Fireworks, a seafood cookout and friends are the components of the perfect red, white, and blue celebration. If you are hosting or just need an amazing recipe to take to an event, our 4th of July seafood recipe guide is the place to start. You will find recipes for all of your seafood favorites, including lobster, crab, clams, and mussels.
Here are 15 seafood recipes that are perfect for backyard cooking and sharing with loved ones.
New England 4th of July Seafood Recipe Guide
bake is easy and fun. You can cook it over an open fire or inside on a stove top, making it easy to enjoy at a state park, beach, or at home. These step-by-step instructions
from Saveur, provide images and an easy-to-follow tutorial on how to do this outside. You can take a look at our guide to hosting a Maine lobster bake
for more ideas.
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This is similar to a lobster bake, but instead of lobster, clams
are the star of this recipe
. Instead of steamed over a stove top or fire, this clambake is done on the grill. It leaves the ingredients with a smoky flavor that is absolutely perfect for summer.
This is a classic for summertime cookouts. You can throw fresh live lobster
or lobster tails
onto the grill. They cook quickly and come out with an unforgettable flavor. Getting that perfect cook is also super easy with this method. Follow our section on grilling lobster in our Maine Lobster Now lobster cooking guide
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You can try this recipe
out with clams
. It is delicious either way. The white wine and lemon provide a zest while the garlic adds vibrancy and warmth to the sweet, mild shellfish meat. This makes for an excellent side or entree.
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Fresh oysters are delicious, but grilled oysters
might be even better. Especially for the 4th of July. This recipe
is quick and easy. You can serve the oysters with the garlic butter sauce alone, or pair up with favorites like horseradish or cocktail sauce. These are fast enough that they make for a great appetizer to hold guests over while you work on finishing up the main dish.
is a favorite at Maine Lobster Now. Butter, Ritz crackers, lemon, and herbs blend with the juicy lobster tail
meat for a culinary experience you won't soon forget. It is light, savory and it even looks beautiful on the plate. You oven-bake this one, which frees up some extra room on the grill for appetizers.
If you are looking for quick, this the entree for you. Crab legs are already cooked, and just need to be heated up. Throw them on the grill for 5 - 10 minutes then serve. It is that simple. The thick hunks of Alaskan King Crab leg pieces
are made even more crave worthy with that extra hint of smoke and fire.
This Baked Haddock recipe
is another favorite from Maine Lobster Now. Ritz crackers, lemon, and garlic give our wild-caught haddock
a perfect flavor that sings summertime. You can even add a portion of crab meat
to make this dish even more satisfying.
Baked lobster tail
is convenient, and flavorful. Prior to cooking you can easily marinade or spice the meat to your liking. You can even baste the meat during the cooking process to keep the meat extra moist. Best of all, the butterflying technique makes for quite a presentation that your guests will be impressed with. Follow our instructions for baking lobster tail in the Maine Lobster Now lobster cooking guide.
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for grilled scallop tacos is unique and oh so delicious. You can make this dish buffet-style for a quick assemble. Allowing guests to customize their own dish is always appealing anyway. The combination of texture in these tacos is what really makes the dish. You get soft bites of buttery grilled scallops
, creamy guacamole, and a final crunch from the grilled tortilla shell.
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from Half Baked Harvest is amazing for an upscale 4th of July dish. Our Maine Lobster Now USDA prime steaks
paired with our jumbo lobster tails
are the perfect ingredients. The spicy garlic chimichurri sauce brings the whole thing together. Is is vibrant, bursting with flavor, some sure to impress your friends and family.
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Need a pre-dinner treat that guests will love? This is the recipe to go to
. Sharp bites of fontina cheese blends perfectly with the earthiness in each mushroom and sweetness of the crab meat
. Grill them up and let guests snack on them while you finish cooking.
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Fish lovers at your 4th of July party will love this sweet and savory dish
. Our North Atlantic salmon fillets
are perfect for this recipe. The fillets are penetrated just enough by the thick marinade, giving you a ton of flavor in every juicy bite. Add a slice of lemon for a more colorful presentation and some additional zest.
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If you are looking for a side or light salad to serve with your seafood feast, look no further. This recipe
blends fresh colorful ingredients like honeydew and avocado with rich buttery morsels of grilled sea scallop
. Pair with a glass of your favorite New England chardonnay to really create a Maine style 4th of July experience.
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Add some spice to your 4th of July seafood menu with this grill braised clam and chorizo dish
. Mild and slightly sweet steamer clams
pair down the intensity of the savory chorizo sausage, leaving your taste buds with the perfect balance between the two flavors. The corn and poblano pepper add some pizzazz, while also diversifying the texture for a truly satisfying experience.
This 4th of July seafood recipe guide should give you some ideas to jump start your menu planning. Don't forget that Maine Lobster Now can overnight any of these seafood ingredients right to your doorstep, saving you a lot of time and worry before the holiday. All of our seafood is fresh and of the highest quality.
Happy 4th of July!