What's Your Favorite Seafood Dish?!
Every Christmas, instead of having a traditional ham or turkey and sides, my family does "SEAFOOD FEST"!! It's like a Festivus of Food. We don't really have any traditional side dishes... maybe some rice or rolls or something green. Everything else is seafood: crabcakes, baked scallops, stuffed clams, steamed lobster, swordfish, sea bass, shrimp etoufee, you name it, we cook it. We've done this for the last ten years.
This year, all I've got for the menu is clam chowder and bacon-wrapped scallops. I need some ideas for this year's Seafood Fest, so where else to find them but the Chowhound board??
So what's your favorite seafood dish? It can be anything from a side dish to a main course; it can be buttered, battered, broiled, or fried; steamed, creamed, or raw and cleaned. As always, thanks for the input!
Shrimp Scampi, extra garlicky
Poached salmon served cold with horseradish dip
Seafood salad made with squid, shrimp, crab and lobster, olive oil and lemon vinegarette
I like to start with fried calamari- straight from the pan- with a garlicky spicy fresh mayo. Big bowls of very garlicky steamed clams and fresh bread for dipping the the juices makes me happy. Also because they are "finger foods" they work well with pacing the meal and not filling up too quickly.
Fried soft-shell blue crabs
Steamed Ipswich clams with broth and butter for dipping
And I am fiend for fish tacos
simply grilled scallops
sesame or peppercorn crusted seared tuna
manhattan clam chowder
mini crab cakes
quiche with crab, cheese and broc or spinach
tea cakes with smoked salmon, cucumber and cream cheese
Deep-fried shrimp heads
Grilled salmon (rare)
Fish maw soup