Whether you’re serving Sicilian-style Feast of the Seven Fishes or just want a lighter Christmas Eve dinner, here are nine fish and seafood dishes worthy of a special occasion.
1. Side of Salmon
A whole salmon fillet can easily serve a crowd and is delicious hot, at room temperature or even cold. This dill marinated one with a mustard sauce takes its cue from Scandinavia. If you want something more boldly flavored, rub the fish with a mix of spicy chipotle chiles, tamarind and maple syrup.
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2. Whole Fish
For an intimate Christmas dinner, pack one or two whole fish (such as branzino, striped bass or black bass) in a salt crust and bake. Bring to the table and crack the crust to reveal the fish inside.