Seared Scallops with Herb-Butter Pan SauceWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
These seared scallops are quick-cooking, sweet, tender, mild, and delectable. Be sure to have all your ingredients prepped for the sauce (shallots diced, herbs chopped) before you begin searing the scallops.
Dungeness Crab with Meyer Lemon AioliWine Pairings: Chardonnay
In Northern California, crab comes into season around the beginning of December and lasts through January. It’s always cause for celebration, and feels so holiday festive. Buy the freshest cooked whole crabs you can find, and have your fishmonger prepare them for eating.
Buttery Crab Bread PuddingWine Pairings: Chardonnay
In this recipe from the River Cottage Fish Book, chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall layers baguette and lump crabmeat, then pours custard on top.
Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Spicy MayoWine Pairings: Chardonnay
Anything wrapped in bacon, right....?!?
Honey-Mustard Glazed Salmon SteaksWine Pairings: Pinot Noir
Any time a novice cook asks Jamie Bissonnette for a simple recipe, he gives them this soy-honey-mustard sauce. It’s delicious on the salmon here, but he also recommends spreading it on chicken wings or pork chops before grilling.
Moqueca (Brazilian Fish Stew)Wine Pairings: Unoaked Chardonnay
This hearty stew can be made with any firm-fleshed white fish, such as catfish or halibut.
Grilled Shrimp PanzanellaWine Pairings: Riesling
Panzanella is traditionally a salad that substitutes bread for the lettuce. This recipe adds some shrimp and basil and substitutes lemon juice for the vinegar, but here’s the beauty part…the shrimp and the bread are cooked on the grill first. That gives the whole thing that charred grill taste that makes everything feel like the best part of summer.
Seared Lemon Pepper Tilapia with Creamy Pumpkin Seed Vinaigrette Salad topped with Pomegranate SeedsWine Pairings: Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio
This dish can easily be prepared and served during any special occasion. The unique lemon pepper filled tilapia fillets can be served as the appetizer or alongside a fresh salad.
Fish Fillets Baked in Garlic-Parsley SauceWine Pairings: White Wines
This delicious baked fish is a crowd pleaser. Especially when paired with a palate pleasing sicilian white wine.
Easy Garlic-Lemon ScallopsWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
Scallops sauteed in butter and garlic will melt in your mouth. Lemon juice gives it a nice kick.
Smoked Salmon and Egg SandwichWine Pairings: Pinot Noir
This decadent sandwich would be perfect for brunch, or breakfast for dinner. Look for salmon that’s labeled “wild Alaskan,” and you can be sure you’re getting sustainable seafood. You can also use soft-boiled eggs in place of the poached eggs.
Vietnamese Summer RollsWine Pairings: Riesling
These rolls are one of our favorite healthy dishes.They are perfect for a summer lunch on the patio or a warm evening with friends. The simplicity of the dish also makes them great as a fun interactive activity with the kids.
Shrimp and Asparagus Angel HairWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
A great way to utilize fresh herbs during the summer.
Grilled Clams with Lemon-Ginger Butter and Grilled BaguetteWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
This exotic dish is cooked on the grill (in a disposable pan), so there's very little cleanup.
Lemony Risotto with Asparagus and ShrimpWine Pairings: Verdicchio, Sauvignon Blanc
When life gives you lemons, make risotto. The clean, citrusy spark brightens both the asparagus and the shrimp and will pair nicely with Sauvignon Blanc or a crisp, clean white.
Crab Linguine with Basil, Lemon, & ChileWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
This dish has such fresh clean flavors, and is best eaten with fresh crusty bread and a glass of chilled white wine.
Dr. John’s Simple Grilled Salmon with Garlic & Onion JamWine Pairings: Pinot Noir
The Wine Merchant's own Dr. John Van Kirk recommends this tasty and simple salmon preparation for any night of the week.
Seared Black Pepper and Rosemary Crusted TunaWine Pairings: Rhone Blend Red
A quick and easy recipe - would also be great on the grill.
