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It was a tradition in my Family to eat fish and seafood on Christmas Eve. Although my table looks quite different than what it did back then, I love upholding this tradition. The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian-American celebration of fasting or abstaining from eating meat until Christmas Day. Of course, you do not have to limit yourself to just “seven” fishes…I would probably go for nine or ten, or even twelve! I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I have loved creating them. Most of them are fairly quick and easy, and can be served in courses, or just thrown on the table for all of your guests to enjoy as one big meal. Others may require a bit more prep…either way, I hope these recipes become a longstanding tradition in your family.

Local to Charlotte? Place your order now with The Carolina Meat & Fish Co., if you want the freshest fish and seafood for Christmas Eve! Want something special ordered? They can help you! Keep checking back to this blog, as I will be adding a few more recipes over the next few days!

APPETIZERS

STEAMED MUSSELS WITH WHITE WINE AND GARLIC

Super quick…super easy…and so incredibly tasty! Probably one of my favorite appetizers that will definitely be on my Feast of the Seven Fishes menu this year and for years to come!

a pot of steamed mussels in white wine and garlic that will be added to my feast of the seven fishes blog
STEAMED MUSSELS WITH WHITE WINE AND GARLIC

FRIED SMELT FISH

One of my all-time favorites. I eat these like potato chips. Be sure to buy smelt that are already cleaned and dressed. Believe me, I have done the “clean myself” version and it is not fun and takes a lot of time.

Smelt frying in oil
FRIED SMELT FISH

CRISPY CALAMARI

Tender rings and tentacles of calamari fried to perfection. A winner all around and a must for your Feast of the Seven Fishes menu!

calamari for my feast of the seven fishes blog
CRISPY CALAMARI

CLAMS OREGANATA

If you don’t know by now, I have an insatiable appetite for clams. I really could eat them every single day. This recipe is a must for any Christmas Eve table!

a plate of clams oreganata
CLAMS OREGANATA

MUSSELS MARINARA

Give me all the shellfish…Mussels are another favorite of mine. I will have many recipes…some more traditional ways to serve, like this one and a few out-of-the-box that I know you will love!

a bowl of mussels marinara
MUSSELS MARINARA

GRILLED OYSTERS

Grilled, raw, fried, or in a shooter. So many ways to enjoy these briny gifts from the sea. This is one of my favs!

a plate of grilled oysters
GRILLED OYSTERS

CLAMS CASINO

Just leave out the bacon…or not…and you are good to go!

a bowl of clams casino deconstructed
CLAMS CASINO

STEAMED CLAMS OR MUSSELS IN A SAMBUCA CREAM SAUCE WITH BASIL

Another amazing way to enjoy clams and mussels. The Sambuca and basil pair so very nicely. You will want to “drink” this sauce…see what I did there? Haha!

CHILLED SEAFOOD TOWER

Everything all in one place. Love this idea of creating my own Seafood Tower to celebrate The Feast of the Seven Fishes. It will be the perfect centerpiece for your table. So many options…so many choices. Click here to grab one of these towers and get creating!

seafood tower for my feast of the seven fishes menu
CHILLED SEAFOOD TOWER

FRITTO MISTO

What can be better than fried calamari and fried vegetables married on a plate together with an amazing dipping sauce? Nothing in my opinion…better yet…this is one of those appetizers that should be enjoyed right in the kitchen with your Family and Friends…hot out of the fryer!

a plate of calamari for my feast of the seven fishes dinner
FRITTO MISTO

OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER

One of my most favored dishes around the country. Hope this will become a favorite of yours too! Definitely a must must anytime of the year and super special for the holiday season!

a plate of oysters Rockefeller on salt
OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER

SOUTHERN FRIED OYSTERS

Southern Fried Oysters may not be typical for a Feast of the Seven Fishes menu…but neither am I…so here ya go. I was lucky enough to showcase this recipe on QC at 3!

a plate of southern fried oysters for my feast of the seven fishes menu
SOUTHERN FRIED OYSTERS

HONEY GARLIC SHRIMP OR SCALLOPS IN BROWN BUTTER

Here’s another “two for the price of one” recipe. Again…may not be traditional for The Feast of the Seven Fishes menu, but they are super tasty and so easy to prepare!

SOUPS (YOU MAY BE ABLE TO GET ALL SEVEN FISHES IN HERE)

CIOPPINO

I’m not sure that any Feast of the Seven Fishes meal is complete without a Seafood Stew. Let me tell you…this one is amazing and as far as stews go…fairly simple to prepare. MAKE THIS!!!

a big red pot of cioppino for my feast of the seven fishes menu
CIOPPINO

CLAM CHOWDER

Whether you enjoy New England or Manhattan Style…I got you covered. See…I told you I love clams!

