We know you’re looking for ways to save time during the holidays. So we’ll let you in on one of our secrets: stocking the kitchen with shelf- or fridge-stable smoked seafood! To help you whip up tasty, nutritious appetizers in no time at all, we’ve gathered our favorite smoked seafood recipes. Most of these dishes can be pulled together in a half-hour or less, making them perfect for impromptu outdoor gatherings around the fire pit as well as family snacks in front of the fireplace.
If you are new to smoked seafood, pull up a chair. These products are healthy protein choices and a satisfying way to get more fish in your diet. Ounce for ounce, smoked seafood is higher in protein and lower in fat than other “snack foods,” so it’s a smart choice for keeping your family and friends fortified during the holidays.
If you haven’t used smoked seafood before, you’re in for a treat. Unleashing smoke-infused flavors into time-honored classics such as dips and deviled eggs completely transforms their flavor. Try these smokin’ recipes for yourself and see what you’ve been missing!
Smoked Trout Dip
Luscious smoked trout is a close cousin to smoked salmon, but its flavor is more subtle. If this affordable delicacy isn’t already in your pantry, you’ll always want some on hand after trying this creamy dip. It takes only 5 minutes to prepare, so you could be enjoying it with red pepper strips and crackers in no time!
Smoked Salmon Dip
Another quick-prep recipe, this creamy dip is chock-full of smoked salmon and flavored with fresh lemon, herbs and a kick of Tabasco. We love it as a bagel spread or served with crisp vegetables. Capers add a classic briny note.
Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs
We’re crushing on this lightened-up version of deviled eggs! Greek yogurt and lemon add a tangy counterpoint to silky smoked salmon that’s spiked with mustard and herbs. This make-anytime appetizer can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion.
Smoked Tuna Casserole with Crunchy Panko Topping
You’ve probably tasted many a tuna casserole, but never one like this! A double dose of smoke—smoked tuna and smoked paprika—adds an entirely new dynamic to this one-dish classic. Panko breadcrumbs add some serious crunch, creating the perfect crust for this upscale comfort food.
Lemon Linguine with Smoked Oysters
If you love Oysters Rockefeller, give this a try! An innovative twist on traditional linguine with clam sauce, this lemon-garlicky pasta with spinach is addictively smoky. Plenty of plump oysters make this dish hearty enough for a main meal, but we love it in smaller portions as a first course.
Smoked Buttery Shrimp
We always say it: When in doubt, grill! This simple recipe will walk you through the process of smoking your own shrimp on the barbie. If you’ve already put your grill away for the season, these smoky BBQ shrimp are a great excuse to break it out of hibernation!
Tilapia with Smoked Paprika Butter and Broccoli in Foil Packets
For the taste of smoked fish anytime, turn to your spice cabinet. Earthy smoked paprika is the key to fish that’s bursting with wood-fired flavor—no smoker required! You can pop these easy-prep packets in the oven or throw them on the grill. Served on crostini, this smoky tilapia will be the star of your canapé plate.