75 Summer Seafood Recipes You Can Whip Up in No Time

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 75 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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summer seafood recipes tomato poached cod with fresh herbs recipe
Patricia Niven/Keeping It Simple

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!)

summer seafood recipes sriracha shrimp skewers with collard peach salad recipe
Eleisa Johnson/The Peach Truck Cookbook

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.

summer seafood recipes honey butter fish recipe
Jerrelle Guy/Rodney Scott's World of BBQ

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.

summer seafood recipes buttermilk battered pan fried fish fillets recipe
Robert S. Cooper/A Real Southern Cook

4. Buttermilk-battered Pan-fried Fish Fillets

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

summer seafood recipes citrus shrimp and quinoa salad with feta recipe
Allison Day/A Modern Cook's Year

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.

summer seafood recipes sheet pan miso glazed fish broccoli coconut rice recipe
Mandalyn Renicker/The Huckle and Goose Cookbook

6. Sheet-pan Miso-glazed Fish With Broccoli And Coconut Rice

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

summer seafood recipes turmeric white fish with peanuts and chili lime cucumber recipe
Nassima Rothacker/California: Living + Eating

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.

summer seafood recipes seared scallops with green peas mint and scallops recipe
Amanda Frederickson/Simple Beautiful Food

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.

summer seafood recipes instant pot coconut salmon with fresh herbs and lime recipe
Christopher Testani/Instant Family Meals

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.

summer seafood recipes shrimp in garlic sauce recipe
Esteban Castillo/Chicano Eats

10. Camarones Al Mojo De Ajo (shrimp In Garlic Sauce)

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

summer seafood recipes jake cohen iraqi roast salmon recipe
Matt Taylor-Gross/Jew-Ish

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.

summer seafood recipes moules frites mussels and fries recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

12. Moules-frites (steamed Mussels And Fries)

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

summer seafood recipes vietnamese shrimp coconut caramel sauce recipe
Aubrie Pick/Vietnamese Food Any Day

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.

summer seafood recipes salmon noodle bowls with chili yuzu relish and pickled radishes recipe
Nassima Rothacker/California: Living + Eating

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.

summer seafood recipes sheet pan honey tahini salmon with chickpeas and couscous recipe
Peter Som

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.

summer seafood recipes 20 minute shrimp scampi zoodles recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

16. Shrimp Scampi Zoodles

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

summer seafood recipes honey mustard sheet pan salmon recipe
Aubrie Pick/Eat What You Love

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.

summer seafood recipes baked sesame ginger salmon in parchment recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

18. Baked Sesame-ginger Salmon In Parchment

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

summer seafood recipes pan fried cod with orange and swiss chard recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

19. Pan-fried Cod With Orange And Swiss Chard

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

summer seafood recipes crispy baked fish tacos with cabbage slaw recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

20. Crispy Baked Fish Tacos With Cabbage Slaw

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

summer seafood recipes weeknight skillet paella recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

21. Weeknight Skillet Paella

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

summer seafood recipes spicy shrimp tacos with mango salsa recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

22. Spicy Shrimp Tacos With Mango Salsa

The homemade mango salsa takes this dish over the top.

summer seafood recipes alaska salmon grain bowl recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

23. Wild Alaska Salmon And Smashed Cucumber Grain Bowls

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

summer seafood recipes salmon blt recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

24. Salmon Blt

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

summer seafood recipes shrimp boil skewers with corn recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

25. Shrimp Boil Skewers With Corn, Sausage And Potatoes

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

summer seafood recipes salmon and fennel dinner salad recipe
A New Way to Food

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).

summer seafood recipes ginger pineapple shrimp stir fry recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

27. Ginger-pineapple Shrimp Stir-fry

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

summer seafood recipes pan seared scallops with citrusy corn succotash recipe
Erin Kunkel/The Vibrant Life

28. Pan-seared Scallops With Citrusy Corn Succotash

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

summer seafood recipes shrimp with cauliflower grits and arugula recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

29. Shrimp With Cauliflower “grits” And Arugula

Lose the carbs but keep the flavor.

summer seafood recipes alison roman s swordfish with crushed olives and oregano recipe
Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott/Nothing Fancy

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.

summer seafood recipes salmon bowl with tahini dressing recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

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.

summer seafood recipes bacon black cod recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

32. Bacon-wrapped Black Cod With Spinach And Capers

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

summer seafood recipes baked fish and chips recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

33. Baked Fish And Chips

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

summer seafood recipes one pan roasted salmon with potatoes and romaine recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

34. One-pan Roasted Salmon With Potatoes And Romaine

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

summer seafood recipes whole roasted branzino shaved fennel slaw recipe
What's Gaby Cooking

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.)

summer seafood recipes lobster risotto recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

36. Lobster Risotto

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

summer seafood recipes salmon burgers recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

37. Salmon Burgers

See ya next weekend, ground beef.

summer seafood recipes mediterranean style steamed clams recipe
The Mediterranean Dish

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.)

summer seafood recipes garlic basil barramundi skillet with tomato basil butter sauce recipe
Pinch of Yum

39. Garlic Basil Barramundi Skillet With Tomato Butter Sauce

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

summer seafood recipes mahi mahi chimichurri sauce broccolini recipe
Gimme Some Oven

40. Mahi Mahi With Chimichurri Sauce And Broccolini

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

summer seafood recipes fish taco salad recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

41. Fish Taco Salad

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

summer seafood recipes shrimp and pasta stew recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

42. Shrimp And Pasta Stew

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

summer seafood recipes cajun shrimp and sausage vegetable skillet recipe
The Recipe Critic

43. Cajun Shrimp And Sausage Vegetable Skillet

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

summer seafood recipes loaded sesame ginger salmon salad recipe
What's Gaby Cooking

44. Loaded Sesame Ginger Salmon Salad

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

summer seafood recipes crab cakes recipe
Grandbaby Cakes

45. Crab Cakes

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

summer seafood recipes grilled mahi mahi fish tacos recipe
What's Gaby Cooking

46. Grilled Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos

Beautiful enough for guests. Easy enough for weeknights.

summer seafood recipes lemon butter tilapa fish recipes recipe
Damn Delicious

47. Baked Lemon Butter Tilapia

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

summer seafood recipes spicy brown rice seared tuna roll bowl fish recipes recipe
Half Baked Harvest

48. Spicy Brown Rice Seared Tuna Roll Bowl

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

summer seafood recipes hawaiian style crispy garlic butter shrimp recipe
Spoon Fork Bacon

49. Hawaiian-style Crispy Garlic-butter Shrimp

This sweet-yet-savory dinner tastes like vacation.

summer seafood recipes gluten free baja fish tacos chipotle cream sauce recipe
Snixy Kitchen

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

Your family just hit the dinnertime jackpot.

summer seafood recipes coconut shrimp recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

51. Coconut Shrimp

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

summer seafood recipes chorizo and little neck clams in red pepper sauce recipe
Calm Eats

52. Chorizo And Little Neck Clams In Red Pepper Broth

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

summer seafood recipes oven baked mahi mahi macadamia crust recipe
Food Faith Fitness

53. Oven Baked Mahi Mahi With Macadamia Crust

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

summer seafood recipes garlic butter scallops with watermelon salsa recipe
How Sweet Eats

54. Garlic-butter Scallops With Watermelon Salsa

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

summer seafood recipes vietnamese noodle salad with shrimp recipe
Recipe Tin Eats

55. Vietnamese Noodle Salad With Shrimp

Bring on the crunchy texture and umami flavor.

summer seafood recipes grilled halibut with tomato avocado salsa recipe
Foodie Crush

56. Grilled Halibut With Tomato Avocado Salsa

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

summer seafood recipes yummy salmon burgers with slaw recipe
Pinch of Yum

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.

summer seafood recipes salmon meal prep recipe
I Am a Food Blog

58. Honey Garlic Salmon Lo Mein Meal Prep

Best. Lunch. Ever.

summer seafood recipes shrimp and crab seafood rolls recipe
What's Gaby Cooking

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.

summer seafood recipes achiote grilled fish tacos recipe
Spoon Fork Bacon

60. Achiote Grilled Fish Tacos

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

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summer seafood recipes one pan lemon roasted salmon potatoes and parmesan asparagus recipe
Half Baked Harvest

61. One-pan Lemon Roasted Salmon

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

summer seafood recipes sheet pan clam bake recipe
Damn Delicious

62. Sheet Pan Clam Bake

Say hello to your new favorite healthy summer dinner.

summer seafood recipes grilled swordfish with smoked paprika and herbed fruit salsa recipe
Foodie Crush

63. Grilled Swordfish With Smoked Paprika And Herbed Fruit Salsa

Simple ingredients? Check. Totally delicious? Double check.

summer seafood recipes coconut lime shrimp packets summer veggies recipes recipe
Feed Me Phoebe

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.

summer seafood recipes grilled scallops recipe
The Modern Proper

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.)

summer seafood recipes spicy fish taco bowls with mango pico recipe
How Sweet Eats

66. Spicy Fish Taco Bowls With Mango Pico

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

summer seafood recipes mini lobster rolls recipe1
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

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.

summer seafood recipes broiled miso cod with vegetables recipe
Foodie Crush

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.

summer seafood recipes smoky paprika fish tacos with apple slaw recipe1
The Recipe Critic

69. Smoky Paprika Fish Tacos With An Apple Slaw

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

summer seafood recipes poke burrito recipe
Spoon Fork Bacon

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.

summer seafood recipes summer corn and charred shrimp carbonara recipe
How Sweet Eats

71. Summer Shrimp And Charred Corn Pasta Carbonara

This is what (summertime) dreams are made of.

summer seafood recipes simple seafood bisque recipe1
The Modern Proper

72. Simple Seafood Bisque

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

summer seafood recipes crab artichoke toasts recipe
Well Plated By Erin

73. Crab Artichoke Toasts

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

summer seafood recipes lemon dill salmon with vegetables in parchment recipe
Averie Cooks

74. Lemon Dill Salmon With Vegetables In Parchment

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

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.


Senior Food Editor

Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...