Easy Seafood Recipes for Midweek Meals

Three fish tacos on soft corn tortillas with cabbage, red onion, cilantro and lime.

When meal planning for midweek dinners, time is of the essence. Whether you’re getting in from work late or time has simply run away from you, after a long day, you will want a meal that is quick to prepare but still super tasty.

By their very nature, seafood dinners are quicker to cook. This is because the muscles in fish and seafood are shorter and thinner than in meat or poultry, so they break down much more quickly in the cooking process. This significantly reduces cooking time, meaning you can still have a delicious and protein-rich meal in just a fraction of the time. 

Of all the seafood options available, shellfish take the least time to cook. Their shells provide the perfect little oven to steam the meat inside, and their size means they can cook in just 8-10 minutes. 

With all this in mind, here are a handful of easy seafood recipes ready to save the day!

Clam Pasta with Basil

Pasta dishes are perfect for a quick seafood recipe because you can generally make and cook your sauce in the time it takes your pasta to cook! The prep for this dish takes just 15 minutes, and the cooking time is roughly the same, so it’s perfect for rustling up after work.

This easy seafood recipe uses both clams in shells and clam meat — a great way to double your seafood content and add variety to the dish. Use linguine or tagliatelle for this dish to help you soak up all the delicious juices. 

Shrimp Fajitas

Fajitas are the ultimate convenient dinner, and this version takes just 10 minutes to prep and 10 minutes cooking time. The beauty of fajitas is that you want your veg to be crunchy, so the peppers and onions in this quick seafood recipe want just three minutes of flash frying. 

Shrimps are perfect for fajitas because their sweet flavor complements the spice tagine seasoning we recommend using. Combined with the slightly charred taste of the peppers, every mouthful of this recipe will be delicious — and it’s ready in less than a half hour! 

Mussel and Bean Pasta

This is another quick pasta dish that packs a protein punch, as mussels and cannellini beans are both good sources of protein. In this dish, you can add your mussel meats from frozen, so there’s no need to defrost your seafood.  

Any leftovers from this easy seafood recipe also make a great lunch for a slow energy release throughout the afternoon. 

Thai Mussels with Glass Noodles

We love glass noodles for a quick seafood recipe because they cook super fast without even needing to be on the heat. Simply pour over boiling water and leave for a few minutes to soften. This frees up the hob for you to make your sauce and steam your mussels, which you can do in the meantime.

Frozen seafood is ideal for your quick midweek meals. Simply defrost in the fridge overnight, and you can enjoy it in minutes. Many of our seafood items, like blanched octopus tentacles, are pre-cooked, significantly reducing your cooking time. If ever you do forget to defrost your seafood overnight, you can quick thaw in a bowl of cold water for a minimum of 30 minutes or under cold running water. 


To get inspiration for your next quick seafood recipe, check out all our recipe suggestions and browse all our seafood products online