Today we’re thinking back, Seafoodies.
Remember baking all that bread, preparing multi-course meals and perfecting the fine art of pantry-raiding at the start of the pandemic? We do, too. But after more than 2 years of extreme pandemic cooking, let’s just say our enthusiasm has dissipated — and our calendars have gotten full again! If you’re in the same boat, we’ve got some effortless seafood dishes to reawaken your appetite for cooking — quick and easy recipes that are so simple, they barely feel like cooking at all. So, before you grab that takeout menu or heat up a frozen pizza, check out our top 10 reasons to turn that Seafoodie frown upside-down and get back in the kitchen!
First, let’s remind ourselves: The great thing about seafood is that you don’t have to put in a lot of effort to eat well. Most fish needs just a few minutes of grill or oven time, shrimp cooks up even faster, and shelf-stable seafood is already cooked and ready to go. This is why we always keep some frozen, pouched or canned seafood on hand. It’s a foolproof way to ensure your next meal is just a few minutes away.
Once you subscribe to the seafood-is-simple philosophy, it’s time to adopt some tried-and-true hacks. We’re talking meal preps. Five-minute snacks. No-cook sauces. Flavorful dishes that let the oven or smoker do most of the work. These are the meals that will make you love cooking again because all they ask of you is a few ingredients and the bare minimum of attention. And they return maximum value — taste, nutrition, easy cleanup — for the effort.
Whether you’re hankering for Tex-Mex, searching for an appropriate pot-luck app or looking to impress your dinner party guests, we’ve got a no-fuss recipe to reintroduce you to the joys of seafood. Check out these scrumptious and wholesome seafood meals your whole family will love.
Two words: meal prep! Cook once, and you’ll have enough zesty shrimp and vegetable fajita bowls to spice up your whole week.
No-cook sauces like pesto are the key to easier (and tastier) weeknight meals. With just a few ingredients, you can whip up these scrumptious halibut fillets in 20 minutes!
The subtle, intoxicating flavor of smoked trout is reason enough to keep it on hand at all times. This creamy, protein-packed dip is a 5-minute solution to the midday munchies.
Smoked salmon adds an air of sophistication that raises the ante of any dish! Whisk some into this creamy dip for the ideal accompaniment to crackers or crudités.
It doesn’t get much more effortless than a casserole. This everything-but-the-kitchen-sink recipe lends itself to substitutions, so you can use whatever tuna, veggies and pasta you have on hand.
Plump oysters, lemon zest and wilted spinach dress up this quick and satisfying linguine dish. Perfect for date night!
Minimalism at its best! Six ingredients and some smoker time are all that’s needed to enjoy these juicy, spice-rubbed shrimp.
Just mix, dredge and bake! Flaky cod fillets exit the oven delightfully lemony and moist inside, with a light golden-brown, seasoned crust.
Compound herb butter adds savory richness to this one-pan salmon meal. Twenty-five minutes from start to table!
Slow cooking on the smoker = more free time! Sriracha and honey add a hot-sweet punch to these tender tilapia fillets.