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Romantic Seafood Dishes for Every Kind of Celebration

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Wild Seafood

    Photo by Grace Parisi

    In our modern world, no two couples are exactly alike— so there’s no need to make your Valentine’s Day celebrations cookie-cutter or traditional. Whether you’d rather spend the day scaling a mountain or only have time for breakfast in bed, we’ve got a menu for you.

    For a Fancy Night In

    Our high quality seafood will impress in the simplest of preparations, but a little luxury never hurts, especially on Valentine’s Day. A French classic with an Asian-inspired twist, our Sesame Ginger Tuna Tartare is a delicious and elegant starter. Pro tip: double up on the marinade for a flavor-packed salad dressing. For your main course, try this decadent and (dare we say stunning) pasta cooked in a caviar and smoked salmon cream sauce.

    For a Cozy Night on the Couch

    Celebrating loved ones doesn’t have to be an extravagant affair. If you’d rather watch a movie and call it a night, there’s no need to compromise on flavor. Our Spicy Fish Taco Nachos are delicious and easy to assemble, perfect for the unfussy couple who’d take a low-key celebration over a big to-do any day. Whip up a pitcher of homemade margaritas, pop in a movie, and leave the dishes for tomorrow.

    For Breakfast in Bed

    Breakfast in bed is a perfect demonstration of love, and our Salmon Potato Hash is a perfect breakfast. Rich, flaky salmon meets crispy fried potatoes meets punchy leeks meets runny egg. It’s easy, makes great use of leftovers, and is doable even on a weekday morning. Serve with hot coffee or tea.

    For an Outdoor Picnic

    If you’re the kind of couple who likes a sunrise hike, pack fresh bagels, cream cheese, capers, sliced red onion, and our homemade Gravlax to enjoy at the top of the mountain. Make sure to store the gravlax in a cooler for maximum freshness.

    For a Zoom Date

    If you and your partner can’t be in the same place this year, don’t skip Valentine’s Day — pivot over to Zoom and cook the same meal in real time. Pasta is simple, fast, and won’t require your undivided attention. This Seafood Pasta from our test kitchen makes glorious use of tinned delicacies like capers, artichokes, and olives, cutting down on both prep time and your grocery list. Light candles, dress up, and drink the same wine. It’s no replacement, but it’s still pretty wonderful.

    For a Solo Celebration

    There’s no reason you can’t celebrate love by yourself. Treat yourself to this elegant Sesame Crusted Tuna, which is minimum prep for maximum effect.

    For When You Want to Cook Together

    Don’t just delight in eating dinner —there’s making it, too. These Spicy Salmon and Avocado Hand Rolls (aka temaki) are great for a fun and hands-on shared activity.

    When You Can’t Find a Babysitter

    When your babysitter has plans of their own, you’ll need a meal that’s delicious and kid-friendly but elegant enough to meet the occasion. Cue our Crab Gnocchi Bake. If your picky eater reels at the sight of anything green, skip the spinach (and a tantrum) and serve with a side salad. And who knows: if you don’t mention the crab, they might just ask for a second helping.

    For a Healthy Compromise

    Holidays scream decadence, but our Brown Butter Caper Salmon with Pearl Couscous and Roasted Broccolini is the best of both worlds for those on a health kick. Don’t balk at the title: the recipe calls for a mere 2 tablespoons of butter (that’s only 1 per person), which adds a major boost of flavor for a modest calorie price tag. With pearl couscous and roasted vegetables, it’s an extravagance you can feel good about.