No-Cook Seafood Dishes
Even with all this time spent at home, it still feels as though our family’s schedules are packed! By the time dinner rolls around, we’re tuckered out…tired and hungry are not a good combination, am I right? So, for those extra busy days, I’ve crafted up a couple of no-cook seafood dishes. That’s right, easy seafood dinners and no cooking required! And, thanks to the team at Cameron’s Seafood, we have an abundance of already cooked seafood options to choose from…Fresh crab meat, lobster and shrimp!
Without further ado, let’s get to *NOT* cooking!
I’m “not cooking” tonight with…Crab Meat
Probably one of our household’s favorite quick meals are wraps. These portable sandwiches can be loaded with all sorts of veggies, cheeses, spreads…and (a personal fav) jumbo lump crab meat ~what a treat after a busy day!
When I know the week ahead is going to be a doozy, I’ll pull out my packaged crab meat from the freezer and let thaw in the refrigerator (typically on Sunday night, so it’ll be thawed come Tuesday or Wednesday, when we’re at our busiest).
Here are just a few combinations I like to deploy for wrapped inspiration.
- Whole wheat wraps, jumbo lump crab meat, baby arugula (or spinach), sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar and a little mayo.
- Pita or Lavash wraps, jumbo lump crab meat, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, feta cheese crumbles, a little dill and plain yogurt (or sour cream, if yogurt isn’t available)
- Flour tortillas, jumbo lump crab meat, romaine (or bibb lettuce), bacon crumbles, avocado, tomatoes and a little ranch dressing.
I’m “not cooking” tonight with…Shrimp
Shrimp and salads are like peas and carrots. The two go together so easily! Occasionally, on those really really busy weeks, I’ll pick up a couple of those ‘salads in a bag’ and jazz them up using either our Shrimp Cocktail or Spiced Shrimp. More often then not, I probably have some goodies in the fridge (that I need to use up) and pantry that can easily be whipped into a filling and satisfying salad.
Here are some of my go-to entree salad ideas for no-cook dinners…
- Spiced shrimp, romaine (or baby greens), corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, a little cheddar cheese and a tangy dressing (like Catalina or honey mustard).
- Shrimp Cocktail, leftover pasta noodles, tomatoes, bell peppers, pepperoni, mozzarella (or provolone), olives and an Italian salad dressing.
- Shrimp Cocktail, baby spinach, leftover bacon or bacon crumbles, berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, etc…), almonds and a bright poppy seed dressing.
I’m “not cooking” tonight with…Lobster
Some days, I am just dragging to get something to the table. So, in our house, we occasionally have a ‘DIY’ dinner. These can be fun, as well as lighter on your schedule stress/meal prepping woes. And….when you incorporate lobster into the mix…can turn something ordinarily into extraordinary.
So, what do I mean by DIY dinner? Well, these are coordinated ingredients, laid out ‘a la bar’ style, where your hungry humans fill their plates and assemble the meal at the table. Versus me/you doing all the work, behind the scenes, in the kitchen. DIY seafood dinners are also a great and easy way to use up leftovers, clean up the fridge a little, and get creative with your meals.
Here are some of my most recent DIY lobster dinners.
- DIY Summer Rolls (you’ll need a couple bowls of hot water to soften the rice paper wraps): Rice paper wraps, lobster meat, lettuce (bibb or spinach), shredded carrot, cucumbers, bell peppers, avocado, and leftover long noodles. Gather a little peanut dressing or hoisin sauce for dipping.
- DIY Lobster Taco Salad Bowls: Steamed lobsters or lobster meat, lettuce (romaine or bibb), corn, avocado (or guacamole), pico de gallo (or salsa), tortilla chips, black beans, shredded jack cheese (or cheddar), olives, red onion, jalapeños and some sour cream.
- DIY Lobster Mezze: Lobster meat, pita bread (or naan), olives, cucumbers, chickpeas, tomatoes, hummus, feta, pre-made tabbouleh salad and pre-made tzatziki sauce.
Ready to get NOT Cooking?
Be sure to stock up on your seafood! Here are some quick links to the seafood we mention in this article.
Jumbo Lump Crab Meat (for your wraps)
Fresh Shrimp and Shrimp Cocktail (for your salads)
Steamed Lobsters and Lobster Meat (for your DIY dinners).
There are oodles of other seafood options available on our online store (for when you’re in the mood to cook, or not). Browse along while you’re there! We also have recipes and cooking tips available to help with your meal planning and prepping needs too!
Do you have a ‘no-cook’ tip that you would like to share? We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to cook our seafood. Post your images or recipes on any of our social pages. We can be found @cameronsseafoodonline on Instagram or @CameronsSeafood on Facebook.
About the author
Patterson Watkins is a professional chef with over 17 years of experience. With a robust career in restaurants, contract dining and catering (including 4 Summer Olympic posts preparing food for the athletes!) Patterson joined the Cameron’s Seafood team at the end of 2018 to concoct some delicious recipes with our premium seafood items as the centerpiece.