Best Fish and Seafood Recipes

The best fish and seafood recipes must start with a good fresh product. Years ago everyone would say that you have to live where the catch is local to get good quality of a supply to cook. Granted those areas do offer wonderful fresh products but today it is possible to have good products in other areas also.

For me to eat this type of protein, I have to have good quality. Some of the best recipes I have made, and even eaten out in restaurants, have been made with frozen fish. This is because now the technique to freezing all seafood is being done right on the ships by “quick freezing” immediately after harvesting.

Most of the fish and seafood I have purchased in the grocery stores has already been frozen and then thawed to sell. This process makes it mushy and not very well flavored. Needless to say, they have not made best fish and seafood recipes. I got to the point of not even trying any more. After I visited Alaska and found I could order this quick frozen salmon and other seafood that had been quick frozen, I tried again. Once I had eaten this great flavored fish, I could never buy it in the grocery again.

The varieties of fish and seafood species available to the United States alone are so massive that one could spend a lifetime cooking and sampling each type. Some of these like shrimp, lobster, scallops, clams, cod, perch and salmon have a permanent place on culinary menus in this country. There are still others which are very delicious and well worth trying to make the best fish and seafood recipes which are not so common to diners.

Best Fish and Seafood Recipes

How to Cook Seafood

Learn how to cook seafood like crab cakes, scalloped oysters, shrimp and rice, and stuffed clams.

How to Cook Tuna Steaks

Cook the best tuna steaks! Try a recipe for lemon basil tuna, one with a fruit sauce, tuna with asparagus, baked almond steaks and grilled tuna salad.

Cooking Salmon

Prepare delicious salmon recipes like  sweet potato bake, salmon loaf,  salmon steaks, salmon with dill sauce, Dijon honey, savory cups, and salmon casserole recipes.

How to Cook Salmon

Learn how to cook salmon in parchment paper, in a salmon loaf, with a mustard caper sauce, with citrus and shrimp, whole salmon with herbs, a spiced cold salmon or over hot coals.

Fish Recipes

Make delicious fish recipes like fish and vegetables, orange roughy, fish kabobs, Italian scrod, cod creole and halibut skewers. 

How to Cook Tilapia

How to cook tilapia with recipes for baking, Creole or Italian style.

How to Cook Cod

Learn how to cook cod with great recipes. Try a delicious recipe for pretzel coated fried cod, a poached cod with spinach, pan seared cod, Provencal cod soup, a baked cod, a broiled cod, cod croquettes, deep fried fish and chips, cod with leeks and onions, Baja cod tacos, fried cod with a garlic potato sauce and baked rosemary cod recipe.   

How to Cook Shrimp

Learn how to cook shrimp and make great recipes! I will show you how to devien shrimp. This page has recipes for Lemon Garlic Shrimp, Giahni Shrimp, Low Country Boil, Shrimp Veracruzana, Shrimp Newburg, Shrimp with Mustard & Coriander, Shrimp Magenta, Shrimp Stuffed Pepper and Cajun Shrimp.

How to Make Fried Shrimp

Learn how to make fried shrimp with these delicious recipes: fried shrimp with sesames, coconut beer batter fried shrimp, a basic fried shrimp, coconut shrimp, simple fried shrimp, French fired shrimp, fried beer batter shrimp and a fried tempura recipe. 

How to Cook Swordfish

Make the best swordfish recipes: Tandoori Swordfish, Dijon Swordfish, marinated Swordfish, Tomato Swordfish, Pan Seared Swordfish, Grilled Swordfish, Crusted Swordfish and Baked Swordfish with Wine.

How to Cook Catfish

How to Cook Catfish in the South means fried or battered fried; Tennessee has its own recipe or try baking the fish.

How to Cook Perch

Try preparing perch recipes fried in breading with hush puppies, oven fried or fish battered.

How to Cook Trout

Make fabulous trout recipes: trout almondine, poached trout with tarragon, capered trout, trout with crab sauce, microwave trout, stuffed trout, grilled trout, apricot glazed trout, grilled tarragon trout and baked trout. 

How to Cook Flounder

Some of the best fish and seafood recipes are made with flounder. Make these tasty flounder recipes: batter fried flounder, pan fired flounder, microwave flounder paella, Italian fish fillets, fried flounder, broiled Parmesan crusted flounder, Italian broiled flounder, baked almond flounder, baked flounder vinaigrette, flounder with crab stuffing, baked flounder, baked flounder au gratin, spinach stuffed flounder and A L'Orange flounder.  

How to Cook Fish with ever expanding recipes like sweet and sour and fillets of sole with Florentine stuffing.

Best Fish Recipes like baked fish, salmon loaf, tuna casserole, fried cod and baked flounder.

Shad Recipes baked with bacon, Parmesan style, broiled or with creamed roe.

Carp Recipes can be baked, grilled or in a fish casserole.

Crappie Recipes for simple baked, garlic butter, fish casserole or try baked eel.

