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Yummy and Easy Seafood Side Dishes to Complement Your Dinner Party

Seafood Side Dishes

Seafood is an excellent choice for a dinner party, as it is versatile, nutritious, and delicious. Whether serving salmon, shrimp, Crab, lobster, or scallops, you will need some side dishes to complete your meal and impress your guests. This article will share some yummy and easy seafood dinner party ideas that will complement your dinner party. From salads to rice and pasta, these seafood dinner side dishes are simple to make and flavorful. 

5 Best Seafood Side Dishes to Complement Your Dinner Party

1.  Lemon-Herb Quinoa Salad with Shrimp

Here's a delicious recipe for Lemon-Herb Quinoa Salad with Shrimp:


For the Salad:

·         1 cup quinoa, rinsed

·         1 ¾ cups vegetable or chicken broth (or water)

·         1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

·         2 tablespoons olive oil

·         Salt and black pepper to taste

·         1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

·         1 cucumber, diced

·         ½ red onion, finely chopped

·         ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped

·         ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped

·         ¼ cup fresh mint, chopped


For the Dressing:

·         Zest and juice of 2 lemons

·         3 tablespoons olive oil

·         1 garlic clove, minced

·         1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

·         Salt and black pepper to taste



1. To cook quinoa, rinse it under cold water first. Then, in a saucepan, combine the quinoa with broth or water and bring it to a boil. 

2.   Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat, cover the saucepan with a lid, and let it simmer for about 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is cooked. After that, remove the saucepan from heat and let the quinoa cool down.

3.  Heat the grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Toss shrimp with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Grill for 2-3 minutes per side until pink and opaque. Remove from heat.

4.  Combine the cooked quinoa, grilled shrimp, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, parsley, basil, and mint in a large mixing bowl.

5.  Combine lemon zest, lemon juice, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk in olive oil to make the dressing.

6.  Pour the dressing over the quinoa mixture and toss everything together until well combined.

7. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. You can chill the salad in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.

8. Serve the Lemon-Herb Quinoa Salad with Shrimp chilled or at room temperature. Garnish with extra fresh herbs if desired and enjoy!


2. Grilled Lemon-Garlic Scallops

Grilled lemon-garlic scallops make a delightful dish! Here's a simple recipe you can try:


·         1 pound Dry Sea scallops, rinsed and patted dry

·         3 cloves garlic, minced

·         Zest of 1 lemon

·         Juice of 1 lemon

·         2 tablespoons olive oil

·         Salt and pepper to taste

·         Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)



1.  Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.

2. Combine the minced garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl. Mix well to create the marinade.

3.  Place the scallops in the marinade and toss gently to coat them evenly. Let the scallops marinate for 15-20 minutes to absorb the flavors.

4. Thread the scallops onto skewers, leaving a little space between each scallop.

5. Grease the grill grates lightly to prevent sticking. Place the skewered scallops on the preheated grill.

6.  Grill the scallops for about 2-3 minutes per side or until they develop grill marks and turn opaque. Be careful not to overcook them, as scallops can become arduous if cooked for too long.

7. Once done, remove the skewers from the grill and transfer the grilled scallops to a serving platter.

8.  Garnish with chopped fresh parsley if desired, and serve immediately.


3. Cucumber Avocado Salad with Crab

Here's a simple and delicious recipe for a Cucumber Avocado Salad with Crab:



·         1 large cucumber, thinly sliced

·         2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, and diced

·         8 oz (around 225g) lump crabmeat, drained

·         1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped

·         2 tablespoons fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped

·         2 tablespoons olive oil

·         2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

·         Salt and pepper to taste

·         Optional: a pinch of red pepper flakes for some heat



1. Combine the thinly sliced cucumber, diced avocado, lump crabmeat, chopped red onion, and chopped cilantro or parsley in a large mixing bowl.

2.  Whisk together the olive oil and fresh lime juice in a separate small bowl. Season the dressing with salt and pepper to taste. You can add a pinch of red pepper flakes if you'd like a bit of spiciness.

3. Pour the dressing over the cucumber, avocado, and crab mixture. Toss everything together until well combined and evenly coated with the dressing.

4.   Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

5.  Serve the cucumber avocado salad with Crab immediately, garnished with additional cilantro or parsley if desired.

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4. Lobster Tacos 

Lobster tacos are a delightful treat! Here's a simple recipe for you:


·    1/2 pounds cooked lobster meat (you can steam or boil lobster and remove the meat)

·         8 small tortillas (corn or flour, based on preference)

·         1 cup shredded cabbage or lettuce

·         1 cup diced tomatoes

·         1/2 cup chopped red onion

·         1/4 cup chopped cilantro

·         1 jalapeño, thinly sliced (optional, for spice)

·         1 lime, cut into wedges

·         Salt and pepper to taste


For the sauce:

·         1/2 cup mayonnaise

·         2 tablespoons lime juice

·         1 teaspoon chili powder

·         1/2 teaspoon cumin

·         Salt to taste



1. Prepare the lobster meat by chopping it into bite-sized pieces. Season with salt and pepper if desired.

2.   Mix the shredded cabbage or lettuce, diced tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, and sliced jalapeño in a bowl to create the salsa.

3.  Whisk together mayonnaise, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, and salt for the sauce in a small bowl. Adjust seasoning to taste.

4.  Warm the tortillas in a skillet or microwave until they are soft and pliable.

5. Assemble the tacos: Place a spoonful of the salsa mixture onto each tortilla, then add the seasoned lobster meat. Drizzle with the sauce and garnish with extra cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.

6.   Serve immediately with lime wedges on the side.

5. Baked Honey Mustard Salmon

Here's a simple and delicious recipe for Baked Honey Mustard Salmon:


·         4 salmon fillets (about 6 oz each)

·         1/4 cup Dijon mustard

·         2 tablespoons honey

·         2 tablespoons olive oil

·         2 cloves garlic, minced

·         1 tablespoon lemon juice

·         Salt and pepper to taste

·         Chopped fresh parsley (optional, for garnish)



1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or light greasing to prevent sticking.

2. Whisk together Dijon mustard, honey, olive oil, minced garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper until well combined in a small bowl.

3. Place the salmon fillets on the prepared baking sheet, skin-side down. If there's skin on the fillets, it's okay to leave it on.

4. Brush the honey mustard mixture generously over the tops of the salmon fillets, ensuring they are evenly coated.

5.  Bake the salmon in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes, or until the salmon easily flakes with a fork and reaches your desired level of doneness.

6.   After cooking, let the salmon rest for a minute or two before serving.

7.   To enhance the taste and appearance of the dish, you can add some freshly chopped parsley as a garnish. 



These delectable seafood side dishes in your dinner party menu can elevate your guests' culinary experience. Whether it's the simplicity of garlic butter shrimp, the refreshing zest of a citrusy ceviche, or the comforting warmth of a creamy seafood chowder, these dishes not only tantalize the taste buds but also add a touch of sophistication and variety to your gathering. By exploring the diverse range of flavors and textures seafood offers, you can create a memorable dining affair that leaves a lasting impression and fosters an enjoyable atmosphere of shared culinary delight among friends and family. 

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