SALADS FOR THE FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES

GRILLED OCTOPUS SALAD

I still cannot believe that I cooked a whole octopus from beginning to end. It was so cool! Be sure to buy one that is already cleaned. So very glad I did not have to mess with that. I love this super fresh and light version I created…hope you do too!

a bowl of grilled octopus salad
GRILLED OCTOPUS SALAD

ORZO WITH PESTO GRILLED SHRIMP

I am in love with this salad. It is a bit more time consuming to prepare, but so worth every second!

shrimp and orzo pasta in a stainless steel bowl
ORZO WITH PESTO GRILLED SHRIMP

PASTA FOR THE FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES

SPAGHETTI WITH CLAMS

A traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes is never complete without a beautiful bowl of Spaghetti with Clams.

spaghetti and clams in a wooden bowl
SPAGHETTI WITH CLAMS

SHRIMP SCAMPI

Old school and in keeping with tradition. Serve with pasta or without!

a pan of shrimp scampi
SHRIMP SCAMPI

SEAFOOD FRA DIAVOLO

You may just be able to get all of your “seven” fishes in one amazing bowl of this pasta. Looks super fancy, and I guess it is, but oh so easy to prepare…a little spicy and so very flavorful!

a bowl of Seafood Fra Diavolo
SEAFOOD FRA DIAVOLO

PASTA WITH ANCHOVIES AND WALNUT BREADCRUMBS

This is a winner for sure! Give yourself just about 15 minutes and this dish is done! One of my favorite new dishes and a must for your Feast of the Seven Fishes.

a pan of pasta with anchovies and breadcrumbs
PASTA WITH ANCHOVIES AND WALNUT BREADCRUMBS

PASTA PRIMAVERA WITH SHRIMP

Pasta and vegetables combined my way with jumbo shrimp! Oh my!

pasta primavera with shrimp
PASTA PRIMAVERA

CRAB RAVIOLI

Rich…creamy…decadent! Yes…you can do this and it’s easier than you think!

two pieces of crab ravioli
CRAB RAVIOLI

LINGUINE WITH SEARED SCALLOPS

Who doesn’t love a good seared scallop? I’ll show you how…much easier than you think!

linguine with scallops
LINGUINE WITH SEARED SCALLOPS

CRAB ALFREDO PASTA

Everyone at your Christmas Eve table will enjoy this one…even the kiddos!

a bowl of crab alfredo pasta
CRAB ALFREDO PASTA

MAIN COURSE FOR THE FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES

SALMON WITH LOBSTER CREAM SAUCE

Elevate your salmon with this super elegant lobster cream sauce. The perfect, “I love you” dish for your Family and Friends on Christmas Eve!

a plate of salmon with a lobster cream sauce
SALMON WITH LOBSTER CREAM SAUCE

CREAMY GARLIC SCALLOPS

Serve as part of your main course, or as an appetizer. You will not go wrong adding this recipe to your Feast of the Seven Fishes menu! Five-star all the way!

a pot of creamy garlic scallops
CREAMY GARLIC SCALLOPS

COD WITH CHERRY TOMATOES

My non-traditional way to enjoy cod…perfect if you want to substitute for baccala, an Italian favorite on Christmas Eve! Keep scrolling, because I do have the traditional recipe below!

a pan of cod with cherry tomatoes
COD WITH CHERRY TOMATOES

BROILED LOBSTER TAILS

Do not leave Broiled Lobster Tails off of your Feast of the Seven Fishes menu. Serve them again for New Year’s Eve. My simple recipe will elevate to Master Chef!

a broiled lobster tail
BROILED LOBSTER TAILS

CRAB CAKES

Crab, crab, and more crab! You can serve these as a main course, or prepare mini versions as an appetizer!

crab cakes displayed on a wooden board for my feast of the seven fishes menu
CRAB CAKES

BAKED FISH IN PARCHMENT

Now this could not be easier. Wrap up everything nicely with parchment paper…steam in the oven and serve! Use any white fish or even Salmon!

SALMON PATTIES

My Momma has been making these ever since I remember. You can use fresh salmon or in a can! Serve as part of the main course or make minis, and serve as an appetizer!

Salmon patties on a plate with fried potatoes and fresh green beans for my feast of the seven fishes menu
SALMON PATTIES

ROASTED, CEDAR PLANK OR OLIVE OIL SALMON

Go on and grab yourself a side of Faroe Island Salmon…prepared one of these three methods, will be a definite winner!

BACCALA

You can’t be traditional for your Feast of the Seven Fishes without a recipe for baccala…so here it is…the sauce…OMG…AMAZING! Check out my little shortcut for soaking the salt cod!

a bowl of baccala for my feast of the seven fishes menu
BACCALA (SALT COD)

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a cast iron pan of lobster mac and cheese

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10 Comments

  1. […] So…I decided to create my own recipe that would not only be super crunchy on the outside, but also tender on the inside. It’s all about the marrying of the ingredients to create that perfect bite. If you are local to Charlotte, head on over to The Carolina Meat & Fish Co. and grab a pound or so of tubes and tentacles and let’s start frying! This is a great appetizer for your Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner…check out my other recipes for your Christmas Eve table by clicking here! […]

  2. […] a child, I remember my Mother making Fried Smelt Fish every Christmas Eve for our Feast of the Seven Fishes meal. It was one of my favorites. I also remember helping her in the kitchen to clean and dress […]

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