Healthy seafood recipes feature different types of fish and shellfish prepared in ways that are both delicious and good for you.
Eating seafood is a great way to add flavor, protein, and variety to any meal. Not only can seafood be prepared in a wide range of recipes, but it's also packed with protein.
You don't need gluten to have a good time! Check out these recipes and let me know what you think!
- How to Purchase Seafood
- Is Seafood Gluten-Free?
- Mahi Mahi with Basil Butter
- Blackened Swordfish
- Stone Crabs with Mustard Sauce
- Pan Fried Yellowtail Snapper
- Florida Key Pink Shrimp Salad
- Roasted Yellowtail Snapper
- Seared & Blackened Tuna
- Salmon Chowder
- Shrimp Tacos with Pico de Gallo
- Yellowtail Snapper Tacos with Cilantro Lime Crema
- Green Mussels Recipes
- Baked Coconut Shrimp with Mango Dipping Sauce
- Peel & Eat Shrimp
- Shrimp Cocktail
- Blackened Shrimp with Butter
- The Best Healthy Seafood Recipes
How to Purchase Seafood
When purchasing whole fish, look for fresh fish with clear and bright eyes. The scales should be moist and the fish should not smell fishy. Ask to hold the fish and smell it before buying. Fish fillets should be moist and not falling apart or drying out.
Is Seafood Gluten-Free?
Yes, seafood, in its natural state, is gluten-free.
Fish and shellfish contain gluten when it's prepared with wheat-based ingredients, such as breading or sauces. Any seafood in a package, such as surimi, which is the fake crabmeat used to make California Rolls, is processed and usually contains gluten.
If you get wild-caught fish, the fish eat sea vegetables, other fish, and sea crustaceans. They have a well-balanced gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free diet.
Farmed fish might not be that clean.
Mahi Mahi with Basil Butter
Fresh basil, lemon juice, and unsalted butter make Mahimahi with Basil Butter your new favorite seafood dish. The whole family will love this easy fish recipe and its delicious taste.
To blacken swordfish, a blend of herbs and spices that includes paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper, thyme, oregano, and garlic powder is mixed up and dusted on the fish.
Over high heat, the swordfish is seared in a cast-iron pan to get the signature black color and crust on its surface.
Stone Crabs with Mustard Sauce
Stone crabs with mustard sauce is a classic seafood delicacy.
People visit South Florida from all over the world to taste the delicious stone crabs.
Stone crabs are steamed in water right after harvesting them.
The tender, succulent stone crab claws are served with a tangy and creamy mustard-based dipping sauce, creating a harmonious blend of flavors that's a true seafood delight.
This recipe is Gluten-Free and Low-Carb. For the Paleo or Kaufmann diet, use lemon and melted butter on your stone crabs.
Pan Fried Yellowtail Snapper
Fresh yellowtail snapper fillets are seasoned, then gently cooked in a hot pan with oil and butter until the exterior is crispy and the flesh is tender and flaky.
Served with a squeeze of lemon, fresh veggies, or a light sauce to complement the natural taste of the fish.
Florida Key Pink Shrimp Salad
A cold shrimp salad with sweet and crisp Key West pink shrimp and fresh greens for the best shrimp lunch on the side of Florida!
This shrimp salad recipe makes a creamy and savory blend of mayonnaise and shrimp, delicately seasoned with a hint of Old Bay for a perfect balance of flavors.
Roasted Yellowtail Snapper
Roasted yellowtail with Old Bay Seasoning is a straightforward recipe that's made in the oven. The fish is seasoned and then dotted with cold butter for a delicious meal with very big flavor!
Seared & Blackened Tuna
Blackened tuna is made with the same blackening seasoning I use on my swordfish. The tuna is cooked in a hot pan for no more than a minute and then chilled.
The result is a flavorful and spicy dish with a smoky, blackened exterior and a moist, tender interior.
