New Ways to Make Seafood for Dinner This Week

Cooking at home gets monotonous. You probably default to the same safe, but boring grocery list week after week. Then, you turn to the same recipes to prepare your food. Can we make a suggestion? Look beyond chicken and burgers, and try something new, such as seafood. Your favorite seafood — shrimp, salmon, scallops, and tilapia — can spice up a boring dinner table. Plus, seafood offers so many great health benefits that nutritionists recommend eating it twice a week.

According to U.S. News, just 1 in 10 Americans meets the U.S. dietary guideline to eat seafood twice a week. But seafood enriches your diet with high-quality protein. It adds omega-3 fatty acids. And it’s associated with better heart health and brain function. Even better? Seafood can make cooking fun again, especially if you’ve been bored in the kitchen. Fish cooks quickly. It lends itself to experimentation with new flavors. And grocery stores offer many types of seafood at budget-friendly prices. Convinced? Check out Aldi’s recommendations for some delicious ways to prepare seafood.

1. Avocado Spread Sandwich with Shrimp

Avocado Spread Sandwich with Shrimp

You can prepare this open-faced shrimp sandwich with your favorite toppings. | Aldi

If you need a light, but filling dinner, you can’t go wrong with the avocado spread sandwich with shrimp. First, make the avocado spread. Then, toast each slice of bread, and add the avocado spread and a healthy serving of arugula. Finally, depending on your taste and the preferences of each of your family members, add bacon, eggs, grape tomatoes, green onion, and shrimp. This recipe offers the perfect way to customize an easy meal for picky eaters. And it gives you an easy way to introduce shrimp to kids. If they don’t like it, they’ll still have the eggs to provide protein.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 4 teaspoons diced red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chopped thyme
  • 4 avocados, seeded
  • ¾ teaspoon iodized salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 5 slices whole grain bread
  • 1¼ cups arugula

Toppings

  • 6 slices bacon, cooked
  • 5 large eggs, fried or poached
  • 10 grape tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup sliced green onion
  • 20 jumbo raw shrimp, peeled and cooked

See recipe directions from Aldi.

2. Fresh Salmon Citrus Salad

Fresh salmon citrus salad

When serving a salad, don’t settle for boring. This salmon salad punches things up with grapefruit. | Aldi

Are you rolling your eyes at the idea of serving another boring salad for dinner? We get it. Salads can get dull (and unhealthy) if you aren’t careful. But Aldi’s fresh salmon citrus salad is the perfect way to burst out of a rut, particularly if that rut is paved with sad iceberg lettuce and boring bagged greens. To get this delicious salad on the table, mix up a fresh lime dressing. Then, sauté the salmon in olive oil, with salt and pepper. Aldi recommends using organic spring mix instead of basic lettuce, which adds great nutritional value and fresh flavor.

Ingredients:

  • ½ lime, juiced and zested
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ½ tablespoon wildflower honey
  • 1 teaspoon iodized salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 16 ounces wild-caught salmon, thawed
  • 5 ounces organic spring mix
  • 2 grapefruits, supreme
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 4 green onions, sliced on the bias

See recipe directions from Aldi.

3. Green Tea Poached Salmon

Green tea poached salmon

Up for learning something new in the kitchen? Learn to poach seafood with this recipe for green tea poached salmon. | Aldi

Keeping the same recipes on rotation each week is a sure way to get bored in the kitchen. You can switch things up by learning to poach salmon with Aldi’s recipe for green tea poached salmon. (Salmon, for the record, is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, protein, and potassium.) To get this dinner on the table, prepare the rice and vegetables. Then, poach the salmon in water flavored with green tea. Finally, create a delicious sauce to serve with the salmon.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups water
  • 8 bags green tea, divided
  • 3 teaspoons iodized salt, divided, plus additional to taste
  • 2 tablespoons wildflower honey
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper, divided, plus additional to taste
  • 16 ounces wild-caught salmon, thawed
  • 2 lemons, sliced, divided
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Pan sauce

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 bags green tea, loose leaves
  • 1 cup Chardonnay
  • 1 tablespoon organic wildflower honey
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 green onion, sliced

See recipe directions from Aldi.

