Oysters take very little time to cook. Our pan-broiled hors d'oeuvre, which consists of oysters tossed with herbs and showered with olive oil and Parmesan, spends just minutes in the oven; serve with crusty bread for soaking up the sauce.
Saffron-and-Orange-Scented Seafood Stew
Honor the Italian-American Feast of the Seven Fishes with a pot of seafood stew perfumed with orange and saffron. This version switches out pricey lobster and scallops for just-as-refined shrimp and white fish, so you can spend extra on a few threads of fresh saffron and the best seafood stock you can find. The flavor of this dish is designed to be delicate—you want the star ingredients to be able to shine.
Cioppino (Seafood Stew)
This seafood stew, an impressive crowd-pleaser, can be prepared ahead of time and finished just 15 minutes before you serve it. If you leave out the crab legs, use an additional 8 ounces of white fish to keep the stew hearty.
Shellfish is the star in the traditional Italian pasta dish linguine ai frutti di mare. Our recipe calls for five varieties: clams, mussels, scallops, shrimp, and squid.
Mussels in White Wine and Garlic
Be sure to buy live mussels. Any open mussels that do not close when you press their shells a few times are dead, and you should discard them.
Italian Seafood Salad
Seafood is a must for the Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian Christmas Eve tradition. This salad with squid, shrimp, mussels, and crab is a delicious way to kick off the meal.
The addition of Champagne is not essential, but it is particularly delicious. If you are planning to serve some bubbly with your oysters, save a splash for this sauce.
Baked Clam Dip
This hot seafood dip, served with potato chips, is an ode to the salt spray of the New England coast.
Ensure that you don'tlose a drop of juice by nestling your shellfish in salt. Fill a shallow ovenproof servingdish with coarse salt or sea salt, and place oysters in it as you shuck them. This willprevent them from tipping as you fill theirshells and while you move them in and out ofthe oven. The salt also provides an attractive crystalline backdrop that retains heat.