Our 5 Favorite Summer Seafood Lunch Recipes
While there’s no rule that states you shouldn’t consume seafood throughout the year, there’s no doubt that summer is the perfect season for light and fresh seafood meals. Regardless of whether you find it easy to use the grill during the summer months, enjoy seafood while near the beach, or have an affinity to visit restaurants when the weather is too hot for cooking, you won’t regret digging into a variety of interesting and fairly simple seafood recipes that are bound to keep you full, happy, and energized even when the heat is at its peak.
1. Coconut Shrimp
If you plan to eat fish for breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner, you really can’t go wrong with the coconut shrimp delicacy. After all, is there anything more appropriate for summer? The important thing is that this recipe is rather simple to recreate in the comfort of your own home if you feel up for the task.
- 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour (you can also use whole wheat flour)
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt and ground black pepper
- 2 large beaten eggs
- 3/4 cup of breadcrumbs
- 8 oz of sweetened shredded coconut
- 1 pound of raw large shrimp (peel and devein it but keep the tails)
- vegetable or coconut oil
You’ll need 3 medium-size bowls for this recipe. Take the first one and mix the flour, salt, and pepper. Use the second bowl to beat the eggs and the third bowl to mix the bread crumbs and coconut.
Start dipping the shrimp, first into the flour, then into the eggs, and finally into the coconut mixture. Set the shrimp on a plate as you get to coat every single piece. Fry the coated shrimp in an oiled skillet for about 2-3 minutes on each side and serve with a sweet chili sauce. On the other hand, you could easily wrap the shrimp in kataifi crust, roast the coconuts, and garnish everything with key lime.
2. Snapper Ceviche
Snapper ceviche is one of the tastiest seafood breakfast recipes, but you can always make a bit more for a filling lunch. The best thing is that you can both make and order it completely gluten-free. You can find the snapper ceviche served with chilled watermelon, sour orange mignonette, and celery in renowned restaurants, but you can also make your own version.
- 8 ounces of cubed skinless red snapper fillet
- 1/2 cup of fresh lime juice
- 1 small tomato that you’ll peel, dice, and remove the seeds from
- 2 tablespoons of diced red onion
- 2 tbsp of chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 serrano chile, cut into small dices with seeds removed
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Marinate the fish in lime juice in a refrigerator for about 2 hours and then strain the fish. Mix the snapper with onion, cilantro, tomato, chile, and olive oil in another bowl and season it with salt and pepper to taste. You can serve the ceviche in a large bowl, topped off with hot sauce, lime juice, and tortilla chips.
3. Tuna Poke Bowl
Another gluten-free option that’s ideal for the summer lunch menu is definitely the Tuna Poke Bowl. It often features local yellowfin tuna, aji amarillo, coconut rice, avocado, toasted coconut, watermelon radish, and cilantro. You can make it on your own with the following ingredients:
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of gluten-free soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of Chile Garlic Sauce
- 2 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger
- 3 scallions; slice the white and green parts thinly
- 1 pound of sushi-grade ahi tuna and diced into smaller pieces
- 2 cups of cooked sushi rice
Take a medium-size bowl where you’ll mix the oils, chile garlic sauce, soy sauce, scallions, and ginger together. Once you whisk it to perfection, toss in the tuna pieces and mix a bit more. Leave everything in a refrigerator for at least 15 minutes before consuming it. Serve over the rice-filled bowls with the desired toppings and sauce.
4. Buffalo Fish Wings
If you’re looking for a lighter substitute for your favorite chicken wings, you’ll definitely find your solution in the Buffalo Fish Wings. In restaurants, you’ll typically find these served with chili lime hot sauce and celery hearts. For a simplifies cooking practice at home, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- ¾ cup of unsalted butter
- ¾ cup of chili sauce
- oil for deep frying
- 2 pounds of blue cod wings and collars
Microwave the butter until it’s soft but not melted. Mix the butter and chili sauce in a bowl and whisk the sauce until it becomes red and creamy. Coat the fish in cornflour and fry in a pan filled with oil for about 2 minutes. Drain the oil, cover the fish wings in sauce, and serve. A great beverage addition is a nice cold beer, perfect for the warm summer months.
5. Grilled Octopus
Now if you’re on the lookout for something truly special to spice up your summer meal routine without weighing heavy on your stomach, check out the grilled octopus recipe. Chances are you’ve never tried octopus before, and even though you may not be so sure about it, give it a try, and you’ll change your mind immediately.
- 2 pounds of fresh octopus
- olive oil
- 2 roughly chopped garlic cloves
- Lemon juice – squeeze 1 lemon
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons of freshly chopped parsley
First, you have to boil the octopus. Place it in a pot with water and boil for about 40 minutes. Once you’re done, remove the octopus, rinse it well, and place it in a bowl. Add some olive oil and garlic and wait for it to cool completely at room temperature. This usually takes between 30 minutes to an hour. Heat up your grill to a medium setting and slice octopus tentacles. Grill each tentacle for about 3-4 minutes on each side and place it into a bowl. Cover the grilled tentacles with olive oil and lemon juice and top everything off with parsley and oregano.
In case you’re not 100% sure just how much you’ll like seafood or have no desire to cook/grill when the summer heat is making you lazy, feel free to pay us a visit at Stiltsville Fish Bar. Located at the very heart of Miami’s Sunset Harbor, we’ll bring you the mindful and rewarding experience of a delicious seafood menu and a beautiful setting. Enjoy the view of the sunset and harbor from our outdoor hammock chairs or indoor seating while you get to try an array of intricate flavors and aromas that are both light and healthy. Complete the whole experience with our Key West inspired drinks and take this opportunity to unwind and enjoy yourself to the fullest.
Anyone looking for the delicious seafood and a soothing environment is bound to enjoy our place. We invite you to check us out and take a look at our menu; you won’t be disappointed by our seafood offers, be it for a nice and tasty lunch, breakfast, dinner, or even brunch.