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Easy Seafood Dishes to Try this Thanksgiving

November 10, 2020

Shake up your holiday meal with delicious, healthy, and sustainable seafood.

Photo of baked oysters on the half shell. Baked oysters. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Heather Soulen.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so it’s prime time to start thinking about what you’ll serve. If you’re a seafood lover like we are, try branching out this year. These seafood recipes are delicious and won’t keep you trapped in the kitchen all day. 

Whether you try these recipes or stick to your own seafood holiday favorites, remember that seafood harvested in the United States is a sustainable choice. Our fishermen and farmers operate under some of the most robust and transparent environmental laws in the world.


Start your holiday meal off on the right foot with a delicious seafood starter. These recipes look great and taste even better. 

Photo of crab cakes on a plate.
Crab cakes. Credit: Seafood Nutrition Partnership.

Soups and Salads

Trust us—these tasty dishes will be worth making room for on your Thanksgiving table. 

Photo of fresh bluefish and vegetable soup.
Fresh bluefish vegetable soup. Credit: North Carolina Sea Grant, marinersmenu.org.

Main Meal and Sides

Farmed shellfish sides add more than great taste to your seafood meal. Mussels, oysters, and other shellfish are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Serving seafood as a main dish is also a good way to add key nutrients and healthy proteins to your meal. 

Photo of steamed mussels with French bread.
Steamed mussels. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Heather Soulen.

NOAA Fisheries and FishWatch arm you with the facts about what makes U.S. seafood sustainable—from the ocean or farm to your plate. Get up-to-date information on the status of harvested marine fish and farmed fish, and learn more about U.S. seafood.

Last updated by Office of Communications on May 23, 2023

Eat Seafood, America!