Nothing makes an evening at home more special than a flavorful seafood dish. These tasty foods include not only fish, but mollusks and shellfish. Seafood is more nutritious than red meat and provides an ample supply of protein, vitamins and minerals. The following dishes are not only delicious, but also versatile and easy to make.
Bourbon glazed salmon
The brown sugar and bourbon in the glaze go perfectly with the natural flavors of fresh salmon. Soy sauce, ginger, garlic and lime juice add a savory depth and keep the fish from being too sweet. Serve bourbon salmon with a simple side like rice or spinach. The alcohol in the bourbon cooks out, so don’t be afraid to pair this dish with a wine such as pinot noir.
This easy to make dish only includes six ingredients, the most prominent being butter and shrimp. Use white wine to deglaze the pan gives it more depth. Serve shrimp scampi over the traditional spaghetti or add variety with orzo pasta. Add a sprinkle of fresh parsley for color and a note of freshness. If you need more vegetables, serve spring veggies on the side, such as asparagus. Scampi is classically paired with a white line like pinot grigio.
An Eastern shore classic, this seafood dish is easy to make at home. Flaky crab meat is combined with bread or panko crumbs and spiced with onions and pepper. Serve them as a sandwich or over a bed of mixed greens. Dress it up with a Remoulade sauce for extra spice. Crab cakes go well with a white wine like Pinot Blanc.
This fresh tasting dish is great on hot summer nights. The fish is cooked with smoky spices like paprika and cumin. Then, it is paired with thinly sliced crunchy cabbage and finished with a rich sour cream sauce that brings out the nuances of the spices in the fish. You can substitute shrimp for fish. Add a side of fresh salsa and a glass of light white wine such as vinho verde.
Both delicious and simple, seared scallops can be served many ways. This delicate shellfish caramelizes beautifully when sautéed but retains a sweet, delicate center. Chefs often pair scallops with a side of green beans almondine but they can also be served over brown rice with a side of spinach. Or, serve them with orzo pasta for a quick and filling weeknight dish. Complete your meal with a glass of white burgundy wine.