70 Weeknight Seafood Dinners

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Ethan Calabrese

Cooking healthy seafood at home might seem intimidating if you’ve never attempted it before, but you don’t have to let restaurants have all the fun! We’re here to tell you it’s actually quite easy to cook everything from salmon to shrimp, scallops to lobster, and everything in between, all at home. Take inspiration from our 70 dinner recipes, and soon seafood will be a staple in your weeknight rotation.

If you’re unsure of swapping seafood in for your regular chicken and red meat dishes, consider this: Seafood contains a ton of nutrients like omega-3s, iron, protein, and vitamins B and D (more than any other meat, according to the FDA!). And the best part? Most fish take less than 15 minutes to cook, meaning you can have dinner on the table FAST.

If you’re new to cooking seafood, try one of our easy whole fish recipes, like baked cod, garlicky lemon baked tilapia, or garlic parmesan flounder. They’re not super fishy-tasting, and are impossible to mess up. Want something a bit more involved? Try our seafood gumbo (believe us, those shrimp shells add TONS of flavor if you leave them on), coconut curry salmon, or mussels with tomato and garlic. Looking for a more low-key weeknight meal? Try our lemon dill salmon burgers, fish tacos, or beer battered fish and chips. We’ve also got tons of pasta dishes that come together quickly, like our shrimp pasta alfredo, smoked salmon pasta, and lobster mac and cheese. Use these as jumping off points for adding seafood to all your favorite weeknight dinners.

For more dinner ideas, check out our chicken weeknight dinners, summer dinner recipes, and quick, low calorie cheap meals too.

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Parker Feierbach
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Garlicky Lemon Baked Tilapia

Tilapia has a very mild fish taste, and is a great way to get those non-fish eaters to love it. We cooked ours in plenty of butter, lemon, and garlic to make it bright and fresh and easy for everyone to enjoy. Baking it requires very little effort with zero risk of the fish sticking to your skillet or grill. A win win!

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Ethan Calabrese
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Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil

A mix of shrimp, andouille sausage, corn, and potatoes, this Cajun summer favorite everything you love about a good ol' fashioned shrimp boil, minus the mess.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon

Hot tip: Let the fillets cook undisturbed for a few minutes. That and super high heat is how you get the delicious crust here. Then flip, cook a few more minutes to get the skin crisp and the fish cooked through, and you're good to go.

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Bryce Johnson
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Ahi Poke Bowl

This is our favorite combo of ingredients, but you can feel free to swap in your favorites or whatever you’ve got in the fridge. The key is to aim for color and variety, but the world really is your oyster... er, tuna!

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Fish Tacos

The fish—we use cod, but any flaky variety, like tilapia, works—marinates in a mixture of lime juice, chili powder, and cumin that will become your standard. But the real gem of this recipe is the cabbage slaw—don't skip it. It takes just a few minutes to toss together and its brightness is the perfect condiment to the spiced cod.

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Southern-Fried Catfish Katsu

Somewhere between Japanese chicken katsu and Southern-style fried catfish lies this delightfully comforting and hearty dinner. Flaky, buttermilk-brined catfish is accompanied by a crunchy slaw (in place of katsu’s standard shredded cabbage) and some white rice. To finish, drizzle with tartar and katsu sauce.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Seafood Gumbo

You might be wondering why we call for shrimps with the tails on. Though it won’t make or break your gumbo, shrimp shells have SO much flavor, so we always prefer to keep them on. If eating tail-on shrimp is not your thing, don’t think twice about leaving them out, though!

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Park Feierbach
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Seared Ahi Tuna

If it wasn't already obvious, the most important part of this recipe is the fish, so make sure you're getting quality sushi-grade Ahi Tuna—it tastes MUCH better raw than your average grocery store cut of tuna. Remember: frozen sushi-grade fish doesn't mean it's not fresh!

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Ethan Calabrese
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Pad Thai

Any beginner cook can accomplish this recipe, but it's important to note that we did skip some traditional ingredients (such as dried shrimp, tamarind, pressed tofu, and bean sprouts) in lieu of ingredients that you can pick up at your local grocery store. Absolutely necessary for our recipe, though: fish sauce. It's easy to find at nearly every grocery store, and it adds an unbeatable punch of umami goodness.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Salmon Burgers

The secret to our burger here is using canned salmon. Now's the perfect chance to overhaul the bad reputation canned foods have and prove to y'all just how good canned fish can be! Not only is it fast and convenient, you also don't have to worry about the fish bones: The canning process makes them as soft and as safe to eat as the fish filet itself.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Cooking a weeknight dinner can be exhausting. There's so much thinking that needs to happen. Mainly, is there enough time to make this? 🤔But this garlic butter shrimp recipe requires almost no planning—all you need to do is pick up shrimp. Meaning, it's perfect for dinner TONIGHT.

