21 seafood recipes so good you’ll swear you’re at the beach

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One of the benefits of going to the beach or vacationing at the ocean is the fresh seafood you can get for dinner. If your budget won’t allow for such a trip this year, discover how you can create one of these 21 seafood recipes at home that will trick your palate — and your family — into thinking you’re at the beach.

Close-up of linguine pasta with shrimp and parsley.
Shrimp Scampi Over Linguine. Photo credit: Bagels and Lasagna.

Salmon in the Air Fryer

A fork holding a piece of cooked salmon, with more salmon fillets, lemon slices, and seasoning shakers in the background.
Salmon in the Air Fryer. Photo credit: Bagels and Lasagna.

Whether you buy your salmon filets fresh from a seafood market or get them frozen and in bulk from a wholesale club, when using an air fryer, it is almost impossible to make bad salmon.
Get the Recipe: Salmon in the Air Fryer

Easy Shrimp Scampi with Risotto

A blue bowl filled with shrimp and rice, topped with green herbs, with a metal spoon in the bowl.
Easy Shrimp Scampi. Photo credit: Bagels and Lasagna.

Shrimp scampi is a quick and easy meal that is delicious with a hint of garlic and so versatile. You can serve it with the pasta of your choice, with risotto or as a topping on a pizza you make at home.
Get the Recipe: Easy Shrimp Scampi

Baked Lemon Butter Fish

Baked butter fish on a plate with green beans.
Baked Lemon Butter Fish. Photo credit: Little Bit Recipes.

White fish filets are mild and will take on any spice or seasoning you add to them. In this dish, you’re using an easy lemon butter sauce that is creamy, tangy and delicious.
Get the Recipe: Baked Lemon Butter Fish

Mediterranean Cod

Mediterranean cod on a rectangular platter.
Mediterranean Cod. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

You’ll swear you’re overlooking a European body of water when you serve this delightfully Mediterranean cod fish dish. It is flavor packed and healthy, with lots of delicious vegetables.
Get the Recipe: Mediterranean Cod

Shrimp Scampi Over Linguine

A blue bowl filled with linguine pasta and shrimp, garnished with chopped parsley. A folded napkin and fork are placed beside the bowl.
Shrimp Scampi Over Linguine. Photo credit: Bagels and Lasagna.

Shrimp Scampi Over Linguine is a classic Italian pairing. Plus, it’s fast and easy to make on a busy night when you want a restaurant-quality meal. Your family may even think this dinner came from Olive Garden.
Get the Recipe: Shrimp Scampi Over Linguine

Gluten-Free Brunch Oyster Bake

Osyter bake casserole on table with linen and herbs.
Gluten-Free Brunch Oyster Bake. Photo credit: At the Immigrant’s Table.

Trying to figure out what to serve for a Father’s Day brunch? This Oyster Bake is perfect for a brunch on any weekend. It is a cheesy, creamy, perfectly indulgent brunch recipe, made gluten-free.
Get the Recipe: Gluten Free Brunch Oyster Bake

Grilled Rockfish Tacos

Grilled rockfish tacos assembled on a blue board.
Grilled Rockfish Tacos. Photo credit: Renee Nicole’s Kitchen.

These Grilled Rockfish Tacos are colorful, healthy and delicious. Start with cedar plank grilled rockfish. Then top with a quick pickled slaw and red pepper mango salsa. Then, finish with a homemade spicy avocado dressing.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Rockfish Tacos

Panko Crusted Rockfish

panko crusted rockfish on a plate with spinach.
Panko Crusted Rockfish. Photo credit: Renee Nicole’s Kitchen.

You can make this Panko Crusted Rockfish dinner in under 30 minutes. I love using Panko breadcrumbs because of the delightful crunch they give this or any dish you use them in.
Get the Recipe: Panko Crusted Rockfish

Brown Butter Scallop Pasta

A serving of pasta topped with a seared scallops and a sage brown butter sauce.
Brown Butter Scallop Pasta. Photo credit: Renee Nicole’s Kitchen.

If you’re looking for a restaurant-quality meal at home to impress guests, then give this Brown Butter Scallop Pasta a try. It features pan-seared scallops finished with sage browned butter and served over pasta.
Get the Recipe: Brown Butter Scallop Pasta

Garlic Butter Cod Filets

Cod in garlic butter sauce with lemon slices on a white plate.
Garlic Butter Cod Filets. Photo credit: Erren’s Kitchen.

