At Dish on Fish, we can never resist a good pairing!
Summer is the perfect time to kick back, relax and treat yourself to an ice-cold beer and a savory seafood meal, of course. Beer is a great compliment to a variety of seafood dishes from salmon burgers and grilled fish tacos to Air Fryer calamari and more!
Whether you prefer your drink a bit hoppy, with a hint of fruit or non-alcoholic, we’ve rounded up five flawless food and drink pairings that are sure to satisfy your taste buds. Thanks to the explosion in the number of craft breweries across the country, there are endless style and flavor options.
For lighter meals like grilled shrimp, hearty stout beers provide a pleasant balance. Balance out heavier meals like the Air Fryer calamari with a classic Pilsner. While it all boils down to personal taste, a good beer and seafood pairing can really elevate the flavors of your meal.
Not sure of where to begin? Try out one of our favorite seafood and beer pairings below. (You can also find many of these varieties sans alcohol these days, if you prefer 0% ABV.) And, don’t forget to have fun experimenting with these combos! So, let’s pop-a-top and get cooking.
No-Fuss Lemon-Pepper Salmon Burgers
Suggested beer pairing: Saison
Our Lemon-Pepper Salmon Burger has a hint of citrus that is tangy but not overpowering. The same can be said about our suggested beer pairing: Saison. This highly carbonated beer has a solid balance of acidity and spice, making it a delectable pairing for this dish.
Air Fryer Calamari with Chipotle Dipping Sauce
Suggested beer pairing: Pilsner
For our newest recipe, we are highlighting a classic—the Pilsner. This style of beer is medium to medium-full bodied with a crisp yet bitter taste that cuts through the heavy mouthfeel of “fried” foods. Pair a Pilsner with our creamy and spicy Air Fryer Calamari for a mouthwatering match.
Honey Garlic Shrimp Skewers
Suggested beer pairing: Amber Ale
While you might typically find a golden ale paired with shrimp skewers, we’re going bold here. Thanks to the slight sweetness in our Honey Garlic Shrimp Skewers, we are serving these tasty kebabs with a darker amber ale. The full flavor of an amber ale balances out the tangy sweetness of grilled honey shrimp.
Grilled Fish & Avocado Tacos
Suggested beer pairing: Pale Lager
Does the mere act of eating fish tacos transport you to the beaches of Mexico? Yeah, us too. That’s why we’re pairing up our Grilled Fish and Avocado Tacos with a delicate pale lager. The light and crisp taste of a lager just goes with creamy fish tacos. ‘Nuff said.
Suggested beer pairing: Indian Pale Ale (IPA)
A tasty tuna croquette makes a great salad-topper or meal on its own. Pair our Tuna Croquettes with a hoppy IPA and you’ve got one palatable plate. The bitter and earthy taste of an IPA complements the rich flavor of the tuna cakes.