15 Father's Day Menu Ideas
Remember that time Dad rescued you when your car broke down a hundred miles from home? Or how he taught you how to ride a bike? Father's Day is your chance to thank him. Dependable dads deserve a celebration, and nothing shows your gratitude like a thoughtfully prepared New England seafood. And here's a secret — you can make a Father's Day meal quickly and with little experience. We'll help you out with these Father's Day seafood recipes.
Some things to consider when making a Father's Day Menu:
Time of day
What time of day will you be cooking for your dad? Do you want to let him sleep late and surprise him with a brunch? Or will you be hosting a special Father's Day dinner for the whole family? Aim to choose recipes that easily fit into your schedule, and choose meals that suit the time of day. For example, your dad and other guests might prefer eating lobster fettuccine for dinner rather than for breakfast.
Time to prepare
How much time do you have to prepare the Father's Day meal? If you'll be cooking after working all day, you'll probably want to keep things simple. You can cut down on prep time by chopping vegetables the night before and storing them in the refrigerator until it's time to cook. Also, consider other plans you have that day with your dad, and how much time you want to set aside for cooking.
Who will help you
If you'll be doing all or most of the cooking by yourself, it's best to stick with simpler recipes. Aim to plan a menu you can handle alone unless you'll have others helping you.
Who will be there
Are you cooking just for your dad, or are you hosting a celebration for a crowd? Consider how many people you must cook for when choosing recipes, and also consider different tastes. It helps to serve a variety of foods, colors and textures to satisfy all kinds of palates.
Availability of ingredients and tools
It's always a good idea to read an entire recipe through and gather the ingredients in advance to avoid any last-minute shopping or cooking fiascos.
Father's Day Breakfast Ideas
If you're looking for Father's Day breakfast or brunch recipes, we have you covered. The following recipes are hearty, comforting and sure to put Dad in a good mood for the rest of the day. Consider serving a cold bowl of colorful fresh fruit on the alongside these dishes.
1. Crab Brunch Casserole
Do you need to cook brunch for eight people in less than two hours on Father's Day? If so, try this Crab Brunch Casserole. This quick casserole combines salty cheese, buttery eggs and rich crab chunks for a fast, yummy meal.
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups croutons
- 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 pound crab meat
- 2 cups milk
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Cooking Directions: Heat the oven to 325 F. Lightly grease a medium-sized casserole dish. Mix the eggs, croutons, cheese, milk, onion and parsley in a large bowl. Add the crab meat and stir. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Add the mixture to the casserole dish and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 1 hour and serve immediately.
2. Lobster Quiche
If your pop loves lobster, he'll be pleasantly surprised and delighted to dig into a lobster dish for breakfast or brunch. This Lobster Quiche recipe highlights the luscious flavor of lobster and serves six. Ingredients:
- 1 cup cooked lobster meat, chopped
- 1/3 cup minced onion
- 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
- 9-inch unbaked pastry shell
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups light cream
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/3 teaspoon salt
- Pinch of dried parsley
Cooking Directions: Heat the oven to 425 F. Place the lobster meat, minced onion and cheese in the pastry shell. In a bowl, beat the eggs. Mix the cream, cayenne pepper, salt and parsley with the beaten eggs. Pour the egg mixture into the pastry shell over the other ingredients. Bake the quiche for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 300 F and bake for an additional 35 to 45 minutes or until it's cooked through. Allow the quiche to sit for 10 minutes before serving.
3. Oyster Skillet
If your dad happens to love oysters, bacon and beer, this Father's Day recipe is for you. Your dad can enjoy his favorite foods early in the day with this Oyster Skillet recipe.
