One-Pan Seafood Feast
This week’s festive December meal is a quick and easy one that goes a long way. My one-pan seafood feast is an easy way to serve a variety of different types of seafood all at once. This recipe is perfect for anyone that celebrates Christmas Eve with the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Get ready as I walk you through how to cook 5 different types of seafood in one pan in around 30 minutes!
Select the seafood
If you didn’t already guess this from the title of this post, we are going to be pan searing (or at least cooking) 5 different types of seafood in one pan. You could use this same recipe to cook more or less seafood as the method will be the same. When doing a seafood feast, I like to cook the following:
- Cod (or any type of white fish)
These can all be interchangeable and catered to whatever you or your guests like. The point of a seafood feast is to have a lot of seafood – it doesn’t matter what kind! Please get creative and make any types that you prefer.
Season the seafood
Seasoning this seafood is extremely simple. All that you need to do is season all of it with our Open Fire BPS Rub. Alternatively, salt and pepper will work fine as well. That’s really all you need with seafood. You want to make sure to season all over while also being careful to not over do it. That might sound a little tricky so, when in doubt, go a little lighter with the seasoning. You can always add more salt at the end if you feel it wasn’t seasoned enough.
Scallops, shrimp, and calamari
I am grouping the scallops, shrimp, and calamari together as they will all be cooked similarly. I like to start with the scallops first – these will be cooked a little different than how they are in my Pan Seared Scallops recipe. Add some avocado oil to a pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the scallops (do not overcrowd – work in batches if necessary) and cook for 3 minutes per side. When the scallops are done, remove and add the shrimp (adding more oil if necessary) and cook for 3 minutes per side as well. The shrimp will also start to turn orange which is a good indicator that they’re done. Next, remove the shrimp and add the calamari. Cook the calamari for 5 minutes, moving them around from time to time and remove once finished. Boom – in just 17 minutes, more than half the seafood is done!
Cod (or any type of white fish)
The cod is going to be treated a little differently. Add more oil to the pan along with the fish. Then add a couple tablespoons of butter and some cloves of crushed garlic. Allow the fish to sear on this side and once it has, flip. Begin to baste the fish with the garlic butter and cook until an internal temperature of 145ºF is reached, about 3 minutes or so, and then remove from the pan. It’s really that simple!
We’re now down to our last bit of seafood to cook: the clams. These are arguably the easiest to cook. Just add them to the pan (the garlic butter should still be in the pan), along with 1 cup of white wine. Then cover and steam for about 5 minutes. All of the clams will open on their own when they are cooked. If some are still closed after the 5 minutes, allow to cook a little longer. Do not eat any that do not open. That’s it! In under 30 minutes, we were able to cook 5 different types of seafood using the same pan! Bonus alert: the garlic/butter/white wine/seafood liquid that will remain in the pan is actually really delicious. Feel free to pour it over the cooked seafood or into a sauce or stew if are using this recipe for a seafood pasta/stew.
Easy, delicious, and a crowd pleaser
We really just cooked an entire seafood feast in about 30 minutes. Do you see why I said this recipe is quick and easy? This recipe is perfect for a holiday or gathering due to the fact that a lot of impressive food can be made so easily. If your friends/family are like mine and love seafood, they will truly appreciate the variety set before them. If you’re celebrating Christmas Eve with the Feast of the Seven Fishes, then this recipe provides 5 of them in one simple cook. Try it out and let me know how it goes in the comments. Enjoy!
One-Pan Seafood Feast
- 12 Scallops
- 12 Shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1/2 lb Calamari sliced into rings
- 1/2 lb Cod or any type of white fish; cut into large pieces
- 1/2 lb Clams
- Open Fire BPS Rub to taste; or salt and pepper
- Avocado oil for searing; or any type of cooking oil
Specific to the Cod
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 4-5 Garlic cloves crushed
Specific to the Clams
- 1 cup White wine
- Season all seafood with our Open Fire BPS Rub. Alternatively, you can season with salt and pepper.
- Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Add avocado oil.
Scallops, Shrimp, and Calamari
- When the pan is hot, add the scallops (do not overcrowd – work in batches if necessary). Cook for 3 minutes per side. Remove from the pan.
- Add the shrimp to the pan. Cook for 3 minutes per side. The shrimp should turn orange when cooked. Remove from the pan.
- Add the calamari to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time. Remove from the pan.
- Add the fish to the pan. Add the butter and crushed garlic cloves.
- Cook the fish until the bottom is seared.
- Flip and begin basting the fish with the garlic butter. Cook until an internal temperature of 145ºF is reached, around 3 minutes or so. Remove from the pan.
- Add the clams to the pan along with 1 cup of white wine.
- Cover and steam the clams for 5 minutes. The clams will open up when they are cooked. If the clams are not open after 5 minutes, continue to steam until done. Do not eat any that have not opened. Remove from the pan.
- Optional: pour any of the garlic/butter/white wine/seafood liquid remaining in the pan over the seafood. It also goes really well in any sauce or stew if you are making a seafood pasta dish or stew.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!