Healthy Fish & Seafood Recipes

Add more fish and seafood to your diabetes meal plan with these tasty and easy-to-make recipes. Bonus: Many of these healthful fish dishes contain omega-3s, which may reduce risk of heart disease and stroke.

Coconut- and Sweet-Potato-Crusted Shrimp with Honey-Papaya Dipping Sauce

Escape to the Pacific Islands without leaving your kitchen. This tropical salad is not only healthy -- it improves digestive health with papaya and is full of heart-healthy antioxidants from the sweet potatoes -- but it's also incredibly tasty, with a sweet honey crunch in every bite.

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Fish and Chips-Style Cod

Enjoy every bite of this beer-battered fish without worrying about a carb overload. Each serving -- two pieces of fish -- has only 4 grams of carb.

TIP: Although it's tempting to eat this recipe alongside calorie-laden potato chips or packaged fries, opt for a side of oven-baked potato wedges. That way you can control the amount of salt and oil used. Even healthier: Serve with your favorite crunchy veggie or atop salad greens.

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Scallop and Asparagus Alfredo

Take Alfredo pasta to the next level with this decadent dish that features scallops and asparagus in a reduced-fat cream sauce. Packed with vitamins, protein, and healthy fats, this diabetic pasta recipe for two is sure to become a favorite.

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Halibut Veracruz

Try this low-carb Mexican-style fish recipe the next time you fire up the grill. It's easy to throw together, and the result is delicious.

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New England Clam Chowder

Instead of loading this classic chowder (and your belly) with carb-heavy potatoes, use a combination of fewer potatoes with chopped cauliflower. You'll still enjoy the hearty richness you crave, plus a few added nutrients, without losing any flavor.

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Snapper Piccata

Most fish are high in protein, low in saturated fat, and loaded with omega-3s. Snapper is no different. Unfortunately, snapper is no longer sustainably harvested, so instead opt for cod or halibut to serve with this classic, mouthwatering lemon-caper piccata sauce.

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Shrimp Po' Boys

This plump shrimp sandwich is just a short, healthier step away from the Louisiana favorite. It still has all the fixings -- Cajun shrimp, lettuce, onions, and French bread -- but it's lower in fat and carbs than the Southern classic.

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Low-Country Shrimp and Sausage Boil

This one-dish wonder is a popular dish in Georgia and South Carolina, and your guests are sure to be impressed when you bring this shrimp boil to the table. Start with the new potatoes, and one by one add the corn, shrimp, and sausage, so everything is nice and tender at the same time.

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Tilapia with Herbed Shiitake Sauce

The rich, smoky flavor of this Asian mushroom is sure to tantalize your taste buds. Not only are shiitake mushrooms a good source of iron, three B vitamins, and dietary fiber, but they're also known for their ability to help protect the body from heart disease.

TIP: Farmed tilapia from the United States and Central America is least likely to encounter pollutants. When buying fresh tilapia or other fish fillets, look for moist, cleanly cut fillets with a sweet aroma.

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Swordfish and Mixed-Vegetable Stir-Fry

Each 3-ounce serving of swordfish is packed with about 20 grams of protein, a filling nutrient, along with a healthy serving of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. To lower the carb count, swap the noodles for a small serving of brown rice. Or enjoy the mix on a bed of crunchy coleslaw.

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Pan-Seared Scallops with Tomatoes, Olives, and Fresh Basil

You'll swear this dish came straight from a fancy Italian restaurant kitchen rather than your own. It's perfect for a double-date night or an easy and elegant family dinner.

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San Francisco Seafood Stew

Combine all of your seafood favorites in this sumptuous stew. Bring back the heritage of this recipe by gathering friends around the dinner table to enjoy a dish once known for bringing the community together.

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Pine Nut-Crusted Cod with Caramelized Onions and Tomatoes

Coat this succulent whitefish with the crispy crunch of pine nuts and panko crumbs. Mouths will water when you serve this low-carb dish over a Mediterranean combo of Kalamata olives, tomatoes, and red onions tossed in olive oil.

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Chilled Salmon and Tabbouleh

Chilled and ready for any on-the-go lunch or dinner, this twist on the traditional tabbouleh is full of satisfying flavors and ingredients, such as omega-3-packed salmon, vitamin-rich tomatoes, and high-fiber bulgur.

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Parmesan Baked Fish

A creamy Parmesan cheese sauce adds a little decadence to this low-calorie and nutrient-rich fish. With only five ingredients, this main dish is quick, easy, and goes well with steamed greens and a small side of brown rice or quinoa.

Tip: With fish, try wild varieties with vibrant colors. Pick fish that smells fresh, like the ocean. If you're unsure about the quality of the fish, ask for assistance in making the best choice at the meat counter.

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Crab Cakes with Spring Green Salad

Light mayonnaise dressing and an egg white keep these crab cakes low in fat and calories. Served warm atop a bed of greens and tomato tossed with lime dressing, they taste extraordinary.

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Salmon-Vegetable Bake

Combine fresh veggies and salmon in tinfoil packets for a tasty and quick-to-fix meal.

Tip: The packets will be extremely hot when they come out of the oven. Transfer the contents of each to a dinner plate. For casual dining, leave the meal in the packet, grab a fork, and dig in.

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Basil-Lemon Shrimp Linguine

Basil, which was considered a royal herb in ancient Greece, provides color and flavor to this healthful, quick-to-fix pasta dish.

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Spicy Jalapeno-Shrimp Pasta

Chile peppers bring the heat to this irresistible shrimp pasta. Top with Parmesan and serve with a fresh salad for a flavorful and healthful meal.

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Grilled Salmon Tacos

Potatoes are the surprise ingredients to these tasty salmon tacos. Serve with lime wedges for a fiesta flavor everyone will love.

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Garlic Shrimp on Spinach

A sprinkling of Parmesan cheese is a flavorful accent to the garlic-and-lemon-steamed shrimp and garden-fresh spinach.

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Shrimp and Grits

This flavorful shrimp mixture makes a great topping for homemade grits. Sprinkle a bit of cheese and green onions on top for a delicious, low-fat meal.

Tip: To save prep time, purchase peeled and deveined shrimp.

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Fiery Southwestern Seafood Skewers

Large, juicy shrimp and succulent scallops keep company with tender onion and zucchini in these spicy-hot grilled kabobs. Have plenty of sparkling water on hand to cool your palate.

Tip: Canned chipotle peppers are the new pantry staple. Freeze leftover peppers in 1-tablespoon servings for easy use.

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Salmon Penne Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Fresh raspberries and strawberries make this tasty pasta salad extra sweet.

Tip: Brush some raspberry mustard dressing onto the salmon as it cooks. Toss the rest with the pasta.

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Spice-Rubbed Salmon with Tropical Rice

Coriander seeds give this salmon a zesty flavor. The fish pairs deliciously with the cilantro-laced mango-and-rice pilaf.

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