75 Summer Seafood Recipes You Can Whip Up in No Time

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Craving mussels? And scallops? And steamed clams? You have impeccable timing. You see, summertime and seafood go hand in hand. That’s because it’s as easy to cook as chicken, but tastes lighter and fresher on a hot, humid day. And thanks to these 74 knockout summer seafood recipes—including tomato poached cod, citrus shrimp salad and homemade paella, to name a few—you don’t need to take a trip to the beach to eat lobster rolls (or fish tacos) under the stars.

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1. Tomato-Poached Cod with Fresh Herbs

When you want to eat fancy but with minimal effort, this dish is your best bet. It’s ready in 25 minutes. (Really!)

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2. Sriracha Shrimp Skewers with Collard-Peach Salad

Peaches are high on our list of summertime favorites, so of course we’ll try to squeeze them into every meal possible. Here, the sweetness complements the charred shrimp to a T.

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3. Rodney Scott’s Honey-Butter Fish

If you thought your grill was solely for steak and pork chops, think again. This smoky-sweet fish dinner is where it’s at.

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4. Buttermilk-Battered Pan-Fried Fish Fillets

Psst: You can use Bisquick as a shortcut when breading the fillets.

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5. Citrus, Shrimp and Quinoa Salad with Feta

The juicy citrus and briny feta do wonders on plain ol’ quinoa, and the whole thing can be made ahead.

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6. Sheet-Pan Miso-Glazed Fish with Broccoli and Coconut Rice

One pan and dinner’s done. Dirty dishes who?

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7. Turmeric White Fish with Peanuts and Chili-Lime Cucumber

This 20-minute dish has a lot more going on than your usual roasted salmon, but is just as easy to make.

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8. Seared Scallops with Green Peas, Mint and Shallots

These scallops taste like a restaurant menu item, but take about 5 minutes to cook on the stove.

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9. Instant Pot Coconut Salmon with Fresh Herbs and Lime

Here, the Instant Pot both streamlines dinnertime and infuses the fish with spiced coconut milk flavor. Plus, you don’t have to turn on the oven.

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10. Camarones al Mojo de Ajo (Shrimp in Garlic Sauce)

Serve it with lots of crusty bread to soak up the remaining garlic sauce.

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11. Jake Cohen’s Iraqi Roasted Salmon with Tomato and Lemon

Feel free to prepare the caramelized onions and tomato paste topping a few days in advance, and store them in the fridge or freezer.

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12. Moules-Frites (Steamed Mussels and Fries)

Proof that you don’t have to go to Belgium to indulge in this delightful dish.

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13. Vietnamese Shrimp in Coconut Caramel Sauce

The caramel in this southern Vietnamese dish is combined with coconut water, fish sauce and aromatics to create a lovely, savory-sweet sauce.

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14. Salmon Noodle Bowls with Chili-Yuzu Relish and Pickled Radishes

It’s adaptable to whatever leftover vegetables you have lingering in the refrigerator, like broccoli, edamame and carrots or cucumber instead of radishes.

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15. Sheet-Pan Honey Tahini Salmon with Chickpeas and Couscous

Minimal prep, modest cooking time and almost no cleanup—this one checks all the right boxes.

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16. Shrimp Scampi Zoodles

They’re buttery and bright, minus the carbs. (More room for a glass of white wine, we say.)

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17. Honey-Mustard Sheet Pan Salmon

A large fillet looks impressive when it reaches the table, but no one needs to know it took zero extra effort.

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18. Baked Sesame-Ginger Salmon in Parchment

No pots or pans required, thanks to the en papillote cooking method.

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19. Pan-Fried Cod with Orange and Swiss Chard

Got 30 minutes? Then you can make this for dinner (sides and all).

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20. Crispy Baked Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

They’re spicy, crunchy and pretty much the definition of summer.

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21. Weeknight Skillet Paella

All you need is one pan and an oven. (OK, and maybe a pitcher of sangria.)

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22. Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa

The homemade mango salsa takes this dish over the top.

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23. Wild Alaska Salmon and Smashed Cucumber Grain Bowls

Behold, a healthy meal that doesn’t take more than an hour to make.

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24. Salmon BLT

As far as sandwiches are concerned, the BLT is hard to beat. Add salmon, though…

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25. Shrimp Boil Skewers with Corn, Sausage and Potatoes

Bonus points if you serve these on a newspaper-lined picnic table.

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26. Salmon and Fennel Dinner Salad

The salmon offers richness, the couscous adds heft and the creamy dressed vegetables feel indulgent (but aren’t in the least).

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27. Ginger-Pineapple Shrimp Stir-Fry

It’s like a flavor firework in your mouth, and it’s ready in 20 minutes.

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28. Pan-Seared Scallops with Citrusy Corn Succotash

Is there anything corn and tomatoes don’t pair beautifully with?

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29. Shrimp with Cauliflower “Grits” and Arugula

Lose the carbs but keep the flavor.

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30. Alison Roman’s Swordfish with Crushed Olives and Oregano

Even self-proclaimed seafood haters will gobble this one up. Pair it with your favorite vegetables.

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31. Salmon Bowl with Farro, Black Beans and Tahini Dressing

One taste of this turmeric-tahini dressing, and you'll never go back to plain old balsamic vinaigrette again.

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32. Bacon-Wrapped Black Cod with Spinach and Capers

Black cod is buttery and rich, but this recipe works with any firm white fish.

