Lenten Seafood DinnerThis year during lent we’ve been trying to find ways to make our Friday night dinners interesting.  I’ve made Salmon, we’ve attended a Fish Fry at Old Saint Mary’s in Over the Rhine, and then this week I decided to make a seafood smorgasbord for dinner.  I had some shrimp in the freezer, but I wanted to pair that with some more seafood to make a small buffet of sorts with delicious seafood.  I stopped by my favorite local seafood store, Keegan’s Seafood.  Their seafood is really beyond compare, I have loved everything I’ve purchased from this shop.  (EDIT – Sadly, Keegan’s is no longer open.  Now I shop at Luken’s at Findlay Market).

Today I picked up mussels and scallops to pair with the shrimp I already had.  I spent quite a while this afternoon perusing recipes trying to find the perfect ones.  Meaning….I wanted recipes that seemed easy enough to put together with what I had on hand but had a high star rating to indicate deliciousness.

I ended up creating a meal that was scrumptious and I was quite pleased with myself, especially when my nine year old annihilated the mussels.  I put a plate together for each of the kids that had a little bit of each seafood item on the menu, and asked them to at least try a bite of each, and they obliged.  I love introducing them to new foods, and I love it even more when they find a new food to love.  Below are the links for tonight’s recipes…I hope you enjoy trying them in your home as well!

Lenten Seafood Dinner ::

Seafood DinnerClassic French Mussels  ~ served with toasted Sixteen Bricks Artisan Bakehouse Bread – found at the Gruff.

Roasted Shrimp with Shrimp Sauce  ~ reminiscent of the sauce that was served at Benihana before they closed their downtown Cincy location.

Seared Scallops

UPDATE ~ We recreated this seafood smorgasboard again and I added Slow Cooker Garlic Asiago Risotto and it was the PERFECT side to pair with this seafood!

Are you looking for other Lenten Friday meals?  How about Black Beans?  Or Homemade Pizza?  Or Skillet Red Beans and Rice?  What is your favorite meal during Lent?