What do you eat on Christmas Eve? My family hasn’t settled on any one thing yet. Two years ago, we tried grilled prime rib. Last year it was surf and turf. This year it’s going to be a seafood extravaganza with our riff on the Feast of the Seven Fishes.
I’d never heard of the Feast of the Seven Fishes until a few years ago. A friend I met at a food writers’ conference organized one at Deco Ristorante RVA. Unfortunately, Deco isn’t around anymore (RIP), but the idea of having an all seafood dinner for the holidays stuck with me.
This year, we’re trying it ourselves. But how best to organize?
Apparently, some people serve seven different courses, each one highlighting a different fish or seafood. Others prepare one or two types of fish several different ways. Another variation (that’s less work for the cook) involves making a seafood stew and calling it a day.
If you like the seafood on Christmas Eve idea, here are a few menu options to consider.
Feast of the Seven Fishes Menu #1
Serve this menu buffet-style since the flavors are so varied. Everyone will find something they like!
- Smoked Salmon Spread – serve with celery or carrot sticks and cucumber slices
- Crab Salad with Lime and Avocado
- Asian Steamed Clams with Ginger and Garlic – could substitute mussels for the clams
- Peel and Eat Shrimp – my method is similar to Paula Deen’s, except I add apple cider vinegar to the water and make sure to use Old Bay seasoning (affiliate link)
- Tuna Ceviche
- Sesame Coconut-Crusted Halibut
- Scallop Cakes with Light Tartar Sauce
Feast of the Seven Fishes Menu #2
Here’s a variation on one type of seafood prepared several different ways.
- Virgin Bloody Mary with Shrimp
- Roasted Shrimp with Cream Cheese and Prosciutto
- Shrimp, Mango, and Avocado Salad with Sweet Chili Ginger Vinaigrette
- Glazed Shrimp and Grape Kebabs (Angoori Shrimp)
- Spicy Shrimp Soup with Avocado
- Shrimp and Cabbage Stir-fry
- Garlic and Tomato Roasted Shrimp
Feast of the Seven Fishes Menu #3
This menu falls into the category of make an appetizer, salad, and pot of stew and you’re done.
Whatever you eat on Christmas Eve, I hope it’s mouth-watering!