Eat Gulf Seafood

Seafood Swap for these 5 Classic Dishes

Many of our favorite American dishes are typically made with chicken, beef, or pork — but did you know that you can replace meat with seafood in these recipes for a delicious twist? Shake up your meal plan by incorporating fresh Gulf Coast seafood into these classic meals.

Burgers are most often made with ground beef; but Gulf Coast crab can be used as a tasty replacement. The texture of crabmeat makes it easy to mold and shape, and mayonnaise serves as a binder to hold each patty in place. Unlike a beef burger, you don’t have to take these burgers to the grill — you can simply broil them for a few minutes in your oven. The Worcestershire sauce will give these burgers a classic smoky flavor; but the sweet crabmeat will give them a truly unique taste. Ready to bite into a burger, Gulf Coast Seafood-style? Check out our Gulf Crab Burger recipe.

Chicken fingers are a favorite among kids and adults alike; and its their mild flavor, crispy texture, and dip-ability that we love so much. The firm texture and subtle flavor of chicken makes it ideal for cutting, breading, and frying (or baking!) — but we think that Gulf Coast snapper is a perfectly suitable substitute. Using the same basic ingredients you’d use to crumb strips of chicken, you can crumb strips of snapper. Serve up our Chili-Cumin Snapper Fingers and see if your diners can taste a difference!

Tacos are one of the most versatile recipes out there — and although they’re typically filled with beef, pork, or chicken, you can easily ramp up the flavor by featuring seafood instead. Take your favorite Gulf Coast fish species, season it like you would any taco meat, and then sauté or pan-fry it. Our favorite toppings include mango salsa, herby cilantro, and creamy avocado. Although any Gulf Coast Seafood species is fit to stuff inside a taco shell — from ahi-style tuna to sweet, mild shrimp — two of our favorite recipes include these Gulf Shrimp Tacos and Mahi-Mahi Tacos.

Casseroles are an easy one-pot meal that most often includes chicken, eggs, or sausage. Sub in your favorite Gulf Coast seafood species, like shrimp, crab, or grouper — or even oysters! — and take a standard casserole to a whole new level. Using typical casserole ingredients like flour, potatoes, cream, eggs, cheese, and onions, you can bake a beautiful casserole with a hint of Gulf Coast seafood flavor. Give our Gulf Blue Crab Gratin a try!

Stir-fries are a go-to weeknight meal for many families. Using fresh Gulf Coast seafood in place of meat or eggs, we can still stay well within authentic Asian recipes and flavors. Although shrimp is the most common stir-fried seafood species, fish like mahi-mahi and flounder can be tossed into your favorite stir-fry too. In our Gulf Shrimp and Sweet Pepper Stir Fry, for example, we mix the sweet, fresh taste of Gulf Coast shrimp with salty soy sauce and zesty orange juice for an Asian-inspired meal.