Savory Dive-inspired Recipes

Order up! Check out these delicious recipes inspired by our popular seafood dive roundup.

Fried Calamari with Roasted Garlic and Lime Aioli

Photographer Ralph Anderson

Fried Calamari with Roasted Garlic and Lime Aiõli

Fresh squid is delicious but sometimes hard to find and somewhat intimidating to clean. Instead, look for frozen tubes. They don’t take long to thaw and they are super-easy to prepare. Try the flavorful garlic-and-lime sauce on fried fish sandwiches or po’boys too.

Recipe: Fried Calamari with Roasted Garlic and Lime Aiöli

Low-fat Shellfish Gumbo

Photographer Jim Bathie

Low-fat Shellfish Gumbo

Baking roux—or, in this case, simply flour—instead of cooking the flour with equal parts oil omits the bulk of the fat calories. Watch carefully because it needs to be stirred for even browning. You can even make two batches and freeze one.

Recipe: Low-fat Shellfish Gumbo

Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits with Vidalia Mustard Greens

Photographer Howard L. Puckett

Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits with Vidalia Mustard Greens

Every Lowcountry cook has a favorite shrimp and grits recipe, but try this one anyway. You’ll fall in love with the sweet onion mustard greens on the side.

Recipe: Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits with Vidalia Mustard Greens

Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa

Photographer Con Poulos

Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa

Take fried shrimp to a sweet new level when you coat it with flaked coconut. The Pineapple Salsa served on the side adds sweet, sour, and spicy flavor. Try it with tortilla chips too.

Recipe: Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa

Grilled Fish Tacos with Pickled Onions and Salsa Roja

Photographer Becky Luigart-Stayner

Grilled Fish Tacos with Pickled Onions and Salsa Roja

Grill fish over hardwood charcoal or add hickory or mesquite chips for extra flavor. This is a great recipe to make ahead for a party because you can make the onions and salsa early.

Recipe: Grilled Fish Tacos with Pickled Onions and Salsa Roja

Mussels with Fennel and Garlic

Photographer Jean Allsopp

Mussels with Fennel and Garlic

This foolproof recipe tastes great hot or chilled, and it’s perfect for any occasion. When buying mussels, discard any that are cracked or have holes in them. Toss any that do not open when cooked.

Recipe: Mussels with Fennel and Garlic

Fresh Salmon Burgers

Photographer Becky Luigart-Stayner

Fresh Salmon Burgers

May starts the summer salmon season when all varieties of Alaskan salmon—king, sockeye, pink, coho, and pink are available. Frozen-at-sea salmon is delicious and available year-round.

Key Lime Grilled Shrimp

Photographer Becky Luigart-Stayner

Key Lime Grilled Shrimp

There are a few steps in this recipe, but it’s worth it—really worth it. The secret? The marinade makes shrimp, seafood, or chicken super-moist. Make the marinade ahead, and store it in your refrigerator.

Recipe: Key Lime Grilled Shrimp

Wasabi-infused Mahi Mahi Sandwiches with Napa Slaw

Photographer Jean Allsopp

Wasabi-infused Mahi Mahi Sandwiches with Napa Slaw

Wasabi paste in the marinade adds heat, while tamari (a type of soy sauce) and brown sugar contribute to the spicy-sweet flavors.

Recipe: Wasabi-infused Mahi Mahi Sandwiches with Napa Slaw

Quick Seafood Cioppino

Photographer Jean Allsopp

Quick Seafood Cioppino

This traditional stew usually takes hours on the stove, but our version can be on your table in 30 minutes. Try fire-roasted or seasoned diced tomatoes for an easy flavor boost.

Recipe: Quick Seafood Cioppino

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