Learn How to Clean Fish when you catch your own; recipes for tuna casserole, baked flounder and baked sole with homemade soy sauce. 

Best Seafood Recipes like roasted salmon and baked fish fillets.

How to Cook Mahi Mahi in Asian fish recipe, with vegetables, baked and in stir fry recipe.

How to Cook Sea Bass in baked fish recipe, in Ceviche, grilled or in a Mexican striped bass recipe.

Learn the basics of How to Cook Lobster Tails, baked lobster recipe, with a white sauce or with wine sauce.

Grilled Lobster tails with Tabasco butter, broiled lobster, ceviche, and a lobster sauce recipe.

Easy Lobster Soup recipe, a bisque recipe, chowder or seafood stew.

How to Cook Frozen Lobster with lobster tetrazzini, a spread, chowder, creamed or crab and lobster casserole.

How to Cook Lobster with recipe for seafood fettuccini or famous Lobster Newburg.

How to Cook Mussels with recipes for basic cooking, mussels mariniere or mussels kabobs.

Learn how to cook fresh salmon from fried, smoked and roasted. Salmon is the best fish and seafood recipes to make.

I mentioned buying frozen seafood, but they are not all the same. When I find a good product, I stay with the same brand. When purchasing fresh for the best fish and seafood recipes, signs of freshness is the key to quality. Seafood is not something which will stay fresh for very long; it should be used as quickly as possible after buying. It is also important to think about how long the market has had it with them when you make the purchase.

The first sign of older fish is in the odor; a fresh fish will have a mild sweetish fragrance, only slightly marine. It will have firm elastic flesh that springs back when touched. When buying whole fish, the eyes should be protruding, bright red gills and shiny adhering scales.

There are white blooded fish and red blooded fish. The blood of the white blooded fish is actually yellow in color. They are absent of any red blood cells and the fat is secreted in the liver. Some of these fish are cod (reason for cod liver oil), haddock, trout, flounder, smelt, perch and others. The red blooded fish have the fat distributed throughout the flesh. Some examples of these are salmon, eels, mackerel, blue fish, swordfish, shad, herring and others.


This soy marinade makes some of the best fish and seafood recipes.

  • 4 Salmon steaks
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice
  • ¼ Cup soy sauce
  • 1 Clove minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon butter

Combine orange juice, soy sauce, garlic and butter in small saucepan over medium heat.
Cook until mixture begins to thicken enough to coat back of spoon.
Wash salmon and pat dry; rub soy mixture on both sides of salmon.
Refrigerate salmon 1 to 2 hours before cooking.
Preheat oven to 450F degrees.
Bake 10 to 15 minutes until fish flakes when touched with fork.


This is one of the best fish and seafood recipes. Simply delicious!

  • 1 Pound bay scallops
  • 1 Tablespoon vodka
  • ½ Teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon minced ginger
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chopped coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon peanut oil
  • 2 Cloves minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce

Toss scallops with soy and cornstarch in a large bowl; place scallops in a steaming basket.
Top with ginger, scallions and coriander; steam over boiling water for 5 minutes.
While scallops are steaming heat oil in small skillet; add garlic and reduce heat.
Cook garlic until it begins to brown; add soy sauce blending well.
Pour garlic soy over scallops; serve immediately over hot rice.


  • 1 Pound crab meat
  • 4 Hard cooked eggs peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Tabasco
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Cup sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 Cup saltine cracker crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons butter for topping

Preheat oven to 350F degrees; remove all shells from crab meat.
Place crab in large mixing bowl; add eggs, mustard, salt, Tabasco, lemon juice, sour cream and 2 tablespoons butter.
Mix thoroughly and place in crab shells, ramekins or baking dish.
Sprinkle cracker crumbs over the top and dot with butter.
Bake about 20 minutes or until tops are browned and crab is hot; do not overcook.


What makes this recipe one of the best fish and seafood recipes is the delicious salsa. It adds a lot of flavor but still compliments the lightness of the fish. To me the best fish and seafood recipes have a great flavor but the flavor cannot over power the fish or seafood.

  • 3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 Roasted jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon minced ginger
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 ½ Pounds flounder fillets
  • Caribbean Salsa

Combine first 5 ingredients; set aside.

Coat with spray a grill tray or a tray to put under broiler; place fish on tray.

Cook over hot coals or under hot broiler until done about 10 minutes.

Serve with Caribbean salsa.

Caribbean salsa recipe

  • 1 Large ripe banana, peeled and chopped
  • ½ Cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ Cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • ½ Cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 3 Finely chopped green onions
  • 1 Roasted jalapeno pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh minced ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon pepper

Combine all ingredients tossing gently to coat; cover and chill 2 hours.

NOTE: To roast jalapenos, place on foil lined tray. Broil 5 ½ inches from heat with door partially opened about 5 minutes on each side. Place in a heavy duty zip top bag; seal and let stand 10 minutes to loosen skins. Peel peppers and discard seeds.

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