14 seafood dishes around the world that you need to try

Mats Hagwall / FlickrFish and chips are a classic British pairing.

From the coastal Mexican city of Veracruz to the southern Indian state of Kerala, plenty of options exist for seafood lovers around the world.

Here are 14 seafood dishes from around the world that you need to try.


Fish and chips is an English classic.

Flickr via Nicole AbaldeThe fish is battered and fried.

The popular combo is believed to have originated in the UK between 1860 and 1863. The meal consists of French fries or potato wedges alongside battered, fried fish – typically cod.

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Ukoy is a classic Filipino dish.

Flickr/jojo nicdaoIt typically includes sweet potato.

To make this fritter, sweet potato and annatto (red food colouring) are mashed together and fried with unpeeled shrimp. The peel is left on and eaten.


Latin America offers a tasty Ceviche.

1000Photography/ShutterstockIt typically contains citrus juices.

Ceviche is a mainstay in many parts of Latin America including Peru and Ecuador. It consists of raw seafood cured in citrus juices and various seasonings.


Poisson Cru is a popular Tahitian dish.

Flickr/Eric ChenIt contains coconut milk.

Tahiti takes a page out of the Ceviche playbook with Poisson Cru. The major difference here is the addition of coconut milk for a gentler flavour.


Vietnam puts a sweet spin on seafood with Ca Kho To.

Flickr/insatiablemunchiesThe fish is coated in a caramelised sauce.

The “To” in the name is a direct reference to the clay pot in which catfish steaks are braised and coated in a caramelised sauce and garnished with shallots. This local comfort food is typically served with rice.


Bouillabaisse is a French classic.

Oxana Medvedeva/iStockThe meat is cooked in a broth.

Bouillabaisse is a seafood stew which originated in the French port of Marseille. It started off as a fishermen’s food and was made from leftover bits of fish instead of choice cuts. The meat is slow-cooked in Provencal herbs which results in a sumptuous broth.


Gravlax is a savoury Swedish appetizer.

David Pursehouse/FlickrIts main ingredient is preserved salmon.

If you’ve ever wondered what goes into making a smörgåsbord (Scandinavian buffet), here is one of its most popular dishes. Gravlax is preserved salmon served on rye bread, accompanied by dill sauce (hovmästarsås).


In Puerto Rico, enjoy some Pescado en Mojo Isleño.

Wikimedia CommonsFish is commonly paired with Mojo Isleño.

Mojo Isleño is an island sauce made from bay leaves, garlic, peppers, olive oil, vinegar, and other herbs and spices that have been reduced to a simmer. This is typically served on seafood.


Enjoy Moqueca in Brazil.

Flickr/nebuluxIt’s a type of fish stew.

This simple, slow-cooked stew of seafood, tomatoes, coriander, chives, olive oil, garlic, and onion is a Brazilian classic.


Indian Kerala Fish Curry has a spicy kick.

Wikimedia Commons/Seena.gIt’s packed with spices.

This dish gets its moniker from the southern Indian state of Kerala. The sauce is made from pureed ginger, garlic, and onion which is added to sauteed spices. Then, the fish cooks in the simmering sauce.


Boulettes de poisson are common in Senegal.

Flickr/calgaryreviewsSometimes they’re served with different sauces.

These fried fish balls, commonly served with tomato sauce, are easy to make and even easier to devour.


Try some Sashimi in Japan.

Jay_Zynism/iStockIt’s served at many types of Japanese restaurants.

Sashimi is a famous Japanese dish that consists of very thinly sliced, raw fish. Typically, it’s served with soy sauce, ginger, and wasabi.


Try a Lobster Roll in the New England region of the United States.

Flickr/leecoIt’s a popular sandwich.

Originated in Maine and first served in Milford, Connecticut, the lobster roll quickly became a coastal classic. Travellers can find this classic dish throughout the New England region of the US.

Lobster rolls typically consist of cold lobster meat mixed with mayonnaise and served on a toasted bun.


Pescado a la Veracruzana is a popular Mexican dish.

Flickr/jenniferwoodardmaderazoThe dish typically contains capers.

The coastal city of Veracruz is known for this fish dish of braised fillets in capers, herbs, olives, and tomatoes. It’s typically made with tilapia.

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