Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, and it’s time to start planning your party! Whether you’re planning a fun family dinner or a celebration with your friends, kick things up a notch with a festive menu.
Beef and chicken entrees often spring to mind when “taco night” comes up in conversation, but what better way to spice things up than with a deliciously succulent seafood spread?! It’s a lighter, less caloric option that just so happens to taste fantastic — and that means you can double down on sour cream, right?!
Ahead, we’re diving into a few of our favorite Mexican-inspired recipes with a seafood twist.
Let’s lead this off with a classic: fish tacos! The light, flaky meat of fish is the ideal base for your favorite toppings like cheese, lime juice, lettuce and salsa. White fish like halibut and cod are generally the go-to for this dish, but blackened salmon also makes for a surprisingly tasty taco. Find more fish taco recipes here!
Guacamole is a people-pleasing party dish — and Cinco de Mayo is the perfect excuse to indulge in a souped-up version. This classic side dish becomes next-level when you add in a taste of lobster! Simply boil your lobster as normal, remove from the tail, let it chill, and then chop. Fold it into your blend of avocado, lime juice, salt, and tomato and you’re done!
Looking for a dish that all ages will love? It’s hard to go wrong with shrimp quesadillas! Easily prep your shrimp by pan-frying or grilling, then place them on a tortilla with heaps of cheese. Fold and press, then you’re ready to serve! Quesadillas are great for a crowd because people can personalize theirs based on their preference. Have small individual bowls of toppings (green onions, sour cream, salsa, hot sauce, etc.) and let your guests go wild.
For the easiest prep ever, try our peeled, deveined, tail-off shrimp. (They’re wild-caught in the USA!)
Raw fish cured in citrus juice — there’s nothing fresher for when the weather starts getting warmer in May. Served up as an appetizer mixed with tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and onions, you’ll have your guests thinking you’re a professional chef! The most important ingredient (and biggest safety factor) in this dish is the quality of your fish. Make sure to only use wild-caught, flash-frozen, saltwater fish from a reputable source. Learn more about how to safely make ceviche at home here.
Are you getting in the party spirit yet? Grab the tortilla chips, mix those margaritas, and stock up now on all the seafood you need for an epic Cinco de Mayo celebration.