Cheap Eats – Simple Yet Satisfying Seafood Recipes That Won’t Break the Bank! - Dish on Fish
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Cheap Eats – Simple Yet Satisfying Seafood Recipes That Won’t Break the Bank!

We all want to eat well without busting our budget during the week. “Cheap recipes,” in our minds, are delicious, good-for-you options to have on-hand for those times when you’re pinching your pennies. Seriously, you don’t have to sacrifice seafood to build an amazing and affordable weekly menu. And, you don’t have to give up your favorite flavors if you’re on a tight budget, either.

With that in-mind, we’ve done our homework on how to stretch your dollars with seafood, starting at the grocery store. Step one, visit the freezer case. Here, you’ll find shrimp, salmon, tilapia, cod and more. Frozen at peak freshness, seafood from the freezer aisle is ready for you to portion out quickly and cook. Next, head to the center of the store and pick up a few pouches or cans of tuna, crab, salmon, anchovies, or clams. Buying a few of these items each week, combined with a little know-how and a few delicious recipes in your back pocket, will have you well on your way to becoming a cheap eats champion!

To help you get started, we’ve compiled a few of our best tips & tricks, along with a handful of budget-friendly seafood recipes. Happy saving!

Shop Smart

  • Meal Plan & Prep – By sitting down to plan and prep your meals in advance, you’ll buy only what you need at the grocery store. For a few of our favorite meal preps, check out this post.
  • Stock Up on Staples – Having staples on hand makes it easy to throw together a quick, healthy meal when you’re in a rush. Always grab canned or pouched seafood and then make sure you have pantry staples, like store brand whole wheat pasta, at-the-ready for when hunger strikes.
  • Shop the Freezer Aisle – Frozen seafood is flash frozen at peak freshness, so it’s just as nutritious and delicious as its fresh counterparts. The best part: It comes packaged so you can use what you can easily portion out and use only what you need for each meal.

Shrimp & Rice Salad

Not only does this scrumptious salad come in at nearly a dollar per serving, it’s incredibly versatile – you can swap the veggies out, depending on what you and your family like, or use what’s already in the fridge.

Cheap Eats: Shrimp & Rice Salad

Source: Budget Bytes

Get the recipe here.

Baked Lemon Butter Tilapia

Talk about an easy, cheap sauce! When paired with a mouthwatering, citrusy herb butter, the Tilapia shines in this budget-friendly recipe.

Baked Lemon Butter Tilapia

Source: Damn Delicious

Get the recipe here.

Tuna and Tomato Pasta

Pasta and canned tomatoes get a hit of protein with the addition of canned tuna.

Tuna-and-Tomato Pasta

Source: Rachel Ray Everyday

Get the recipe here.

Sheet Pan Italian Salmon

Ready in just 20 minutes, this four-ingredient, flaky Italian Salmon is the real deal.

Sheet Pan Italian Salmon and Green Beans

Source: The Lean Green Bean

Get the recipe here.

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