Fresh Summer Seafood Recipes

Straight from the shore to your table, these seafood recipes take advantage of fresh summer flavors.

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"Cleveland Style" Clambake

Michael Symon's spin on this summer tradition is inspired by another seafood feast: the crab boil. He cooks all the ingredients, including smoked sausage, clams, shrimp and corn, together in a giant pot, then dumps everything onto a newspaper-lined table for a dramatic one-pot family meal. 

Get the Recipe: "Cleveland Style" Clambake

Crab Burgers with Frisee Salad

Imagine the crab cake of your dreams sandwiched between two slices of toast. This "burger" is exactly that, and the lightly dressed frisee salad on top makes it seem a little healthier.

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Sesame-Ginger Salmon en Papillote

Get dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes — including easy cleanup, thanks to parchment-wrapped fish — with Kelsey Nixon's Asian-inspired salmon recipe.

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Light Lobster Roll

Ditch the mayo (and the extra calories), and dress your lobster roll in a light lemon-basil olive oil that allows the natural sweetness of the lobster meat to shine through.

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Salmon with Sweet & Spicy Rub

A sweet-and-spicy mix of chili powder, cumin and brown sugar is charred on grilled salmon for an easy weeknight dinner.

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Orange-Chipotle Shrimp

Forget shrimp cocktail and serve Tiffani Thiessen's sweet-and-smoky grilled shrimp, packed with garlic, orange juice, chipotle peppers and cilantro.

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Seared Cod with Farro

Farro's toothsome, hearty texture complements flaky, buttery cod, and juicy balsamic-and-basil-marinated tomatoes.

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Grilled Maine Lobster Tails with Herb Compound Butter

This decadent dish deserves to be eaten with your pinkies out  — and not just because you should slather the lobster tails with homemade herb compound butter.

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Barbecued Mahi Mahi with Yellow Pepper-Cilantro Pesto

Bobby Flay's unique pesto sauce — a combination of yellow bell peppers, pine nuts and cilantro — enhances versatile, tender mahi mahi.

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Grilled Shrimp with Garlic (Gambas al Ajillo)

Give your barbecue a dose of Spanish flair with this traditional tapas dish. Bobby Flay marinates the shrimp in olive oil, thyme, garlic and ancho chili powder before they hit the flame, then tops them with more garlic when they're done.

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Grilled Salmon with Citrus Salsa Verde

Brush salmon with sweet, mild agave nectar before grilling, then top it with oranges and a briny herb mixture for a sweet-and-salty finish.

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Old Bay Steamed Blue Crabs

Lay out some newspaper and dump a pile of Old Bay-seasoned steamed crabs on your table for a fun summer party. Warning: Things will get messy.

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Lobster Risotto

Using vegetable stock will help you lighten the richness of risotto and let the fresh lobster flavor shine. Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos use two whole lobsters for this filling dish so it can feed the entire family.

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Cozze alla Tarantina

Debi and Gabriele steam mussels in a tomato-and-white-wine broth for a classic shellfish feast that takes only 30 minutes to prepare.

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Fish Tacos

Chuck Hughes' fish tacos are a delicious combination of crispy beer-battered fish, spicy avocado lime cream and pico de gallo.

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Tilapia Foil Packets

Cooking delicate fish like tilapia inside a foil packet is a foolproof way to keep the meat from falling apart on the grill. Jamie Deen packages the fillets in with plum tomatoes, shallots and a few sprigs of thyme.

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Lobster Arrabbiata

There are fewer than 10 ingredients in this easy summer pasta recipe, but one of them is 3 pounds of lobster. If you can't get your hands on that many crustaceans, don't worry — in a pinch, it can also be made with just one lobster.

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Chuck's Crab Cakes

These crab cakes are delicious, but the best part may be the dipping sauce: spicy, Sriracha-spiked homemade mayonnaise. 

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Spaghetti with Pinot Grigio and Seafood

A heavy sauce would overwhelm the clams and shrimp in this light summer pasta. Instead, Giada De Laurentiis coats the noodles and seafood in white wine, garlic, shallots and sun-dried tomatoes for a simple Mediterranean preparation.

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Cumin-Grilled Sea Scallops with Chickpea Salad

Bobby's lightened-up seafood dish is full of Mediterranean accents. The scallops are seasoned with cumin and the chickpeas are tossed in a creamy red pepper-tahini vinaigrette.

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Grilled Swordfish with Lemon, Mint and Basil

Swordfish — often called the steak of the sea for its meaty texture — is best when prepared simply. Giada tops her grilled rounds with a bright dressing of lemon juice, basil and mint.

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Lobster Boil

Tiffani's lobster boil is chock-full of clams, corn, potatoes, sausage and fennel in a beer-infused broth.

