Simplify Your Summer! Seafood Meals with 5 (or Fewer) Ingredients | Dish on Fish

Simplify Your Summer! Seafood Meals with 5 (or Fewer) Ingredients

Happy #SeafoodSunday, Seafoodies!

We’ll admit it. With the whole summer ahead of us, we’ve been spending more time planning our next adventure than next week’s meal. When we pile on the activities, something’s gotta give. Thankfully, there are plenty of easy ways to get seafood into our diet 2 to 3 times per week, as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends. When in doubt, remember the KISS rule (Keep It Simple, Seafoodies)! In our expert opinion, five is the magic number. When we want to limit kitchen time, we simply stick to seafood recipes with five (or fewer) ingredients (not counting butter, oil, salt or pepper).

Sound good? We think so, which is why we’ve rounded up our favorite low-ingredient, high-performance seafood recipes—15 in all—that will give you plenty of options to pull out of your back pocket in between beach trips, bike rides and pool time. In addition to being quick and delicious, low-ingredient meals usually require less shopping, fewer pots and pans and minimal cleanup—aspects of cooking where less is definitely more!

And unlike most “fast food,” seafood is still a health food. It’s rich in protein, heart-healthy omega-3s and other nutrients that will power you through the summer! Swimming all day? Pop some salmon into the air fryer with some lemon and spices, and you can refuel in just 12 minutes. Picking up the kiddos from camp? Whip up a creamy crab salad to tide them over until dinner. Hosting a summer soirée? Impress your guests with seared lemon-butter scallops or Parmesan-crusted tilapia. You’ll find all these recipes and many more—including dishes featuring red snapper, lobster, shrimp, clams and cod—in our roundup.

Enjoy your summer, Seafoodies, and remember to keep it simple for easy summer living (and cooking)!

Easy Air Fryer Salmon 

We all know the air fryer is a game-changer when it comes to crunchy food, but wait until you try it on tender salmon fillets. Perfection!

Spicy Sheet-Pan Salmon 

High heat and a honey-sriracha glaze are all you need to make this delectable salmon dinner.

Lemon Red Snapper with Herbed Butter 

Paprika and herbs make this light snapper dish a standout. Serve it with brown rice and sautéed veggies for a well-balanced meal.

Easy Lobster Reuben 

The quintessential American sandwich, with some coastal flair! Sweet lobster nicely balances the acidic probiotic-rich sauerkraut.

Skillet Barbecue Shrimp 

Stovetop shrimp are cooked in salad dressing—a real time-saver—and some umami-rich Worcestershire sauce.

Almond-Crusted Tilapia 

Toasted almonds and flaxseed add a crazy amount of crunch, important nutrients and depth of flavor to mild tilapia fillets.

Edamame Spaghetti with Clam Sauce 

Pasta made from edamame brings more protein (and less gluten) to the table. But it’s the garlicky clams that make the dish!

Honey Garlic Shrimp 

Pantry ingredients for the win! This Asian-inspired shrimp is spiked with soy and ginger for a savory-sweet treat.

Baked Cod with Boursin Herb Cheese 

Cod fillets stay moist and flavorful when baked with a creamy cheese and tomato topping.

Sesame Cilantro Shrimp 

If you’re short on time, salad dressing makes a quick stir-fry sauce—just add shrimp and fresh cilantro.

Lemon Butter Scallops 

Perfectly seared scallops with a touch of garlic add an elegant touch to any plate. Serve this dish with brown rice or quinoa to soak up every drop of the delectable sauce.

Sheet Pan Salmon 

Flaky salmon cooks alongside green beans and crisp potatoes for a one-pan, five-ingredient meal.

Honey Lime Shrimp 

A classic dish with plenty of Baja flair, this shrimp is perfect for busy weeknights—ready in only 20 minutes from start to finish.

Crab Salad 

Five ingredients. Ten minutes. Welcome to your new favorite cracker dip, sandwich spread and avocado filler!

Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia 

Yes, you can mix seafood and cheese—with amazing results! This broiled tilapia with lemon and Parmesan is proof positive. 

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