15 Summer Shellfish Recipes to Make ASAP

15 Summer Shellfish Recipes to Make ASAP
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If you follow foodie folklore, you’ve likely heard the one about never eating shellfish during any month without an R. Weird, since most of us don’t exactly associate freezing winter months with oysters on ice, steamed lobster, and chilled lump crab.

Well, it turns out that mandate isn’t exactly true: According to the New York Times, a reason shellfish is considered problematic in the summer is because of red tides—the massive blooms of algae that collect along coastlines in warm weather. It’s been shown that these tides can spread toxins which then get soaked up by mussels, clams, and other little mollusks, but only when people essentially pluck their dinner straight from the shoreline, which you’re presumably not doing.

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The Times points out that most shellfish sold in restaurants, supermarkets and urban areas are commercially harvested and subject to regulations intended to eliminate such hazards.

To that end, we’ve put together 15 gorgeous shellfish recipes for you to make right now, or—if you’re so inclined—in any month that’s got an R.


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Ten-Minute Broiled Lobster Tails

Recipe: Sweet C's Designs

Photo: Sweet C's Designs

New Haven-Style White Clam Pizza

Recipe: The Cooking Channel 

Photo: The Cooking Channel

Garlic-Steamed Manila Clams

Recipe: Saveur

Photo: Romulo Yanes/Saveur

Seared Scallops with Basil Olive Oil Pistou

Recipe: Love & Olive Oil

Photo: Love & Olive Oil

Shrimp Sandwiches With Tarragon-Caper Mayonnaise

Photo: Taming of the Spoon

Photo: Taming of the Spoon

Classic New England Clambake

Recipe: Leite's Culinaria 

Photo: Erin Kunkel

Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp With Homemade Sweet Chili Sauce

Recipe: Cooking For Keeps 

Photo: Cooking For Keeps

Grilled Lobster with Garlic-Parsley Butter

Recipe: Saveur


Photo: Mark Roper/Saveur

Seafood Stuffed Avocados

Recipe: Homemade Hooplah

Photo: Homemade Hooplah

Spaghetti Carbonara with Crab and Meyer Lemon

Recipe: Taming of the Spoon

Photo: Taming of the Spoon

Grapefruit, Avocado and Crab Salad

Recipe: Williams Sonoma

Photo: Williams Sonoma

The Perfect Mussels

Recipe: Nosh On It

Photo: Nosh On It

Crab and Arugula Salad With Avocado-Lime Dressing

Recipe: Lemons and Anchovies 

Photo: Lemons and Anchovies

Avocado Crab Stuffed Piquillo Pepper Ciabatta Pizzettes with Sriracha Aioli

Recipe: Half Baked Harvest 

Photo: Half Baked Harvest

Spicy Tomato Seafood Chowder

Recipe: Heather Cristo

Photo: Heather Cristo

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