instant Pot, you’re just minutes away from a restaurant-worthy meal. Dishes like pasta with a kicky clam sauce and aromatic seafood risotto with Parmesan are sure to delight your date.
Or, maybe you want to pull out all the stops. Lobster mac and cheese comes to mind — it’s the epitome of elegant comfort food. On the other end of the indulgence spectrum, pan-seared swordfish will charm any calorie-conscious Seafoodie. And if it’s white-linen elegance you’re seeking, look no further than salmon with pesto and orzo — it’s a stunner!
In addition to tasting great, seafood is a rich source of protein and other nutrients that keep your heart — and the rest of you — healthy and strong. So go ahead, serve up some seafood with lots of love! Check out these recipes, and start planning your next special dinner at home.
Instant Pot Pasta with Red Clam Sauce
Recipes like this cozy Italian favorite are why we so loooove the Instant Pot — almost as much as our SO. Pasta and sauce cook in the same pot, in just 20 minutes!
Decadent yet down-to-earth, this dish pairs delicate lobster with pasta, cream and four cheeses. It’s topped with breadcrumbs, then baked until bubbly.
Sheet-Pan Lemon-Herb Tuna Steak and Potatoes
The sheet pan = relationship magic! Dazzle your Very Important Seafoodie with this bold and flavorful tuna steak that easy-bakes alongside crisp, seasoned potatoes.
Instant Pot Shrimp and Cheesy-Chive Grits
Show your sweetie some Southern hospitality! Tomato-y shrimp and grits has plenty of slow-simmered flavor but cooks up quickly in the Instant Pot.
Lightly spiced salmon fillets brown beautifully in an air fryer. We loved this recipe at first sight — it’s as simple as pressing a button!
Who says date-night dinners can’t be healthy? These flavorful shrimp kebobs are a nutritious high-protein treat your SO will love — plus, they’re a ton of fun!
Romantic dinners start with tender scallops, plump shrimp and creamy Arborio rice. Add aromatic vegetables, white wine and Parmesan, and let the Instant Pot do its magic!
Make date night a vacation! This sumptuous seared salmon with veggies, olives and capers is a Mediterranean marvel of a meal.
Simple Steamed Mussels with Garlic
For a dish that evokes memories of your favorite bistro, try classic steamed mussels — it’s a quick-cooking (and budget-friendly) dish you’ll enjoy sharing with your favorite Seafoodie.
If you’re cooking for a picky eater, we highly recommend this amazing-tasting cod with a panko-Parmesan crust. It’s a dish that will win anyone’s heart!
The key to your next date night could be lurking in the pantry. These colorful bell peppers are brimming with tuna, cottage cheese, olives and other ingredients you might already have on hand.
Parchment packets bring a ton of fun to the table and result in a moist, flavorful fish. Double this recipe when you’re cooking for two.
Tuna + avo make a great couple! These zesty, no-cook wraps are just the thing for a low-frills date night or a sunset picnic.
Luscious lump crabmeat turns every meal into a special occasion. These crab melts only require some simple ingredients and a few minutes under the broiler — this recipe is a keeper!
Seared swordfish is light and lemony, guaranteed to win over your tablemate! Pair this mild and meaty fish with a green veggie and brown rice for a date-friendly meal.
Crab-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Imagine the porto-bilities! The classic crab appetizer gets supersized with portobello mushroom caps, giving you a fun and easy date-night entrée.
Creamy Lemon-Basil Shrimp Pasta
Simple and satisfying, this tasty shrimp dish can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion.
In a word, enticing! With a pale-green backdrop of basil-flecked orzo, grilled salmon is pretty in pink — and tastes even better.
Baked Mediterranean Salmon Bowls
When you’re looking for fresh takes on date night, one of these salmon bowls should do the trick. Whether you opt for quinoa and tzatziki or pasta with a balsamic drizzle, dinner will be un-bowl-ievable!