Happy December, Seafoodies!
Hooray, it’s the holidays! After missing out on celebrations last year, we’re excited to party like pescatarians again and share some delicious seafood with family and friends!
If you’re throwing a party this month, check out our December Meal Plan for scrumptious seafood dishes to make your gatherings both mouthwatering and memorable. These recipes are everything we’re looking for in a holiday menu: festive, foolproof and full of flavor. As an added bonus, many can be prepared quickly (or even ahead of time!) so you can enjoy every minute with your guests. Now, that’s an entertaining win!
Serving seafood this time of year is a no-brainer because it’s so easy to prepare, makes any occasion special and provides the important nutrients we need to power through this fun-filled season. As the holidays kick into high gear, you’ll appreciate having these party-ready recipes on hand!
If you’re hosting a holiday brunch, we’ve got two awesome options to consider: savory crab and egg muffins, and a bagel-inspired casserole topped with smoked salmon and capers. Add these to your holiday buffet and prepare for the recipe requests to roll in!
For a light midday bite, we love this tuna salad dip served with chips or baguette slices—it’s perfectly seasoned and offers plenty of fresh crunch! And on a cold December afternoon, a piping-hot bowl of cod and potato soup will hit the spot! Delicious and satisfying, it makes a healthy, hearty option for a quick family lunch or to serve potluck-style.
Once the sun goes down, the pescatarian party really gets going! We’re cooking up some seafood that’s dressed to impress: oysters on the half-shell with honey and Parmesan, char-grilled until bubbly and golden-brown, a show-stopping shrimp cocktail wreath that will be the centerpiece of your buffet, perfectly seared sea scallops (pat dry!) and creamy pasta with a touch of garlic and lobster tails broiled with a lip-smacking lemon-garlic butter. And, if you’re hosting a Hanukkah gathering, we love pairing salmon with latkes. Try our Easy Air Fryer Salmon or Spicy Sheet-Pan Salmon for two easy recipes that let you focus on frying up the potato pancakes.
Let’s get cooking!
Packed with cheese, crab and aromatic veggies, these muffins are a healthy and delicious finger food. Bonus: The portability of this dish makes it a great grab-and-go breakfast for house guests or thoughtful neighbor gifts if you’re spreading some holiday seafood cheer.
Smoked Salmon and Bagel Breakfast Casserole
This dish is everything you love about bagels—including the “everything” bagel itself!. This casserole bakes into a savory custard for a dish that is sure to disappear quickly from your brunch buffet. Prep the night before, and pop in the oven about an hour before your guests arrive.
With some pantry staples and a few fresh items, you can whip up this tasty tuna dip in less than 10 minutes. This healthy recipe is vying for Most Versatile award—perfect for unexpected guests, easy-peasy app or wholesome anytime snack!
Chock full of fish and potatoes, this holiday-ready soup is spiked with jalapeno and poblano peppers and has a delightful aroma. The recipe calls for cod but is equally wonderful with whatever fresh or frozen fish you have on hand!
Char-Grilled Honey Parmesan Oysters
Treat your guests to a taste of N’awlins with these cheesy, char-grilled oysters! Pair with a glass of bubbly for the ultimate holiday indulgence.
Holiday Shrimp Wreath with Cocktail Dip
You’ll certainly wow friends and family with this elegant wreath of shrimp and seasoned cocktail sauce. Best of all, you can assemble this quick and easy dish ahead of time to avoid the last-minute party crunch!
If you’re planning an elegant dinner party, look no further! These luscious, pan-seared scallops with a lemony white wine-cream sauce make a sea-worthy pasta course or entrée.
The Best Broiled Lobster Tail Recipe
When you want to really pamper your guests, bring out the lobster! Broiling lobster tails is easier than you think and only requires a few ingredients. Pair with cauliflower mash and roasted broccoli for a well-rounded meal.