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“THE FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES”
GULF COAST SEAFOOD-STYLE

Celebrate the Holidays with Gulf Coast Seafood.

This holiday season, Gulf Coast Seafood is putting a new twist on an old tradition: the Feast of the Seven Fishes.

Before we serve up our delicious Gulf-style seafood feast, we’ll take a moment to toast to the Italians who came up with this delicious holiday custom centuries ago.


Southern Italians are credited with creating and popularizing the Feast of the Seven Fishes, which — as its name suggests — is a seven-dish celebration. When these families began immigrating to the US in the early 1900s, they brought the tradition with them.


Today, the Feast is celebrated by families across the US — including those located near the Gulf Coast. For our Feast, we headed to the beautiful dining room of culinary artist Randolph Tucker Fitz-Hugh, Jr.

Dining room mural painted by New Orleans artist Auseklis Ozols.

In spirit of the season — and in spirit of Gulf Coast Seafood, of course! — we cooked up a Feast of the Seven Fishes that relied on fresh, in-season Gulf Coast seafood.


We invite you to join our Feast by trying out one of the recipes below.

The Feast of the Seven Fishes Recipes

We kicked off our feast with spicy boiled Gulf shrimp with cocktail sauce. Because this dish is served chilled, it’s a perfect hors d’oeuvre for guests to eat as they arrive, settle in, and mingle.


As everyone took their seats, we presented the first dish of the night: Gulf blue crab salad with avocado. This refreshing Gulf Coast Seafood dish mixes zesty citrus, earthy herbs, and creamy crab and avocado for a result that’s perfectly balanced. It’s a treat to the eyes and the palate, no matter how you assemble it.

Up next: a bowlful of barbecue Gulf shrimp. We used brown shrimp, which are in season and full of sweet flavor. After being tossed in garlic, cayenne, and paprika, these Gulf shrimp had a spicy-sweet taste — and guests loved the colorful presentation!

Our shrimp were followed by a rich dish perfect for a special celebration: Gulf oysters Rockefeller. Originally created in the late 1800s for the wealthy John D. Rockefeller, this recipe is truly Feast-worthy.


Moving on from an American original to an Italian specialty: This capellini with Gulf shrimp and creamy tomato sauce took our taste buds straight to Sicily. Of course, the Seven Fishes founders would have probably served salted cod instead of shrimp during the original Feast — but since we prepared this meal Gulf seafood-style, we used the freshest seafood we could find.


After experiencing the light and delightfully pure taste of this simple pasta dish, we were impressed by the rich, layered flavors of this baked Gulf shrimp scampi. Though both recipes used the same Gulf shrimp, they tasted delectably different!

Full of holiday cheer (and full of delicious seafood) after the sixth dish, we took final sips of wine while our host gave the last recipe its final touches— in the form of flames. After soaking in a spicy lemon marinade all night, the Gulf drumfish filets were seasoned and ready for grilling.


What’s special about this grilled Gulf drumfish recipe is that the lemons are grilled, too. This gives the juice a milder taste, ensuring that the lemons’ acidity and tang doesn’t overwhelm the fish.


We gave each plate a seasonal touch with fresh red peppers, red cherry tomatoes, and green scallions. Each forkful was like a bite-sized holiday present!

And now, it’s your turn! Put a twist on your holiday meal this season by serving up one or all of the Gulf Coast Seafood recipes above. May you have a happy and delicious holiday!