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Joy to the Fishes

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, December 13, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

Elaborate meals, intricate recipes and high expectations abound during the holidays. So it's during this time of the year that I really appreciate cooking with seafood. Thank goodness there's something that is simple to prepare but impresses nonetheless. One of the best things about cooking seafood is its versatility — it can be grilled, broiled, poached, baked or cooked in a pan.

If you’re facing fish with trepidation, fear not! Seafood is actually one of the easiest ingredients to cook with and can be one of the fastest to prepare. Whether you're looking to serve exciting flavors on a big night or simply want a tasty meal with little fanfare, here are a few of our favorite seafood recipes for every occasion:

Appetizers With recipes that accommodate a sit-down feast or a cocktail fête, seafood is a delicious way to kick off your gathering.


Soups and Salads Served as sides or even as entrées, these dishes make a great impression either way.


Main Dishes Dinner for 8? Table for two? Seafood as a main course doesn't disappoint.



What about you? What's your go-to seafood dish this season?




Chef Donna/#mealfare says ...
I love seafood! I stocked up on CATFISH, Dover Sole and Tilapia @ my neighborhood WFM in Louisville, KY. Catfish and Tilapia are on sale when you purchase more than two pounds.
12/15/2011 9:48:32 PM CST
Dave Beaulieu says ...
I love seafood during the holidays, as there are so many options and ways to make simple, tasty, elegant looking dishes. Seafood can be easily overcooked though, and the techniques are important. Here's a video for how to sear the perfect scallop http://www.noreciperequired.com/technique/how-sear-scallop which is key to just about any scallop recipe!
12/16/2011 9:37:47 AM CST
Susie Bee on Maui says ...
I love my tasty easy fish cakes: http://eatlittleeatbig.blogspot.com/2011/03/recipe-for-fish-cakes.html and simple and elegant sweet potato wrapped fish: http://eatlittleeatbig.blogspot.com/2011/12/recipe-for-sweet-potato-wrapped-fish.html
12/16/2011 12:37:44 PM CST
donna young says ...
I bought fresh mackerel at your store this week cleaned and prepared it for baking.It was fabuious will do that again and it was a incredible price $6.99lb.my husband and i loved it.
12/17/2011 12:17:05 PM CST