It happens every year. As we count down the number of days before school starts, the laid-back, midsummer vibe gives way to an end-of-season urgency. Now all of the sudden, our days are chock-full of summer potlucks, impromptu picnics and backyard barbecues. And whether we’re hosting or attending, we inevitably need to whip up a summer-friendly dish — we’re partial to seafood, of course — and it needs to be a moveable feast: We’re talking grab-and-go! What’s a Seafoodie to do?
No worries, you’ve got this! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite seafood recipes that are ideal for these late-summer shindigs — hot-weather bites that work well for kiddo snacks, too. So, whether you’re en route to the pool or a garden party, you’ll have a healthy-eats option to share. Shrimp, salmon, crab, white fish and even lobster all make surprisingly quick summer fare. Plus, many of these dishes are make-ahead meals, which means you can prep the night before (or earlier the day of) and waltz out the door with gourmet goods in hand.
Let’s start with finger food. Vietnamese spring rolls with shrimp are a warm-weather treat, and you’ll never believe how easy it is to make them at home. These refreshing, shrimp- and vegetable-filled bites couldn’t be more portable: Just roll them up, pack, slice and serve with dipping sauce. Another crowd-pleaser, deviled eggs with smoked salmon, will be a hit at your next picnic. Each one is like a miniature work of art, and the savory flavor combo — with lemon, mustard and dill — takes these pastel eggs to the next level.
If you’re tasked with bringing a salad to the party, make it a healthy one, such as our seared scallops and fresh blueberries tossed in a lively honey-Dijon vinaigrette. You can assemble the salad and drizzle the dressing at the last minute. Or, push the salad envelope by building some salmon-stuffed avocado boats and serving them on a bed of fresh greens. This double-superfood dish had our taste-testers raving and is guaranteed to be devoured quickly.
Entrées-on-the-go can be difficult to pull off, but we’ve got you covered. Just roast some salmon and veggies ahead of time, and you’ll be enjoying meal-prepped Mediterranean bowls al fresco. Or, grill up some mild cobia for sliders you can assemble onsite. And for fish and chips fans, we’ve got an air fryer recipe that results in a healthier — not to mention, more convenient —version of the pub grub you love.
All in all, Seafoodies, it’s amazing how many seafood dishes you can take on the road. Just be sure to pack everything on ice, and prepare to be hounded for the recipes! Safe travels!
Wherever you’re headed, bring along some of these delectable shrimp rolls. They’ll keep you cool while providing a boatload of nutrition and crunch.
Got a potluck? These light, salmon-stuffed eggs will fly off the table in record speed.
Our party-ready crab empanadas are baked with a hint of serrano pepper, which is a step up from jalapeño on the Scoville scale. Balance the heat with a cool fruit salsa that you can spoon over these marvelous morsels once you reach your destination.
All aboard! These amphibious salmon-avo boats also travel well by land, so they’re a wonderful grab-and-go meal.
Forget the PB&J. Once you go gourmet with these savory lobster sammies, you’ll never go back to everyday picnic fare!
Golden-brown scallops pair beautifully with summer greens, sweet berries and a honey-mustard vinaigrette that ties it all together. You can sear the scallops at home, then assemble this superb salad onsite.
Have bowls, will travel! Roast the salmon and vegetables the night before, then assemble the dish, meal-prep style, for an outstanding main event at your next picnic.
This dish incorporates the three G’s of summer seafooding: Grill, Grab and Go! These tasty white fish sliders are the perfect portable handheld.
Fried chicken is a picnic staple… why not air-fried fish and chips? This skinnied-down version of the pub classic is most welcome at any summer event.