Cod in Garlic Butter has all of the ingredients that would make any dish delicious. It is amazingly flavorful and ready in no time. If you’re looking for a simple, summer dinner, this is it.
Get the Recipe: Garlic Butter Cod Filets

Seafood Pasta Salad

Seafood pasta salad in white serving bowl.
Seafood Pasta Salad. Photo credit: Little Bit Recipes.

Cold pasta salad is perfect for a summer lunch or dinner. When you add seafood to it, you give it a tropical touch. This Seafood Pasta Salad recipe includes shrimp, crab, and pasta in a creamy dressing.
Get the Recipe: Seafood Pasta Salad

Cullen Skink

Cullen Skink in two bowls with crusty bread in the background.
Cullen Skink. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

You may not associate soup with summertime, but sometimes it’s the perfect antidote to a hot day. This Cullen Skink is a famous and delicious Scottish soup made with smoked fish.
Get the Recipe: Cullen Skink

Baja Fish Tacos

Baja fish tacos on a white plate.
Baja Fish Tacos. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

You don’t have to wait for Taco Tuesday to serve tacos for dinner. These Baja Fish Tacos are fresh, flavorful, with big, bold spices, Top with a creamy dressing for extra zing.
Get the Recipe: Baja Fish Tacos

Shrimp and Corn Bisque

Shrimp and Corn Bisque in a serving bowl.
Shrimp and Corn Bisque. Photo credit: Little Bit Recipes.

Whether you live near the ocean or not, it’s always a good time to make Shrimp and Corn Bisque, especially when you can get fresh corn at the farmstand. This soup will become a family favorite!
Get the Recipe: Shrimp and Corn Bisque

Tuna and Tomato Pasta

Image shows a closeup view of tuna and tomato pasta in a white patterned bowl.
Tuna and Tomato Pasta. Photo credit: Honest and Truly.

If it is your teens’ turn to make dinner, share this Tuna and Tomato Pasta dinner recipe with them. It’s tasty and has a simple protein that means this is ready in about 25 minutes so they don’t have to work too hard.
Get the Recipe: Tuna and Tomato Pasta

Healthy Seafood Chowder

A bowl of seafood chowder with a spoon being held above it.
Healthy Seafood Chowder. Photo credit: fANNEtastic food.

You may associate seafood chowder with heavy cream and feeling weighed down afterwards. Not with this lightened-up Healthy Seafood Chowder made with peppers, sweet potatoes, corn, scallops and tilapia.
Get the Recipe: Healthy Seafood Chowder

Blackened Walleye Recipe

Blackened Walleye on a white plate with parsley and a fork.
Blackened Walleye Recipe. Photo credit: Lara Clevenger.

So Walleye is a lake fish and not something you catch in the ocean. However, when you make this Blackened Walleye Recipe that is so easy and delicious, it won’t matter that it came from a landlocked waterway.
Get the Recipe: Blackened Walleye Recipe

Air Fryer Cod

Air fryer cod fillets without breading topped with lemon and herbs.
Air Fryer Cod. Photo credit: Upstate Ramblings.

One of the best reasons to use an air fryer in the summer is it won’t heat up your kitchen. Plus, when you make this Air Fryer Cod, dinner is ready in 15 minutes, and it’s guaranteed to be flakey and tender.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Cod

Grilled Shrimp Grain Bowl

Overhead shot of shrimp skewers and veggie skewers next to a bowl of dressed grains.
Grilled Shrimp Grain Bowl. Photo credit: Renee Nicole’s Kitchen.

Enjoy grilling but want to do more with how you serve it? Try this Grilled Shrimp Grain Bowl. It is packed with the fresh flavors of summer grilling and topped with a homemade herb citrus vinaigrette.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Shrimp Grain Bowl

Thai Fish Cakes

Thai fish cakes on a black plate with prik nam pla.
Thai Fish Cakes. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

You’ll add a little spice to your seafood dinner when you make these Thai Fish Cakes, also known as Tod Mun Pla. They are loaded with flavor from Thai curry paste, cilantro and fish sauce.
Get the Recipe: Thai Fish Cakes

Seared Ahi Tuna Tacos

Three tacos filled with seared ahi tuna, jalapeno coleslaw, avocado, and chipotle crema on a plate with sliced limes.
Seared Ahi Tuna Tacos. Photo credit: fANNEtastic food.

Elevate your tuna dinner by serving Seared Ahi Tuna Tacos. You’ll season them first, then sear and before you know it, they’ll be ready to be folded into tortillas over a bed of creamy jalapeno slaw.
Get the Recipe: Seared Ahi Tuna Tacos

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