Food & Drink

16 Seafood Recipes For Beginners

Don't be intimidated -- cooking seafood is easier than you think.
04/30/2014 07:00am ET | Updated December 6, 2017

Too many people are intimidated by cooking seafood. They might not know what kind of fish to buy and they think it's too delicate and easy to screw up. Seafood, however, can be surprisingly easy. If you're limiting yourself to only eating seafood when you're out at a restaurant, you're selling yourself short.

Salmon, with its meaty texture, is a great fish to start with. It's versatile -- you can bake, pan-sear, grill or poach it -- and its oily skin keeps it naturally moist. Shellfish is also easier to work with than you might think. Shrimp is easy to work with and hard to mess up, and mussels require very little work.

Now is the perfect time to acquaint yourself with the ways of cooking seafood. We've rounded up 16 of our favorite, easy seafood recipes to help you get started:

1
Spicy Shrimp
Helen from Food52
Get the Spicy Shrimp recipe by Helen from Food52
2
Crispy Coconut Kale with Roasted Salmon and Coconut Rice
Ashley Couse from Food52
Get the Crispy Coconut Kale with Roasted Salmon and Coconut Rice recipe by Ashley Couse from Food52
3
Mussels in White Wine Sauce
Simply Recipes
Get the Mussels in White Wine Sauce recipe from Simply Recipes
4
Simple, Light Crab Cakes
How Sweet It Is
Get the Simple, Light Crab Cakes recipe from How Sweet It Is
5
Linguine con Vongole
TheWimpyVegetarian from Food52
Get the Linguine con Vongole recipe by TheWimpyVegetarian from Food52
6
Fish Tacos with Salsa Verde and Radish Salad
Martha Stewart
Get the Fish Tacos with Salsa Verde and Radish Salad recipe from Martha Stewart
7
Grilled Soy-Ginger Ahi Tuna
Cookin' Canuck
Get the Grilled Soy-Ginger Ahi Tuna recipe from Cookin' Canuck
8
Shrimp and Grits Style Risotto
ENunn from Food52
Get the Shrimp and Grits Style Risotto recipe by ENunn from Food52
9
Butter-Seared Sole with Snap Peas, Dill + Capers
CarolineWright from Food52
Get the Butter-Seared Sole with Snap Peas, Dill + Capers recipe by CarolineWright from Food52
10
Pan-Crisped Salmon With Light Dijon Cream
How Sweet It Is
11
Maple Balsmic Glazed Salmon
bell'allimento
Get the Maple Balsmic Glazed Salmon recipe from bell'allimento
12
Salmon with Fennel Baked in Parchment
Simply Recipes
Get the Salmon with Fennel Baked in Parchment recipe from Simple Recipes
13
Spaghetti with Clams and Garlic
Food & Wine
Get the Spaghetti with Clams and Garlic recipe from Food & Wine
14
Grilled Cilantro Lime Shrimp Kebabs
SkinnyTaste
Get the Grilled Cilantro Lime Shrimp Kebabs recipe from SkinnyTaste
15
Mussels with Merguez Sausage
Christina Holmes
Get the Mussels with Merguez Sausage recipe from Food & Wine
16
Baked Tilapia with Fresh Herbs
Martha Stewart
Get the Baked Tilapia with Fresh Herbs recipe from Martha Stewart

Want to read more from HuffPost Taste? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.

Seafood Recipes