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Shellfish Recipes For Lent (That aren’t shrimp!)

Fish on Fridays is so common during Lent. Change that up with one of the Shellfish Recipes For Lent on this list.

For more ideas, try something else from our list of seafood recipes.

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Fridays during Lent mean no meat for Christians. That specifically means no land animals (like chicken, pig, cow, etc.), but fish and anything from the sea is fine. So shellfish recipes for Lent are totally okay for your menu.

And sure, shrimp is the go to shellfish, but this list is actually Shellfish Recipes that aren’t shrimp. So think clams, scallops, mussels, etc.

Don’t worry if you like shrimp. We have a full list of Shrimp Recipes for Lent too.

And, honestly, we are calling these recipes for Lent because it’s Lent right now. But, these would all be great recipes for any day of the year. So if you’re reading this and it’s not a Friday during Lent, you can still make these for your family.

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For more Lenten dinner ideas, check out our 40+ Meatless Meals For Ash Wednesday & Fridays During Lent.

Shellfish Recipes For Lent

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Linguine with Clam Sauce.

Linguine with Clam Sauce

Clams are the star of this Linguine with Clam Sauce dish. It uses canned clams in the sauce, then steamed clams go in the dish with the linguine.

Air Fryer Crab Wontons.

Air Fryer Crab Wontons

Crab meat combines with cream cheese and some seasoning to make these delicious Air Fryer Crab Wontons. They’re cooked in the air fryer to make them easier, but you can make them in the oven too.

Indian curry mussels in a coconut milk sauce serve in a white bowl.

Quick and Easy Indian Curry Mussels

It takes less than 15 minutes to make this Indian Curry Mussels meal, which is mussels in a spicy, coconut milk sauce. Fresh or frozen mussels work in this recipe.

Prawn and Broccoli Red Curry in a white bowls.

Prawn and Broccoli Coconut Red Curry

This Prawn and Broccoli Coconut Red Curry is another shellfish meal that comes together in about 15 minutes. Prawns, ramen noodles, and broccoli combine in a coconut red curry sauce to make a great family dinner.

Top view of plate of cooked mussels in a white wine and tomato sauce.

Steamed Mussels with White Wine, Garlic and Tomato Broth

Fresh mussels are used in this Steamed Mussels with White Wine, Garlic and Tomato Broth dish. It works as an appetizer or a light dinner.

A white bowl filled with Cajun Crawfish Etouffee against a black background with flowers and side bowls of rice and potatoes. |

Cajun Crawfish Etouffee

Bring the taste of New Orleans to your home with this Cajun Crawfish Etouffee. It’s a classic dish in the Big Easy, made with crawfish, chicken broth, seasoning, and a few other ingredients.


Seared Scallops with Pomegranate Glaze

A homemade sauce made of pomegranate juice, vinegar, and soy sauce is drizzled on top of scallops to make this Seared Scallops with Pomegranate Glaze. It’s served over a bed of spinach, which adds a nice color to the meal.

Browned king prawn butterfly.

King Prawn Butterfly

King Prawns, which are different than a regular prawn, work best in this King Prawn Butterfly recipe. The prawns are seasoned with Indian spices before cooking.

Garlic Mussels On Toast.

Garlic Mussels On Toast

This Garlic Mussels On Toast uses packaged mussels instead of fresh ones, which makes it a lot easier for you to pull this together in a matter of minutes.

Slow Cooker Crawfish Chowder.

Slow Cooker Crawfish Chowder

Cooking crawfish in a slow cooker is so simple, you’ll wonder why it took you until this Slow Cooker Crawfish Chowder to try it. This recipe has canned soup, cream cheese, and a few other ingredients.

breaded scallops over salad with lemon vinaigrette on a plate with fork.

Easy Breaded Scallops over Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Bay scallops, the smaller sibling of sea scallops, are used in this Easy Breaded Scallops over Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette. You only need two ingredients for the scallops (not including olive oil to cook them in), so it’s a simple dish.

Prawn Saganaki.

Prawn Saganaki

Prawn Saganaki (also know as Garides Saganaki) is a traditional Greek dish where prawns (or shrimp) are cooked with tomatoes and feta cheese. You can serve it as an appetizer with bread or as a main dish served over rice.

A pot of shellfish in orange broth on wooden table.

Mussels Thai Style

 Canadian mussels and a seasoned Thai-style broth are basically all you need for this Mussels Thai Style recipe. It comes together in about 15 minutes, which makes it a great weeknight meal.

pan seared scallops.

Pan Seared Scallops with Ginger Pineapple on Jasmine Rice

This Pan Seared Scallops with Ginger Pineapple on Jasmine Rice is really easy. Both of the main ingredients — scallops and pineapple — are seared on a pan, then served over rice.

Yuzu Kosho Grilled Scallops

Yuzu Kosho Grilled Scallops with Onion Salad

Scallops are marinated in a mixture of yuzu kosho sauce, soy sauce, and olive oil, then grilled to make this Yuzu Kosho Grilled Scallops with Onion Salad recipe.

Get Shellfish Meals For Lent Delivered:

If you don’t feel like cooking tonight, but you want a seafood for dinner, you can just order seafood online with the following delivery services:

Two dozen clams, plus two cans of clams, make up this tasty linguine with clam sauce. Get tips about steaming clams in the post too.

Order Shellfish Online:

If you can’t find fresh shellfish at your local grocery store, or if it’s just not in season where you are, you can actually order shellfish online. Depending on where you live (like if you’re landlocked, not coastal), you may get a better selection online too.

You can actually order online at Amazon, although the pickings are pretty slim.

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More Lenten Meal Ideas:

If you’re looking for more meals for the Lenten season, we have a bunch of other posts that can inspire you. Some are vegetarian and others are fish based round ups, so you can choose whatever you’re in the mood for this Friday and satisfy your meatless craving.

Which of these shellfish recipes for Lent are you going to try first?


Monday 23rd of March 2020

I love seafood, what a fantastic selection of recipes! Thank you for including my Garlic Mussels on Toast.