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Catch of the Day: Creative Seafood Recipes

Seafood lovers will enjoy trying these inventive recipes, courtesy of Midwest cooks and our own Test Kitchen.
  • Walleye Wild Rice Cakes with Wasabi Dressing

    Walleye Wild Rice Cakes with Wasabi Dressing

    Cindi Rockwell of Berkley, Michigan, says this recipe, which has two signature Minnesota ingredients, was inspired by the resort her grandparents owned there.

    Walleye Wild Cakes with Wasabi Dressing

  • Lake Chowder

    Lake Chowder

    Angry Trout Cafe in Grand Marais, Minnesota, makes this buttery, dill-flecked chowder with lake trout, a mild-flavored and relatively oily fish. The recipe tastes just as good with salmon or whitefish.

    Lake Chowder 

  • Pepper-Lime Shrimp and Grits

    Pepper-Lime Shrimp and Grits

    Mexican flavors give a fresh twist to this classic Southern dish. Best of all, each serving has only 382 calories!

    Pepper-Lime Shrimp and Grits

  • Crispy Beer Batter Fried Walleye with Mango Sweet-and-Sour Sauce

    Fresh-fruit sauce brings a lively taste of the islands to down-home beer-battered fish.

    Crispy Beer Batter Fried Walleye with Mango Sweet-and-Sour Sauce

  • Dilled Shrimp and Orzo Bowl

    Dilled Shrimp and Orzo Bowl

    Dill, shrimp and a hint of vinegar shine in this light, veggie-filled dish.

    Dilled Shrimp and Orzo Bowl

  • Old Bay Burger

    Old Bay Burger

    This tasty burger from Northern Waters Restaurant in Duluth, Minnesota, is essentially a tender fish cake on a bun. The key is grinding or chopping the fish enough to hold together--but not so finely that it becomes mealy. 

    Old Bay Burger 

  • Curried Coconut Shrimp on Rice Stick Noodles recipe

    Curried Coconut Shrimp and Noodles

    This pasta-based seafood dish features a flavor-packed broth of ginger, curry and coconut milk. The tender noodles soak it up.

    Curried Coconut Shrimp on Rice Stick Noodles recipe

  • Planked Salmon with Grilled Tomato Salsa

    Planked Salmon with Grilled Tomato Salsa

    Grilling brings out the sweetness in cherry tomatoes, which pair beautifully with the smoky flavor of planked salmon. Brown rice or quinoa round out a healthy dinner.

    Planked Salmon with Grilled Tomato Salsa

  • Dilly Smoked Salmon Pizza

    Dilly Smoked Salmon Pizza

    This simple smoked salmon pizza was inspired by one served at The Stone Barn in Nelson, Wisconsin. We love the ease of using purchased crust, but you can sub your favorite homemade dough.

    Dilly Smoked Salmon Pizza

  • Cider-Brined Coho Salmon with Dijon Cream

    Freshwater salmon soaks up the flavor of cider-tarragon marinade created by Sally Sibthorpe of Shelby Township, Michigan. She finishes the elegant main dish with a cream sauce scented with aniselike tarragon.

    Cider-Brined Coho Salmon with Dijon Cream

  • Crabmeat-Stuffed Door County Whitefish recipe

    Crabmeat-Stuffed Whitefish

    Seasoned crabmeat and marsala sauce complement Lake Michigan whitefish in this recipe from The Inn at Kristofer's in Sister Bay, Wisconsin.

    Crabmeat-Stuffed Door County Whitefish recipe

  • Salmon Smorrebrod

    Salmon Smorrebrod

    At Northern Waters Restaurant in Duluth, these open-face sandwiches are assembled in the kitchen, but you can array the components as a make-your-own appetizer or light brunch dish. Improvise with thinly sliced radish or by offering RyKrisp crackers in addition to bread. 

    Salmon Smorrebrod 

  • Finfish and Vegetables in Papillote recipe

    Finfish and Vegetables in Papillote

    Cooking in paper—en papillote—is a simple, elegant way to prepare fish. When the package is opened, an aromatic puff of steam escapes.

    Bill Dugan suggests that beginners try this simple method: Sprinkle a fresh 4- to 5-ounce portion of fish with salt, wrap in a parchment bag and steam in a vegetable steamer for 5 to 8 minutes. Serve au jus or with a splash of vinaigrette. He also suggests baking delicate fish 15 minutes in a parchment bag with fresh herbs.

    The Finfish and Vegetables in Papillote recipe uses fresh vegetables as well as herbs to create a fragrant main dish.

    Finfish and Vegetables in Papillote recipe

  • Caribbean Shrimp Kabobs

    Caribbean Shrimp Kabobs

    These weeknight-easy skewers marry gently spiced shrimp with juicy pineapple. Serve with rice and a fresh lettuce salad.

    Caribbean Shrimp Kabobs

  • Grilled Fish with Moroccan Vinaigrette

    Grilled Fish with Moroccan Vinaigrette

    This flaky white fish looks like a gourmet dish when served over a bed of couscous and dressed with mesclun (a mix of salad greens) and colorful radish slivers.

    Grilled Fish with Moroccan Vinaigrette

  • Shrimp and Tilapia Ceviche

    Shrimp and Tilapia Ceviche

    Ceviche (seh-VEESH) is a Latin American dish of raw fish and seafood marinated in acidic citrus juices until it turns opaque. In this recipe, you'll cook the shrimp and fish in boiling water for a minute (to avoid any problems with using fish that's not perfectly fresh), cool it, and marinate in the original citrus juices, coconut milk and tequila.

    Shrimp and Tilapia Ceviche

  • Corn-Roasted Walleye recipe

    Corn-Roasted Walleye

    Use corn husks to package your fish fillets in this main dish. Roasting the corn salsa intensifies its flavor. Serve with tortilla chips to scoop up any leftover salsa on your plate.

    Corn-Roasted Walleye recipe

  • Grilled Salmon with Pistachio-Basil Butter

    Grilled Salmon with Pistachio-Basil Butter

    A mixture of fresh basil, pistachios, lime juice, garlic and butter tops easy grilled salmon. Store leftover pistachio-basil butter in your refrigerator for up to a week; toss with hot pasta or spread on toasted French bread.

    Grilled Salmon with Pistachio-Basil Butter

  • Willis Family Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

    Willis Family Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

    Peel and devein 1 pound of large fresh shrimp in shells (about 16), leaving tails intact. Rinse; pat dry. Using 8 slices of Niman Ranch Bacon or other bacon (halved crosswise), wrap each shrimp in a piece of bacon, securing with a wood toothpick (neck to tail in a half-moon). To grill, place shrimp on lightly greased rack of uncovered grill over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, or until bacon is crisp and shrimp turn opaque, turning once. (For gas grill, cover and grill as directed.) If you like, serve with your favorite barbecue sauce. Makes 16.

  • Honey-Bourbon Salmon

    Honey-Bourbon Salmon

    Although this recipe takes very little hands-on cooking time, be sure to allow an hour to marinate the salmon so it absorbs all the flavors of the sweet-and-salty marinade.

    Honey-Bourbon Salmon

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