These delightful treats from the sea are key to a healthy diet. Low in calories, sodium, and cholesterol, protein-packed seafood provides vitamins and minerals and may reduce the risk of heart disease and lower blood pressure.
Fish and shellfish can be quick cooking, tasty, and super healthy. The trick to incorporating more seafood into your diet
is knowing how to cook it and finding recipes that you love. In honor of our 25th anniversary, we compiled a collection of
our editors' and readers' favorite seafood recipes from the past 25 years. Based on research from MyRecipes.com, we pulled
the Cooking Light recipes that received the most votes and highest star ratings.
First Up: Heat up the grill; our Grilled Halibut with Peach and Pepper Salsa is its most delicious cooked this way. Halibut is hailed by fish lovers for its firm texture, flaky white meat, and accessibility. A flat fish, similar to flounder, halibut fresh catches have been recorded at over 600 pounds – a lot to go around! The fresh, sweet-and-spicy salsa pairs perfectly with the smoky flavor offered by the grill.
View Recipe: Grilled Halibut with Peach and Pepper Salsa
Brown sugar and bourbon combine to create the perfect sweet and smoky flavor that infuses this already-flavorful fish. Omega-3
fatty acids in this fish have many health benefits, including protecting against heart disease. Cooking time can vary, depending
on the thickness of salmon. As a general rule, cook 10 minutes for each inch of thickness. Then check the center and make
sure it’s light pink and opaque.
View Recipe: Bourbon-Glazed Salmon
Cilantro, chipotle hot sauce, corn, black beans, and green onion lend fantastic south-of-the-border flavor to this shrimp-topped
View Recipe: Southwestern-Style Shrimp Taco Salad
"We have made this twice and both times it was outstanding. My five year old loves it! Very easy to put together and fairly
quick. This time I made it with 2 pouches of salmon rather than raw filets. We couldn't tell a difference. If your bell peppers
are really wet, drain them first. This time I didn't and the patties didn't want to stick. Will definitely make this again!!
One of our new favorites!" -jennday1
View Recipe: Salmon Croquettes
Pair this one-dish seared scallops meal with a side of garlic bread. It's perfect for sopping up every last drop of the delicious
sauce. The iron in spinach and protein in the beans and scallops make this a perfect alternative to a red meat meal.
View Recipe: Seared Scallops with Warm Tuscan Beans
The expression “goes together like peas and carrots” doesn’t even do this casserole justice; although, those two ingredients
help to make the creamy casserole a delectable comfort food.
View Recipe: Tuna Noodle Casserole
Chimichurri is a fresh herb-lemon sauce made with cilantro, basil, and shallots. Pan-frying this dish gives the fish a crispy
outer layer, which is the perfect texture for topping with the fresh herb mixture.
View Recipe: Pan-Grilled Halibut with Chimichurri
For budget cooking, this is perfect. This recipe only requires 6 ingredients (plus salt and pepper) and shrimp is an affordable
type of seafood, fresh or frozen. Zesty and a bit spicy, this Mediterranean dish is one of our favorite no-fuss recipes.
View Recipe: Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi
Crunchy cabbage combines with flaky white fish and smoky cumin in this Latin-style dish. Crema is a fresh and creamy sauce
that is the perfect thing to cool off the smoky spiced snapper.
View Recipe: Fish Tacos with Lime-Cilantro Crema
You don’t have to be in Maryland to enjoy delicious crab cakes. You can make them in your own kitchen and serve over mixed
greens with a side of this must-have rémoulade. Succulent crab, combined with crunchy panko crumbs, and crisp onions and peppers
are the secret to our signature crab cakes. Cooking Light Editor Scott Mowbray raves, "These are the best crab cakes we've ever made!"
View Recipe: Crab Cakes with Spicy Rémoulade
Serve these quick-cooking scallops over a bed of whole-grain pasta or brown rice for a filling (and impressive) meal.
View Recipe: Scallop Piccata with Sautéed Spinach
This dish utilizes many Asian ingredients such as sesame seeds, wasabi, and ginger to give the tuna steaks a unique depth
of flavor. Fresh tuna is like the beef of the seafood world, with a meaty texture, red color, and thick steak presentation.
Yellowfin tuna steaks are great for this recipe. They tend to be less fatty and have a perfect pink color.
View Recipe: Sesame-Crusted Tuna with Wasabi-Ponzu Sauce
The people of Belgium dine on moules-frites, a staple dish of mussels and French fries. Try your hand at this international
favorite. Steam mussels and place them in this savory broth. Lighten up the traditional way by having some plain toasted bread
handy to soak up the broth. A glass of chilled white wine goes nicely with this dish.
View Recipe: Mussels in Tomato-Wine Broth
Pancetta lends a smoky flavor to this Italian-style seafood dish. The sauce makes this fish moist and tender and infusing
with basil tops it all off with a fresh herb kick.
View Recipe: Pan-Fried Trout with Tomato Basil Sauté
This southern favorite lends its flavor to the spicy jerk rub that transforms this fish from ordinary to tastefully elite.
A creamy cilantro slaw blends with the spice and balances out the hot habanero pepper.
View Recipe: Jerk-Rubbed Catfish with Spicy Cilantro Slaw
Make food truck-style fish tacos at home using fresh tilapia, avocado, cilantro, and corn tortillas; top with a creamy onion-jalapeño
mixture for amazing flavor.
View Recipe: Blackened Tilapia Baja Tacos
The grouper is seared to give it a slightly crisp crust that can hold up to the moisture from the tomato topping. Use a heavy
oven-proof skillet that can go from stovetop to oven. To seed a tomato, cut it in half, hold each half in the palm of your
hand, and squeeze gently.
View Recipe: Baked Grouper with Chunky Tomato Sauce
Inspired by the famed San Francisco meal-in-a-bowl, this comes together with minimal fuss. Serve it with Parmesan toast. Three
different types of seafood make this warming treat a protein-packed, healthy alternative to creamy, high-fat soups and stews.
View Recipe: Cioppino-Style Seafood Stew
This piquant sauce is perfect over mild-flavored tilapia. Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the brightest flavor. Serve
with white rice.
View Recipe: Sautéed Tilapia with Lemon-Peppercorn Pan Sauce
Adding shrimp to this already-delicious Italian classic just makes it that much better. Shrimp get tender when marinating
in the shells. Potato starch keeps them from overcooking.
View Recipe: Shrimp-Stuffed Shells
Cooking with lobster can be a beautiful thing – it is truly tasty, tender, and surprisingly easy. Lobster shines in this 5-ingredient
meal and isn’t drowned out by any other robust flavors.
View Recipe: Simple Lobster Risotto
Looking for a simple fish dinner? Try this easy recipe for baked fish fillets. You can use any firm white fish: cod, haddock,
or grouper work well.
View Recipe: Easy Baked Fish Fillets
Claw meat tends to be slightly darker than pristine lump crab, but it lends a robust flavor to this hearty soup. Serve with
corn muffins. Purchase a boxed corn muffin mix for maximum efficiency.
View Recipe: Spicy Corn and Crab Chowder
Valencia is a Spanish coastal city where this dish is particularly revered. Sausage and chicken combine with seafood and veggies
in this traditional gourmet production.
View Recipe: Paella Valencia
Tilapias's mild flavor allows the bold flavors of the coconut and curry to shine. Serve this dish with rice, which will absorb
the brothy sauce.
View Recipe: Broiled Tilapia with Thai Coconut-Curry Sauce