Baccala alla Vicentina (Salt Cod with Polenta)Wine Pairings: Light Crisp Wines
A traditional Venetian recipe from Mario, this is a stew-like dish that includes gralic, anchovies and milk.
Tilapia With Citrus Bagna CaudaWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
Bagna cauda literally means “warm bath.” It’s a warm garlicky sauce that is used for dipping vegetables in the Piedmont region of Italy. Giada de Laurentiis decided to add some orange juice and lemon zest to lighten the flavors and make it perfect for pouring over flaky tilapia fillets. Use leftovers to brighten the flavor of steamed cauliflower or simple boiled potatoes.
Grilled Halibut with Sun-dried Tomato Beurre BlancWine Pairings: Chardonnay, Rich Round Whites
This grilled fish with a rich sauce is fancy but simple and is a perfect match for Chardonnay.
Tilapia Tacos with Grilled Peppers and OnionWine Pairings: Chenin Blanc, Viognier
These low-fat tilapia tacos feature corn tortillas filled with tender pieces of sautéed fish, grilled onion, grilled bell pepper and sliced jalapeño pepper. Slice the onion just before placing it on the grill. If given time to set, the onion rings will begin to separate and will not have good grill marks.
Cedar Planked SalmonWine Pairings: Rose, Pinot Noir
Pair this delicious salmon with salad, Asian-inspired rice and roasted asparagus.
Salmon in a Balsamic Reduction with Pinot Noir MushroomsWine Pairings: Pinot Noir
This is one of those pairings that makes both the food and wine better for the experience. Salmon seems to taste best when cooked with just a bit of acid. In this recipe there is both lemon juice and vinegar to give it a little more structure. The balsamic vinegar also adds a bit of rich earthiness. This pairing with the Pinot is incredible.
Pan-Seared Salmon with Pumpkin Seed-Cilantro PestoWine Pairings: Pinot Noir
This healthy salmon dish is perfect with a light-bodied red wine like Pinot Noir.
Lobster and Chorizo PaellaWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
Combining sweet lobster meat with spicy chorizo, this paella is just right when you’re serving a crowd. Be sure to buy cured Spanish chorizo, rather than fresh Mexican chorizo, for this dish.
Mussels, Clams and Shrimp with Saffron Risotto and Green Olive RelishWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
A fabulous all-in-one dish, similar to paella.
Perfect Baked CodWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
If you’re someone who’s afraid of cooking seafood at home, cod is the fish for you. It’s basically impossible to mess up: It cooks quickly, is hard to overcook (unless you really forget about it), and is easy to flavor however you want.
Grilled Tuna, Orange & Jicama Salad with Red Onion DressingWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
This dinner salad is anything but ordinary. Crunchy jicama, sweet oranges, grilled tuna and a Mexican-inspired dressing combine to really fire up your taste buds.
Prawn, Basil and Feta PastaWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
This light dish is perfect for a summer evening in which you don't really want spend time cooking. The simple ingredients lead to a refreshing finish that would pair perfectly to a glass of light white wine.
Pan-Seared Salmon with Sauteed Baby Spinach and a Pink Grapefruit Pinot Noir SauceWine Pairings: Pinot Noir
This dish's surprising combination of flavors yields a delectable and savory blend of color and taste.
Spicy Shrimp, Celery, and Cashew Stir-fryWine Pairings: Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio, Dry Riesling
This recipe is easy and versatile; you can replace the shrimp with any meat, such as chicken, beef or pork.
Spicy Sauteed Fish with Olives and Cherry TomatoesWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
Candida Sportiello writes: "As owner and chef of Il Giardino restaurant, on the tiny island of Ventotene off the coast of Naples, I've been cooking professionally for twenty-five years — but I've been cooking for pleasure for a good fifty years. As is the Italian way, most of my favorite recipes, like this simple fish preparation, were handed down from my mother and grandmother, so they date from the early 1900s."
Baked OystersWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc, Light Crisp Whites
Spice up your everyday oysters with this simple, 4-step, Asian-inspired recipe.