The spice level can be adjusted to suit your taste by varying the amount of cayenne pepper in the seasoning blend. Serve seared ahi tuna cold with lemon and pink sauce.
Salmon chowder is a hearty soup made with salmon fillet, fresh vegetables, and fresh herbs. It's a variation of the traditional clam chowder but with salmon as the star ingredient.
Made with salmon, potatoes, onions, celery, carrots, and spices, this soup is a meal in itself.
Shrimp Tacos with Pico de Gallo
Juicy wild-caught Key West shrimp, homemade taco seasoning, fresh vegetables, and Siete gluten-free tortillas make great healthy shrimp tacos!
The shrimp are quickly seared, giving them a smoky, slightly crispy texture on the outside while remaining tender and flavorful on the inside.
Serve with a vibrant pico de Gallo and these shrimp tacos are a healthy meal with big flavor!
Yellowtail Snapper Tacos with Cilantro Lime Crema
My favorite fish tacos are made with fresh snapper and homemade taco seasoning. The tender, flaky snapper fillets are lightly seasoned and seared with lime juice to enhance their natural flavors.
These fish tacos are then assembled with crunchy shredded cabbage and a drizzle of tangy cilantro lime crema. The tacos are wrapped in gluten-free tortillas.
Yellowtail is a thin white filet and you can use any snapper in its place. Try red snapper, mutton snapper, or mangrove snapper too!
Green Mussels Recipes
Green, mussels are incredibly easy to prepare. In this recipe, the mussels are seasoned with garlic, shallots, wine, and butter.
They cook quickly and make a delicious appetizer or main dish.
Baked Coconut Shrimp with Mango Dipping Sauce
Coconut shrimp is a tasty low-fat appetizer featuring succulent shrimp coated in a crispy, sweet coconut breading.
The combination of the tender shrimp and the tropical, slightly nutty taste of coconut makes a good choice for an easy appetizer.
When selecting the shrimp for this recipe, look for wild-caught frozen shrimp harvested in the USA. If you're in Florida, get local Key West Pink Shrimp.
Peel & Eat Shrimp
Peel and Eat Shrimp is a fantastic shrimp appetizer, especially when using fresh Key West pink shrimp!
Boiled shrimp is beloved by all, and this simple make-ahead dish is destined to be your new favorite.
This is the easiest appetizer to make because the shrimp are peeled at the table!
Shrimp cocktail is a simple appetizer featuring chilled shrimp served with cocktail sauce, offering a tasty combination of flavors and textures. It's a classic choice for a refreshing start to a meal.
Good shrimp is the key here. We use local Key West Pink Shrimp.
When you learn how to cook shrimp for shrimp cocktail you'll be hooked the first time!
Blackened Shrimp with Butter
Blackened shrimp is a dish made by coating shrimp in a flavorful spice blend and then searing them in a hot skillet until they develop a dark, crusty exterior.
The shrimp is coated and then cooked in olive oil and a few garlic cloves for only a few minutes.
We've topped the blackened shrimp with melted butter and lemon.
Healthy seafood recipes feature a variety of fish and shellfish prepared in ways that balance flavor and nutrition.
Like I said earlier, you don't need gluten to have a good time. Try the tacos, they're fun! The shrimp cocktail is tons of fun...
Seafood is great for quick meals. The fish starts out tender so it doesn't have to be marinated and you don't have to wait for hours.
Enjoy your fish and your shellfish, and when you're in the Keys, make sure you pick up a few stone crabs and Key West pink shrimp. They really are something else 😊
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Wild seafood refers to fish and shellfish that are harvested directly from their natural, non-cultivated habitats, such as oceans, seas, rivers, and lakes. Unlike farmed seafood, which is raised in controlled environments, wild seafood is caught in the wild by fishermen. Wild seafood is considered healthier because it feeds on natural sources.
Florida is known for its abundant seafood and some of the most popular fish to eat in Florida are:
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