Gourmet Seafood Main Dish Recipes

The delicate, rich flavors of fish and shellfish make them excellent candidates for special occasions. Browse over 310 gourmet seafood recipes, complete with ratings, reviews and presentation tips.

Staff Picks

Pan Seared Salmon I

Rating: 4.5 stars 258
Simply seasoned with salt and pepper, these salmon fillets are pan seared with capers, and garnished with slices of lemon.

Seared Scallops with Jalapeno Vinaigrette

Rating: 4.5 stars 181
This is an incredibly basic but extremely versatile dressing.

Red Snapper Livornese

Rating: 4.5 stars 180
A tangy, easy recipe for almost any firm-fleshed fish fillets: red snapper, sea bass, grouper. Adaptable for sole, flounder, tilapia, and other thin fillets by adjusting cooking time. Serve with white rice or couscous, and a salad or steamed broccoli.

Phyllo-Wrapped Halibut Fillets with Lemon Scallion Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 176
The flaky phyllo crust keeps the halibut moist and delicious. For a nicer presentation, cut halibut in half at an angle before placing on sauce.

Shrimp Verde

Rating: 4.5 stars 112
This is quick and delicious main dish that presents beautifully on a platter. Best served with al dente pasta.
By Maggie Gee

Steamed Clams in Butter and Sake

Rating: 5 stars 13
This recipe is the best for seafood lovers. Clams are steamed with sake and mirin and a bit of green onion in this Japanese way of preparation. My husband likes it so much.

Sea Bass Cuban Style

Rating: 4.5 stars 299
Easy to prepare - sure to please. Great dish for guests when you have little time (or desire) to slave all day in the kitchen.

Steamed Mussels with Fennel, Tomatoes, Ouzo, and Cream

Rating: 5 stars 60
Pick good fresh and alive mussels for this dish, preferably Penn Cove. The fresher the better. This recipe is simply amazing in flavor. You will love it. Serve with a slice of bread.
By DJFoodie

Cedar Planked Salmon

Rating: 5 stars 820
This is a dish my brother prepared for me in Seattle. It is by far the best salmon I've ever eaten. I like to serve it with an Asian-inspired rice and roasted asparagus.

Lobster Thermidor

Rating: 4.5 stars 45
Delicious stuffed lobster coated in Parmesan and broiled until golden.

Baked Salmon II

Rating: 4.5 stars 3279
This is a great recipe for beginners! This was my first time making fish and it was a hit. Even my 9 year old daughter who wouldn't dream of eating fish EVER had half of my portion!

Savory Sea Scallops and Angel Hair Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars 89
This is a very simple, easy to prepare meal that you will most likely be asked to prepare again. The taste, if carefully prepared and not overcooked, is incredible. ENJOY!

Inspiration and Ideas

Creamy Pesto Shrimp
Rating: Unrated 1447
"I've made this repeatedly, and every time it seems better than before!" – LuxeFoodie
Thai Steamed Mussels
Rating: Unrated 202
"I adore this! I serve it with crusty bread to soak up all of the sauce. A terrific meal that's a little out of the ordinary...but we love it so much it's become a staple." – NINA&ED
Baked Dijon Salmon
Rating: 4.5 stars 3640

This is a wonderful way to prepare fresh salmon fillets in the oven. Be sure to make extra, your family will be begging for more!