Seafood pasta, also called pasta with seafood, is a delicious pasta dish consisting of a variety of seafood such as crab, oysters, lobsters, salmon, shrimp or white fish. The dish is typically made by tossing precooked seafood with pasta and a flavorful sauce. Sauces like shrimp sauce or fish sauce add a special flavor to this pasta dish, which is served as an appetizer or a side dish.
Linguine, spaghetti and paccheri are forms of pasta which are known to partner best with seafood.
Popular Methods of Preparation of Seafood Pasta
Ingredients: Seafood such as shrimp, crab, clams, mussels, oysters, salmon and white fish, as well as pasta and garlic, onions, and seasonings are the usual ingredients used to prepare seafood pasta recipe. Shells and bones are removed from seafood for inclusion in the dish, and fish are usually flaked. Tomatoes are used in variants prepared with a tomato based sauce, while some variants are made with a white sauce made with butter, flour, milk, salt and pepper. Cheese may be used for garnish, and herbs like basil, thyme and oregano for added flavor. Hard boiled and sliced eggs may also be included in some variants.
Method of Preparation: For preparing the dish, pasta is cooked in boiling salted water till al dente. The sauce is prepared by sautéing onions, garlic, tomatoes and seasonings, followed by addition of stock or wine. A white sauce made by cooking flour in butter and then adding seasonings and milk may be used instead, or any other pasta sauce of one's preference can be used. Seafood is cooked in the sauce, after which the cooked pasta is tossed with this sauce to make the pasta dish. Some recipes suggest inclusion of pre-cooked seafood in the sauce.
Seafood pasta is served hot as an appetizer or a side dish, with accompaniments like breads and salads. This pasta often forms a part of lunches and dinners for wedding and other celebrations. It can be served with a garnish of grated cheese and/or basil leaves.
Popular Seafood Pasta Recipe
- Cajun Seafood Pasta: This consists of a sauce made with cream, salt, ground black and white peppers, chopped onions and parsley, as well as herbs like basil and thyme. The seafood is cooked in this sauce after which shredded Swiss and Parmesan cheeses are mixed in, and the sauce is served over cooked fettuccine noodles.
- Pasta and Seafood Marinara: This dish is prepared by sautéing onions and mushrooms in heated oil, followed by addition of crushed canned tomatoes, chopped parsley, oregano and wine. The contents are simmered for some time after which shrimps and scallops are added to it and cooked till soft. The sauce is served over cooked linguini or angel hair pasta.
Seafood is a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are extremely beneficial in building immunity and fighting various diseases. Seafood pasta incorporates these benefits.