4. Grilled Shrimp and Sautéed Kale in White Wine Cream Sauce

Grilled shrimp in kale cream sauce

Grilled shrimp and sautéed kale make for a delicious but healthy pasta dinner. | Aldi

Preparing any kind of pasta in a homemade sauce is the perfect way to wow your partner or friends with a celebratory dinner. The Aldi test kitchen’s recipe for grilled shrimp and sautéed kale in white wine cream sauce is a particularly delicious meal — one that manages to be both indulgent and healthy at the same time. Grill the shrimp. Then, cook the spaghetti. Next, sauté the kale and tomatoes. And finally assemble the cream sauce. The result is a delicious meal you’ll be proud to serve your family or friends.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound jumbo raw shrimp, thawed and peeled
  • ¼ teaspoon iodized salt, plus additional to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, plus additional to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest, divided (about 2 lemons)
  • ½ cup lemon juice, divided (about 3 lemons)
  • 6.625 ounces whole grain thin spaghetti
  • 5 ounces baby kale or baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 pint of grape tomatoes, halved
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • ½ cup Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and room temperature

See recipe directions from Aldi.

5. Healthy Salmon Foil Packet

Healthy salmon foil packets

Preparing salmon, potatoes, and broccoli in oven-ready foil packets is an easy way to get a healthy dinner on the table. | Aldi

We’ve all been there. Sometimes, you want a delicious, healthy dinner. But you really don’t want a kitchen full of pots and pans to clean afterward. These healthy salmon foil packets are the perfect recipe for that kind of night. Just fill salmon packets with potatoes, broccoli, and salmon. Then, add lime juice and seasonings. The following packets need to go in the oven for 50 minutes to an hour — plenty of time for you to get some work done, help the kids with their homework, fit in a quick workout, or take a well-deserved break with an adult beverage.

Ingredients:

  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1½ pounds fingerling potatoes, cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 pound broccoli florets, cut into large pieces
  • 16 ounces wild-caught salmon fillets, frozen
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 2 teaspoons Steak & Chop Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon iodized salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

See recipe directions from Aldi.

6. Honey Sriracha Salmon with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Honey Sriracha Salmon with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This honey sriracha salmon strikes the perfect balance between spicy and sweet. | Aldi

Salmon lends itself well to tons of different flavors. Try out a combination of sweet and spicy with this recipe for honey sriracha salmon with roasted Brussels sprouts. The key to getting all of that great flavor into the salmon is to marinate the fish for at least two hours. (Always marinate meat in the refrigerator.) After the salmon has marinaded, bake it. Then, create a delicious but healthy side of roasted Brussels sprouts. If you’re worried you (or your kids) won’t like the sprouts, rest assured these delicious veggies will taste nothing like the sad, soggy frozen sprouts we’ve all had one too many times.

Ingredients:

Honey sriracha salmon

  • 3 tablespoons organic wildflower honey
  • ¼ cup sriracha sauce
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 fillets wild-caught salmon

Roasted Brussels sprouts

  • 2 cups halved Brussels sprouts, stems removed
  • ½ teaspoon ground sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon organic wildflower honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 green onions, sliced

See recipe directions from Aldi.

7. Lemon, Basil, and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers with Marinated Shrimp

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers with Marinated Shrimp

These delicious peppers are stuffed with quinoa and topped with shrimp. What more could you want in a healthy family dinner? | Aldi

If you have a few bell peppers in the refrigerator, we have the perfect recipe for you. These lemon, basil, and quinoa stuffed peppers with marinated shrimp offer a delicious way to add seafood to your diet. They feature quinoa, which has a high protein content. (That makes it perfect for active kids and adults.) The shrimp gets marinated in a mixture of oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper. That adds simple but delicious flavor. Then, the peppers are baked in the oven, and the shrimp gets sautéed on the stove. It might sound complicated. But we promise your prep time will be well under an hour.

Ingredients:

  • 4.9 ounces Garlic and Basil Quinoa/Brown Rice Blend
  • ¼ cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 4 tablespoons chopped basil
  • 1 teaspoon iodized salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 ounces jumbo raw shrimp, thawed and peeled
  • 2 large bell peppers, halved and seeded
  • 4 ounces Parmesan cheese, shredded

See recipe directions from Aldi.

8. Mediterranean Grilled Salmon with Tomato Olive Tapenade

Mediterranean Grilled Salmon with Tomato Olive Tapenade

This grilled salmon recipe features a delicious tapenade for a summery, Mediterranean kick. | Aldi

Want a seafood recipe that feels like summer, regardless of the season? If you can break out the grill (or a grill pan), we definitely recommend Aldi’s recipe for Mediterranean grilled salmon with tomato olive tapenade. First, marinate your salmon in Greek dressing. (Talk about an easy way to infuse some Mediterranean flavor.) Next, grill the salmon. Then, prepare the tapenade. Although it’s probably not necessary, using a food processor will make this step incredibly fast and easy. Finally, serve the salmon alongside the tapenade and lemon slices. You can even prepare your favorite veggies with it for a wholesome family meal.

