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August Meal Plan: Make These 9 Seafood Restaurant Favorites at Home

Happy August, Seafoodies!

At Dish on Fish, we love eating at restaurants where–you guessed it–we order seafood! Dining out is a great way to try a different fish species or a new flavor trend. And then, sure enough, we start craving that dish at home! Our August Meal Plan pays tribute to recreating some of our favorite seafood restaurant dishes at home. It’s chock-full of restaurant-inspired recipes guaranteed to impress at your next family feast or social gathering. These delicious copycat recipes deliver restaurant-quality flavor while giving you control of the nutrition and portion size. Plus, you always get the best table in the house!

For lunch, how about some poke, AKA everyone’s favorite Hawaiian sashimi bowl? There’s something about the refreshingly cool soy-marinated fish and salad drizzled with a kicky sriracha mayo that’s supremely satisfying. Another trendy midday bite–avocado toast–gets a savory seafood twist by way of some smoked salmon, and best of all it’s a snap to prepare. Speaking of easy prep, our shrimp burrito bowls are bursting with some seriously spicy fajita flavor, in a handy, heat-and-eat package. And for a heartier dish, traditional seafood bisque really hits the spot. Packed with plenty of shrimp, scallops and Old Bay aroma, it will transport you to the New England seashore!

For a light app or hors d’oeuvre, baked oysters don’t disappoint! With some chive butter, a double shot of lemon and some panko-powered crunch, these celebratory bites are just crying out for a glass of bubbly to keep them company. Dinnertime sizzles with make-at-home Kung Pao Shrimp, with authentic Szechuan flavor courtesy of the fresh garlic and ginger, dried whole chilis and roasted peanuts. Or, sample a pair of seafood restaurant classics: pan-seared scallops and crab alfredo. They’re both elegant, simple to prepare at home and a great excuse to set a pretty table. And we are here to tell you: Have no reservations about making your own lobster tail. All it takes is a little butter, some spices already in your pantry and a few minutes under the broiler. Yes, it’s that simple!

So without further ado, here are some mouthwatering ways to bring seafood restaurant flavor in-house. While they can’t take the place of dining out, they just might tide us over until our next restaurant meal. (And be sure to scroll all the way to the end, to get our top tips for in-restaurant dining, too!)

Lunch

Smoked Salmon and Avocado Toasts 

Not just for Millennials! These creamy-smoky pumpernickel toasts, boasting plenty of flavor as well as healthy omega-3s, should most definitely be devoured by all.

Seafood Bisque 

It’s so easy to make your own creamy seafood bisque at home! Serve in cups for a hearty app, or enjoy in bowls with crackers for a full and satisfying meal.

Healthy Poke Bowls with Sriracha Mayo 

Sushi lovers, salad fans and clean eaters unite! There are many reasons everyone loves these poke bowls, including their rich umami flavor, impressive nutritional profile and simple preparation.

Loaded Shrimp Burrito Bowls

These zesty bowls are bursting with Tex-Mex flavor. Tender shrimp, black beans, fajita vegetables and world-class meal-prep technique all add up to a recipe like no other.

Dinner

Kung Pao Shrimp 

This shrimp dish is spicy, garlicky and, did we mention, fast? You can have this delectable Chinese restaurant fave on your table in less than 15 minutes.

10-Minute Perfect Broiled Lobster Tails 

Home-cooked lobstah! Once you realize how easy it is to cook your own lobster tails, you’ll be adding this decadent dish to your recipe rotation often.

Easy Butter and Herb Baked Oysters 

Let’s set the record straight on the old wives’ tale: Oysters are safe to eat every month, whether there’s an “R” or not. So go ahead, enjoy these quick-cooking, delectable morsels all year long!

Pan-Seared Scallops with Lemon Caper Sauce 

Restaurant-worthy caramelized scallops can be yours in less than a half-hour with this one-pan wonder of a dish. Serve with angel hair pasta, or on a bed or zucchini noodles or greens for a lower-carb meal.

Crab Alfredo 

Fresh crabmeat and grated Parmesan elevate this creamy pasta dish to special-occasion status. Not an everyday indulgence, but certainly worth the splurge!

Healthy Hints for Dining Out

We’ve missed you, restaurants! The fresh takes on seafood, the festive vibe and most definitely the fun! There’s something about dining out that makes any seafood meal a special occasion. As we welcome restaurant visits back into our routines here are some tips to keep it light and healthy:

  • Keep it simple, Seafoodies! Seafood is healthy and delicious all on its own, so scan the menu for low-fuss preparations—grilled, broiled, baked, roasted, steamed or poached. Avoid breaded or fried meals, which have more saturated fat and calories.
  • Stick with lighter sauces. Tomato- and broth-based options tend to have less saturated fat and sodium than their butter- and cream-based cousins (this goes for seafood soups, too!). Request that sauces be served on the side, so you control the amount used.
  • Load up on veggies. Stay on track by ordering a side salad or vegetable. You’ll feel fuller—making it less likely that you’ll overeat. Plus, you’ll get some potassium to counteract the high sodium common in restaurant dishes.
  • Just ask! If you don’t see a healthy preparation on the menu, ask if the chef can fix you a lighter option. Often, you can order the catch of the day simply broiled. Most restaurants will be more than happy to accommodate you!
  • Box it up. We can’t always control the calories or sodium in restaurant meals, but we can control the portion size. Ask for a to-go container ahead of time, so you can box half of it up as soon as it arrives at the table. Out of sight, out of mouth! And you’ll have lunch or dinner to enjoy the next day!

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