- 12 oysters, shucked
- 2 tablespoons minced onion
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 8 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/4 cup beer
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce
- 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tomato, diced
Cooking Directions: Pat and dry the oysters with a paper towel. In a skillet, cook the onions with butter until they are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the oysters and cook them until their edges curl, for about 30 seconds. Remove the onions and oysters from the heat. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, salt, garlic powder, beer, and hot sauce. Pour the mixture over the oysters and onions and cook on low heat. Stir the eggs until they are almost set. Add the cheese and cook the eggs for about 15 minutes. Top the dish with crumbled bacon, parsley, and diced tomato before serving. This recipe provides enough to serve four hungry oyster lovers.
4. Crabby Potatoes
If you've ever acted a little crabby towards your dad, now's your chance to make it up to him. Wish him a happy Father's Day with this Crabby Potato recipe. As a bonus, this recipe incorporates convenient ingredients so you can whip it up fast. Ingredients:
- 16-ounce package frozen hash brown potatoes
- 1 1/2 cups butter, melted and divided
- 16-ounce container sour cream
- 1 pound crab meat
- 10.75-ounce can condensed cream of celery soup
- 16-ounce package shredded cheddar cheese
Cooking Directions: Heat the oven to 350 F. Pour 1 cup of melted butter into a casserole dish. Spread frozen hash brown potatoes around the bottom of the dish. In a bowl, combine the soup and sour cream. Pour the mixture over the hash browns. Place the crab meat over the hash browns and top with cheese. Pour the remaining 1/2 cup butter over the cheese and bake for 25 minutes.
5. Lobster Bloody Mary
An extraordinary Father's Day brunch calls for an amazing cocktail on the side. Dad will love our Lobster Bloody Mary recipe, which makes enough for two. The spicy tomato flavors complement any brunch dish.
- 2 or 3 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
- 1 lemon half plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 3 ounces vodka
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons lobster juice
- 6 ounces tomato juice
- 2 tablespoons pickle juice
- 5 to 10 drops hot sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
- 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
For the garnish you'll need:
- Bamboo skewers
- Fresh cooked lobster meat
- Celery stalks
- Lemon slices
Directions: Place the Old Bay on a plate and set aside. Squeeze the lemon half around the rim of two 12-ounce glasses. Dip each glass into the Old Bay. Fill the glasses with ice and set aside. Add the vodka, tablespoon of lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, tomato juice, hot sauce, celery salt, pickle juice, horseradish, lobster juice and a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake for about 1 minute. Divide the mixture between the two glasses. Garnish with bamboo skewers of lobster meat and olives, pickles, celery stalks, cucumber and lemon slices.
Father's Day Lunch Ideas
The afternoon is perfect for hosting a Father's Day lunch al fresco. You can fire up the grill and make some of Dad's favorite dishes, while enjoying the sunshine, fresh air and the best company you can ask for – a happy dad. Here are recipes for a perfect Father's Day lunch.
1. Lobster Roll
Lobster rolls are a New England staple. Typically served on a toasted split-top bun, a lobster roll is packed with cool, creamy lobster meat and mayonnaise for a refreshing and delicious lunch. Serve lobster rolls with a classic side like potato chips or fries, and offer dad a Belgian tripel, hefeweizen or Belgian witbier to add a refreshing burst of citrus to the meal.
- 8 ounces mayonnaise
- 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Lobster roll buns
- 6 strips bacon, cooked
- 2 ripe avocados, sliced or mashed
- 1 pound lobster claw meat or 1 pound crab meat
Cooking Directions: First, prepare the lime mayo. Add the mayonnaise to a bowl and stir in the lime juice. Add salt and pepper to taste. Next, heat a frying pan over medium heat. Butter the outsides of the lobster roll buns and brown both sides in the pan. Open the rolls and add the lime mayo, avocado, bacon and lobster or crab meat. Watch your dad's eyes light up when you serve an authentic Maine specialty. If you're short on time, consider ordering a Lobster Roll Kit which has everything you need for a classic lobster roll lunch with friends and family.
