Seafood Party Menu Ideas

Seafood Party Menu Ideas

Seafood is an excellent way to include healthy and delicious meals during a get-together with your friends or family. But if you need help coming up with a theme or with menu planning, we are here to help. Below, you will find some of our best seafood party menu ideas.

With our seafood dinner menu ideas, your next celebration will leave your guests full of tasty meals and fun times.

Seafood Party Menu Ideas

Seafood parties are a great idea for both larger and smaller group gatherings. Whether you want to host an intimate dinner with your closest friends or throw a bash, a delicious seafood menu will fit either occasion. 

The great thing about seafood is that you can shape your party menu based on whether you want to spend hours in the kitchen or you are looking for a snack that won’t take more than half an hour.  Do you look for cold options, or want to roll up your sleeves and cook some hearty, warm dishes? If you are looking for ideas, try some of our recommendations for seafood party menu ideas.

  • Fish Taco Bar
  • Fish Burger Bar
  • Sushi, Rolls, and Seafood Bites
  • BBQ Seafood  
  • Fancy Seafood Dinner 
  • Seafood Party Menu Ideas
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    Fish Taco Bar 

    Who doesn’t love tacos? No one we know. Having a fish taco bar is an excellent idea for a party. You can let your guests build their own tacos or provide different options that will leave them wanting more. 

    One excellent idea you can try out as part of your fish taco bar is our Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Crema. This spicy marinated shrimp is the perfect way to start a party. 

    Other tasty additions to your fish taco bar are our Cobia Pastor Tacos, Tuna Poke Tacos, and Seared Scallop Tacos with Spring Mango Salsa and Avocado Cream

    With all these options, you will have a fish taco bar suited to everyone’s tastes. Fish taco bars are excellent if you are looking for seafood party menu ideas for large groups.

    Fish Burger Bar 

    Much like a fish bar, you may have a fish burger bar. Menu planning does not have to be overly complicated, and burgers are always a hit, no matter the type of celebration. Fish burger bars are great for game nights. 

    Instead of serving traditional burgers with red meat, which is unhealthy for everyone, serve delicious fish burgers. A certain hit on your fish burger menu may be our Beer Battered Cobia Burger with Cusabi Cole Slaw

    Other options to include on your burger bar menu include a Lemon Pepper Cobia Burger. These burgers are easy and quick to prepare for your entire party to enjoy. Another tasty option you can include is the Shrimp Burgers with Curried Aioli.

    Sushi, Rolls, and Seafood Bites

    If you want to host a more upscale party for a larger group of people, finger food is an excellent choice. You will not have to sit down, and your guests can continue to mingle while enjoying your delicious menu. 

    Seafood bites are a great option on your menu as they are easy to make and in larger quantities. Cucumber slices are perfect for making seafood bites. For example, you can make a Shrimp Salad on Cucumber Slices and Salmon Tartare Cucumber Bites.

    In order to make your party menu more diverse, you can include Air Fried Mahi Mahi Bites and Asian Tuna Bites with Dijon Dipping Sauce. Of course, you shouldn’t forget to add sushi to the menu! Some sushi recipes you can include are Scallop Sushi, Homemade Sushi, and Spicy Tuna Roll. 

    BBQ Seafood

    BBQ is a tradition for most families when it comes to celebrations. But doing the same old burgers and steaks is old news. This is where seafood comes in. You can step up your BBQ game with seafood and offer your guests new grilled flavors.

    You can use many fishes for a Seafood BBQ, but Grilled Lobster Tails stand out as the perfect ones to throw on the grill. While lobster tails are delicious and easy to grill, if you want to show off more of your cooking skills, we have two recipes you can try out. 

    Try making Herb and Garlic Grilled Tuna Steaks or Grilled Honey-Marinated Salmon with Roasted Root Vegetables

    Fancy Seafood Dinner

    If you host a more intimate and fancy seafood dinner, your dishes should reflect that. We have some excellent and delicious recipes that will impress your guests. For instance, our Grilled Mahi Mahi with Strawberry Basil Salsa may be the evening’s hit.

    Besides looking extra fancy, this dish is well-balanced with strawberries, basil, and red onion salsa. Another fancy dinner option is our Truffled Bay Scallops with Celery Puree. After all, what says “fancy” more than a black truffle?

    Also, you can add a fancy Shrimp & Kale Salad with Apple, Avocado, and Pomegranate. You can serve this salad as a side dish or even a main one.

    Tasty and Easy-to-Make Seafood Appetizers for a Party

    It is best not to overcomplicate if you plan on serving appetizers and a main dish. Instead, you should look to include appetizers that are as easy to make as they are tasty. For starters, you can make a classic Shrimp Pasta Salad as it is healthy and made in minutes.

    Other easy appetizers include Deviled Eggs with Old Bay Shrimp and Bay Scallop Salad with Zucchini, Asparagus, and Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette

    Also, if you want to include appetizers with more tangy and fresh tastes, try Spicy Tuna Poke Lettuce Wraps and Pineapple-Lime-Ginger Scallop Ceviche. All of these appetizers are healthy and light, meaning your guests will have a place for the main dishes.

    Tasty and Easy-to-Make Seafood Appetizers for a Party
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    Delicious Side Dishes for a Seafood Party

    Even if the theme of your party is seafood, side dishes are a must. Even though your main dishes will be the stars of the evening, side dishes tie everything together. Unlike other meats, seafood is lighter, so you can make side dishes that are more filling. 

    Some of the best side dishes to serve with seafood are the following.

    Vegetables: Steamed or Grilled 

    Peppers, carrots, and zucchini are vegetables that pair well with seafood. You can serve your vegetables steamed or grilled, and your already healthy dinner becomes even healthier, not to mention tastier. 


    Grilled, mashed, fried, roasted, or baked potatoes are everyone’s favorite side dish. No matter how you decide to serve them, they go great alongside seafood. You can try out lemon mashed potatoes for a more refreshing side.


    Pasta as a side dish for seafood is perfect as it pairs well with it and is incredibly filling. You can make Shrimp Pasta Salad with veggies and lemon dressing or indulge in Monkfish Mac and Cheese


    Salads are the perfect side dishes when you want to include light and simple side dishes. You can incorporate salads with leafy vegetables like kale or romaine. Also, you can consider corn and bean salad


    There you have our best seafood party menu ideas and our best seafood boxes. If you are looking for an idea about your next party, consider one of them. The recipes are easy to follow and tasty. You will have fun with your guests while enjoying healthy and delicious food. 

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