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Brighten Your Hanukkah Table with These Easy Seafood Recipes

Hanukkah sameach, Seafoodies!

Soon we’ll be celebrating the Festival of Lights with menorah lighting, dreidel spinning and of course, plenty of fabulous food. Yes, the first night of Hanukkah is more than a week away but it’s never too early to start planning ahead for eight days of feasting! 

If you’re hosting Hanukkah, you likely have the basics covered: latkes, sufganiyot and chocolate gelt. But how about some festive protein dishes to go along with the carb-heavy Hanukkah potato pancakes and doughnuts? Plus, we have a “more, the merrier” philosophy about holiday spreads—there’s always room on the table for another dish! So, we’re sharing some of our favorite seafood recipes for the Festival of Lights. Browse through these festive delicacies, and we bet you’ll find a new family favorite!

Traditionally, we celebrate by commemorating the miracle of the Hanukkah oil. In other words, bring on the olive oil! We can’t think of two finer ways to honor this custom than these crispy potato latkes topped with dairy-free sour cream and thinly smoked salmon, and pan-fried fish cakes with pine nuts, onion and creamy tahini sauce. Yum, and yum!

For another must-have on the Hanukkah table—roasted fish—we’ve gathered a few variations on the theme, starting with luscious salmon either baked in foil or slow-roasted with fennel and bright citrus. Try your hand at whole snapper stuffed with lemon and herbs (much easier than you think!), dish out some Wild Alaska Pollock cooked en papillote with a zesty chimichurri sauce, or for a delightful departure from tradition, serve up some pan-seared tuna steaks marinated in maple syrup and mustard. To round out your Hanukkah meal, classic comfort foods like cheesy tuna casserole or smoked salmon and cucumber bites (with everything but the bagel!) are guaranteed to be a hit.

As a bonus, seafood is an excellent source of satisfying protein as well as heart-healthy omega-3s, immune-supporting vitamins and essential minerals like selenium. That’s why the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that we all eat seafood at least 2 to 3 times per week.

These dishes, like the holiday itself, will delight all ages while bringing a little magic to the table. They also play nicely with traditional Hanukkah fare and delicately balance the heavier foods on the menu, helping you save some room for the jelly donuts! We hope you enjoy lighting up every night of Hanukkah with some delicious seafood. L’chaim!

Baked Salmon in Foil 

Salmon bakes beautifully in the oven with garlic, lemon and fresh rosemary. Cooking in foil locks in the moisture, making this recipe a slam-dunk every time!

Israeli-Style Fish Cakes 

These crunchy white fish patties have plenty of bite-sized appeal to win over your little Seafoodies (or anyone, really!). Add some sriracha to the tahini dipping sauce for some extra kick.

Potato Latkes 

It wouldn’t be Hanukkah without latkes, and these crispy potato pancakes go the extra mile with succulent smoked salmon slices and a creamy topping. They make an excellent brunch dish, too, so we bet you’ll be breaking out this recipe all year long!

Wild Alaska Pollock en Papillote with Chimichurri Sauce 

Oven-steamed and sassily sauced, this piquant Wild Alaska Pollock gives you something to celebrate in every bite! You’ll love that cleanup’s a breeze, too.

Tuna Noodle Casserole with Cheese and Peas 

Don’t let the modest ingredients fool you. Packed with chunks of tuna, egg noodles and Swiss and Parmesan cheeses, this feel-good casserole may just be the sleeper hit at your Hanukkah table!

Pan-Seared Tuna Steak 

Spa cuisine for Hanukkah? Of course! Spiked with a maple-mustard marinade and just a hint of heat, these delicious tuna steaks are paleo-friendly and gluten-free.

Whole Roasted Fish with Fresh Herbs and Lemon 

Whole roasted fish makes a stunning addition to your holiday table, and it couldn’t be simpler to prepare. Brine the fish in salt water and stuff it with citrus and fresh herbs such as oregano and parsley for a moist texture and delicate flavor.

Slow-Roasted Salmon with Fennel, Citrus and Chiles

Roasted with blood oranges, Meyer lemon and red chiles, this sensational salmon dish presents like a work of art and tastes even better!

Everything Cucumber-Smoked Salmon Bites 

Lox and bagels are a Hanukkah classic. Shake things up with these refreshingly low-carb cucumber bites topped with smoked salmon, dill-laced sour cream and a sprinkle of everything seasoning.

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