The "Of-fish-al" 30 Best Seafood Recipes To Make All Summer Long

summer roll bowl with rice noodles, shrimp, avocado, and peanuts
30 Super Summer Seafood RecipesPHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Summer is here, and while we love a BBQ as much as the next person, sometimes heavy grilled meat and chicken dishes are just too much for the heat outside. This is where seafood really shines! Seafood contains tons of vitamins and nutrients, and tends to be much lighter than other proteins. Not to mention, many of our seafood dishes are considerably quicker than other weeknight dinners. Though it may seem intimidating (especially if you're thinking of grilling it!), seafood is actually deceptively easy to do right.

One thing seafood really has going for it is variety. On this list you’ll see everything from lobster, salmon, and shrimp, to scallops, clams, and cod. There are so many flavors and combinations out there, and with our help, we think you’ll find leaving the comfort of your food bubble will be both exciting and delicious.

We’ve compiled a list of the best bright, refreshing seafood dishes for you to wow with this summer. Looking for a lighter summer barbecue experience but still wanting to fire up the grill? Try our grilled shrimp piccata skewers, our grilled cod with romesco sauce, our grilled fish sandwich, or our grilled clam bake foil packs. Prefer something even lighter? Try our fresh shrimp ceviche or Peruvian ceviche recipes, or our Alaska or Dragon sushi rolls.

For us, summer is all about tacos, so we've included a number of our seafood-filled faves here: check our salmon tacos or our classic shrimp tacos for inspiration, then feel free to make them your own (personally, we love switching out the fruity salsas on top!). Speaking of, another great thing about seafood is how well it pairs with fruit. Give our shrimp & mango salad or our baked pineapple salmon a shot for a super juicy, sweet meal.

While we’ve gathered 31 great summer seafood recipes here, we understand you can’t eat seafood everyday (though we'll sure be trying!). Instead, use our summer dinners guide or check out our list of our best grilling recipes to keep your plate exciting and full all summer long.

Salmon Tacos

These tacos are cinch to make and are fresh, zesty, and absolutely delicious. The real standout here? The homemade pineapple-avocado salsa. You can sub it out for mango salsa if you prefer, but this sweet-tangy-creamy recipe truly adds something special to these tacos.

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salmon tacos topped with mango salsa on a platter
PHOTO: JOSEPH DE LEO; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Baked Pineapple Salmon

Layering on pineapple circles under the salmon adds a sweet citrus flavor to the salmon that is just unbeatable. Giving the salmon a quick broil at the end of cooking gives the marinade a chance to caramelize, creating an incredible flavor and texture.

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baked pineapple salmon
Emily hlavac green

Summer Roll Bowl

Love a Vietnamese summer roll but don’t want to fuss with the wrapper? Meet your new favorite summer dinner. Rice noodles, shrimp, avocado, thinly sliced veggies, and a plethora of greens are tossed together in a tangy nước chấm dressing for a refreshing dinner twist.

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fork lifting a bite of summer roll bowl with rice noodles, shrimp, avocado, and peanuts
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Sushi Sandwiches (Onigirazu)

Inspired by the popular Japanese onigirazu, this variation’s got the same elements of your favorite lunch—spicy salmon, seasoned sushi rice, cucumber, quick-pickled cabbage, carrot, and avocado—all wrapped in nori and served with plenty of sriracha-soy mayo. These flavor-packed, portable pouches are perfect for a picnic, quick lunch, or afternoon snack.

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spicy salmon, seasoned sushi rice, cucumber, pickled cabbage, carrot, and avocado all wrapped in nori and served with sriracha soy mayo
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: TIFFANY SCHLEIGH

Grilled Shrimp Piccata Skewers

These grilled shrimp piccata skewers are the perfect combination of juicy, charred shrimp, bright lemon zest, briny capers, and white wine butter sauce that will make your friends beg you for the recipe.

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juicy, charred shrimp, bright lemon zest, briny capers, and a white wine butter sauce
PHOTO: JULIA GARTLAND; FOOD STYLING: BARRETT WASHBURNE

Grilled Fish Sandwich With Slaw & Tzatziki

Cod is called for in this recipe, but any firm white fish that can stand up to a grill will work. The marinade is made with ginger, garlic, paprika, and turmeric, lending the fish a beautiful golden hue. This is the perfect summer grilling recipe to shake up your burger and hot dog game.

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grilled fish sandwich with slaw and tzatziki on a multigrain bun
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: ADRIENNE ANDERSON

Grilled Cod With Romesco Sauce

Inspiration for this quick and easy recipe comes from the Catalan province of Tarragona in Spain. Nutty, smoky romesco sauce was originally created to serve alongside the region’s abundant seafood, so it goes together with this grilled cod like peanut butter goes with jelly but, you know, fancier.

