Feast of the Seven Fishes Recipe Round-up

Hungry-Goddess-Recipes-for-Feast-of-the-Seven-FishesChristmas Eve in my family is full of seafood since we celebrate the Feast of Seven Fishes every year.  This year enormous seafood salad is in the works, scungilli, roasted peppers with anchovies, clam gazpacho, scallops with fennel and blood oranges and my FAVORITE Crab Cakes with Aioli (although I am making them mini!).

Feast of the Seven Fishes is a tradition from Southern Italian that is maintained by Italian-American families across the country.  It is also known as The Vigil (La Vigilia) and is a commemoration of the wait, Vigilia di Natale, for the midnight birth of the baby Jesus.  As Mario Batali explains:

“It’s what Italians do when they say they’re fasting.” More precisely, the Feast is a meal served in Italian households on La Vigilia (Christmas Eve). In many parts of Italy, the night is traditionally a partial fast, during which no meat should be served. But in true Italian style, this proscription has morphed into something very unfastlike indeed: course after course of luxurious seafood dishes, often as many as 7, 10, or even 13. “No one’s quite sure of the significance of the number,” says Batali. “Some families do seven for the sacraments. Some do ten for the stations of the cross. And some even do 13 for the 12 apostles plus Jesus.”

We have always done Seven Fishes and Christmas Eve becomes an oceanic feast!  I have a bunch of past traditional recipes on my Feast of the Seven Fishes page (including my Mom’s Cioppino and Mussels Marinara!).  It’s a fun tradition and something a little different than roast dinners.

Bloggers from all over the Interwebs shared some of their most scrumptious seafaring recipes to inspire you for your own Feast of the Seven Fishes!

Lemon Asparagus Pasta with Roasted Shrimp from The Law Student’s Wife

Cajun Jambalaya from The Law Student’s Wife

Oven Roasted Salmon with Spinach Pesto from Miss in the Kitchen

Walnut Crusted Salmon from Kailley’s Kitchen

Greek Shrimp with Feta, Tomatoes, and White Wine from All Day I Dream About Food

Endive with Boursin and Smoked Salmon from All Day I Dream About Food

Salmon Linguine from A Cedar Spoon

Hearty Fish Chowder from All Day I Dream About Food

Crab Puffs from Seasonal and Savory

Simple Seafood Stew from Seasonal and Savory

Grilled Fish Tacos with Chile Lime Slaw from Very Culinary

Mediterranean Feta and Shrimp Pasta from Snappy Gourmet

Asian Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa from Chocolate Moosey

Citrus Fish with Bell Pepper Couscous from Noble Pig

Sauteed Shrimp with Arugula and Tomatoes from Noble Pig

Cod and Corn Chowder from This American Bite

Baked Wontons with Salmon Filling from This American Bite

Spanish Fish and White Wine from Wine and Glue

Slow Cooker Salmon and Swiss Chard Dip from Farm Fresh Feasts

Salmon and Oranges from Farm Fresh Feasts

One Bite Shrimp Cocktails from Apron Strings

Five Minute Christmas Eve Shrimp Salad from Apron Strings

Beer Steamed Clams from Nutmeg Nanny

Spicy Soft Shell Crabs from Nutmeg Nanny

Broiled Salmon with Warm Tomato and Edamame Salad from The Corner Kitchen

Arctic Char with Orange Pistachio Vinaigrette from The Corner Kitchen

Slow Cooker Shrimp Creole from Yours and Mine are Ours

Warm Squid Salad with Roasted Cauliflower and Potatoes from The Tomato Tart

Smoked Salmon Canapes from The Tomato Tart

Feast of the Seven Fishes


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