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31 Delicious Pescatarian Recipes You Need To Try

Pescatarian recipes have a diet similar to that of vegetarians but don’t completely cut out fish and seafood.

This makes the pescatarian diet a much more accessible alternative to cold turkey, cutting off all animals from the approach of vegetarians.

However, finding delicious meals made from fish or seafood can sometimes prove difficult since most people are not the biggest fans of fish.

The great news is that the sky’s the limit when it comes to pescatarian food, as there are numerous different dishes you could make with seafood or fish.

So whether you’re a seafood fanatic looking to try something new or a non-meat eater in need of tasty fish alternatives, in this post, you’ll find the best pescatarian recipes to satisfy all your cravings.

Quick Table: Pescatarian Recipe

RecipeCaloriesPreparation Time
Seafood And Shrimp Chili491 (Per Serving)40 Min
Salmon Spring Rolls149 (Per Serving)1 Hour
Spanish Seafood Paella341 (Per Serving)1 Hr 20 Min
Cucumber Smoked Salmon Rolls103 (Per Serving)20 Min
Cheesy Garlic Mussels367 (Per Serving)25 Min
Salmon Wellington468 (Per Serving)50 Min
Crab Fried Rice397 (Per Serving)25 Min
Smoked Salmon Frittata405 (Per Serving)25 Min
Lobster Corn Chowder424 (Per Serving)90 Min
Mango And Shrimp Quesadillas592 (Per Serving)20 Min
Baked Tilapia398 (Per Serving)20 Min
Spicy Crab Cakes154 (Per Serving)55 Min
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms83 (Per Serving)20 Min
Korean Style Shrimp Burgers480 (Per Serving)20 Min
Cod With Potatoes And Salsa Verde640 (Per Serving)50 Min
Salmon Spinach Pasta729 (Per Serving)30 Min
Garlic Lemon Butter Seared Scallops207 (Per Serving)10 Min
Spicy Fish Taco Bowls364( Per Serving)25 Min
Parmesan Cod303 (Per Serving)35 Min
Garlic Butter Fish346 (Per Serving)20 Min
Salt And Pepper Crusted Chilean Sea Bass433 (Per Serving)15 Min
Seafood Stuffed Peppers179 (Per Serving)40 Min
Thai Coconut Fish Curry200 (Per Serving)45 Min
Tuna Melt382 (Per Serving)13 Min
Mediterranean Couscous With Shrimp232(Per Serving)22 Min
Shrimp Fajita Bowls353 (Per Serving)35 Min
Salmon Ramen340 (Per Serving)30 Min
Buffalo Shrimp326 (Per Serving)30 Min
Salmon Pesto Salad567 (Per Serving)30 Min
Thai Tuna Stuffed Avocados535 (Per Serving)5 Min
Seafood Lasagna380 (Per Serving)1 Hr 20 Min

1. Seafood And Shrimp Chili

Chili is always a great hearty meal to opt for if you’re looking for something you can make ahead of time on a busy day, and this seafood and shrimp version is loaded with flavors that’ll knock your socks off.

It is creamy and consists of a mix of crabmeat, shrimp, lobster, corn, cheese, tomatoes, black beans, and chicken broth.

The secret to perfecting this recipe is a homemade chili seasoning made from chili, cumin, and cayenne pepper, so be sure to make one.

Calories: 491

Total Preparation Time: 40 Minutes 

2. Salmon Spring Rolls

Salmon spring rolls are an easy and healthy dish to opt for when you need a quick snack or an appetizer to serve to guests. 

These rolls are fresh and tasty and consist of cooked salmon, carrot, cucumbers, rice noodles, and romaine lettuce, all elegantly tucked into sheets of rice paper.

Serve with sweet chili or peanut sauce to enjoy these spring rolls even more.

Calories: 149

Total Preparation Time: 1 Hour

3. Spanish Seafood Paella

Seafood paella is a Spanish classic filled with bold flavors and indulgent seafood varieties that make it a great dish to serve on a fancy occasion or holiday.

This mouthwatering dish features a cooked combination of sauteed rice, shrimp, clams, mussels, peas, smoked pork sausage, saffron, and seafood stock.

You may need to purge the clams to clean and remove all dirt from them, but to save time, make sure to buy already cleaned clams when you go buy your seafood.