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Blackened Salmon

This no-fuss salmon is packed with flavor thanks to a rub of bold Cajun spices and crispy, charred skin.

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Grilled Tilapia with Lemon Butter, Capers and Orzo

For this simple yet sophisticated dish, Bobby Flay dresses tilapia and orzo pasta in capers and a zesty lemon butter.

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Shrimp and Zucchini Skewers

With just five ingredients, you'll have a skewered meal in no time.

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Pepper-Crusted Tuna Steak with Teriyaki Sauce

Nadia G. doubles down on Japanese flavors in this bold yet slimming plate. She infuses cream-free mashed potatoes with wasabi and tops the pepper-crusted tuna with a sweet teriyaki sauce.

Get the Recipe: Pepper-Crusted Tuna Steak with Teriyaki Sauce and Wasabi Smashed Potatoes

Cedar Plank Salmon

Salmon fillets take on an earthy aroma when smoked over cedar, a scent that's deepened by the addition of a Dijon and brown sugar glaze.

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Bacon Crab Cakes with Pimento-Corn Relish

These bacon-studded crab cakes are filled with fresh meat (and little filler) and are served with a sweet corn and pimento relish.

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Grilled Clams and Oysters

Sometimes simple is best, and you can customize these grilled bivalves any way you like. We love 'em with a squeeze of lemon and a dash of hot sauce.

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Fried Calamari

Dip fresh calamari in a light batter and fry in olive oil. Salt, pepper and lemon are all you need to enjoy this crispy seaside dish, plus oregano for extra zest.

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Stuffed Whole Fish-Greek Style

In the mood to experiment with rockfish, striped bass or trout? Try throwing the whole fish on the grill with some seasonal tomatoes.

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Grilled Shrimp and Greek Bread Cheese

This grilled shrimp salad swaps typical sides like pasta and rice for a slice of buttery, chewy bread cheese that's just as satisfying, but far more unique.

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Grilled Coconut Lobster

Marinate lobsters in a wet rub of aromatic lemongrass, ginger, chiles and coconut milk before grilling over a hot flame.

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Grilled Tuna With Basil Pesto

Freshly blended pesto makes the perfect accompaniment for mild, lightly seared tuna steaks.

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Fried Catfish and Green Tomato Kabobs

Ben Sargent dredges catfish in a savory chile sauce and Cajun cornmeal seasoning before it hits the fryer. Threaded on skewers alongside tart, unripe tomatoes, Spanish onions and bacon slices, this dish is an inventive way to savor the seashore with a Southern twist.

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Grilled Shrimp Tacos With Tropical Salsa

These shrimp take your taste buds on a south-of-the-border tour, from the spicy chipotle adobo marinade to their tropical topping of mango and tender cactus chunks flavored with epazote, a tangy Mexican herb. A squiggle of citrus crema caps off this flavor trip.

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Grilled Salmon Steaks

These meaty salmon rounds could almost be mistaken for seaside filet mignon with Alton's technique for rolling the fish into thick steaks. Toasting spices in foil over the grill yields extra outdoor flavor in this perfectly cooked catch.

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Spaghetti Alle Vongole

Manila clams shine in a slick and simple sauce infused with their briny steamed juices, garlic and white wine. Al dente spaghetti serves to soak up the balanced broth, which is slightly spicy and deeply scented by the sea. 

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Grilled Swordfish With Pimenton

In the mood for a meaty fish? Grill up swordfish steaks and serve with a dollop of aioli.

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Grilled Calamari and Arugula Salad

Calamari absorbs the flavors of pink grapefruit and thinly sliced fennel and emerges extra tender after a swift char on the grill. 

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Grilled Tuna Rolls

Gwyneth Paltrow's miso-coated grilled tuna is one of the most delightful things ever tucked into a hot dog bun.

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Cumin-Seared Scallop Tacos

Serve a sophisticated taco complete with cilantro-lime rice, mango salsa and seared scallops.

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Spaghetti Mare e Monte

Baby shrimp curl around each spaghetti strand in this dish infused with the flavors of cherry tomatoes, summer zucchini, garlic and fresh parsley. Ideal for a meal at a moment's notice, this dish finishes in a flash, as the spaghetti's own steam quickly cooks the small and delicate shrimp.

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Cod Sandwich

Double the cod's crunch factor by dredging the fillets in cracker flour and serving them between charred ciabatta rolls. A homemade remoulade with capers and cornichons adds a spark to the mild, clean flavor of the fish. 

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Black Cod Tips

Tender black cod tips are bathed in soy sauce and brown sugar before taking a spin on the grill. Serve with thick, dark tamari sauce and steamed rice.

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Grilled Lobster Tail with Jerk Sauce

Take a trip to the tropics with this Caribbean-inspired dish. Kelsey Nixon glazes lobster tails in a spicy jerk sauce while they're cooking on the grill, then serves them on a bed of rice that's infused with creamy coconut milk.

