While there are many different types of cuisine out there, gourmet seafood dishes are some of the most luxurious and elegant you can prepare. Meals that incorporate seafood are a great way to impress your guests…or that one special person in your life.
Whether you adore shrimp or salmon is more your thing, there is sure to be an idea on this list for you. Read through these seven gourmet seafood dishes that will have you headed for a lovely fine dining restaurant in no time. Bon appetit!
1. Pan tossed shrimp
For a beautiful, delicious, yet easy gourmet shrimp dish, look no farther than pan-tossed shrimp. This gourmet seafood dish is a joy to make: simply toss fresh shrimp, green onions, and a bit of fresh garlic into a hot, greased frying pan.
Stir occasionally so that no food sticks to the bottom of the pan. Once shrimp is cooked and the flavors have had time to mix together, serve the pan-tossed shrimp over a bed of white rice or your favorite pasta.
2. Lemon salmon salad
There are so many different, amazing salads that you can create with various seafoods. This gourmet seafood recipe, with its lemony salmon and different vegetables is something special – a dish that you’re sure to make many times over. Slice fresh salmon into bite-sized strips and grill or fry them while squeezing lemon juice (from fresh lemons, preferably) over the fish as it cooks.
Once the salmon is finished, take it from the heat and throw it into a bowl with cooked asparagus heads or some sliced avocado, some feta or mozzarella cheese, and some mini potatoes or roasted beets. Add a dash of olive oil and some salt and you’ll have a warm, healthy salad perfect for entertaining guests – or just for yourself.
3. Half shelled oysters with toppings
Excellent as appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, or a side dish, half shelled oysters make an elegant addition to any gathering. Take the top shell away from the meat and allow the oyster to air a little before topping with whatever you desire.
There are so many different ideas out there when it comes to topping your oysters – you can try drizzling them with delicious garlic butter or adding a miniature salad on top. The choice is truly up to you.
4. Smoked salmon and cucumbers
Smoked salmon can be wrapped around a variety of foods to create elegant eatables, but one of the most popular choices is cucumber. If you’re just venturing into the world of smoked salmon, try the following recipe. Dice cucumbers and fold them into a cream cheese paste (add salt, pepper, and a dash of paprika or dried dill if desired).
Place a small spoonful of cucumber and cream cheese mixture on the end of a strip of smoked salmon…and then simply roll the salmon from one end to the other and secure the whole thing with a toothpick. Perfect!
5. Crab cakes with a gourmet twist
Crab cakes are extremely easy to make and many people don’t think of them as being a gourmet seafood dish. But you can easily spice up your crab cakes and make them fit for the most high-class company with just a few tweaks. First of all, make sure you procure fresh crab meat instead of canned. While the taste might be similar, nothing can match fresh seafood for deliciousness and quality.
And instead of simply throwing some breadcrumbs and eggs into the crab meat and frying up the patties, try adding sauteed onions or leeks. Maybe experiment with some spices like cayenne or paprika. By using fresh, new ingredients, your crab cakes will be the envy of the next party you attend – or host.
6. Grilled halibut with fruit chutney
Get out the grill and get ready to create a delicious gourmet seafood dish. Halibut is a wonderful fish to cook for yourself or a crowd and you can have it gourmet-worthy in no time with the addition of a peach or mango chutney.
Once the halibut has been grilled to perfection, whip up some fruit chutney (obviously, you can also do this while the halibut cooks). The combination of the fish and sweet chunks of peach or mango is not to be missed.
7. Seared scallops on a bed of greens
Scallops are small – bite-sized, really – and are a perfect choice for appetizers as well as a heartier side or main dish. If you want to use scallops as a main dish, it’s a good idea to pair these gourmet seafoods with something that will keep them from getting lost on your plate. Enter the greens!
After searing the scallops on both sides and making sure they’ve been properly cooked all the way through, lay the scallops on a small salad. Some light lettuce, sweet peppers, parmesan cheese, and a bit of vinegar-based dressing will accentuate the scallops instead of overtaking them.