How to Cook Seafood: Top 10 Seafood Recipes

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Last Updated on September 2, 2021 by Sultana Parvin

With the health benefits of seafood, it’s no wonder why so many people can’t get enough. Seafood is one of the easiest and tastiest dishes you can serve to your guests. Even a novice can learn how to cook seafood with the simplest, yet superb seafood recipes.

Are you fond of seafood?

Want to start cooking healthy and tasty seafood dishes at home? Here are some of the best seafood recipes you can try. Read on to find out more!

1. Shrimp Scampi

One of the best ways to learn how to cook seafood is by starting with shrimp. You can cook and season it any way you like.


A popular and fancy-sounding dish you can make is Shrimp Scampi.

It’s a one-pan recipe, and all you need is:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • Lemon cut in half
  • 1 1/4 lb (600 grams) clean and deveined shrimp
  • salt, pepper, and parsley to taste
  • Chili flakes (optional)


Start by heating the pan and adding the oil, saute the garlic and add the shrimp. Cook for 2-4 minutes, until you see a full-color change, and then squeeze in the lemon. Finally, add salt, pepper, and parsley to taste – you can also add some chili flakes if you want to add some spice.

2. Broiled Lobster Tails

Many fancy restaurants steam live lobsters for their best seafood and lobster dishes. This homemade dish requires half the effort and crustacean. You’ll only need lobster tails (the meatiest part), an oven, and some basic ingredients.

Broiled Lobster Tails


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 5 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika and cayenne
Broiled Lobster Tails

How to Cook Seafood: Broil Lobster Tail

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10

This homemade dish requires half the effort and crustacean. You'll only need lobster tails (the meatiest part), an oven, and some basic ingredients


  • Broiler


  • Brush, Lemon Juice squeezer


  1. First, you'll need the butter base - make this by melting 1/2 cup butter. Add in 5
    cloves of minced garlic, lemon juice from one lemon, 1/2 tbsps smoked paprika,
    and cayenne. Brush the butter base onto your cracked lobster tails and put them in the hot broiler for about 7-12 minutes.
  2. You’ll know it’s ready when the meat looks opaque. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper to taste, and you’re ready to serve.

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First, you’ll need the butter base – make this by melting 1/2 cup butter. Add in 5 cloves of minced garlic, lemon juice from one lemon, 1/2 tablespoons of smoked paprika, and cayenne. Brush the butter base onto your cracked lobster tails and put them in the hot broiler for about 7-12 minutes.

You’ll know it’s ready when the meat looks opaque. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper to taste, and you’re ready to serve.

3. Seafood Medley

Wine pairings are always popular, and one example is the classic white wine with seafood. However, have you ever tried using dry white wine for cooking seafood? Wine is one of the main ingredients for this dish, along with some fresh seafood.

Seafood Medley

To make the seafood medley, you’ll need:

  • 3 lbs seafood of your choice (frozen mix is okay, too)
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • salt, pepper, and parsley to taste
  • Lemon wedges for serving


Start by adding butter and garlic, then cook until fragrant. Make sure to defrost your frozen mix, if you’re not using fresh seafood. Toss it in the hot pan and add the spices, stir-fry for 10 minutes.

Deglaze the pan with dry white wine and add seasoning to taste – serve with a lemon wedge.

4. Crab Cakes

An easy-to-make and savory dish everyone loves is crab cakes. All you need to do is mix everything in a bowl and pan-fry it.

Crab Cakes

To make these delicious crab cakes, you’ll need:

  • 12oz crab meat
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley and green onions chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • oil for frying


Add all ingredients and a bowl until well-combined, and then shape into balls the size of a ping-pong ball.

Flatten them and fry in hot oil for 2-3 minutes per side. Serve with a dipping sauce of your choice.

5. Grilled Lemon and Herbed Salmon

No seafood recipe would be complete without lemon. Many top-tier chefs use lemon to cut some fishes’ strong flavor and smell. It also gives seafood a delicate balance while giving it a zingy bite.

Seafood recipes

Grilling is one of the easiest ways of how to cook seafood. One recipe that’s an all-time grilled favorite is salmon. Mix salt, pepper, a sprinkle of dill and parsley, and garlic powder.

Add this on top of your salmon and grill until cooked. Add a splash of lemon before serving. Everyone will find the grill marks on your salmon impressive.

6. Louisiana Seafood Stew

If you’re looking for a classic seafood stew recipe then definitely check this one out. Louisiana is popular for some of the best seafood dishes, what’s even better is it’s all made in one big pot.

Health benefits of Seafood

To make your own, you’ll need:

  • 1/4cup onion and bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of garlic and Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 lb shrimp (cleaned and deveined)
  • 1/4 chucked oysters
  • 2 lbs crawfish tails
  • 1/2 cup beer and shrimp stock


Over high heat, sauté onions, bell peppers, garlic, and seasoning. When fragrant, add the seafood and sauté for ~4 minutes, then deglaze with beer, and add shrimp stock. Add other seasonings and salt and pepper to taste, bring to a simmer and cook for 3 minutes.

7. Tuna Ceviche

Anyone who cooks seafood knows that timing is key to avoid overcooking it. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Tuna Ceviche.

Tuna Ceviche

When making Tuna Ceviche make sure you only use “sushi-grade” and never raw or fresh from the shops. Cut up your fish in small cubes, and then add a lot of fresh lime or lemon juice to it, about 1/2 cup. Let it marinate for 7 minutes, add salt and pepper to taste, then toss 1/3 cup chopped red onion and cherry tomatoes.

Serve fresh. You can also try adding some coriander or cilantro leaves as garnish.

8. Garlic and Butter Baked Oysters

Looking for a simpler alternative to Rockefeller Oysters? Then try this seafood recipe out. Start with a garlic-butter topping by softening 1/3 cup butter and adding 3tbps minced garlic and salt.

Baked Oysters

Top your fresh oysters with the mix and add a sprinkle of cheese (secret ingredient). Bake in a 375 oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until ready. Keep an eye on it, and don’t let it burn. Serve while hot.

9. Classic Fish & Chips

One of the most iconic seafood recipes than the classic fish and chips. It’s well-loved by all and is no doubt a comfort food mainstay.

Fish & Chips

For this dish, you’ll need:

  • 4 large potatoes, cut into strips
  • 4 pieces of filleted fish
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • oil for frying


Start by soaking the potatoes. While that’s happening, mix your dry ingredients in a bowl. Once combined, add in your wet ingredients, mixing until smooth.

Let your batter sit for 20 minutes.

Preheat a pot with oil to 350 degrees and fry your potatoes until tender. Once you’ve removed them, dip your fish pieces in the batter and fry them until golden.

Drain both on a paper towel, serve with your favorite dips, and enjoy.

10. Creamy Garlic Scallops

Another delicious but easy seafood recipe with only five ingredients. Start by pan-frying your scallops until golden in a little bit of oil. Take them out, and in the same pan, make your sauce by adding 1 tsp of garlic and sauté until fragrant.

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Add 5tbsps of butter and 1/2 cup of cream. Once thickened, add the juice of one lemon. Toss the scallops back in and season with salt and pepper to taste.

You can serve this with some pasta or mashed potatoes.

How to Cook Seafood: 10 Easy Seafood Recipes

Now you know some easy seafood recipes. Seafood is delicious, quick, and easy to prepare. Dive into the world of seafood cooking and impress your friends.

Looking for more tips on how to cook s5/8*963+2.eafood and other dishes? Our blog has plenty of tasty examples to pick from. Check out our other blog posts and start cooking today!

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