10 Best seafood dishes for dinner in the USA

Being the primary source of supreme quality protein, more than one billion people across the globe consume seafood on a regular basis. As per the UK Food Standards AgencyOpens in a new tab., on an average scale, two portions of seafood should be included in a weekly diet as it contains Vitamin D and Omega 3 fatty acids. Seafood is one of the salubrious options for children, pregnant women and adults as it enhances neurodevelopment and cognition and reduces chances of coronary heart attacks.

The most loved seafood dishes of Americans are prepared with shrimp, crabs, tuna, tilapia, oyster and salmon. Shrimp is the most favourite seafood of Americans; around 1.27 pounds of shrimp is consumed annually. Salmon stands in the second position with an annual consumption of 918 million. Maryland Crab Cakes, Surf and turf, Oyster Rockefeller, Tuna tartare, Shrimp cocktails are some of the best seafood dishes found in American dinner tables.

The FMI Opens in a new tab.survey report of 2019 confirmed that around 56% of Americans feed on seafood twice a month. There was a growth in the total consumption of seafood in 2019 than the previous years, as per the records of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA).

Maryland Crab Cakes

Maryland Crab Cakes

The best ever seafood dinner recipe, which appears in the forms of finger food, sandwich and main dish, Crab cake is the perfect epitome of Maryland cuisine. This staple dish of Maryland is a delicious blend of crabmeat, egg, milk and mayonnaise along with lemon, parsley and old bay seasoning.

It is assumed that the magical taste of Crab cakes can be enhanced by choosing lump crabmeat. However in “Crab lovers: Can you get over the lump?”, Richard Gorelick reminds us the fact that crab cake was first prepared with the leftover ingredients rather than an expensive jumbo lump.

✯  Fun Fact ✯

Lesser the filler, the better the crab cake. Adding too many fillers while preparing crab cake would change the real taste and texture of the dish.

Surf and Turf

Surf and Turf

Surf and turf, as the name indicates is the combination of steak (turf) and shrimp (surf) cooked at different levels. The thick bone-in pork chops, rack of lamb or beef steak can be chosen for turf and lobster, crab leg, prawns or scallops are the best choices for preparing surf. White garlic butter sauce at the top of surf and turf is a classic union that satiates the appetite with its delicious taste.

✯  Fun Fact ✯

February 29 is considered Nation Surf and Turf Day.

Oyster Rockefeller

Oyster Rockefeller

Garnished with lemon wedges, Oyster Rockefeller, an end product from the fusion of oysters on the half shell with a luscious sauce made of butter, green herbs and parsley on the top, is one of the most succulent delicacies in the USA.

✯  Fun Fact ✯

This amazing dish was named after John D Rockefeller, one of the wealthiest men in the USA, owing to the supreme richness of its sauce, whose original recipe is still a mystery.

Tuna Tartare

Tuna Tartare

An elegant appetiser with its origin in Los Angeles, Tuna tartare is made by fusing tuna fish with avocado and egg yolks. It has become one of the most attractive starters on the American dinner table, as it is presented in a visually appealing way. Not only avocado, cabbage or onion can also be mixed with raw tuna during the preparation.

✯  Fun Fact ✯

Tuna Tartare was first made by a Japanese born, French-trained chef named Shigefumi Tachibe when he had to improvise beef tartare for his clients who did not want to eat meat at that moment.

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp cocktail, otherwise known as Prawns cocktail, mostly served in the glass, is a combination of shelled and cooked shrimp with cocktail sauce. In the USA, the cocktail sauce is prepared by mixing ketchup and horseradish.

✯  Fun Fact ✯

 In the USA, in order to sell the variations of Shrimp cocktail in the prepared form, proportion by weight should be stated, as per the regulations of the FDA.

Crab Rangoon

Crab Rangoon

Crab Rangoon is a dumpling appetiser with its origin in the USA and is mainly found in American Chinese restaurants. The dish is prepared by the clubbing of cream cheese and crabmeat along with other flavourings, wrapped in a Chinese wonton wrapper

✯  Fun Fact ✯

Crab Rangoon is also known as crab pillows, crab wontons or crab cheese wontons

Lobster Stew

lobster Stew

Served in the form of saporous broth, the Lobster stew is a combination of lobster meat, vegetables and other seafood. Menorcan caldera de llagosta and Maine lobster stew are the two major versions that are highly popular in Spain and New England. Menorcan caldera de llagosta is available only during the summer season as the lobster can be captured only between March and August.

✯  Fun Fact ✯

The process of lobster shedding its shells is called molting.

Poke

poke

The Hawaiian dish is actually a salad made with tuna which attained popularity in the USA owing to the Americans’ fondness for Asian cuisine. Several variants of poke including octopus are now available in the market.

✯  Fun Fact ✯

Since 1991 Sam Choy, who is hailed as “ king of pokes”, has been hosting “I love poke festival” for exhibiting his new experiments with poke recipes.

Seafood Chowder

Seafood Chowder

Seafood chowder is a kind of stew or soup made with fish, oysters, clams or other kinds of shellfish. It is mainly prepared in the form of cream or broth style soup.

✯  Fun Fact ✯

Chowder was introduced in the USA by immigrants more than 250 years ago and became popular in a short span of time. Gradually they started to serve it for all celebrations in the northern states of America.

Étouffée

Etouffee

A Cajun dish mainly served with rice, is prepared by using the method of smothering. This is served as a main dish and shellfish is the key ingredient used in the preparation.

✯  Fun Fact ✯

The French term Étouffée means smothered or suffocated; when borrowed into English it becomes stuffed.

What goes well with seafood dinner dishes in the USA?

Any food can be enjoyed to its zenith only when it is consumed along with the best side dishes. In the USA, one can find a plethora of side dishes that go well with seafood dinner dishes. 

It will be a matter of delight to find out the best accompaniments that will pair with main courses. In order to elevate the dinner into a sumptuous one, the main seafood dishes should be sided by the perfect pair. The side dishes that go well with seafood dinner dishes in the USA are potato or fresh corn, poached egg with leafy veggies, kale and quinoa salad, lemongrass ginger broth, french fries, creamy salad with bright dressing, Soba noodles, pasta, grain salad and so on.

Main dish Side dish
Tuna TartareRice crackers/potato chips/cucumber and avocado salad/chilli sauce
Maryland crab cakeHerbed potatoes/green salad/chickpea salad
Oyster RockefellerPotatoes or fresh corns/Tomato or basil salad/ VInegar based coleslaw
Surf and TurfBrown sugar and citrus salmon/Baked Zucchini sticks
Crab RangoonSweet and Sour sauce

Also Read: Top 5 Food to Eat for Dinner in the USA

CONCLUSION

Many Americans frequent seafood restaurants to dine out with their friends and family, nowadays. The trending recipes of the elegant seafood dishes along with the moreish side dishes are being tried out at most of the American kitchens. Those who long to know about the best seafood dinner dishes will be satiated with the aforementioned information regarding the best ones available in the USA.

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