Calling all seafood fans! There are plenty of delicious ways to include these luxurious shellfish on the menu for your wedding.
Fresh, sustainable, and delicious, shrimp and other shellfish are amongst the most popular seafood. Whether you’re planning an oceanside wedding where you can make the most of the catch of the day or you simply want to treat your guests to some of your favorite foods, there are countless ways to include shellfish in your wedding menu. Appetizers, cocktail hour canapes, or as the main course, shellfish brings a touch of decadence to almost any savory dish you can think of. Plus, if you have guests who may be shellfish-intolerant or are fussy eaters, there are plenty of easy ways to adapt these dishes for everyone to enjoy.
Fresh shellfish isn’t just for beach weddings or summer weddings either. These luxurious kinds of seafood can be included in any menu, so consider including some of these ideas as you plan the catering for your big day. However you wish to serve them, these marine delicacies bring a touch of decadence to any occasion.
Is there anyone who doesn’t love pizza? Shrimp pizza is a delicious twist on the classic pizza. The shrimp are combined with ingredients such as pesto, garlic, and heavy cream to create a luxurious pizza topping. Shrimp pizzas would be a great addition to the cocktail hour but could also be part of the main course, ideal for a less formal wedding. Pizzas are usually served by the slice, so guests can pick them up with their fingers and eat them without getting messy. To keep everyone happy, it’s easy to serve a few pizzas with regular cheese toppings.
- Seafood soup ideas
Soup is always a welcome alternative to, or as well as a salad course. There is a vast array of soups based on seafood you could opt for as part of your menu, one of the most well-known being lobster bisque. This recipe originated in France and is sure to be popular with your guests. There are many different recipes, but they are all based on a tasty seafood stock made from the shells. This is combined with seasoning, white wine, and cream to make a smooth soup that is served over chunks of the delicious flesh.
Other seafood soup ideas include Jamaican curried shrimp soup, in which shrimp is combined with coconut milk, powdered allspice, clam juice, and fresh mangoes to create a delightful Caribbean- inspired dish. Shrimp is also the key ingredient in Mexican shrimp soup. Containing fresh avocados and red chilis, this fiery concoction looks very festive.
When you’re thinking about a typical wedding menu, sushi might not be the first thing that springs to mind, but it’s certainly a real crowd-pleaser! The classic Japanese sushi is made with raw fish, but of course, you can cook it if you prefer. There are many creative options for making shrimp sushi part of the menu for your wedding. As part of your cocktail hour, a fun option is a sushi station where your guests can create their own sushi. For an appetizer, Sushi shrimp rolls are delicious served atop a bed of rice noodles. A plate of sushi is perfect for an hors d’oeuvre that looks as good as it tastes.
- Mac and cheese
The nation’s favorite comfort food gets a luxury makeover! With the addition of fresh shellfish, traditional macaroni and cheese are transformed into an elegant dish that is sure to be a hit with your guests. This recipe can be served as a main dish, as a side or as part of a buffet. For vegetarians or young children who may not like seafood, this recipe is easy to adapt. Keep them happy by serving a dish of familiar but still delicious plain macaroni and cheese.
- Seafood bake
If you know your wedding guests love seafood as much as you do, why not delight them with a lobster bake? Specialist caterers take care of everything, cooking and serving fresh seafood with all the traditional accompaniments. Of course, alternative main courses are also available for anyone who can’t eat shellfish.
- Paella with shrimp
Inject a little Mediterranean flair into your wedding with paella. This tasty Spanish rice dish is often served on fiesta days and will make a great addition to your wedding menu. Paella is traditionally served with plenty of wine: a crisp white wine, a Cava, or a well-chilled rosé complement seafood paella perfectly. There are numerous variants of paella: shrimp and chorizo are a delicious combination. In contrast, shrimp, together with mussels and salmon, creates a luxurious paella that is sure to wow your guests.
Paella can be served either as a plated main course or as a buffet option so that everyone can choose what they like. For something a bit different, consider having a station where the chef cooks the paella to order, so it’s always fresh, hot, and delicious.
- Shrimp Gumbo
If your guests love rich, hearty dishes, you can’t go wrong with a shellfish gumbo. It’s tasty, filling, and goes a long way. This Cajun dish hailing from New Orleans combines fresh seafood with andouille sausage, tomatoes, and seasoning. It makes a fabulous appetizer or soup course served in small bowls with a chunk of crusty bread to mop up the delicious juices.
Whichever way you choose to serve them, shellfish are the perfect additions to the menu for your big day. No matter the season or the theme of your wedding, with so many options to consider, there’s a place on any menu for one of these tasty dishes.