Seafood saute makes an easy, quick, delicious meal. Your only task as a chef is to avoid overcooking the seafood!
If you happen to have a bag or two of frozen seafood mix in your freezer (mine came from Trader Joe’s), this tasty seafood saute is a great way to turn them into an easy, delicious meal.
We had it for lunch this weekend with steamed broccoli and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Perfection!
I’ve been trying to incorporate more seafood into our menu. There are many health benefits to eating seafood. Especially sustainable, wild caught seafood. The frozen seafood mix is a convenient way to always have seafood available. And I can defrost is quickly, as explained in the recipe card below.
This seafood saute recipe is a VERY easy recipe, by the way. Just make sure you don’t overcook the seafood! And if you don’t have a seafood mix, this recipe should work well with just shrimp.
In the recipe card below, I instruct you to defrost the seafood prior to sauteing it. This is the only tedious part of the recipe. But it’s well worth it! Otherwise the pieces won’t cook uniformly, and will also release too much water into the dish while they cook.
This seafood saute is a saucy dish. It’s best to serve it with crusty bread for dipping in the sauce (if you eat bread). Or serve it atop rice, cauliflower rice or microwave spaghetti squash. Of course, you can always do as we do, and simply serve it with soup spoons in addition to a knife and a fork!
Have leftovers of this seafood saute? You can keep them in the fridge, in a sealed container, for up to 3 days. Reheat them very gently, though. It’s best to use the microwave on 50% power and to reheat them covered.
- 2 lb. frozen mixed seafood*
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 small lemon
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- Place the frozen seafood in a large bowl. Fill the bowl with cool water. Allow to defrost for about 5 minutes, stirring gently to separate pieces, and replacing the water once during the defrosting process. Place the defrosted seafood on a clean kitchen towel or on paper towels to dry.
- Place the defrosted and dried seafood in another large bowl. Add the olive oil, kosher salt, garlic, paprika and red pepper flakes. Use your clean hands to coat the seafood with the oil and the seasonings.
- Heat a very large skillet over medium-high heat, about 2 minutes. Add the seasoned seafood. Stir-fry just until opaque and not a second longer, 3-5 minutes.
- Transfer to a serving platter, spooning the sauce on top. Squeeze lemon juice on top of the seafood saute and garnish with chopped parsley. Serve immediately.