2. Grilled Crab Legs
If your dad loves crab legs, he'll be thrilled with this Grilled Crab Legs recipe. Round up the family and head outside to enjoy buttery crab legs fresh off the grill. Ingredients:
- 3 to 4 pounds cooked crab legs
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Grilling Directions: To make grilled crab legs, first heat the grill. Brush both sides of the crab legs with olive oil, and place them on the grill 5 to 6 inches from the coals. Heat the crab legs for 4 to 5 minutes, turning once. Move the grilled crab legs to a plate and serve them with a tasty dipping sauce, such as garlic butter or cocktail sauce. To make the crab legs spicier, you can sprinkle the legs with seasonings of your choice, such as garlic powder and dill or classic Old Bay seasoning. Grilled crab legs go great with a side of grilled corn on the cob.
If your dad prefers lobster over crab legs, check out our grilling guide for lobster tails.
3. Grilled Oysters
Looking for a unique way to serve oysters for lunch? This Grilled Oysters recipe offers a briny treat for dads who love the sea. Pair grilled oysters with a hearty side, like buttered and seasoned linguine, potato salad or a homemade Caesar salad.
- 2 cups butter
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
- 2 dozen oysters on the half shell
Cooking Instructions: Heat the grill to 450 F. Meanwhile, add the butter, garlic, cheese, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, pepper and hot sauce to a food processor. Pulse until the ingredients are well combined. Place the oysters in a single layer on the grill. Add 2 teaspoons of the butter mixture to each oyster. Grill the oysters uncovered for about 7 minutes or until the edges curl.
4. Surf N' Turf Burger
If you can't decide whether to make Dad burgers or lobster for Father's Day, this recipe delivers both. You'll really impress your pop when you place a towering, juicy Surf N' Turf Burger in front of him. Ingredients:
- 1/2 pound cooked lobster meat, chopped
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise and more for assembling
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 slices tomato
- Four 5-ounce fresh ground beef patties
- 4 hamburger buns, toasted
- 8 slices cooked bacon
- 4 leaves green leaf lettuce
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped chives
Cooking Directions: Mix the lobster meat, 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, lemon juice, chives, and salt and pepper in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate. When it's time for lunch, season the burger patties with salt and pepper. Cook the burgers until they reach your desired doneness on a hot grill or skillet. Remove them from the heat and let them rest for five minutes. Add mayonnaise, a tomato slice and a lettuce leaf to the bottom of each hamburger bun. Add a burger patty, and top each patty with the lobster mixture. Finally, add 2 slices of bacon to each burger before serving.
5. Hot Crab and Shrimp Dip
You can please just about anyone at the Father's Day celebration with this creamy Hot Crab and Shrimp Dip. Better yet, this dip only takes 5 minutes to prepare and is great as a snack or side as well.
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
- 1/2 pound crab meat
- 1/3 cup shredded smoked cheese
- 1/2 cup cooked shrimp, chopped
- 1/3 cup toasted sliced almonds
Directions: Heat oven to 375 F. Combine mayonnaise, seasoning, garlic powder and mustard in a bowl. Stir in the crab meat, shrimp and cheese. Place the mixture into a 3-cup baking dish. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the dip is bubbly. Sprinkle almond slices on top before serving.
Father's Day Dinner Ideas
Our Father's Day dinner recipes are simple to make and sure to impress your dad and other dinner guests.