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33. Baked Fish and Chips

Crispy, crunchy, salty and vinegary (in a great way).

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34. One-Pan Roasted Salmon with Potatoes and Romaine

On the hottest summer nights, a super-simple, one-pan dinner is mandatory.

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35. Whole Roasted Branzino with Shaved Fennel Slaw

Pull this one out when you’re really aiming to impress. (The prep time is just ten minutes.)

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36. Lobster Risotto

It’s timelessly elegant and date-night-ready.

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37. Salmon Burgers

See ya next weekend, ground beef.

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38. Mediterranean-Style Steamed Clams

If you’ve never cooked clams before, prepare to be delighted by how simple it is. (Just make sure to clean them really well—they’re sandy.)

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39. Garlic Basil Barramundi Skillet with Tomato Butter Sauce

We’re obsessed with this sustainable, flaky white fish.

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40. Mahi Mahi With Chimichurri Sauce and Broccolini

It's healthy but it doesn’t taste like a sacrifice—our kind of dinner.

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41. Fish Taco Salad

Let’s make taco salad Tuesday a thing this summer.

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42. Shrimp and Pasta Stew

Save this hearty dish for a late summer night, when the weather is just starting to get chilly again.

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43. Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet

It’s low in carbs and great for meal prep.

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44. Loaded Sesame Ginger Salmon Salad

You might want to make a double batch of the ginger vinaigrette—it’s that good.

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45. Crab Cakes

They’re a summer classic, and best paired with lots of lemon juice and homemade remoulade.

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46. Grilled Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos

Beautiful enough for guests. Easy enough for weeknights.

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47. Baked Lemon Butter Tilapia

Bonus: You can sub in pretty much any type of seafood.

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48. Spicy Brown Rice Seared Tuna Roll Bowl

If making sushi is above your skill level, try this!

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49. Hawaiian-Style Crispy Garlic-Butter Shrimp

This sweet-yet-savory dinner tastes like vacation.

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50. Gluten-Free Maja Fish Tacos With Chipotle Cream Sauce

Your family just hit the dinnertime jackpot.

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51. Coconut Shrimp

It’s a total crowd pleaser, and you don’t have to go to a restaurant to enjoy it.

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52. Chorizo and Little Neck Clams in Red Pepper Broth

Serve this one with a side of rice, zucchini noodles or toasted baguette.

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53. Oven Baked Mahi Mahi with Macadamia Crust

This Whole30- and paleo-approved recipe has just three ingredients.

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54. Garlic-Butter Scallops with Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon salsa” has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

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55. Vietnamese Noodle Salad with Shrimp

Bring on the crunchy texture and umami flavor.

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56. Grilled Halibut With Tomato Avocado Salsa

Throw in any produce you have on hand; we’re partial to homegrown cherry tomatoes.

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57. Salmon Burgers with Slaw

They’re crispy on the outside, and flaky and tender on the inside. Serve with an extra dollop of yogurt if you so desire.

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58. Honey Garlic Salmon Lo Mein Meal Prep

Best. Lunch. Ever.

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59. Shrimp and Crab Seafood Rolls

You’ll want to make this at least once a week. Eat it alfresco with an ice-cold beer for the full effect.

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60. Achiote Grilled Fish Tacos

Two thumbs way up for achiote, which is peppery, nutty, sweet and earthy.

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61. One-Pan Lemon Roasted Salmon

Since the cleanup is a breeze, it’s practically designed for weeknights.

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62. Sheet Pan Clam Bake

Say hello to your new favorite healthy summer dinner.

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63. Grilled Swordfish with Smoked Paprika and Herbed Fruit Salsa

Simple ingredients? Check. Totally delicious? Double check.

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64. Coconut Lime Shrimp Packets with Summer Veggies

You get different flavors and textures in every bite, plus everything cooks in its own little packet.

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65. Grilled Scallops

While grilling this shellfish might sound intimidating, it’s actually an easy way to ensure nothing gets overcooked. (High heat = the perfect quick sear.)

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66. Spicy Fish Taco Bowls with Mango Pico

We bet you can’t order this beauty at your go-to salad spot.

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67. Mini Lobster Rolls

Let’s be honest: It’s tough to make a bad lobster roll. But somehow, the mini version tastes *that much* better.

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68. Broiled Miso Cod With Vegetables

You only need one baking sheet to make the whole damn thing. The miso marinade is tangy, sweet and surprisingly foolproof.

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69. Smoky Paprika Fish Tacos with an Apple Slaw

Don’t skimp on the tangy, crisp slaw, which balances out the smoky seafood.

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70. Poke Burrito

Talk about a “wow” factor. These days, you can find sushi-grade tuna in many well-stocked grocery stores, but your local fishmonger is also a safe bet.

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71. Summer Shrimp and Charred Corn Pasta Carbonara

This is what (summertime) dreams are made of.

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72. Simple Seafood Bisque

Serve this creamy soup to company and relish in the compliments.

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73. Crab Artichoke Toasts

Consider these your new go-to appetizer for every summer soirée this season.

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74. Lemon Dill Salmon with Vegetables in Parchment

The salmon gently steams inside its parchment packet, and comes out flaky and tender every time.

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75. FRESH LOBSTER SPRING ROLLS WITH EASY PEANUT DIPPING SAUCE

Put the team to work filling these lobster spring rolls. It’ll be fun and easy.

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