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.
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
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
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
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
by Melissa Clark
Done in less than 30 minutes, this wonderfully simple recipe takes advantage of the quick caramelization that roasting brings to both vegetables and shrimp. And cleanup is a snap, since you need only one pan.
Per serving: 318 calories, 2g saturated fat, 17g carbohydrates, 29g protein, 6g fiber, 533mg sodium
by Marie Caratozzolo
This easy one-pot rice dish highlights succulent shrimp and scallops, with only a few other basic ingredients. You'll achieve deep flavor in less than 30 minutes of cooking.
Per serving: 447 calories, 2.5g fat, 64.5g carbohydrates, 38.5g protein, 2.5g fiber, 375mg sodium