Have Seafood, Will Travel!
We love sharing scrumptious seafood dishes with friends and family. And, boy, do we have some share-worthy recipes for you. Whether you’re attending a late summer soiree or hosting your own Labor Day barbecue, these portable seafood apps and dishes are guaranteed to be a hit at any outdoor gathering.
Shells, skewers, wraps and rolls play supporting roles to the real stars of this show: crunchy shrimp and Wild Alaska Pollock, delicate crab and lobster, oysters topped with garlic butter and cheese and tender, flaky salmon. Does that sound like a party you want to score an invite to? Yep, us too!
If you’re hitting the road with these simple-to-make seafood dishes, here are few tips to help keep your precious cargo safe when traveling. Plan ahead the night before by making sure you have plenty of ice, freezer packs or frozen gel packs on hand. It’s best to pack your dish in an airtight container—to help keep food fresh and avoid any spills or leaks in the car.
For short trips, a cooler is your best bet for chilled seafood. Keep in mind, full coolers stay colder longer than partially filled ones, so pack the empty space with additional ice or freezer packs. Remember that cold air escapes every time the cooler is opened, so try to keep the lid on as much as possible and open only when necessary.
An insulated bag will also do the trick. If you don’t have one, here’s a hack: Line a box with several layers of towels, packing them close around your seafood dish. Layers of crumbled newspaper also provides insulation.
For hot or room temp dishes, you want to avoid trapping the steam. Keep your seafood dish in a serving tray or container with a vented lid. No lid? No problem. Cover the dish with a plate and wrap it tightly with some towels. The towels help absorb the escaping steam while providing insulation to keep your dish warm until it’s party time.
Warning: when you show up to an end-of-summer gathering with these crowd-pleasing seafood yummies, we guarantee you’ll come home with empty containers. There’ll be no leftovers in sight.
Now go enjoy and get your (seafood) party on!
Skinny Baked Popcorn Shrimp
OK, here’s the skinny: These crispy shrimpies are the ultimate appetizer or dish topper any time of year.
Source: Dish on Fish. Get the recipe here.
Skinny Crab Cake Dip
Partygoers will dive right in to this cheesy, bubbly crab dip with pops of color.
Chive Crab Cakes
Delicate crab blended with flavorful herbs and fried golden brown make the perfect summer gathering appetizer.
Bang-Bang Shrimp with Napa Cabbage Slaw
Ka-pow – it’s a party for your taste buds! Shrimp combined with crisp slaw, mayo, chili sauce and sriracha.
Crunchy Fish and Creamy Coleslaw Wraps
Crunchy sole meets tangy slaw: A scrumptious combination wrapped in a tortilla.
Your guests will line up for seconds before they even take their first bite of a warm buttered bun filled with chilled lobster meat dressed in mayo.
Blackened Salmon Caprese Skewers
Blackened salmon with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes is a match made in flavor heaven. Delicious served hot or cold.
Celebrate National Oyster Day on Aug. 5 (or any time, for that matter) with a New Orleans classic. The baked topping on these delicacies has been lightened up, but is still rich in flavor.