The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian-American tradition inspired by the multiple-course seafood meal enjoyed by Italians on Christmas Eve. It typically covers a wide range of seafood dishes from cod to clams, shrimp, scallops, lobster, octopus and even eel! If you’re thinking of starting this tradition, or freshening it up and making it your own, here are seven seafood recipes to inspire your menu. From starters, to pasta dishes and mains, there’s something here to add to your feast that might introduce new flavors or help you save time on a marathon meal during the busiest time of the year. It’s time to wow everyone gathering at your table.
Reinvent classic pesto with fresh flavors like green olives and cashews. Fresh Italian bread is the perfect soft-on-the-inside-crisp-on-the-outside option for this dish.
Paper-thin prosciutto adds depth to an otherwise seafood only meal. Simple seasonings of salt, pepper and fresh sage shine in this dish.
What’s better than one pasta? Two! Go classic with chunky tomato or basil pesto to represent the colors of the Italian flag.
Balance an indulgent pasta dish with roasted vegetables, but don’t forget the sprinkle of parmesan cheese!
Stuffed seafood couldn’t be easier with rainbow trout. Just sandwich your flavorful filling between two thin fillets and secure with cooking twine.
Lightly breaded trout fillets are simple and add just the right amount of crunch. A classic Italian side salad adds healthful flair.
This savory dish features one of Italian cuisine’s favorite ingredients: the artichoke! The recipe also calls for Sambuca, so save enough for a round of shots. It is traditionally served with three coffee beans to represent health, happiness and prosperity.
We hope these recipes have sparked inspiration for your Christmas seafood feast. Let us know which ones you loved and share with us which recipes will be on your table this year. As always, buon appetito and Buon Natale!