Happy July, Seafoodies!
And helloooo, summer entertaining! Dinner parties, backyard barbecues—oh, how we’ve missed you! As more of us are #vaxxedandrelaxed and CDC says we can resume some normal activities, gatherings are making a comeback. Some of us are dipping their toes in the water with a small outdoor hang, while others are planning lavish dinner parties. However you choose to gather, make seafood the star of your menu! It’s easy to prepare, cooks quickly and will make your summer event shine whether you’re hosting indoors or out. Our July Meal Plan features 10 recipes that guarantee you maximum mingling time (you’ve got a lot of catching up to do!) while giving your guests a delectable treat.
Where to start? Well, it’s summer so let’s talk low-maintenance menu, which lets you enjoy more time with friends and family. But let’s be clear… keeping it simple doesn’t mean sacrificing good taste. Nothing beats seafood served with fresh-picked summer produce like sweet corn, fresh herbs and (surprise!) some tangy fruit.
For starters, we’ve got some summer-light versions of your favorite apps. Bang-bang shrimp, sizzling with chili and sriracha, are the perfect firecracker bites for your Fourth of July fiesta. Jumbo lump crabmeat propels artichoke dip into celebration territory. Vine-ripe tomatoes filled with crab and corn salad are the ultimate surf-and-garden finger food. Or for a real crowd-pleaser, try these luscious baked seafood nachos topped with avocado crema. This party food screams summer!
Keep the summer fun going with some hot-off-the-grill seafood like marinated tuna skewers or grilled clams with garlic butter. Our classic seafood paella, bursting with shrimp, fish and clams, is sure to be a hit! And if you’re looking for something refreshingly different, give this baked fish a go. It’s topped with an addictive cherry-olive salsa you’ll want to eat all season! These are all quick-cooking, anytime recipes that can be plated for hors d’oeuvres or entrée-size portions.
When you want to pull out all the culinary stops, choose lobster this month! It elevates any event to a special occasion, but doesn’t require much extra work in the kitchen. The lobster roll bruschetta with fresh tomato and basil is a best-of-both-worlds fusion food that will wow your guests. Or, how about this Seafoodie dream-come-true: lobster guacamole. It’s just as decadent as it sounds (and loaded with heart-healthy fats!)!
These summer seafood recipes are so effortless, you’ll never even break a sweat! This meal plan should keep you and your guests happy for casual catch-ups, backyard bashes and everything in between. Let’s dig in!
Start off the summer entertaining season with a bang (bang)! These practically guiltless shrimp are a skinnier version of the deep-fried favorite, served on a bed of cool and crunchy slaw with the lip-tingling sauce you love.
How to improve on a classic? Add some shellfish! This lightened-up dip gets its rich taste from sweet crab, a peppery kick and 2% milk, weighing in at less than 100 calories per serving!
If you’re looking for a festive and carefree entertaining recipe, skewers are the way to go. This awesome garlic- and rosemary-infused tuna dish will become one of your new go-tos!
Crab pairs wonderfully with the summer flavors of grilled corn, fresh tomatoes and pesto. These self-contained mini salads work well as an al fresco side dish, app or even a light entrée.
Give your guests a taste of the shore. Packed with fresh seafood, summer vegetables and ripe fruit, these nachos are downright beachy!
Lobster proves our point that you can always add shellfish to a classic! This decadent guac is amazingly buttery, visually stunning and 100% worth the splurge.
It doesn’t get much more summery than juicy seafood you can serve your guests right off the grill! These clams need just a few minutes of heat and a quick toss in seasonings before serving.
Seafood and summer fruit? You bet! This oven-roasted fish offers a double dose of zing with a sweet-savory salsa and a lemon-yogurt dressing.
This ultimate fusion food blends grilled lobster tail, fresh tomatoes and basil. You’ll want to slice the baguette into smaller, finger-food-sized pieces because this dish is way too good not to share!
Who knew something as flavorful and fun as paella could be so easy to prepare? We did! Our healthy, fan-fave paella is surprisingly simple to whip up, making it the perfect dish for your next summer gathering.