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 24 ounces whole salmon fillet, thawed and cut into fillets
  • ½ cup Greek vinaigrette dressing

Tapenade

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 5.75 ounces Spanish manzanilla olives, drained
  • 12 ounces artichoke salad, drained
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon, sliced

See recipe directions from Aldi.

9. Seared Scallops with Herbed Lemon Oil

Seared scallops with herbed lemon oil

Seared scallops are the perfect way to expand your cooking repertoire, even if you only have half an hour to get dinner together. | Aldi

Even if you’re an experienced home chef, scallops might seem a little complicated to prepare at home. But these mollusks are actually quite straightforward (and delicious) to cook in your own kitchen. This recipe for seared scallops with herbed lemon oil will show you how. First, defrost the scallops in the refrigerator. Then, create an herbed olive oil that you’ll eventually drizzle over the scallops. Next, work in batches to sear the scallops in a cast iron pan, which is the perfect way to get them deliciously browned. This might not be the best kind of seafood to serve picky children. But on the other hand, you never know until you give it a chance.

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces jumbo scallops
  • 1 cup loosely packed organic baby arugula
  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil
  • ½ cup loosely packed fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 3 anchovy fillets
  • ½ teaspoon ground sea salt, plus additional to taste
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • Ground peppercorns, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 lemon, cut into slices

See recipe directions from Aldi.

10. Shrimp Étouffée

Shrimp Étouffée

Shrimp étouffée is an iconic dish you can enjoy even if you’ve never been to Louisiana. | Aldi

Shrimp étouffée is an iconic New Orleans dish. Étouffée is a classic in both Cajun and Creole cuisine, and it’s often made with crayfish. But Aldi recommends making shrimp étouffée. You get the classic flavor, but you’ll probably have a much easier time finding shrimp at your favorite grocery store. To prepare this dish, make a roux, and create your sauce. Then, season the shrimp, stir them into the sauce, and simmer. The word “étouffée” means “smothered.” The term refers to the method of cooking the seafood with vegetables and sauce. The result is a stew-like meal served over rice.

Ingredients:

Cajun seasoning

  • ¼ cup iodized salt
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • ¼ cup paprika
  • ¼ cup garlic powder
  • ¼ cup ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 2 tablespoons parsley flakes

Étouffée

  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups vegetable cooking stock
  • 2 medium white onions, diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic in water
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 2 16-ounce bags jumbo raw shrimp
  • Hot sauce, to taste
  • ½ cup sliced green onions

See recipe directions from Aldi.

11. Shrimp Tostada

Shrimp tostada

Shrimp tostadas are the perfect way to enjoy some seafood and branch out from your usual burrito or enchilada. | Aldi

Need a new way to combine your tortillas and black beans? Then, you definitely need to try this shrimp tostada. “Tostada” simply means toasted. So the term, particularly in Mexico, refers to a dish that’s constructed on top of a tortilla that’s been fried or toasted. You probably don’t have to switch up your grocery list if you already make burritos or other Mexican foods regularly. Assemble the shrimp salad. Then, bake the tortillas, and prepare the bean mixture. Finally, assemble the tostadas by spreading the beans over each tortilla and adding the shrimp salad on top.

Ingredients:

  • 2½ cups medium cooked shrimp, thawed and diced
  • 2 mini cucumbers, diced
  • 1 cup diced red onion, divided
  • 5 teaspoons minced jalapeño, divided
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 5 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • ¾ teaspoon iodized salt, plus additional to taste
  • 8 white corn tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon canola oil, divided
  • 2 15.5-ounce cans black beans, drained, liquid reserved
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

See recipe directions from Aldi.

12. Tilapia with Tomato Chutney

Tilapia with tomato chutney

Tilapia topped with a tomato chutney is a satisfying but healthy dinner to share with your family. | Aldi

Need a refined seafood dish you can get on the table in less than an hour? Try Aldi’s recipe for tilapia with tomato chutney. Create the chutney in a saucepan. Then, bake the tilapia in the oven. (It only takes 10 to 12 minutes.) While the fish is baking, toast almonds to stir into the chutney. And once the fish is baked, serve it with the chutney on top. It doesn’t get any easier to make a delicious but incredibly healthy meal to share with your family.

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch crushed red pepper
  • 16 ounces tilapia fillets, thawed and patted dry
  • Iodized salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Chili powder, to taste (optional)
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ¼ cup chopped Spanish manzanilla olives
  • ½ cup chopped parsley

See recipe directions from Aldi.