Protein-Packed Seafood Recipes to Recharge Your Energy

You did it, Seafoodies! 

Phew, you’ve made it through another 365 days of hustle and bustle and are now embracing the New Year with open arms! But let’s be real, life’s little whirlwinds can be a big drain on energy. It happens to the best of us! Amidst the joyful chaos, it’s important to take care of yourself and refuel, with a little support from protein-powered seafood. 

Not only is protein needed to build muscle, but it also keeps us feeling full for longer by reducing levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin. This means that increasing your seafood intake just might assist with keeping those pesky between-meal cravings at bay. Seafood nourishes the body—bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, heart, brain and more—at every life stage by providing important nutrients.

One of these nutrients is protein, which helps keep blood sugar levels stable. And sustained blood glucose levels means sustained energy levels in the short term, by blunting large glucose spikes and crashes. In the long term, stable blood sugar levels help to prevent type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. So for anyone wanting to keep energy levels up this winter, aim to enjoy seafood a few times each week. But don’t just take our word for it, both the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (LINK HERE) and the American Heart Association (LINK HERE) recommend a minimum of 2-3 weekly servings of seafood. 

Ready for an energized new year? Look no further than this lineup of delicious seafood dishes that will fuel you all week.

You got this! 

Instant Pot Seafood Risotto

Go ahead. Treat your taste buds to this rich and savory instant pot seafood risotto experience. After your first forkful, you’ll be looking forward to the leftovers—if there are any!

Grilled Halibut with Walnut Pesto 

We highly recommend serving this zesty halibut with whole wheat angel hair pasta and a simple salad. But you do you, Seafoodies: Whatever sides you choose, this fish is a protein superstar!

Kale Caesar with Shrimp or Salmon

After seeing some humdrum salad kits out there, we decided to create a sensational seafood Caesar recipe that’s just as fresh and flavorful as the traditional version, but better for you. The delicious result is this wholesome and healthy Kale Caesar! 

Baja-Style Street Fish Tacos 

This protein-packed dish is all about contrasts—spicy fish wrapped in a delicate corn tortilla with crunchy slaw and a creamy lime sauce. Adjust the heat as you please! 

Sheet Pan Cod & Vegetables with Smashed Tomatoes and Feta

Cod is one of our favorite sources of lean protein—offering as much as 20 grams in a 3-ounce serving! By adding some heart-healthy olive oil and fiber-rich veggies to the mix, this one-pan recipe also brings plenty of other nutrients and antioxidants to the table. Talk about refueling!

Cast-Iron Smoked Salmon Hash 

Bursting with flaky smoked salmon, red-skinned potatoes and green bell pepper, this colorful dish plates beautifully, whether on a breakfast tray or served family-style at the table.

Quinoa, Lentil, Kale & Feta Salad with Salmon

This dish is not just a meal—it’s a heaping plate of goodness. With warm quinoa, lentils, kale and feta, all amplified by the deliciousness of salmon and broccoli, get ready for a high-protein, nutritious and downright delectable delight.

Shrimp & Grits-Stuffed Peppers

Shrimp and grits are already an awesome combo, but when paired with colorful bell peppers—they create a super flavorful and nutritious dish. When choosing your bell peppers—look for ones with even bottoms to ensure they stand upright once they’re cooked!

Lobster Ravioli

Whoever said a quick and easy dinner couldn’t be luxurious clearly hasn’t tried this tantalizing lobster ravioli recipe! Ideal for everyday meals yet lavish enough for those special occasions, this dish is superb for date night or doubling up to refuel the whole family.

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