Waste Not, Want Not: Making Magic with Your Leftover Seafood

Salutations, Seafoodies! 

If you’re like us, you’ve probably faced the conundrum of having a small amount of seafood left after a delicious dinner. It’s just too good to waste, right? Well, fret not, because we’ve got you covered with some fantastic recipes that will not only make the most of your leftovers but also turn them into new and exciting meals. With just a few little tweaks, seafood leftovers can be a game-changer when it comes to meal planning, stretching your grocery budget and reducing food waste. 

With its delicate textures and flavors, seafood is often even more marvelous after a night in the fridge. Unlike some leftovers that lose their appeal, seafood can absorb seasonings and spices, making it a fantastic ingredient for creating diverse and mouthwatering dishes—even when it’s day-old! 

Seafood leftovers are safe to eat when stored and reheated properly. After purchasing, fresh seafood should be cooked within one to two days or frozen. While waiting for preparation, store your seafood in a clean container in the refrigerator at a temperature of 40°F or below as recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Any leftover seafood can also be refrigerated and stored in a clean, airtight container for up to 3-4 days. 

When you’re ready to reheat, make sure the internal temperature reaches a proper level of 165°F. And just like that, you’ve got the foundation for some incredible leftover seafood recipes, like these! 

Smoked Salmon Dip

Smoked Salmon Dip 

Transform your leftover salmon into a creamy, crowd-favorite appetizer that will leave your guest begging for more! Plus this savory dip is so easy—it allows you to make ahead and mingle.

Turmeric Smoked Salmon Breakfast Bowl 

Last night’s smoked salmon can quickly turn into today’s protein-packed breakfast with this healthy and versatile recipe. Just pre-prep the rest of the ingredients, and then let family members customize bowls to their liking. 

Cast-Iron Smoked Salmon Hash 

Bursting with flaky smoked salmon, red-skinned potatoes, and green bell pepper, this colorful dish plates beautifully—and is a great opportunity to use leftover seafood!

Mediterranean Salmon Bowl, Two-Ways 

If you’re looking for healthy recipes, you’ve hit the jackpot! This longtime favorite is actually two incredi-bowl dishes in one—and both can be prepared with leftover salmon!

Kale Caesar with Shrimp or Salmon

This isn’t your average Caesar! Crisp kale leaves provide a hearty base that pair perfectly with the rich, savory flavors of leftover shrimp or salmon. Don’t be surprised if this supremely satisfying salad quickly becomes your go-to lunch. 

Mini Seafood Pot Pies

Preparing this dish is—we’ve got to say it—easy as pie! Just swirl aromatic veggies in a little olive oil, simmer with some stock and seasoning, and stir in pieces of any leftover seafood you have on hand!

Seafood Paella 

Traditionally, paella is prepared over an open fire in a wide, shallow pan, but this recipe will show you how to easily recreate the complex crowd-favorite on your stovetop—with a Dutch oven and seafood leftovers.

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Easy Egg and Crab Muffins 

The protein from the egg and leftover crab will help you stay full and focused throughout your morning. Plus these muffins are super easy to meal-prep ahead of time.

Cheesy Shrimp Breakfast Casserole

Cheesy Shrimp Breakfast Casserole 

Give yesterday’s shrimp a new (and tasty) life as the star ingredient in a light and healthy breakfast casserole. Whether you’re hosting brunch or simply craving a nourishing morning meal, this recipe is a must try.

Triple Seafood Boil

This hearty and healthy boil recipe will impress everyone and is a perfect way to enjoy any seafood leftovers. So grab your bib and get ready for a feast that’s not only delicious, but fun to eat!

Instant Pot Seafood Risotto 

Elevate your dinner game with a dish that combines the creamy goodness of risotto with a medley of succulent seafood. The magic of the Instant Pot will  turn your leftovers into a restaurant-worthy meal in no time! 

Air Fryer Mac ‘n’ Cheese Tuna Bites 

These crispy, crunchy bites are a delightful snack or appetizer for any occasion. Use canned tuna or cooked tuna leftovers and your air fryer for the perfect blend of cheesy and comfort.

Shrimp and Egg Breakfast Burritos 

With the combination of tender leftover shrimp, scrambled eggs and your favorite toppings, you’ll be looking forward to breakfast every day with these 30-minute burritos. 

Smoked Trout Dip 

As a nosh to get you through to dinnertime or an impressive potluck addition—you’ll flip for this dip! Using leftover or fresh fish, this simple, savory and satisfying treat is also protein-packed too. 

Cod and Corn Chowder 

Warm up with a bowl of chowder! Combine tender leftover cod, sweet corn, and savory flavors to create the ultimate, comforting broth—perfect for a chilly evening or when you’re just craving a bowl of goodness.

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