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20 Fast and Easy Seafood Recipes

Tired of the weeknight beef and chicken rotation? Try all 20 of these fast and easy seafood recipes, on the table in no time at all!

We all deal with the busy weeknight grind. Getting kids home from school and off to practice. Coming home from work to chores that need to be done or fitting in a workout before the day ends. Sometimes you just need something quick for dinner.

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While most of us love ordering seafood when dining out in restaurants, it can be intimidating to cook it at home. Friends, I’m here to let you in on a little secret: almost all fish and shellfish recipes are ready in less than 20 minutes.

whitefish with lemon slices on top

Not only that, by keeping a well-stocked freezer full of seafood, you’re never very far away from a meal that is high-protein, flavorful, healthy, and delicious.

Liz and Vince Making Fish Escovitch

Ready to get started? Below is a round-up of my FAVORITE quick and flavorful seafood recipes for you to cook at home. Whether you’re looking to recreate your favorite restaurant dish or simply need an idea for that bag of shrimp you have on hand, I promise I have a seafood recipe with your name on it.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I substitute a different kind of fish?

Most likely yes. Many of the marinades, pasta, glazes, and soups can easily use different types of fish. Just know that you may need to adjust your cooking time or style.

Where do you buy fish?

There’s usually no reason to go to a specialty fish market; your grocery store likely has a great seafood section at affordable prices. However, if you want to look for something extra special, you can try your local Asian market.

Should I get fresh or frozen fish?

While fresh fish is amazing, you might live where it’s hard to come by. And that’s okay. Any of these recipes work just as well with frozen or fresh fish. I recommend always having a bag of frozen shrimp in the freezer for an easy weeknight meal.

Why is fish considered healthy?

The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least two times per week as part of a healthy diet.

Fish contain Omega-3 Fatty Acids which are good for the prevention of heart disease.

Seafood is also full of minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium, and potassium for strong bones, teeth, and maintenance of important systems and cells.

While some of these recipes are standalone meals (like the Pesto Shrimp Pasta) and some are appetizers (like the Tuna Ceviche), I thought it might also help to share some of my favorite quick sides to go with seafood dishes. Favorites at my house include:

Next time you’re out of ideas for your weekly menu, try some of these 20 fast and easy seafood recipes!

Your table is waiting.

20 Fast and Easy Seafood Recipes

Lemon Butter Baked White Fish

4.59 stars average
20 minutes
This 15-minute baked white fish dinner recipe is easy to make and always a crowd pleaser. Ideal for any mild white fish!
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Lightened Seafood Chowder

4.91 stars average
40 minutes
This lightened seafood chowder is packed with hearty vegetables, fish, and shrimp in a light and fragrant broth made with sweet corn and a little kick of heat.
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Light Seafood Chowder

Fresh & Flavorful Tuna Ceviche

4.75 stars average
30 minutes
This fresh and flavorful tuna ceviche recipe is made with a few simple ingredients and is ready to enjoy in just 20 minutes!
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Honey Mustard Glazed Salmon

4.47 stars average
20 minutes
A quick and easy weeknight dinner, roasted salmon is brushed with a fresh and flavorful honey mustard sauce the whole family will love.
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Honey Mustard Glazed Baked Salmon Recipe

Jamaican Escovitch Fish

4.34 stars average
40 minutes
This authentic Jamaican seafood recipe is traditionally made with red snapper sauteed with a sweet, tangy, and slightly spicy mixture of peppers, carrots and onions.
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Jamaican Fish Escovitch Snapper

How To Make Vietnamese Spring Rolls

3.67 stars average
15 minutes
Quick to prepare and can be served as an entree or healthy appetizer, this is my step-by-step tutorial for making homemade Vietnamese spring rolls at home.
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Pesto Pasta with Shrimp and Peas

5 stars
20 minutes
A quick and easy dinner recipe, this pesto pasta with shrimp and peas comes together in just 15 minutes!
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Easy Pesto Pasta with Shrimp Recipe

New England Baked Scallops with Panko

3.87 stars average
30 minutes
A New England favorite, Bay scallops are tossed in butter and coated in a lemon and garlic panko topping then baked until golden and bubbly.
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Mediterranean Sautéed Shrimp

4.8 stars average
25 minutes
This 15-minute seafood recipe is made with shrimp, peppers and onion sautéed with garlic and white wine then finished with feta cheese.
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Sauteed Shrimp with Feta

Vietnamese Shrimp Salad

5 stars average
15 minutes
This light and refreshing Vietnamese Shrimp Salad is made with crisp cucumber, meaty shrimp, and tangy chili paste to emulate your favorite fresh rolls in a bowl!
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Sheet Pan Lemon Garlic Shrimp

5 stars
15 minutes
Shrimp is tossed with olive oil, lemon and garlic then roasted in a sheet pan until firm and bright pink. This 15 minute dinner recipe is going to be a new go-to!
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Roasted Lemon Shrimp

Soba Broth Bowls with Shrimp and Bok Choy

5 stars
13 minutes
These fragrant Asian noodle bowls are made with soba, shrimp and bok choy in a fragrant ginger-infused broth. 
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Soba Noodle Bowls with Shrimp and Bok Choy

Spicy Tuna Pasta Puttanesca

4 stars average
25 minutes
This fast and easy pasta recipe is quick, spicy and delicious. Made with common pantry ingredients, the whole meal comes together in less than 15 minutes!
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Honey Soy Glazed Salmon

5 stars average
11 minutes
The ultimate fast weeknight dinner recipe, this Honey Soy Glazed Salmon comes together in less than 15 minutes!
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Honey Soy Glazed Salmon - an easy broiled seafood dinner recipe

Thai Basil Shrimp

3.68 stars average
15 minutes
A quick and easy stir-fry recipe, Thai Basil Shrimp is full of flavor and ready in just 15 minutes. Perfect for busy weeknights!
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Thai Basil Shrimp

Caribbean Fish Soup (Fish Tea)

4.49 stars average
40 minutes
This fragrant broth-based Caribbean fish soup, also known as fish tea, is made with hearty veggies, potatoes and various types of fish and seafood.
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Easy Caribbean Fish Soup

Caribbean Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa

5 stars average
14 minutes
A quick and easy 15-minute dinner recipe, these Caribbean spiced shrimp tacos are topped with a sweet and spicy mango jalapeño salsa. 
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Caribbean Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa Recipe

Kung Pao Shrimp

5 stars
20 minutes
A healthy version of the Chinese takeout classic, my Kung Pao Shrimp is sweet, spicy and perfectly balanced. Ready in 20 minutes!
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Healthy Kung Pao Shrimp Recipe

Baked Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

4.13 stars average
23 minutes
These fresh and flavorful baked fish tacos with mango salsa are made with broiled tilapia and topped with a sweet and spicy mango salsa.
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Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

Asian Noodle Soup with Shrimp and Wontons

4.25 stars average
15 minutes
This fast and flavorful Asian noodle soup recipe is made with chicken wontons, shrimp and vermicelli rice noodles.
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Wonton Soup with Shrimp and Rice Noodles - a fast 10 minute Asian soup recipe
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Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.

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