1. Lobster Ravioli
If you're looking for a crowd-pleaser to add to your Father's Day dinner menu, consider trying our Lobster and Boursin Cheese Ravioli recipe. No one has to know how simple this recipe is, but they'll all wonder about the secret ingredient. Ingredients:
- One 5.2-ounce package Boursin cheese
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
- 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons olive oil and more as needed
- 1 pound fresh cooked lobster meat
- 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- Salt and pepper
- 64 wonton wrappers
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 4 vine tomatoes, chopped
- 3 cups baby arugula
- 1 cup basil leaves, torn
Cooking Directions: To make the ravioli filling, place the cheese, lemon zest, parsley, 2 teaspoons of olive oil, lobster meat, and salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until the lobster meat is finely chopped. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of filling into the center of each wonton wrapper. Using your finger, dab water around the rim of each wrapper. Top the wrappers and filling with a second wrapper and press down around the edges to seal. Place the ravioli on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the ravioli in batches and cook them until they float to the top—about 3 minutes per batch. Transfer the ravioli to a platter and drizzle olive oil on top to prevent sticking. Set aside a 1/2 cup of pasta water. Heat a 1/4 cup of olive oil in a large skillet and cook the garlic until it's fragrant, for about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and pasta water and cook until the juices slightly thicken, for about 8 minutes. Turn off the heat, and add the arugula. Toss the arugula until it slightly wilts. Stir in the basil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour the sauce over the ravioli and serve immediately.
2. Buttery Crab Claws
This Smoky, Buttery Crab Claws recipe is easy, quick and combines salty bacon with sweet crab for a winning pair. Ingredients:
- 2 smoked bacon slices, chopped
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 pound crab claws
- 2 teaspoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
Cooking Directions: In a skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until it's crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan using a slotted spoon, and discard the bacon drippings. Melt the butter in the skillet. Add the onions and garlic, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and crab claws. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through. Stir in parsley and chopped bacon. Serve the crab claws with French bread as an appetizer, side, or as the main dish.
3. Mussels With Wine Sauce
Mussels are packed with flavor and nutrition, and they're also easy and fast to make. Try our delicious Mussels in White Wine and Garlic recipe to serve up a special treat. You might serve mussels with a baguette for dipping, or over a bed of pasta with a side of steamed veggies.
- 4 pounds mussels
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 8 large shallots, finely chopped
- 4 cups dry white wine
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup parsley, chopped
Cooking Directions: Rinse and scrub the mussels under cold running water. Remove any strings, or beards, from the shells and discard. In a large stockpot, melt the butter and cook the shallots for 2 to 3 minutes over medium heat. Add the wine, garlic and salt, and increase heat to high. Add the mussels and cook for 5 minutes or until the mussels open. Stir in parsley and extra butter if desired and remove the pot from the heat. Divide the mussels and broth among four bowls and serve immediately.
4. Shrimp Scampi
Are you nervous about preparing seafood for the first time? You can cook up a delicious dinner using pre-cooked shrimp in less than half an hour. Try this simple Shrimp Scampi With Linguine recipe that Dad and everyone else at the table is sure to love. This recipe serves four, but you can easily double it if needed. Ingredients:
- 8 ounces linguine
- Olive oil
- 1 stick butter
- 1/4 cup finely diced onions
- 8 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup white wine or chicken broth
- 1 lemon for juice
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
- Ground black pepper to taste
- 1 pound shrimp, tails removed
Cooking Directions: Cook the linguine according to the package instructions for the lowest time listed. Drain and return the linguine to the pot. Drizzle the linguine with olive oil to prevent sticking. In a large pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Cook the onions for about 5 minutes, or until they're soft. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Pour in the wine or chicken broth and the juice from one lemon. Stir in parsley and pepper and bring to a simmer. Add shrimp and linguine, and cook until the shrimp are heated through, for about 1 minute. Serve this dish with a fresh green salad and crusty bread. Offer white wine to complement the flavors.
5. Lobster Mashed Potatoes
If you're looking for a unique, mouthwatering side, try this Lobster Mashed Potatoes recipe. Serve this decadent lobster-stuffed side with a thick juicy steak, and you'll make your dad feel like a king.
- 6 Yukon Gold potatoes, quartered
- 1 cup milk
- 1 stick butter
- 4 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
- Salt and pepper
- 1 pound fresh cooked lobster meat, chopped
Cooking Directions: Boil the potatoes until they are very tender. In a small saucepan, gently heat the milk and butter. Drain the potatoes and put them back in the pot. Add the milk mixture, onions, parsley, salt and pepper, and mash. Mix in the chopped lobster meat and serve immediately.
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