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grilled cod on top of a spread of romesco sauce on a white plate topped with herbs
PHOTO: BRYAN GARDNER; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Smoked Salmon Crostini

Smoked salmon has been endlessly married with cream cheese, and we're not tired of it. In fact, we encourage it. Whether it’s smoked salmon dip or in a pasta, there is no denying the perfection of this combo. So, for a quick hors d'oeuvre, like this salmon crostini, we couldn’t shy away from it.

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crostini topped with cream cheese, smoked salmon, red onion and capers
PHOTO: JOSEPH DE LEO; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Grilled Clam Bake Foil Packs

Bundle fresh clams, sweet corn, cooked potatoes, and a garlic-herb compound butter into foil packs and pop them on the grill. Fifteen minutes later, dinner is served. Be sure to serve some crusty bread on the side to mop up all of the delicious juices.

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clams, corn, and potatoes in a grilled foil pack
PHOTO: JULIA GARTLAND; FOOD STYLIST: BROOKE CAISON

Sushi Bowls

Not ready to make your own California roll or shrimp tempura roll at home quite yet but craving all of the classic sushi flavors? A homemade sushi bowl is a great place to start. You can practice making restaurant-worthy sushi rice, source best-quality fish, and discover what ingredients, flavors, and textures make your perfect sushi bowl.

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sushi rice in a bowl topped with salmon, cucumber, watermelon radish, sliced avocado, and spicy mayo
PHOTO: JOSEPH DE LEO; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Miso Salmon & Farro Bowl

Miso is a Japanese cooking staple made from fermented soybeans, and it’s the ultimate pantry powerhouse. It’s got toasty, deeply savory, and slightly sweet notes that pair well with hearty fish like salmon or cod, but it can also amplify the flavor of roasted veggies or even baked goods.

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miso glazed salmon served with cucumber carrot salad and charred scallion vinaigrette over cooked farro
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Greek Salmon

We baked salmon fillets with red onion and lemon for around 20 minutes until perfectly cooked and flaky. While it’s baking, we create our topping of homemade marinated feta, tomatoes, olives, cucumbers, red onion, and dill. Put it all together, and the result is an under-an-hour dinner that’s worthy of your next dinner party.

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greek salmon with feta, tomatoes, lives, red onion, and cucumber
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Peruvian Ceviche

Our take on the classic Limeñan ceviche uses cancha (toasted corn), Japanese sweet potatoes, crisp red onions, and aji limo. And, of course, leche de tigre! On the surface, ceviche may seem complicated, but it’s incredibly easy and versatile, and an ideal way to make use of abundant seafood.

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peruvian ceviche clasico
PHOTO: DOAA ELKADY; FOOD STYLING: MARIANA VELASQUEZ

Alaska Roll

We know sushi is Japanese, but there are plenty of U.S.-born rolls that we have come to adore. Obviously the California roll might be the top on your list, but if you’ve never had an Alaska roll, you’re missing out.

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alaska rolls with crab, salmon, avocado and cucumber
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Shrimp & Mango Salad

Pleasantly crunchy and loaded with fresh ingredients, this shrimp and mango salad masters the art of a summer dinner that is light, refreshing, and filling. Tied together with a bright, savory dressing inspired by our miso ginger dressing—a Delish forever favorite—this summer salad is one of the easiest ways to get in your fruits and veggies.

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shrimp mango salad
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: TYNA HOANG

Lobster Ravioli

For this version of lobster ravioli, wonton wrappers are used instead of pasta dough. The wonton wrappers are so tender and light that you really only taste the decadent lobster filling. If you want actual pasta-encased lobster ravioli, then our pasta dough is great; otherwise, we promise you’re going to make these over and over again.

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lobster ravioli
PHOTO; ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLIST; FRANCESCA ZANI

Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp tacos are easy, fast, and the perfect canvas for showcasing all the best parts of the handheld favorite. Pan-seared shrimp get seasoned with homemade taco seasoning and drizzled with lime juice, then piled into a charred corn tortilla with crisp cabbage slaw and topped with jalapeno-garlic crema (a game changer).

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seasoned and seared shrimp topped with crisp cabbage slaw and creamy pickled jalapeno crema on a toasted corn tortilla
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Shrimp & Snow Pea Stir-Fry

This shrimp dinner is the perfect fix for a busy weeknight. Only 5 ingredients and 1 skillet, and you’re on your way to a satisfying stir-fry in under an hour. The best part of this one-pan weeknight dinner? It's completely versatile (so make it your own!).