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Parker Feierbach
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Tuna Melt

Tuna lovers! Meet your ultimate sandwich. With just the right amount of crunch, melty cheddar cheese, and a couple good slices of tomato, you might even convert a tuna hater.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Salmon Patties

In this recipe, we’ve taken our salmon patties to France with dill and Dijon mustard, but if you want to have some fun, you can try out some other international flavor profiles. An Asian flavor profile? Leave in the scallions and add some finely chopped garlic and ginger, and a teaspoon of soy sauce. Or go Middle Eastern and “falafel” them by adding fresh cilantro and a half a teaspoon of cumin.

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Mahi Mahi Tacos

Being a meaty, tender fish, mahi mahi stands up well to the grill and is even better when marinated. Here we’ve used a mayo-based marinade that adds some richness and a ton of flavor that makes it resemble blackened salmon that you might find in the South. Throw the fish on a tortilla with some spicy pineapple-jalapeño salsa and you'll have an amazing summer taco night.

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Green Chili Manhattan Chowder

It takes after its red-tinged cousin, Manhattan clam chowder, but departs from it in a few key ways: One, this soup gets its kick (and color) from hatch chiles and salsa verde. And two, instead of the customary potatoes, we’ve subbed in tender white beans to add a bit of richness.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Baked Cod

If you're someone who's afraid of cooking seafood at home, cod is the fish for you. It's basically impossible to mess up: It cooks quickly, is hard to overcook (unless you really forget about it), and is easy to flavor however you want. This recipe is a no brainer and will give you sweet, fall apart tender cod on your table in no time.

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Parker Feierbach
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Smoked Salmon Pasta

Smoked salmon pasta sounds really fancy, but the truth is, it's the easiest and fastest pasta we've ever made. It comes together in just under 30 minutes making it the perfect dish to whip up on a weeknight, but still good enough to impress your guests.

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Parker Feierbach
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Tuscan Butter Shrimp

We like using shrimp without their shells because it's easier to eat—peeling shrimp when they're covered in sauce can get messy. If you're down for the extra work, though, leaving the shells on will lead to a more flavorful sauce. Shrimp shells provide tons of delicious seafood flavor, which is why they are often a main ingredient in seafood stock.

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Kat Wirsing
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Grilled Halibut

Halibut is a mild fish and a good options for those that don't like overly "fishy" fish. This grilled recipe is easy, fresh, and healthy. The mango salsa on top brings it all together and makes the meal feel tropical.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Crab Cakes

Although you could probably bake these crab cakes, we really recommend searing them in a hot skillet with neutral oil. That crunchy golden crust is half of what makes crab cakes so amazing.

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Parker Feierbach
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Lobster Mac and Cheese

This is gourmet mac & cheese at its finest. If you can't find fresh lobster near you, canned works well here too!

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Parker Feierbach
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Air Fryer Salmon

For the fastest meal ever, turn to your air fryer. This salmon cooks in just 10 minutes and comes out perfectly tender and flaky on the inside with an amazing top crust. The sweet mustard topping takes it to the next level.

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Park Feierbach
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Connecticut-Style Lobster Roll

This lobster roll is Connecticut style, rather than Maine-style like our lobster salad recipe. That means absolutely no mayo in sight, just melted butter and some chives for freshness. We think this version really lets the lobster take center stage so, crustacean lovers, this is the sandwich for you.

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Parker Feierbach
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Beer Battered Fish

Cod is awesome but other fishes that work great are other substantial, flakey white fishes like haddock, pike and pollock. And since you have already heated up some oil, throw in a batch of french fries to complete the meal. To make them closer to the authentic British style chip, just cut them a little bit thicker, shorter, and irregular like a true chip shop would serve.

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Parker Feierbach
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Garlic Parmesan Flounder

We can never say no when it comes to garlic and Parmesan. This easy flounder recipe uses a little bit of bread crumbs, but mostly Parmesan, and we couldn't be happier with the results. The fish bakes up nice and tender with the perfect amount of crunch.

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Justin Sullivan
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TikTok Salmon Rice Bowl

We love toppings and the the customization options here are basically endless. You could do a buffalo version, a wasabi version, or you could try our kimchi and avocado twist.

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Parker Feierbach
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Air Fryer Fish

We love the classic fish and chip combo and normally turn to our favorite beer battered fish when the craving hits. But frying can be messy and sometimes we like to skip that part. This air fryer fish is the perfect substitute. It is every bit as crunchy and the fish stays perfectly flaky.

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Parker Feierbach
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Shrimp Stir Fry

We could eat this Chinese food-inspired stir fry every single night. Traditionally, stir fry would be made in a wok over high heat, but a cast iron skillet still works great here! We love that it's so simple to throw together yet full of so much flavor.

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Parker Feierbach
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Spicy Grilled Shrimp

The sauce doubles as a marinade and a glaze—don't forget to reserve some for basting the shrimp while it's on the grill!

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Emily Hlavac Green
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Pineapple Baked Salmon

Giving the salmon a quick broil at the end of cooking gives the marinade a chance to caramelize—it's too good. Just make sure to keep a close eye on it, so you don't overcook the salmon! Two to three minutes is all you need under a hot broiler.

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