Seven Dishes for the Feast of the Seven Fishes

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seafood salad

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian American Christmas Eve celebration that’s full of tradition. Regardless of the name not every family serves seven dishes, some do way more and some do way less, for instance a single pot made up of a rich seafood stew.

Whatever your traditions are or heritage is, if you’re a seafood lover this is the night for you, so you might want to add one of my favorites here to your holiday table or keep one in mind for a later dinner event.

First up is this bright and citrusy SEAFOOD SALAD  above, your guests will go crazy over it and it’s a stunner on the table.

crab cakes

CRAB CAKES, so decadent and rich, filled with flaky crab, not bready fillers, topped with a lemon aioli.


CIOPPINO, This is that seafood stew I was talking about and great for a smaller group, it’s filled with scallops, cod, crab, mussels and clams. Feel free to mix and match any combination of fish you want, it has a deep flavored rich broth which requires crusty bread for sopping up the juices.

shrimp and lobster ravioli

Here’s a very special pasta dish that’s really worth the time and effort, SHRIMP AND LOBSTER RAVIOLI, did I mention it has a limoncello cream sauce?

seafood risotto

You can’t go wrong with SEAFOOD RISOTTO, shrimp, scallops and lobster made with a seafood broth, creamy rice that is laced with Prosecco, this screams celebration time!

crab stuffed shrimp

CRAB STUFFED SHRIMP, Oh my, you can easily make a huge tray of these to serve your guests. I love the flavor combination, it’s luxurious and perfect for a crowd with or without the CHAMPAGNE sauce they’re resting in, yes, champagne! It’s the holidays and it’s time to splurge.

fried calamari

And last but not least is this FRITTO MISTO, which means fried mixture. It’s filled with calamari, scallops, lemon slices, some green beans and jalapeno tossed in for added color, flavor and texture, it’s delicious and has a very light breading that you will love.

Being with family, drinking good wine, eating great food, making memories and keeping those traditions alive, whether you celebrate The Feast of the Seven Fishes or not, that’s really what it’s all about!

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  1. Thank you for posting these recipes! This is the best cooking time of the year!

  2. You have outdone yourself this time, Marie! I think I won’t wait for Christmas Eve to try some of these!

  3. So many great ideas! Grazie mille!

  4. A lovely selection, Marie. Too hard to choose, I’ll have them all. 😋

  5. Maria Harper says

    Oh my, I don’t know about Christmas….these dishes look amazing for any time of year.

  6. Marie, what a marvelous collection of seafood recipes, thank you so very much. It doesn’t have to be Christmas Eve to enjoy any of them.

  7. We have done the feast over the years but everyone always complains that they are too full afterwards. 😀 Each and every dish of yours looks absolutely delicious.

  8. I did this a few years ago, and made about 75% of these dish’s, it was awesome.

  9. I was hoping for weeks to find the menu for Festa dei sette pesci ! Thank you so much !

  10. All these recipes looms delicious will surely try some in this Christmas Eve.