Seasonal Seafood Recipes to Warm You Up This Winter | Dish on Fish

Seasonal Seafood Recipes to Warm You Up This Winter

Happy Solstice, Seafoodies!

Time to buckle up… it’s going to be a lonnnnng night! On this shortest day of the year, we’re reminded that less daylight, colder weather and seasonal stress all can take a huge toll on our health. Luckily, it’s a snap to prepare nourishing seafood meals that help us stay physically and mentally strong, no matter what the season. And until there’s a cure for the common cold, we’ll stick with our tried-and-true remedy: dee-licious seafood cooking!

This winter, we’re bringing our A-game. We’ve pulled together a frost-resistant recipe roundup to feed your body, mind and taste buds! We’re warming things up with lusciously layered lasagnas, cheesy sandwiches, comforting soups and homey, oven-baked fish fillets. These seafood dishes are packed with protein, antioxidants and other immune-supporting compounds, satisfying our cravings for heartier fare while giving us some added nutritional protection during cold and flu season.

Our dinner pick for the longest night of the year? Plump mussels simmered in a coconut-curry broth that will put you in a balmier state of mind. We’re also partial to the lemony baked cod with walnut crust—who knew a 20-minute dish could have so much flavor? And we think the sauteed Wild Alaska Pollock with Parmesan breadcrumbs will knock your socks off (or at least put a little more pep in your step, if it’s too cold to go barefoot).

Some more food for thought—studies from countries with short winter days yet high fish consumption show a reduced risk of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). If you’re among the millions of people who are affected by SAD, you may find that eating seafood 2 to 3 times a week helps lift your spirits. Even if you just feel more tired or anxious this time of year, try getting more seafood into your weekly diet. The essential nutrients in seafood, such as omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D, may support brain health and help improve your mood.

Stay warm, Seafoodies, and we hope you enjoy these seasonal seafood recipes!

Crab Lasagna 

Who knew healthy could taste so good? Chock-full of crab, kale and cheese, this dish is comfort food personified.

Curried Mussels 

Ditch the overcoat, and enjoy a taste of the South Seas! A warming bowl of these spicy mussels will help keep winter blues at bay.

Instant Pot Pasta with Red Clam Sauce 

When the weather outside is frightful, head to the pantry. You probably have all the ingredients—clams, tomatoes, linguine—to make this high-protein pasta dish.

Mac and Cheese Bites 

Chilly nights are no match for these cheesy tuna bites! Curl up by the fire and indulge in some good-for-you comfort food.

Salmon and Tortellini Soup

When the going gets cold, the cold get out their Instant Pot! Add some immune-supporting salmon, cheesy tortellini and veggies straight from the freezer, and you’ve got a hearty winter meal in minutes.

Lobster Reuben 

The iconic Reuben sandwich only gets better with the addition of lobster. In addition to providing a boatload of protein, this beloved shellfish is rich in immune-supporting nutrients, like selenium, zinc and vitamin B-12.

Cheesy Pimento-Tuna Melt 

Get your little Seafoodies cooking with you this winter! They will love helping you make these nutritious tuna melts—and devouring them, too!

Maple Pecan-Crusted Salmon 

These savory-sweet fish filets pair two anti-inflammatory foods—salmon and pecans—in one delicious holiday dish!

Trout with Lemon Garlic-Butter Herb Sauce 

The perfect antidote to a bleak winter’s day: Light and citrusy trout—a superfood—simply sautéed with butter, herbs and white wine.

Lemon- and Walnut-Crusted Cod 

Antioxidants abound in this flavorful cod dish laced with lemon and parsley.

Crab and Corn Chowder 

Let it snow! You’ll be warm inside, enjoying a piping hot cup of this nourishing chowder.

Cheesy Seafood Lasagna 

Lasagna layered with crab, shrimp and scallops (and three cheeses!) is the ultimate cold-weather treat!

Smoked Salmon Hash 

Brighten up your winter breakfast or brunch with this nutritious blend of smoked salmon, crisp potatoes and aromatic vegetables.

Sautéed Wild Alaska Pollock 

Our antidote for the winter blahs? This simple and delicious, one-pan white fish, topped with Parmesan, panko and parsley.

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