Since Dan is half-Italian and was raised Catholic, on Christmas Eve he celebrates the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Amazing idea in theory, except, it’s always just the two of us and our eyes tend to be too big for our stomachs. Plus it’s pricey and usually equals a hangover the next day (all of the champagne, all day long! yay but woof). This year we’re trying to keep things simple yet still delicious without sacrificing flavor, which is easy since fresh seafood is already delicious and kinda indulgent. Our plan this year is to make lobster rolls and snack on some salmon dip during the day and maybe make a salad. Boom. Simple. Seafood. Yummy. This roundup is for those either looking for recipes to use on Christmas Eve for the Feast of the Seven Fishies or if you’re like us, and there’s only two of you, a feast of one fishy! Or two fishy. Or three! Obviously I am not religious as I am not following the rules. But seafood is yummy, so indulge!
And be sure to check out this post for more Christmas Eve recipe ideas.
8 Indulgent Seafood Recipes for Christmas Eve
You can never go wrong with a lobster roll. I know, it’s not the fanciest dish in the world but it’s lobster! You’ll feel like a King as you down one of these delicious lemony, buttery lobster rolls.
Yumm. Once the cold months hit so does my craving for clams. With bread, in pasta, wherever and whenever. Garlic butter is a classic but this spicy jalapeño basil butter is a nice spicy change of flavor.
Yes, the anchovy used counts for this recipe to be considered for our roundup. It’s not the main ingredient in puttanesca but the salty, pungent flavor of the anchovy paired with olives, capers, and tomatoes equal a filling and divine dish.
You can find plenty of salmon dips out there and they’re all pretty amazing. This recipe however, with the addition of lemon zest and some horseradish gives it a bit of an edge. Salmon dip is a gift from the heavens no matter what but I’m down to experiment.
Cioppino is clean comfort food. And by clean I mean not too heavy. Just stock full of seafood. You got clams, mussels, shrimp, white fish, and delicious crab. What more could you want?
This recipe isn’t for the faint of heart. Instead of the carbonara being pure cheesiness, there’s a nice sweet briny goodness that you get from the uni. Plus the pork salt, made from grinding dry and crispy minced pancetta together with black sea salt, is genius.
We’ve been craving chowder lately so we had to find a really scrumptious one to share here. The Cajun seasoning, potatoes, smoky sausage, and sweet corn along with the sweet, mouth-watering crab meat makes for a hearty dish.
Boozy, creamy mussels. What a wonderful flavor combination. I love that Jamie Oliver uses cider for this recipe as wine is so often used. But the fragrance of the cider with the bacon sounds like elevated bar food.