Regular readers of this blog know we adore anything that makes seafood cooking faster and easier. Instant Pot? Love it! Air fryer? A must-have! And we’re huge fans of a seafood cooking hack that requires no special equipment at all: weekly meal prep. Meal prepping saves our time, money and, dare we say it, sanity. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, today’s the day!
If you’ve made any wellness-focused resolutions this year, meal prep can help you meet your goals. As a concept, cooking once and enjoying meals for several days afterwards sounds pretty good. And the reality is even better! Meal preps are there for you whenever you need them, whether it’s a grab-and-go breakfast, after-school snack, work-through-lunch Zoom meeting or a quick dinner. Unlike some other quick meals, you control the portion size, fat and sodium in each dish, so you know exactly what you’re getting. And since we’re talking seafood meals, you’re getting a protein-packed dish that will keep take-out temptation at bay… and power you through your day. Sign us up for that!
To get you started, we’ve put together some simple meal-prep recipes featuring quick-cook seafood faves like shrimp, salmon and crab. Featuring bold seasonings—fajita spices, sweet chili and lemon-artichoke vinaigrette—these are flavor-forward meals you’ll be savoring all week! Most recipes clock in at 30 minutes or less for four to six servings, which works out to just a few minutes of cooking time for each meal.
Once you start adding meal preps to your weekly menu, you’ll find many more seafood meals that can be made ahead and portioned out for the week. (For starters, check out these tasty seafood casseroles!)
These grab-and-go breakfast bites are what meal-prep is all about: Time savings, phenomenal taste and exceptional nutrition. Try this satisfying dish, and you’ll never reach for a conventional muffin again!
Colorful, fajita-spiced burrito bowls loaded with black beans and veggies will ensure an absolutely shrimp-tastic start to the week! Pro-tip: Char-grilled corn kernels, available in the freezer section, will take this Tex-Mex dish to the next level.
When you’re craving something light but satisfying, try this shrimp salad brimming with Italian herbs, briny artichokes, Parmesan and pine nuts. It’s an easy-prep meal guaranteed to get more salads (and healthy seafood!) into your life.
Low-fat and lemony, this protein-packed tuna salad is a pantry masterpiece! In about 10 minutes (and for the next few days), you can be enjoying this dish with crackers or crisp veggies.
Infused with garlic, olive oil and a scattering of Italian herbs, this make-ahead dish has a decidedly Mediterranean vibe. On a bed of fresh roasted vegetables and rice, this tilapia makes for a colorful and nutritionally balanced meal.
Heart-healthy baked salmon pairs perfectly with crisp asparagus and nutty quinoa for the make-ahead meal of your dreams. This Asian-inspired recipe—not to mention the honey-soy marinade—is definitely a keeper!
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Zoodles are where it’s at! This amazing, low-carb shrimp dish delivers all the great flavor of traditional scampi, so you can revel in guilt-free indulgence all week.
This eye-catching salmon dish brings a kaleidoscope of color to your plate! Chili-lime salmon tops a cornucopia of veggies—crunchy carrot spirals, shredded red cabbage, crisp bell peppers—with edamame and brown rice for an added nutritional punch.