While corned beef and cabbage are tried and true staples for an Irish-American St. Patrick’s Day Feast, sometimes it’s just as satisfying to break from the mold. Whether you’re strictly pescatarian or just a seafood lover, you’ll find the perfect dish on our list to celebrate the luck o’ the Irish. We’ve compiled 21 of the most delicious Irish seafood dishes because soggy cabbage just isn’t going to cut it anymore.
2. Dublin Lawyer with Rice: This easily personalized dish by A Healthy Life For Me is a crustacean celebration! Though this Irish dish is traditionally made with lobster, shrimp or langostino work well, too. Make sure you have whiskey and a lighter on hand when setting out on this endeavor.
3. Guinness Beer Battered Cod: There are few things as Irish as Guinness! This twist on traditional fish and chips is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, especially if you’re already drinking Guinness. This is just one of many seafood recipes lovingly crafted by A Beautiful Bite.
4. Walnut Crusted Salmon with Guinness Reduction: Guinness strikes again! Mixed with honey, this beer reduces into a decadent sauce. The walnut crusted salmon by Mom Foodie is a flavorful and omega-3-packed alternative for those looking to avoid fried breading on their fish.
5. Trout Fillets with Streaky Bacon and Flaked Almonds: This trout recipe by renowned Irish chef Kevin Dundon offers the extraordinary combination of seafood and bacon. This dish is elevated but simple enough to make at home. Don’t be thrown by “streaky bacon”- that’s what American-style bacon is called in the UK.
6. Irish Scallop Bisque: This soup by Beyond Mere Sustenance is creamy and dreamy. This is partially due to the half and half, but also because it’s packed with pureed vegetables. Enjoy this recipe if your St. Paddy’s Day is a rainy one.
7. Trio of Irish Seafood Crepes: The recipes for crab, shrimp and lobster crepes are all equally sublime. These dishes were inspired by a blogger’s trip to County Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland.
8. Irish Seafood Chowder and Cheddar Scones: If you’re looking for a fun, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink recipe, then you’ve found it! With four different kinds of seafood going into the pot, this recipe is made for the truest of seafood lovers. Homemade scones on the side take this meal to the next level, courtesy of The Little French Bakery.
9. Irish Butter-Poached Scallops with Leeks and Sweet Garden Peas: Balance the richness of Irish butter with the freshness of a DIY gremolata in this Fine Cooking recipe. This recipe is a little complicated but totally worth it.
10. Fisherman’s Pie by Cooking with Curls: Think of a Shepherd’s Pie but filled with seafood instead! Stuffed with cod and shrimp and quilted in mashed potatoes, this dish will make your kitchen feel like a proper Irish pub.
11. Irish Roasted Salmon: It wouldn’t be St. Paddy’s Day without Irish whiskey, which is what goes into this salmon marinade! Balanced by thyme and lemon, this recipe by Food.com is heart healthy and tons of fun.
12. Irish Seafood Chowder: Here’s another exciting seafood and bacon combo recipe! Follow along with the video for instructions and tips.
13. Irish Trout: A topping of garlicky breadcrumbs takes this trout recipe from simple to spectacular. Everything you need for this recipe from Wise Words is very likely already stocked in your pantry.
14. Speckled Trout in Herbed Cream: Trout, butter, cream, fresh herbs. That’s the extent of ingredients for this indulgent dish! The sauce is so creamy it will transport you to Europe with just one bite.
16. Salmon Tartlets by Ethnic Spoon: These delicate mini tarts are the perfect addition to your St. Paddy’s Day. Luckily, they take less than an hour to make, which means you’ll be eating them all the sooner.
17. Smoked Salmon and Dubliner Cheese Muffins: Salmon and cheese muffin in one hand, beer in the other. That’s how to celebrate today!
18. Caraway Havarti Grits with Shrimp and Corned Beef: Rest assured, the corned beef in this recipe is more of a garnish than the star. The Caraway Havarti and shrimp shine through in this dish by Cooking and Beer.
19. Potted Prawns: Everything tastes better when it’s prepared in a tiny, personal ramekin. These spiced shrimp are no exception.
20. Smoked Clam Linguine: Zucchini noodles are the perfect way to make green food for St. Paddy’s without food coloring! You won’t feel guilty eating seconds of this whole foods recipe created by Autoimmune Paleo.
Enjoy one or all of these recipes today or any day! Comment below with your favorite seafood recipe or St. Paddy’s Day tradition.