January 19, 2019

View as List 10 Spectacular Shellfish Recipes

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    Shellfish is a broad category that includes some seemingly unrelated animals (clams and octopus are both considered shellfish, for example). Shellfish range in flavor from sweet to briny and from meaty to delicate. All shellfish are generally lean, so it’s important you don’t overcook. Here, 10 delicious, heart-healthy recipes for shellfish.

  • 1

    Broiled Scallops with Baby Spinach

    Scallops with baby spinach

    The creamy, lemony dressing goes beautifully with these delicious scallops. Although baby spinach has become quite common in produce markets (along with other baby greens, such as mesclun), you could use regular spinach, torn into bite-size pieces, instead.

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  • 2

    Oyster Stew with Garlic Toast

    Homemade Organic Oyster Stew Appetizer

    Unless you have experience shucking oysters (or like to live life on the edge), leave the dangerous work to the experts and get already-shucked oysters in their own liquor. If your oysters don’t have the ¼ cup of liquor called for here, you can use bottled clam juice or broth.

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  • 3

    Bay Scallops with Citrus Sauce

    scallops with sauce and orange zest on a zucchini slice

    The tart refreshing flavors of orange and grapefruit juices play well against the sweet richness of scallops. Dry vermouth adds an herbal undertone to the sauce, accentuating the sweet-herbal flavor of the tarragon.

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  • 4

    Crab, Grapefruit, and Avocado Salad

    Avocado Salad Topped with Crab Meat

    This main-course salad is similar to a classic dish called Crab Louis. The origins of the dish are disputed (several West Coast chefs have been credited with the invention), but all renditions of it involve crabmeat, avocado, and a creamy tomato chili-based dressing.

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  • 5

    Chilled Calamari and Scallop Salad

    chilled calamari with greens

    The calamari and scallops are skillet-steamed, and the citrusy dressing is reduced and concentrated. Make sure to chill this salad for at least two hours.

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  • 6

    Lobster with Dipping Sauces

    Lobsters and dipping sauces on red checkered tablecloth

    Lobster—without melted butter—is the ultimate low-fat splurge. We’ve added some fresh herbs to the lobster cooking water, but they are not absolutely necessary.

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  • 7

    Hot and Spicy Mussels

    steamed mussels with lemon

    Beautiful blue and black mussels pan-steamed over a heady mixture of white wine, garlic, and onions is one of the best—and simplest—shellfish dinners you can make. The red pepper flakes add heat, while the lemons add zing.

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  • 8

    Littleneck Clams with Carrot-Ginger Sauce

    clams steaming in wine

    A teeny bit of butter gives this bright orange sauce a silky texture. The basil and corn add a taste of summer. Serve these clams over pasta, or with some nice, crusty sourdough bread.

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  • 9

    Parmesan-Crusted Crab Cakes

    crab cake with corn salsa

    These scallion-flecked, chunky crab cakes need only a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to finish them off. Serve them with salad and fresh salsa or fruit relish for a main dish.

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  • 10

    Simple Grilled Scallops

    platter of grilled scallops

    Serve these simply prepared scallops with bread or crackers, or dress them up by offering these sauces or salsas on the side: Papaya-Corn Salsa, Salsa Verde, or Chimichurri Sauce.

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