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7 Fish & Seafood Dishes for Christmas Eve

Chatting with loved ones as you feast on comforting seasonal foods is a Christmas Eve tradition. Fish and seafood dishes are staples in many homes across the U.S. on this holiday especially for those who observe the Feast of Seven Fishes. Even if you don’t participate in this Italian-American custom, the rich flavor and light quality of seafood dishes make them a perfect addition for a multi-course holiday meal.

If you are thinking about adding a fish or seafood dish for your holiday table, here are 7 dishes that we recommend!

Baked Stuffed Clams

This savory appetizer is a beautiful addition to your holiday spread! Each clamshell is packed with seasoned breadcrumbs and garlicky clam bellies. Martha Stewart’s recipe for Baked Stuffed Clams is perfect for Christmas Eve! You can prepare the clam stuffing in under 15 minutes. Once you’ve stuffed the shells and popped them in the oven, they’ll be done in 25-30 minutes.  

https://www.marthastewart.com/1086328/marthas-baked-stuffed-clams

Crab Bruschetta

Winter is the best season to enjoy stone crabs in New England. These delectable shellfish make a perfect starter tossed with fresh tomatoes, basil, and garlic on crunchy garlic toast. Whipping up crab bruschetta only takes 15 minutes from start to finish. If you want to heat it up, top each piece with fresh mozzarella and broil for a few minutes.

https://www.savoryexperiments.com/crab-bruschetta/

Cioppino (Fisherman’s Stew)

Cioppino or Fisherman’s Stew is a hearty Italian stew loaded with flavorful herbs and spices along with fresh fish and shellfish. It’s a popular entree for the holiday. You and your guests will want to soak up every bit of the stew’s savory tomato and wine broth base with your dinner roll. Spruce Eats’ convenient crockpot recipe for Cioppino is ideal for this busy time of year.

https://www.thespruceeats.com/wills-fishermans-stew-3060732

Lobster Bisque Lobster Bisque

Creamy, tomato lobster bisque is another aromatic stew that’s sure to make your holiday feast feel special! You can shorten the prep time for this show-stealing dish by ordering freshly cooked lobsters from your local fish market. City Fish Market hand-selects our best lobsters to cook, shuck and deliver to our customers to toss into their favorite holiday dishes. The NY Times recipe for Lobster Bisque has a velvety texture and just enough bite.

https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1012881-lobster-bisque

Shrimp Scampi

Even seafood skeptics can’t resist buttery, garlicky shrimp scampi. Adding this beloved dish to your holiday table is sure to be a hit! You can serve these sublime shellfish with a side of bread or over angel hair pasta. Bon Appetit’s recipe for shrimp scampi takes this American favorite to a new level by marinating the shrimp beforehand.

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/shrimp-scampi

Salmon with cranberry, parsley and nut crust

If you want to wow your guests with an entrée packed with seasonal flavors, prepare salmon with a cranberry, parsley, nut crust. Salmon is a healthy alternative to ham that’s equally rich. This recipe from Nadia Lim can feed up to 12 people! It only takes 15 minutes to prepare the savory crust and just 25 minutes to cook. This salmon dish pairs well with a side of buttery mashed potatoes and spinach salad.

https://nadialim.com/recipe/salmon-with-cranberry-parsley-and-nut-crust/

Lemon Pepper Halibut

Pan-Roasted Halibut with Prosciutto, Lemon, White Wine, and Capers

Whitefish fans will fall in love with this pan-roasted halibut entrée on Christmas Eve! The light lemony sauce is brightened with savory bites of prosciutto and salty capers. You’ll be able to get this pan-roasted halibut with prosciutto, lemon, white wine and capers on the table in just 30 minutes by following the Food Network’s recipe! This fish dish pairs well with sautéed green beans and creamy scalloped potatoes.

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/pan-roasted-halibut-with-prosciutto-lemon-white-wine-and-capers-recipe-1942987

We hope this list helps you find a new favorite seafood dish for your Christmas Eve menu! Don’t forget to stop by City Fish Market in Wethersfield, Connecticut to pick up fresh fish and shellfish for the holiday! Our seafood market is trusted by chefs, restaurateurs, and cooks throughout the area because of our high-quality service and seafood. Our Brand Promise is to always to exceed in every way possible and deliver the highest standards
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