Easy, tasty Asian fish recipes for a healthy and delicious Thanksgiving table with friends and family! These Thanksgiving Fish Recipes are great for smaller parties who can't finish a whole roast turkey. As fish is so quick and easy to cook, it also makes for a stress-free holiday season.
🦐 Why Eat Seafood
- Tradition: Here's a fun fact. Turkey wasn't part of the original, traditional Thanksgiving dinner- seafood was! (In addition to squash, turnips, cabbage and deer.)
- Easy: A whole turkey is often too large for a small family meal and your turkey Thanksgiving feast will require precise advance planning (e.g. when to defrost the turkey, when to brine etc.) Fish, on the other hand, is much simpler to cook!
- Quick: Seafood is cooked in a flash and easily scaled to suit the number of people at your Thanksgiving dinner table. Moreover, many types of fish, scallops and shrimp can be cooked from frozen without suffering from a loss in texture! (Pair them with these easy side dishes for fish!)
- Healthy: Turkey, although healthy on its own, can be quite dry without the unhealthy amounts of sauce and stuffing. Seafood and fish dishes are nutritious- especially the ones with fatty acids- and delicious without bad-for-you side dishes!
Note: For more non-traditional Thanksgiving meal alternatives to turkey, click here.
Spicy Canned Tuna Dip
Instead of the typical cream cheese dip or crab cakes, why not try this easy canned tuna spicy recipe? You can also turn it into a curry if you reduce the cooking time and don't simmer off all the sauce!
This delicious seafood starter is delicious with crackers, veggie crudités or mochi cheese bread.
Pumpkin Seafood Soup
Chinese Pumpkin Soup is great for this time of year as pumpkins are in season.
This clear consommé owes its depth of flavor to the dried scallops and kelp used. If you're a seafood lover, also add some crabmeat or fresh shrimp to make it even tastier!
Salmon teriyaki is a great Japanese-inspired main dish that goes really well with white rice and some green onions. (If you're wondering why I have so many salmon options, it's 1 of the most popular seafood choices amongst Americans and a very safe choice for your Thanksgiving menu.)
Note: For side dishes that go well with teriyaki, such as green beans, click here.
Miso Sea Bass
The Nobu sea bass is a family favorite so I decided to recreate it at home. Much better for one's wallet!
Serve on a special occasion with some roasted Brussels sprouts or baked sweet potatoes.
Singapore Nyonya Fish Curry
Curry is one of the most comforting dishes at this time of the year and this Singaporean Assam Fish Curry tastes amazing with just white rice!
As curries taste even better after reheating, they're the perfect dish for a large holiday meal such as Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.
Miso Butter Salmon
Soy Glazed Salmon
The ginger complements this soy honey sauce perfectly. With a crispy skin and sweet and savory glaze, this Asian-inspired salmon will be a perfect addition on Thanksgiving day! (I recommend squeezing some lemon juice over the fish before serving.)
Who says cooking has to be a pain?
This Korean inspired seafood Thanksgiving recipe only takes 15 minutes! And you have 2 options: pan fried for crispy crackly skin or broiled for nice charred bits.
Salted Egg Fish
Deep fry some battered white fish fillet and toss them in this delicious salted egg sauce for a super savory dish that is full of umami! (Although frying can be a pain, you can't skip it as you need the crevasses in the batter to ensure the fish is well-coated with the golden brown sauce!)
This is a fun recipe for a holiday feast, as everyone can DIY. You just scoop bits of the fish and rice and wrap in Nori seaweed, making it a crowd pleaser for both the young and old.
Pumpkin Seafood Congee
Last but not least, this seafood rice porridge recipe is a great way to use up leftover pumpkin puree (not to be confused with pumpkin pie filling, which is sweetened and spiced!) It's also a good dish for a Thanksgiving celebration with extended family as elderly family members will find it soft and easy to eat.
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