Your Favorite Fish and Shellfish Dishes

May 16, 2015

There are so many great conversations on the Hotlineit's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledgeand to keep the conversation going.

Today: Your favorite, crowd-pleasing seafood dishes.

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Now that it's finally warm out, there's no better way to celebrate the beautiful weather than to share a meal with your friends, al fresco of course.

Over on the HotlineJadeTree tells us that she's ready to entertain, as soon as she gets a little help with the menu planning. She explains: "We've become good friends with a pescatarian family, and I realize I don't have a long list of favorite fish and shellfish mains. Can you recommend your favorites so we can have tons of dinner parties all summer?" Of course, you all came to the rescue with plenty of ideas:

  • Some you put forth fish tacosmrslarkin changes it up and suggests tacos with shrimp.
  • PieceOfLayerCake likes to serve "elevated shrimp and grits" with jumbo shrimp, Parmigiano polenta, crisp bacon, chives, cracked pepper, and poached eggs, saying: "It sounds odd, but it's incredible."
  • sexyLAMBCHOPx suggests paella on the grill or a seafood boil.

  • Nancy recommends: “A beautiful whole fish baked in salt, which keeps the fish moist and then provides great drama when the crust is cracked open.”
  • Garlic Fiend goes super simple and offers: “Fresh seafood just grilled, baked, or steamed plain and finished with a squeeze of lemon right after it comes out of its cooking vessel.”

And if you're still in need of ideas, check out the entries to our current contest: Your Best Recipe for the Shore.

What are your favorite shellfish and fish recipes? Tell us in the comments below!

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • Wren
  • dymnyno
  • JadeTree
Mei Chin

Written by: Mei Chin

Let's have dinner sometime. There will be champagne and ice cream for sure; everything else is up in the air.


Wren May 17, 2015
Anyone who would foul copper river salmon with those ingredients is a monster.
dymnyno May 17, 2015
I love wild salmon, but your photograph of a piece of salmon on a slab of firewood is very unappetizing.
Wren May 17, 2015
its called planking, and its a very traditional way to cook salmon.
dymnyno May 18, 2015
I know...I was just saying the picture looks very unappetizing. I have never seen it cooked on a rough sawed plank before.
JadeTree May 17, 2015
Yes! The community turned out strong - I'm set to feed an army of pescatarians! Or just live on fish and seafood all summer. Total win. Thank you again to all!