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Cajun Shrimp Po' Boys

Bring the flavors of New Orleans into your summer kitchen by dredging shrimp in Creole-seasoned flour, frying and serving the hot seafood on a hoagie.

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The Ultimate Paella

Caramelize onion, garlic and tomato for the flavor base of this Spanish rice dish filled with chicken, chorizo and lots of fresh seafood! The toasted rice on the bottom of the pan, called a socarrat, is essential to true paella.

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Scallop Plum Ceviche

Serve this scallop ceviche with seasonal stone fruit to combine the best that summer has to offer.

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Spicy Cajun Skewers with Spicy Buffalo Dipping Sauce

Serve Louisiana gumbo on a stick by skewering homemade hush puppies, shrimp, okra, potatoes and thick slices of sausage, then grilling the lot in a Cajun marinade.

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Scallops With Cream and Basil

As if scallops weren't already moist and buttery, these are prepared in a cream sauce and topped with fresh basil.

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Shrimp, Artichoke and Fresh Ricotta Flatbread

Grill flatbread dough until charred (but still soft) and chewy, then top it with creamy ricotta, sauteed shrimp, marinated artichokes and roasted red peppers.

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Pan Seared Pacific Cod With Cilantro Vinaigrette and Creamed Corn

Turn sweet summer corn into a creamy base for these cod fillets.

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Grilled Hamachi Collar with Ponzu Dipping Sauce

Hamachi collar, the cut between the head and gills of yellowtail fish, is a sushi bar favorite because of its juicy, tender meat. Kelsey replicates the Japanese dish at home with a tangy ponzu-and-mirin dipping sauce.

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Pinchos de Gambas

For easy-to-prepare Spanish-style shrimp, grill the skewered crustaceans with smoked paprika.

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Salt and Pepper Tiger Prawns: Tom Rang Muoi

Luke's Vietnamese-style prawns delight all the senses with sweet, salty and savory elements.

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Shoreline Fried Halibut With Tofu Fries

It wouldn't be summer without a little fried seafood for dinner. Serve up this fried halibut with tofu fries and edamame.

Get the Recipe: Shoreline Fried Halibut with Tofu Fries, Soy Sauce Aioli, Mushy Edamame and Soy Vanilla Milkshake

Spaghetti Vongole

This classic Italian dish has subtle sweetness from in-season tomatoes. Be sure to watch your timing as al dente pasta and perfectly steamed clams are key.

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Lobster Rolls

Boiling the lobster in briny ocean water enhances its natural essence, but a generous toss of sea salt in tap water will also work in a pinch. Be sure to brush the hot dog buns with plenty of melted butter and grill till golden-crisp for the full New England effect. 

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Tasty Thai Tacos

Mexican tacos take on a Thai identity when familiar ingredients, like red curry paste, basil, ginger and fish sauce, are used in the preparation of the filling.

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Honey Black Pepper-Glazed Salmon

Grill salmon with a glaze of honey and black pepper to complete this simple meal of in-season ingredients.

Get the Recipe: Honey Black Pepper-Glazed Salmon with Spinach Nectarine Salad, Steamed Potatoes and Organic Sweet Corn

Fish Tacos

Utilize your favorite lager for battering tender tilapia along with coarse semolina flour for guaranteed crunch in the frying pan. Heirloom-tomato pico de gallo and anchovy-studded radishes add salty acidity and summer-crisp texture without any fuss. 

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Monkfish in Herbes de Provence Marinade

Marinate this tender, oily fish in a bath of French ingredients — herbes de Provence, garlic and white wine — before it meets the grill.

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Carp Char Grilled in Betel Leaves

Luke Nguyen dresses fresh carp in betel leaves and a chile-ginger sauce, giving us a culinary tour of Vietnamese flavors.

Get the Recipe: Carp Char Grilled In Betel Leaves: Ca Tram Nuong La Lop

Soft-Shell Crab BLT with Saffron Aioli and Peppercress

Michael Symon sandwiches gently fried soft-shell crab, crisp bacon, homemade lemon-saffron aioli, peppercress and thick slices of fresh tomato between grilled sourdough slices.

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Ed's Lobster Roll

Ed's lobster roll gains flavor from little more than lemon, minced celery and chives.

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Shrimp Cocktail Tacos

Use prepared fillings like ready-to-eat shrimp, jarred black bean and corn salsa, and pre-shredded lettuce to throw together tacos in less than 20 minutes.

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Roasted Cracked Crab

Don't be afraid of fish and oyster sauces — the Asian ingredients lend well-balanced salty flavor to roasted crab. During the summer, you could also throw the crustaceans on the grill for added smoky flavor.

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