Happy Cinco de Mayo! While it might be a minor holiday in Mexico, we love to celebrate Mexican heritage on this holiday here in the U.S. If you’re mixing up a pitcher of Margaritas or agua fresca tonight, why not add a little flair to your fiesta with some sizzling seafood? Seafood is a staple of Mexican cuisine, so Cinco de Mayo is the perfect time to party like a pescatarian! Shrimp, salmon, crab, tilapia—we’ve got something for everyone in this recipe roundup. All of these dishes are festive, family-friendly and fun to prepare!
Mexican food is known for being as colorful as the rest of its culture, so get ready for a party on a plate! This is Insta-worthy fare you’ll want to document as you enjoy every bite. All of these dishes deliver big on flavor, too: bold spices, fiery chilies, acidic citrus, sweet fruit. As with any Mexican dish, you can adjust the heat to your liking. Since some Seafoodies like it hot (and others do not), set up an easy build-your-own buffet area and let everyone customize their own meals down to the last jalapeño. The tacos and burrito recipes in this roundup lend themselves nicely to the self-serve approach.
Diviértanse, Seafoodies! Enjoy!
Crab Empanadas with Mango Salsa
This colorful app really gets the party started! Delicate crab in flaky puff pastry is topped with an addictive hot-sweet salsa you’ll want to eat by the spoonful.
Best Shrimp Quesadilla
With plenty of sauteed onion, chunky bell pepper and tomato, this dish tastes like shrimp Veracruz folded into a cheesy tortilla. Serve piping hot with a dollop of sour cream.
Blackened Salmon Tacos
Not your typical fish taco! Juicy spiced salmon, grilled pineapple and creamy avocado combine to make these exceptional tacos one-of-a-kind (dare we say the best?).
Creamy Seafood Enchiladas
Shrimp and crab are the stars of these subtly flavored baked enchiladas. This is a handy “prep-n-pop” dish that you can prepare pre-fiesta and pop in the oven 20 minutes before serving.
Easy Fish Tacos
Whether you use tilapia or any other white fish in these tacos, the cumin-lime-cilantro flavor combination is hard to beat! Did we mention it’s a 30-minute recipe, too?
Loaded Shrimp Burrito Bowls
These shrimp-black bean bowls are packed with all the good stuff: protein, fajita veggies, whole grains and a flavor-forward spice blend. They’re prime candidates for a build-your-own burrito bar!