15 Thanksgiving Seafood Sides

Thanksgiving is all about spending quality time and sharing a decadent meal with the people we love. The traditions make this holiday special, but sometimes making just a small change can make the day a little more memorable. 

One way to spice things up this Thanksgiving –without making any drastic changes– is to add a new side dish. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 15 of our favorite Thanksgiving inspired seafood side dishes for you to consider adding to your dinner this year.

15 Seafood Thanksgiving Sides 

The first thing to remember when making any of these recipes is that a quality main ingredient is key. You can get all of the seafood for these recipes, including crab meat, scallops, lobster lump meat, and more from Maine Lobster Now

1. Paella Seafood Stuffing  

First up, we have to provide a few stuffing recipes. This is a spin on the classic, incorporating bold flavors and a festive assortment of seafood. 

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2. MLN Seafood Stuffing 

Save time this year and purchase this premade seafood stuffing. It’s a favorite at Maine Lobster Now, and best of all, you just have to heat it up. No prep required. 

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3. Deviled Crab Stuffing 

This takes a traditional seafood stuffing and gives it a little extra texture, color, and flavor. With peppers and potato bread, this deviled crab stuffing is a major comfort food that you’ll want to keep eating– perfect for Thanksgiving. 

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4. Crab Toasts with Spicy Yogurt 

These little toasties make for a perfect pre-dinner appetizer or during dinner side. The yogurt adds some extra zest to the sweet crab meat, making for a truly savory kick to the pallette  in each bite. 


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5. Spicy Mango Scallops

This is a less traditional dish, but one that would pair well with Thanksgiving classics nonetheless. The mango chutney and pineapple brighten the dish, while the succulent scallops and peanut flavors give the dish balance. Go for this recipe when you really want to change things up. 

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6. Bacon Wrapped Scallops 

Is there any better blend of sweet and savory than a bacon wrapped scallop? We don’t think so. This pre-made delight is perfect as an appetizer or during dinner. You might want to buy an extra, because they tend to get eaten quickly. 

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7. Salmon Dip 

Serve this with a tray of buttery crackers, or on the side for guests to enjoy with your homemade dinner rolls. The salmon makes for a healthy additional source of protein and fat, while adding a unique flavor profile to your traditional Thanksgiving dinner. 

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8. Crab and Cheese Rolls 

If you are looking for a festive and flavorful roll recipe that gives just a little something extra, these are a great choice. Mozzarella, parmesan, and cream cheese are blended with sweet juicy hunks of crab meat, olives, and chives, for an unforgettable dinner roll you’ll be making again and again. 

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9. Maine Lobster Bisque 

This is yet another excellent option if you are looking for a side you can simply heat up and serve. This is our own special recipe and we can’t wait for you to try it and share it with your loved ones this Thanksgiving. 

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10. Crab Stuffed Deviled Eggs 

This is a fast, easy-t0-make recipe, made decadent with a hearty helping of fresh crab meat. We all know deviled eggs make any holiday spread look even more incredible. 

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11. Basic Seafood Salad 

Add a little zest to a classic green salad this Thanksgiving. Simply add peeled cocktail shrimp,  capers, and a squeeze of fresh lemon. 

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12. Pumpkin Shrimp Bruschetta  

Nothing says autumn like pumpkin flavored everything. This pumpkin shrimp bruschetta is sure to be a show stopped and a party favorite. Add it to your menu to get the best of autumn and the ocean all in one. 

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13. Jonah Crab Claws  

Shrimp cocktail is a classic holiday starter, but you can kick that up a notch by instead serving a tray of giant jonah crab claws. We provide an entire tray of these delicious claws, providing huge pieces of juicy crab meat per serving. 

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14. Sweet Corn Shrimp and Polenta 

This dish offers it all with notes of sweet and savory, along with a creamy texture. This is a great replacement for a classic pre-dinner soup or salad. 

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15. Lobster Avo Salad 

This recipe is another excellent option for a starter salad incorporating seafood. The delicacy of the ocean, lobster, is paired with slices of fresh grapefruit and creamy avocado, making for a refreshing start to any Thanksgiving meal. 

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All of these recipes work, not only for Thanksgiving, but for any of your upcoming holiday parties. If you are looking for additional ideas, be sure to check out Maine Lobster Now's pre-made, and always delicious, appetizers and gourmet offerings as well.