Calories: 341

Total Preparation Time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes 

4. Cucumber Smoked Salmon Rolls

If you’re a fan of sushi but prefer to opt for a cooked version,  you’ll love these cucumbers smoked salmon rolls.

These little bites consist of cucumber slices layered with sour cream, smoked salmon, and parsley and then rolled into elegant appetizers that would be well appreciated at parties. Add a sprinkle of sesame seeds over the rolls, and you’ve got yourself a crowd pleaser.

Calories: 103

Total Preparation Time: 20 Minutes 

5. Cheesy Garlic Mussels

Cheesy garlic mussels are a decadent dish with a flavor-filled tender taste that floods the palate with excitement. 

They consist of boiled mussels covered in a garlic-butter sauce and cheese and then baked till golden and melty.

You can serve these incredible mussels over pasta for a filling meal or simply enjoy them plain as an appetizer.

Calories: 367

Total Preparation Time: 25 minutes

6. Salmon Wellington

Salmon wellington is an exquisite dish that’s perfect for serving at parties or pairing with dinner when you’re feeling fancy.

Flaky and buttery on the outside and tender on the interior, this baked puff pastry dish will seriously be hard to stop eating once you dig in.

It consists of a salmon filet, spinach, and cream cheese wrapped with puff pastry sheets and baked into golden brown perfection.

Calories: 468

Total Preparation Time: 50 Minutes 

7. Crab Fried Rice

If you’re looking for a filling dish loaded with Thai flavors, crab fried rice is a delicious classic you need to have in your arsenal of goodies.

It is fairly easy to whip up and consists of a stir-fried mix of ginger, garlic, cooked rice, crab meat, eggs, soy sauce, fish sauce, and Shaoxing wine. Serve this easy rice with a chili oil of choice, and you’ll be floored by the incredible taste.

Calories: 397

Total Preparation Time: 25 Minutes 

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8. Smoked Salmon Frittata

If you’re looking for a savory breakfast with a rich seafood taste, then you should definitely try smoked salmon frittata.

This baked omelet consists of sauteed zucchini, spinach, garlic, and cream-filled eggs topped with smoked salmon and goat cheese.

Feel free to include other veggies like broccoli or bell peppers to make this more hearty.

Calories: 405

Total Preparation Time: 25 Minutes 

9. Lobster Corn Chowder

Got some leftover lobster you’re not sure what to do with? Transform them into a decadent dish like lobster corn chowder.

This rich, buttery soup consists of a cooked combination of lobster meat, corn, half and half, potatoes, lobster stock, salt pork, onions, and fresh herbs.

You’ll need to make the lobster stock by boiling the lobster shells along with some herbs and seasoning, but you can opt for store-bought lobster stock to avoid all that hassle.

Calories: 424

Total Preparation Time: 90 Minutes

10. Mango And Shrimp Quesadillas 

Quesadillas are a classic Mexican dish that often gets a lot of love and if you’ve never tried them, mango and shrimp quesadillas are the perfect way to start.

Crisp on the outside yet gooey and cheesy on the inside, the delightful treats consist of lightly fried tortilla folds filled with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, cooked shrimp, cilantro, and mango.

You can have them for lunch or as a light dinner on days when you can’t be bothered to cook a big meal.

Calories: 592

Total Preparation Time: 20 Minutes

11. Baked Tilapia

Baked tilapia is a great dish to choose if you’re pressed for time and need a quick dinner you can make on a busy weeknight.

With its flaky and moist texture, this light fish is smothered in garlic, olive oil, pepper, lemon juice, and parmesan cheese and then baked till tender and cooked.

Serve this delicious tilapia with veggies or roasted potatoes to make it more filling.

Calories: 398

Total Preparation Time: 20 Minutes 

12. Spicy Crab Cakes

Crabs are seriously one of the tastiest and most decadent seafood, and if you can’t get enough of them, spicy crab cakes are a classic you need to try.

These golden brown cakes consist of pan-fried patties formed from a mixture of crab meat, mayo, jalapeno, bread crumbs, sriracha, paprika, and garlic powder.

These crab cakes are great appetizers so if you’ve got a party coming up feel free to make the patties ahead of time and then fry them when you’re ready to serve.

