Anyone beach-bound this summer? After this crazy year, we’re excited to hit pause on the humdrum and get in some vacay this summer. Whether you plan to visit the shore or just want to feel like you’re on vacation, a seafood meal can provide the festive, laid-back vibes you’re craving!
What makes a truly memorable vacation meal? Great seafood, for starters! Simple preparation, so the fresh-caught taste shines through. And don’t forget the seasonal fruit and veggies, exotic spices and kaleidoscope colors. That’s all there is to it, and you can easily recreate these meals for your family, extending your culinary vacation all summer long.
We’ve put together a list of vacation-inspired seafood recipes that you can enjoy at the beach or in your own backyard. These meals are the perfect ending after a day of sand and surf, or whenever you want to recapture that seashore experience at home. Nostalgic for your trip to Maine? Try this lobster roll, spiked with a refreshing burst of mango and kefir dressing. If you’re a fan of poke bowls, you’ll love these crispy poke tostadas (think: no-cook, mini pizzas topped with marinated salmon, pineapple salsa and fresh veggies). And we’re partial to our own salad that features perfectly seared scallops, sweet blueberries and tangy mustard vinaigrette. Summer in a bowl
So, grab some seafood for dinner tonight, set up your sandbox and kick off your flip flops. Summer vacation is here to stay.
Lobstah fans, rejoice! This fruit-forward recipe swaps in kefir for the traditional butter and mayo, giving you a fresh, lower-calorie take on the vacation treat.
With sweet and succulent jumbo lump crabmeat and plenty of Old Bay, you’ll never miss the fillers in these healthy, baked crab cakes. Serve with roasted red pepper remoulade for an intense flavor boost.
Tropical meets Tex-Mex in these must-try poke tostadas featuring sushi-grade salmon. It’s a carefree, oven-free vacation meal you’ll be craving all summer.
Spicy halibut or cod makes for a vacation-worthy fish taco bowl with chiles, pepitas, avocado crema and an abundance of crunch!
While they’re not seaworthy, these no-cook avocado boats are a fun, low-mess way to serve fresh summer vacation fare. All aboard!
Another successful summer fruit-fish combo: seafood + blueberries! In addition to providing antioxidants, blueberries are the perfect foil for these golden-brown scallops, crisp greens and balsamic vinaigrette.
This colorful, flavorful fish feast will transport you to Spain! It’s easier than you think to make this Mediterranean-style dish with some fresh seafood, saffron rice and aromatic vegetables.
If you’re missing all that calamari you enjoyed at the beach, try this lighter, air fryer version of the vacation favorite. Old Bay and chipotle dip give it an extra kick!