Seafood is a delectable main dish option that can make any event special and unique. Typically, catered events consist of beef or chicken options, so choosing to serve seafood as the main dish at your gathering can “wow” your guests and leave them with a lasting impression.
Choosing a Healthy Main Dish with Seafood
What’s great about serving seafood is it’s delicious, liked by many, and is a healthy option. Serving healthy foods with quality nutrients are what many people are looking for when deciding what to eat. Seafood is the perfect option; Everyday Health states a number of health benefits of eating seafood including:
- Preventing heart disease
- Reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s
- Improving skin and hair
- Easing depression
- Boosting brain development
- A great source of Vitamin D
Whether you’re looking for health benefits or fantastic taste, seafood is a popular choice – and choosing a caterer leaves the tough work (cooking) in their hands giving you time to plan your event and enjoy your guests when the day arrives.
What to Pair with Your Seafood Option
If you’ve decided you want to have seafood at your catered event, deciding what to serve alongside your chosen seafood option(s) is next. There are a number of standard sides that can be catered, but we have side dish options for popular seafood items that will enhance the seafood flavor and really make an impact on guests’ taste buds.
Grilled seafood is best accommodated by other items that are grilled or fresh. Items like grilled vegetables or fresh salads are perfect for this seafood cooking method. Some ideas include:
- Vegetable kabobs
- Foil-wrapped potatoes
- Grilled corn-on-the-cob
- Fresh garden salad or potato salad
Baked seafood pairs well with richer side dishes. Ideas of items to pair with this type of cooking method include:
- Roasted vegetables
When thinking fried recipes, we think of the traditional fish-and-chips. Items perfect for fried seafood items include:
- Fried potatoes
- French fries
- Pan fried green beans
Depending on how you’re cooking your seafood, there is a perfect side dish pairing to compliment your all-star main dish.
Seafood catering may not be common, but it is definitely an option. If it’s something you’re looking to have at your next event or gathering, there are caterers out there ready to make your seafood wishes come true!