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shrimp and snowpea stirfry
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Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

Bacon-wrapped scallops are one of those dishes that wow guests but secretly are so easy to make. With just five ingredients, you can make a bite-sized appetizer that will have everyone’s mouth watering. They also make a very elegant seafood dinner when served with potatoes and roasted vegetables.

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bacon wrapped scallops
Photographer: Lucy Schaeffer. Food Styling: Brooke Caison.

Dragon Roll

Uramaki (“inside out”) is a Westernized style of sushi roll where the rice is on the outside of the nori. Uramaki arguably reaches a peak of extravagance with the dragon roll, with its gorgeous "scales" of thinly sliced mango and avocado and drizzle of sriracha mayo.

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dragon roll sushi
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: SPENCER RICHARDS

Sweet Corn Shrimp & Rice Skillet

If you're looking for the ultimate summer dinner, then let us introduce you to your new weeknight go-to: our sweet corn shrimp & rice skillet. It starts with a vibrant sauce made with some of our favorite sunny, bright flavors: sweet bell pepper, nutty white miso, and earthy turmeric, along with plenty of garlic and ginger.

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rice skillet topped with shrimp and sweet corn
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: LAURA REGE

Spicy Salmon Bowl

In this recipe, a brown rice base gets topped with flavorful salmon, quick pickled cucumbers, sliced avocado, shredded carrots, and red onion, before everything gets drizzled with homemade spicy mayo. Forget ordering sushi—this spicy salmon bowl is our favorite way to enjoy all the same flavors in an easier (and versatile) way at home.

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spicy salmon bowl
Parker Feierbach

Air Fryer Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Tender, evenly-cooked shrimp are ready in the air fryer in just 30 minutes, making this the perfect healthy summer appetizer to serve in a pinch. This recipe is a flavor explosion thanks to a slightly spicy lemon-garlic marinade that infuses each bite of shrimp with flavor.

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air fryer lemon garlic shrimp
PHOTO: JOEL GOLDBERG; FOOD STYLING: BARRETT WASHBURNE

Lobster Mac & Cheese Bites

The perfect bite to start any party is one made of mac & cheese and lobster. A combination of heavy cream, sharp cheddar, and nutty gouda cheese combined with sweet shallots and garlic are a simple canvas for both pasta and lobster. Our favorite part? How crispy the exterior gets!

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lobster mac and cheese bites
PHOTO: JULIA GARTLAND; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Ceviche

While it may seem fancy, ceviche is actually a fairly simple dish at its core. All it involves is tossing raw seafood in lime juice, then letting the acid in the citrus “cook” the fish. Often bulked up with other mix-ins like tomatoes or cucumber, the result is a light and refreshing dish that’s a perfect summertime snack.

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shrimp ceviche with tomatoes, cucumbers and red onion
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Shrimp Scampi

Sometimes simple is the most satisfying. One of our favorite examples? The combo of lemon, garlic, and butter. These flavors show up in countless of our favorite weeknight dinners and steak recipes, but they really get to shine in homemade shrimp scampi.

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shrimp scampi topped with breadcrumbs, parsley, and red pepper flakes
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Coconut Curry Salmon

The coconut milk and spice go so well together here, making a rich, but not heavy, sauce that really tastes and feels far more complicated than it is. The salmon simmers in the milk keeping it very tender and flaky and extra flavorful. Spoon the sauce over the salmon a few times as it cooks to give it a nice coating.

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coconut curry salmon
EMILY HLAVAC GREEN

Fried Catfish

Our top secret for the most flavorful, extra-crispy catfish? A buttermilk and hot sauce marinade. We know, it may sound odd, but the result is an extra-flavorful, slightly spicy catfish that, once coated and fried, results in crispy fillets that rival even our favorite seafood restaurants.

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catfish battered and fried served with lemon wedges
PHOTO: JOSEPH DE LEO; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Smoked Trout Spread

Creamy, smoky, and bright, it's delicious piled onto toasted bread, crackers, or crisp endive leaves. Often made in a food processor, we found it was just as easy (and required less cleanup) to flake the fish by hand before stirring it into the softened cream cheese.

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smoked trout spread with chives and dill
PHOTO: ROCKY LUTEN; FOOD STYLING: LENA ABRAHAM

Bang Bang Shrimp

A go-to appetizer for many, bang bang shrimp is irresistibly delicious. The pairing of crunchy shrimp and the signature creamy, spicy-sweet sauce is a combo made in appetizer heaven. No matter how many times we make it—as a snack, party appetizer, or weeknight dinner—it never gets old.

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bang bang shrimp in a creamy spicy sauce with chopped cilantro
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

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