Tuscan-Style Grilled Tuna Steaks with Grilled Stuffed PortobellosWine Pairings: Rich Round Whites, Pinot Noir
This easy summer dinner recipe uses fresh herbs from your garden to create a Tuscan-style rub for tuna steaks. Serve with the accompanying stuffed mushroom recipe and a mixed green salad dressed with oil and vinegar you’ve got a complete meal that’s perfect with Pinot Noir.
Halibut PiccataWine Pairings: Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc
Delectable fish in a creamy, piquant sauce... this dish will wow your dinner guests.
Michael Symon’s Shrimp with Corn and BasilWine Pairings: Chardonnay
A flavorful and simple summer dish!
Garlicky Mussels in a Rich Lemon, Fresh Herb, Butter SauceWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc, Light Crisp Whites
Garlicky Mussels in a Rich Lemon, Fresh Herb, Butter Sauce
Avocado and Tuna TapasWine Pairings: Chardonnay
The tuna, mayo, and buttery avocado work great with a rich Chardonnay.
Halibut with Honey Walnut Crust and Orange Sesame ButterWine Pairings: Viognier, Chardonnay
Chopped walnuts, panko, and honey become a crisp, flavorful coating for the halibut fillets.
Chilean Sea Bass with Grilled Mango SalsaWine Pairings: Viognier
The firm flesh of Chilean sea bass makes it an ideal choice for the grill. The hot-sweet grilled mango and red pepper salsa provides a delicious contrast to the rich fish.
Poached Salmon with Hollandaise SauceWine Pairings: Chardonnay
A classic dish, the elegance lies in its simplicity.
Braised Salmon with Roasted AlmondsWine Pairings: Torrontes
Looking for a change? Consider this fast and healthy salmon recipe--proof that Mediterranean food can achieve surprising richness in almost no time.
Swordfish Kebabs with Summer Herb PestoWine Pairings: Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio
The pesto sauce can be made up to 2 days in advance and refrigerated until ready to use. If you choose to make this ahead of time, cover the top of the sauce with a thin film of oil to keep the sauce from darkening. Return to room temperature before serving.
Fried-Fish Sandwiches with Jalapeno-Spiked TomatoesWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
“These should look much too big to eat with your bare hands,” says Alex Aguilera about his crispy fish sandwiches.
Easy Sole MeuniereWine Pairings: Light Crisp Wines
This is a pretty basic recipe but it is just delicious! If sole isn’t available, other good choices are flounder or perch.
Chilean Sea Bass with Light Soy and Chive SauceWine Pairings: Chardonnay
A visually appealing dish with beautifully layered flavors originally prepared at Cincinnati's Maisonette restaurant.
Seared Cod Pea Salad with Lemony Truffled VinaigretteWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
You can use cod, or any white flakey fish that is available at your local fish market. The sweetness of the peas are enhanced by the herbs and citrus zest of the vinaigrette and accents the fish perfectly.
Roasted Halibut with Walnut CrustWine Pairings: Pinot Noir
Chopped walnuts, herbs, and panko become a crisp, flavorful coating for the halibut fillets.
Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia with Crème Fraîche Tartar CreamWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
This is a really simple dinner to make. The tilapia is quickly breaded and then baked for a short time. While it’s cooking, you mix together the ingredients for the crème fraîche tartar cream sauce. The sauce has the flavors of a typical tartar sauce but is a bit thinner so it can be drizzled onto the fish to serve.
Pan-Roasted LobstersWine Pairings: Sparkling, Chardonnay
Boiling and steaming are the usual ways of preparing lobster, and they’re just fine. But we wanted an alternative cooking method that would be even tastier, and we didn’t want to spend a whole lot more time in the kitchen. This way of cooking lobsters is a little more trouble than dunking them in a pot of boiling water, but we think the results are well worth it.
Oysters MornayWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
For those that find eating raw freshly shucked Oysters a little intimidating, this recipe for Oysters Mornay is a great compromise. Muscadet from Loire Valley, France, is the classic pairing with oysters.
Tuna Sandwiches ProvencalWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
Adding a flavorful mayonnaise to this pan bagnat—style sandwich gives new appeal to traditional French fare.