Calories: 154

Total Preparation Time: 55 Minutes 

13. Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Crab stuffed mushrooms are a super easy dish to put together if you need an appetizer you can make at the last minute or something light to serve for dinner.

These tender broiled mushrooms consist of a creamy filling of crab meat, sour cream, scallions, parmesan, garlic powder, and paprika. Pair them with a refreshing salad or enjoy plain and you’ll want to make these every day.

Calories: 83

Total Preparation Time: 20 Minutes 

14. Korean-Style Shrimp Burger

Being on a pescatarian diet can sometimes make you miss the feeling of devouring a juicy burger, but one taste of this Korean-style shrimp burger, and you won’t miss the beef for even a second.

This tasty burger consists of lightly toasted brioche buns filled with crispy fried shrimp patties, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and a mayo-mustard dressing that’ll have you beaming with satisfaction.

Calories: 480

Total Preparation Time: 20 Minutes

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15. Cod With Potatoes And Salsa Verde

Decadent and filled with flavor, cod potatoes and salsa verde is a famous combo in Basque country that’s super easy to make.

It features fried potatoes served over garlicky cod with a generous drizzle of salsa verde made from a mixture of parsley, olive oil, and residual cooking oil filled with a lovely scent.

Calories: 640

Total Preparation Time: 50 Minutes

16. Salmon Spinach Pasta 

On weeknights when you’re tired and in a time crunch, a one-pot meal like salmon spinach pasta is the way to go.

It is filled with bold flavors and consists of cooked pasta tossed in a rich sauce made from cooked salmon, heavy cream, parmesan, black pepper, and baby spinach.

Feel free to use any pasta you prefer for this dish. Penne, rigatoni, or campanelle are great options to choose from.

Calories: 729

Total Preparation Time: 30 Minutes 

17. Garlic Lemon Butter Seared Scallops

Scallops are an exquisite delicacy, but most people are often unsure of what dish to make with them. Garlic lemon butter seared scallops are one of the easiest ways to enjoy scallops, and the end result is simply mouthwatering.

This simple dish consists of seared scallops coated in a garlicky lemon and butter sauce that’ll be a hit with any crowd.

Calories: 207

Total Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

18. Spicy Fish Taco Bowls

Want healthy tacos you can have on the go for lunch? Spicy fish taco bowls are the perfect option for you.

These hearty bowls are loaded with the common tacos favorites like cooked beans, corn, brown rice, avocados, and fried cod but exclude the tortilla shells to make this a healthy taco bowl.

Calories: 364

Total Preparation Time: 25 Minutes 

19. Parmesan Baked Cod

If you’re looking for a delicious dish to serve to kids or people who might not be avid fish-eaters, parmesan baked cod is a great introductory dish that’ll turn any picky eater into a fish fan.

It is moist, buttery and consists of baked cod fillets covered in parmesan chees, parsley, garlic, and paprika.

Calories: 303

Total Preparation Time: 35 Minutes 

20. Garlic Butter Fish

With its light, crisp exterior, and tender insides, garlic butter fish is a super easy dish that’ll be a favorite with fans of fish sticks.

It features crisp fried fish fillets tossed in a tangy garlic bred butter sauce. Feel free to use any type of fish you like but try to opt for firm white fish like cod, halibut, or pollock.

Calories: 346

Total Preparation Time: 20 Minutes 

21. Salt And Pepper Crusted Chilean Sea Bass

If you’re looking for an easy-to-make fish dish you can serve with almost anything, crusted Chilean sea bass is the ideal option for you.

It features lightly fried filets of sea bass coated in sea salt and black pepper and baked before being topped with a garlic, lemon, and butter sauce.

Calories: 433

Total Preparation Time: 15 minutes

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22. Seafood Stuffed Peppers

Seafood stuffed peppers are a tasty dish filled with bold flavors and tender chunks of seafood that delights the palate with every bite.

They are baked bell pepper filled with a mixture of sauteed shrimp, rice, onions, tomato sauce, sardines, and mozzarella cheese for a melty brown coating.

Calories: 179

Total Preparation Time: 40 Minutes 

23. Thai Coconut Fish Curry

Thai coconut fish curry is a creamy soup that’s perfect for cozying up in the cold winter months.

