Seafood contains essential fatty acids, omega 3’s, which plays a vital role in developing the nervous system, vision, and brain. But it is not everyone’s cup of tea as many cannot tolerate the fishy smell. I also found seafood not delectable when I was younger due to the same reason. 

Nonetheless, you need to include fish in your diet to live a healthy life. You can even have it for breakfast if you make shrimp and grits. Therefore, my mother started to cook meals with milder flavored fishes. She cooked in a certain way that made the fish delicious and also retained the nutrition value.

So if you are a picky eater like me, do not worry; I’ve got your back. Today I will share the top 5 easy and appealing seafood recipes of my mother with you. Without any delay, let’s get started.

Best 5 Seafood Recipes for Picky Eaters

Here are the top 5 seafood recipes you must know to make your journey into the seafood world a wonderful one.

  1. Creamy Shrimp and Alfredo Pasta

Who doesn’t love shrimp? This recipe is for all the shrimp lovers. Presenting one of the easiest dinners here and assure that all of its flavor will burst out on your first bite.


  • Fettuccine or penne pasta (3/4 lb.)
  • Shrimp (1 lb.)
  • Oil (1 tbsp.)
  • Finely chopped onion (1 small)
  • Butter (2 tbsp.)
  • Garlic clove (2 tbsp.)
  • White wine (1/3 cup.) or lemon juice to taste
  • Heavy whipping cream (2 cups)
  • Parmesan cheese (1/3 cup)
  • S&P to taste
  • Sprinkle of paprika
  • Parsley or basil for garnish (optional)


Step -1: First off, use best pasta pot to cook the fettuccine or penne pasta according to package mentioned instructions in salty water. Then drain but don’t rinse as it will help to stick the sauce better. 

Step -2: To season shrimp, mix the pepper, salt and also paprika. Then preheat a skillet and add oil (1tbsp.). After oil is getting hot, add the shrimp then cook it for 1-2 minutes each side. Shrimps will change their color, white on inside and golden or pink on outside. Remember, don’t overcook them. Now keep them in a separate bowl. 

Step -3: Add butter (2 tbsp.) in same pan over medium or high heat. Then add the chopped onions and sauté them till they turn into golden color. Now add the garlic cloves and again sauté for another minute. Now it is time to add the white wine or lemon juice.

Step -4: Now stir in cream for 2 minutes. Then, add parmesan cheese and continuously stir till creamy. It will remove the heat. Remember, you don’t need to boil. Now, add paprika and S&P. 

Step -5: Now add the pasta or noodles and shrimps. Time to garnish and serve the meal.

  1. Baked Fish Tacos with Avocado

Here, you can use a different variety of fresh white fish, for example, haddock, mahi-mahi, or cod in the tacos. Try to choose the freshest fish. 


  • Avocado oil (1 tbsp.) 
  • Mexican-style seasoning without added salt (2 tsp.) 
  • One avocado (16 slices)
  • Salt (½ tsp.)
  • 8 or 16 pieces of flaky white fish fillets (1 lb)
  • Pico de gallo (½ cup)
  • 8 warmed corn tortillas


Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 °F. Apply cooking spray on a large framed baking sheet.

Step 2: Put oil, salt, and seasoning blend in a medium bowl and stir them together. Add fish to coat and transfer coated fish to the baking sheet. Bake about 10 minutes until the fish splits easily.

Step 3: In this step, you have to assemble the tacos. Place 1 or 2 pieces of fish, pico de gallo about 1 tbsp., 1 or 2 slices avocado in each tortilla.

  1. Air Fryer Fish

Air frying fish is another excellent recipe to get the perfect crispy fish without using excess oil. 


  • Four strips of cod (1 lb)
  • Grounded black pepper
  • One beaten egg 
  • Kosher salt (according to your taste)
  • all-purpose flour (1/2 cup)
  • panko bread crumbs (2 cups)
  • Old bay seasoning (1 tsp.)


Step 1: Pat the fish dry and marinate with salt and pepper on both sides.

Step 2: Mix old bay and panko in a bowl. Add flour and egg in two different bowls. Coat the fish in flour first, then in egg, and lastly in panko. 

Step 3: Cook the fish in an air fryer at 400 °F for 10-12 minutes until it becomes golden. 

Step 4: Serve with tartar sauce or your preferable sauce.

  1. Garlic Parmesan Flounder

Garlic and parmesan are a mouthwatering combination to bake a flounder nicely with a perfect crunch.


  • Extra-virgin olive oil (1/4 cup)
  • Flounder (4 fillets)
  • Black pepper (according to your taste)
  • Grated parmesan (1/2 cup)
  • Kosher salt (according to your taste)
  • Bread crumbs (1/4 cup)
  • 4 Minced cloves garlic
  • Juice and zest from 1 lemon


Step 1: Preheat oven to 425°F. Use salt and pepper to season the flounder. Take a large baking sheet and drizzle 2 tbsp. oil on it.

Step 2: Mix bread crumbs, lemon zest, parmesan, and garlic on a big plate. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Coat the fish in this mixture. 

Step 3: Place the coated fish on the baking sheet, sprinkle with lemon juice, and 2 tbsp. oil. Bake until golden, which will take about 20 minutes.

  1. Baked Catfish


  • Extra-virgin olive oil (1/4 c.)
  • Cajun seasoning (1 tbsp.)
  • Kosher salt (according to your taste)
  • Cornmeal (1 cup)
  • Black pepper (according to your taste)
  • Catfish ( 4 fillets)


Step 1: Mix cornmeal and Cajun seasoning on a plate. Preheat your oven to 425°F, spray oil on a baking sheet. Coat the catfish in the cornmeal mixture after seasoning with salt and pepper.

Step 2: Drizzle the baking sheet with 2 tbsp. oil and place the fish on it. Bake for 15 minutes.


I can say that after trying these recipes, your view towards seafood will change. These recipes will also help parents in convincing their children to try seafood.