20 Shrimp and Scallop Recipes for Fancy Dinners

risotto with shrimp and scallops on a white plate
Photo: Allrecipes

We love shrimp recipes, and we love scallop recipes, but combine the two and you have an instantly elevated dinner. The mild shellfish will take on the flavors of whatever you choose to pair them with, whether it be in a creamy Italian pasta dish, a hearty stew, or a zesty ceviche. Check out our collection of restaurant-quality shrimp and scallop recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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Cajun Seafood Pasta

cajun seafood pasta

This recipe calls for bay scallops, the more tender, sweet, and affordable cousin to sea scallops (but don't worry, you can still use sea scallops if you cut them in half). With over 940 five-star ratings, it's safe to say we think you'll like this spicy seafood pasta.

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Seafood Fettuccine

fettuccine with shrimp, scallops, and white cream sauce
Deb C

This simple seafood Alfredo is lower in calories and fat than most. You can add a little cornstarch slurry (equal parts cornstarch and water) to the sauce if you prefer a thicker consistency.

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Seafood Cioppino

seafood stew in tomato sauce in a white dish

This classic Italian seafood stew features five different kinds of fish and shellfish: clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops, and cod. With the spicy tomato sauce, it's "...as good as any restaurant version!" says recipe creator DeeDee Henderson.

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Linguine with Seafood and Sundried Tomatoes

shrimp and scallops linguine on plate with broccoli
Diann French

Here's a simple seafood pasta that comes together very quickly, so be sure to have the ingredients prepped and on deck, as recipe creator Star Pooley suggests.

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Seafood Creole

seafood stew with mussels, shrimp, and scallops

Similar to an étouffée, this dish consists of shrimp, scallops, and haddock fillets smothered in a spicy tomato sauce. Serve over rice.

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Shrimp, Clams, and Scallops Pasta

scallops, clams, and shrimp pasta with red sauce
Steve O

A spicy red sauce is the perfect complement to mild shellfish. Reviewers suggest serving with garlic bread and a bottle of Chardonnay.

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Maria's Paella

paella with shrimp, scallops, mussels

"This is the paella all your family and friends will beg you to make again," says recipe creator Desi Carrimko. "It has the true flavor of Spain and has been made by my family in Catalonia, Spain for many generations."

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Seafood Au Gratin

cheesy casserole with herb topping

Shrimp, scallops (either bay or sea), and crab meat are baked into a cheesy casserole. It can be baked in a large baking dish or individually-portioned dishes for an elegant presentation.

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Mixed Seafood Curry

shrimp, scallop, and asparagus over white rice

The delicious combination of ginger, coconut milk, lime, curry paste, asparagus, and shellfish will be a welcome change of pace. Serve over white rice.

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Slow-Cooker Fish Chowder

Slow-Cooker Fish Chowder
Photo by Allrecipes Magazine.

Here's a comforting, stick-to-your-ribs chowder that you'll crave on a winter's day. Loaded with bacon, corn, potatoes, celery, carrots, scallops, shrimp, and halibut, this chowder cooks itself in the slow cooker.

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Ocean Packets

Ocean Packets

When grilling season rolls around, you'll want to add these seafood foil packets to your dinner rotation. Clams, shrimp, scallops, corn on the cob, and cherry tomatoes meld together to create a super flavorful, juicy main dish.

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Zuppa Di Pesce Fra Di Avolo

dutch oven with tomato-based seafood stew
Emily M McCarthy

This Italian seafood stew is commonly served on Christmas Eve, but you'll get enjoyment out of it year-round. Serve with a side salad and crusty bread.

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Italian Shrimp and Scallop Risotto

risotto with shrimp and scallops on a white plate

Be sure to use a high-quality fish stock and the freshest seafood available to you (find out why that may be frozen). Scallops and shrimp make risotto a meal.

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City Ceviche

city ceviche

Homemade, sturdy tortilla chips are the best vehicle for this bright and zesty ceviche.

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Shrimp and Scallop Stir-Fry

Shrimp and Scallop Stir-Fry

Sometimes, a simple stir-fry is the best way to put seafood on a display. Here scallops and shrimp are paired with asparagus, mushrooms, onion, lemon juice, and seasonings. Plus, it all comes together in just 25 minutes.

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Shrimp and Scallop Crepes

seafood crepes with watermelon

Dessert crepes are great and all, but these savory shrimp and scallop crepes are a "seafood lover's dream," according to recipe creator and Allrecipes Allstar lutzflcat.

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Creamy Seafood Hot Pot

Creamy Seafood Hot Pot
Carolyn Chieffe Perrine

"This is hands-down the easiest dish you can make during a hectic week," says recipe creator Carolyn Chieffe Perrine. "Just throw everything into a pot, uncooked and frozen solid, and come back to a delicious dish. Add a crusty baguette and salad for a complete meal."

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Instant Pot Seafood Gumbo

assorted seafood gumbo

The many nuanced flavors of gumbo meld together beautifully in the Instant Pot. "Chock-full of shrimp, scallops, and cod, it is cooked in a roux that incorporates Louisiana beer," says recipe creator and Allrecipes Allstar thedailygourmet.

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Game Day Halftime Snack Board

Game Day Halftime Snack Board

This impressive halftime spread features a mustard dipping sauce, puff pastry shells with a cheesy bay scallop filling, "quarterback attack" shooters, and hot pepper jelly chips surrounded with shrimp and lemon wedges.

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Instant Pot Seafood Chowder

chowder in bowl with spoon
Paula Copeland

Bacon, celery, carrot, russet potatoes, corn, haddock fillets, shrimp, and sea scallops are cooked in a creamy broth in the Instant Pot.

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