It features barramundi, a mild buttery fish cooked with a combination of coconut milk, kabocha squash, broccoli, fish sauce, Thai curry paste, and kale. This rich soup can be enjoyed plain or served with rice.

Calories: 200

Total Preparation Time: 45 Minutes

24. Tuna Melt

Tuna melt is a simple sandwich dishes you can make for lunch. It is mayo-free, so if you’re not a fan of mayonnaise or simply need a low-fat sandwich, this tuna melt is a great option for you.

It features tuna, avocados, tomato slices, lettuce, and cheese, tucked in between toasted whole grain bread slices.

Calories: 382

Total Preparation Time: 13 Minutes

25. Mediterranean Couscous With Shrimp

Mediterranean couscous is a colorful and flavor-filled dish that is perfect for the summer if you’re looking for a hearty and filling dish.

It is a refreshing salad consisting of cooked Israeli couscous tossed in lemon juice along with feta, tomatoes, olives, cooked shrimp, capers, and black pepper.

Calories: 232

Total Preparation Time: 22 Minutes 

26. Shrimp Fajita Bowls

Need a light dinner brimming with Mexican flavors? Shrimp fajita bowls might just be what you’re looking for.

These hearty bowls consist of skillet-fried shrimp, bell peppers, onions, and cilantro-lime rice. This taste is further elevated with a garnish of lime juice and cilantro.

Calories: 353

Total Preparation Time: 35 Minutes 

27. Salmon Ramen

A steaming bowl of ramen is a comfort food that is fairly easy to make and always perfect for any occasion.

This salmon version consists of instant ramen noodles served in a chicken-soy broth along with mushrooms, salmon, carrots, and peppers.

Top your ramen bowl with sesame seeds, green onions, and boiled eggs, and you’ve got a masterpiece on your hands.

Calories: 340

28. Buffalo Shrimp

Spicy and eye-catching, buffalo shrimp is a delicious appetizer that will be well appreciated by those who prefer their meals to have some heat.

It features crispy fried shrimp coated with creole seasoning and tossed in a spicy sauce made from a mix of hot sauce, butter, cayenne, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce.

Calories: 326

Total Preparation Time: 30 Minutes 

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29. Salmon Pesto Pasta

If you’re looking for an elegant pasta dish you can make on date night or serve at a party, salmon pesto pasta is the way to go.

It features cooked pasta tossed in a creamy pesto sauce made from a combination of chicken broth, heavy cream, pesto, cooked salmon, garlic powder, and lemon.

Calories: 567

Total Preparation Time: 30 Minutes 

30. Thai Tuna Stuffed Avocados

If you’re looking for a unique way to enjoy avocados that exceeds mashing them up into a dip or guacamole, try Thai tuna stuffed avocados.

They are really easy to make and consist of hollowed avocados filled with a mixture of tuna, lime juice, soy sauce, peanuts, green onions, and red pepper flakes.

Calories: 535

Total Preparation Time: 5 Minutes

31. Seafood Lasagna

If you’re a fan of lasagna and miss the taste while on a pescatarian diet,  you can still enjoy that incredible taste with this seafood version.

It may not have beef, but make no mistake, this seafood lasagna is seriously addictive and loaded with seared shrimp, ricotta, parmesan, crab meat, and a creamy garlic-clam sauce that is out of this world.

Calories: 380

Total Preparation Time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Being Pescatarian Healthy?

A pescatarian diet is very healthy as it involves eating seafood and fish, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are great for the health of the heart and help to reduce inflammation in the body.

Consuming a pescatarian diet also means you reduce the fat and cholesterol that you would otherwise get from eating meat; this makes it a great diet for weight loss.

What Can A Pescatarian Eat For Breakfast?

There are many breakfast options for a pescatarian to choose from.

Since most pescatarians consume dairy, they can easily opt for things like quiche, vegetable frittata, shrimp and grits, fish-filled scrambled eggs, or salmon-topped toasts and sandwiches.

Do Pescatarians Eat Dairy?

Pescatarians eat most dairy foods, such as eggs, milk, cheese, and yogurt. However, some pescatarians do not consume dairy. So it varies from person to person.

31 Delicious Pescatarian Recipes You Need To Try

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