The Italian Christmas Eve tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes is not only delicious, but incredibly celebratory. In honor of the food-centric holiday, we’ve put together some of our favorite fish and seafood recipes (make sure you try our Mussels Recipe) fit for family and friends. We’re breaking down the recipes by course, but feel free to mix and match any of these recipes for your Christmas Eve Dinner. Or, check out our fish and seafood recipe archive for more ideas!
New to Feast of the Seven Fishes? It’s an Italian tradition celebrated by Italians and Italian Americans. Many menus feature anchovies, mussels and/or calamari as early courses. Scallops, crab, squid, salt cod, octopus, and lobster are also popular fish and shellfish to serve throughout the meal. Many Italian immigrants serve Lobster fra diavolo as well.
Along with all the seafood dishes and different types of fish, be sure to offer our Marinated Olives, a variety of cheese, fresh bakery bread, salted butter, olive oil, and capers on the table.
Smoky Peel and Eat Shrimp + Chipotle Dipping Sauce
Peel ‘n eat shrimp are a great game day or summer BBQ appetizer. They also make a great dinner when served with a quick slaw and cornbread.
Oysters on the Half Shell with Beet Mignonette
Serve oysters on the half shell with a roasted beet mignonette for an easy and festive holiday appetizer. Vibrant in color, this recipe can easily be served for a small party or multiplied for a large get-together.
Crab Salad Recipe
A fresh and flavorful recipe for crab salad. It's creamy yet light and features layers of flavor!
Quick & Zesty Smoked Salmon Dip
A fresh, zesty and savory smoked salmon dip that’s great for any season and any occasion.
Smoked Salmon Platter with Blini
This smoked salmon platter makes an elegant appetizer or gorgeous brunch spread. Mix and match the toppings by using what’s in season and what you have on hand.
Smoked Trout Dip with Crème Fraîche & Herbs
Bold yet fresh in flavor, this smoked trout dip is made with strained yogurt (to make it ultra-creamy), crème fraîche, lemon, chives and dill.
Simple Salmon Caesar Salad
A simple, straight-forward Salmon Caesar Salad that is perfect for lunch or quick weeknight dinners. It's easy, healthy and so satisfying.
Simple Tuna Nicoise Salad
A simple recipe for a flavor-packed Tuna Nicoise Salad. This dinner salad will feed a hungry family!
Salmon Spinach French Lentil Salad with Toasted Cumin Vinaigrette
Savory French Lentil Salmon Spinach Salad with crispy pan seared salmon, a simple toasted cumin vinaigrette, and dried cranberries for some chewy sweetness. This lentil salad is hearty, full of flavor and healthy.
Light and delicious, this brothy fish soup is surprisingly easy to pull together. Make this for a cozy night in, fun dinner parties, or the holidays! Depending on how many you’re serving, this soup can easily be doubled or halved.
Rich & Creamy Shrimp Bisque
A rich and creamy shrimp bisque that’s just as decadent as the classic while still be fairly light. This recipe features a homemade shrimp stock and whole milk.
If you’re looking for a Fish Stew, we’ve got that too! It’s reminiscent of a Cioppino.
This easy and elegant mussels recipe is a must-try! Made with a buttery white wine sauce, loads of garlic and fresh herbs. It's a delight!
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Spaghetti with Clams a la Casino
This clam pasta recipe takes the delicious components of Clams Casino and transforms it into an easy weeknight (almost-one-pot) meal. Smokey bacon, sweet garlic and peppers, savory oregano, and the crunchy breadcrumbs all come together to create a clam pasta worthy of company.
Perfect Pan Seared Salmon
3 ingredients, 1 pan, and 15 minutes is all you need to make the best pan seared salmon! Crispy on the outside and deliciously moist on the inside, this salmon recipe is best out there!
Serve this perfectly pan-seared salmon with our Fennel Salad for an impressive course.
Coriander-Crusted Halibut Toast with Fennel Aioli
Chewy toasted ciabatta gets topped with a delicious fennel aioli, lemony spring greens and fennel, and a gorgeous coriander-crusted halibut. This open-faced sandwich, aka halibut toast, makes a delicious weekday lunch or dinner.
Pan-seared cod is also a great option for both of these recipes.
Pan-Seared Chilean Sea Bass with Chorizo Maque Choux
Buttery Chilean sea bass with a crispy crust served over a flavor-packed maque choux with crispy bits of chorizo.
Shrimp Fra Diavolo
A modern take on the classic shrimp dish—this Shrimp fra Diavolo recipe will become a favorite!
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And finally, check out our archive of Fish and Seafood Recipes for more ideas!
Ready to fill out the menu? For dessert, check out our 12 Days of Christmas Cookies.