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10 Easy Shellfish Recipes

Shrimp, mussels and other fruits of the sea make an everyday dinner special

Mussel soup, Cookstr: Recipes for shrimp and scallops

Mussel soup is an easy and delicious way to add this shellfish to your dinner line-up. — iStock

We often associate shellfish with special occasions or dining out, assuming it's too difficult to prepare for an ordinary meal. Not so. Most of these 10 recipes are relatively simple — delicious shrimp, scallops and other protein-rich shellfish dishes that are easy enough to cook on an ordinary (or extraordinary) day.

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1. Jumbo Shrimp Buzara Style

by Lidia Bastianich

This approach to jumbo shrimp, common along the northern Adriatic coast, treats them almost like crabs or lobster. You toss them with a sauce made of tomato paste, white wine, garlic and shallots, and eat them out of hand with some grilled bread. You can also use the sauce on smaller, shelled shrimp and serve it over pasta.

Per serving: 330 calories, 3g saturated fat, 6g carbohydrates, 24g protein, 0g fiber, 573mg sodium

2. Mussel Soup With Saffron

by Mario Batali

One of the easiest and most basic ways to cook mussels is also one of the most delicious: concentrating their flavor in an intense stock with saffron, onion, herbs and white wine.

Per serving: 157 calories, 1g saturated fat, 6g carbohydrates, 14g protein, 0g fiber, 327mg sodium

3. Tiger Shrimp With Onions

by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid

This quick and easy stir-fry is spicy and flavorful, with aromatic onions and a little sweetness from the cinnamon. Serve with a steaming pile of rice and lime wedges. (Any kind of shrimp is fine.)

Per serving: 256 calories, 1g saturated fat, 9g carbohydrates, 28g protein, 1g fiber, 588mg sodium

4. Manhattan Clam Chowder

by Judith Finlayson

This protein-heavy, tomato-based clam chowder is lower in calories and fat than its creamy New England cousin, and full of flavor. Bacon, potatoes and corn give it richness and body. The dish does take some time to pull together; shortcuts include using canned rather than fresh clams.

Per serving: 343 calories, 1g saturated fat, 34g carbohydrates, 30g protein, 5g fiber, 425mg sodium

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