Whether you're landlocked or living on the beach, a seafood Thanksgiving menu will transport you to new fresh and flavorful holiday territory. So skip the turkey this year and try a few recipes that are a little more unique. This light, satisfying menu—starting with Pumpkin-Shrimp Bruschetta and ending wtih Strawberry, Mango, and Rose Pavlova—will impress your guests.
Appetizer: Pumpkin-Shrimp Bruschetta
Pumpkin + shrimp = the power duo you didn't know you needed until now. It's a bit fall and a bit fresh—perfect for this meal plan!
If that's not enough to convince you, wait until you hear what else is in this dish. The pumpkin is mixed with goat cheese, lemon juice, and honey, while the shrimp is combined with arugula, onion, pumpkin seeds, and salad dressing. Baguette slices are lightly oiled and toasted, then topped with the pumpkin, shrimp, and salad mix. Make it yourself and fall in love with the latest and greatest new way to use pumpkin.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin-Shrimp Bruschetta
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Bonus Appetizer: Rosemary-Garlic Flatbread with Spicy Tuna Salad
Since this seafood Thanksgiving menu entree is a bit lighter than normal, it's wise to offer a couple of different predinner selections.
Start with thin flatbread topped with shaved garlic, rosemary, sea salt, and pepper. Then prep the tuna salad, and don't forget to add in a little kick with some sriracha!
Layer the tuna salad on top of the flatbread pieces, then sprinkle on some greens and balsamic vinegar for a delicious appetizer.
Tip: To save time (and precious oven space), purchase already-baked naan or flatbread when you're picking up the rest of the ingredients at the supermarket.
Get the recipe: Rosemary-Garlic Flatbread with Spicy Tuna Salad
Salad: Arugula Fennel Salad
This light and refreshing salad may skip the fish, but don't worry! With sweet pineapple mixed in, you'll feel like you're dining at a tropical seaside resort.
Pineapple isn't the only unexpected addition, though. Golden raisins, fennel, and garlic also join the mix. The base of peppery arugula ensures that you get your greens for the day.
Get the recipe: Arugula Fennel Salad
Vegetable Side Dish: Roasted Chicories with Browned Butter
For a vegetable side that's the perfect partner for your seafood Thanksgiving entree, try roasted chicories.
Start by toasting bread cubes, then sprinkle on Parmesan and parsley. Next, season and roast the endive and radicchio. Bring it all together with a citrus-tinged browned butter and caper sauce.
Whether you serve it with turkey or fish, this might just become your new favorite Thanksgiving side dish.
Get the recipe: Roasted Chicories with Browned Butter
Seafood fans: This delicious bouillabaisse (a seafood stew that originated in the Provence region of France) is designed for you.
An assortment of seasonings like lemon peel and cayenne pepper make the broth stand out without overshadowing the fresh shrimp, scallops, whitefish, and mussels. Plus, there's fresh produce like tomatoes and potatoes.
On a chilly day in fall (hello, Thanksgiving), this dish will make you feel warm, comfortably full, and happy.
Get the recipe: Bouillabaisse
Dessert: Strawberry, Mango, and Rose Pavlova
Ready for a delicious dessert to complete this seafood masterpiece? Fill a light meringue with a cream mixture, mangoes, and strawberries, then crown it all with a touch of elegance by way of edible rose petals. This light, fluffy, fruity dish is a perfect end to your feast.
Meringue Tip: For the best results, bake as directed without opening the oven door. Turn off the heat after the designated time and allow the meringue to cool/dry in the oven with the door closed.
Get the recipe: Strawberry, Mango, and Rose Pavlova
More Seafood Tips, Tricks, and Recipes
Whether you're wondering which fish are the most nutritious or you're searching for quick seafood recipes to try now that your seafood Thanksgiving has gone swimmingly, these ideas are a total catch: