If you’ve been on this site before, you’ll know that we have a ton of Chinese recipes where chicken, beef, or pork serve as the starring ingredient.
Well, it took a while, but today, we’re finally putting a focus on Chinese seafood recipes.
Growing up in a Cantonese household, seafood was always the star of any special occasion or banquet feast. It never felt like a real celebration until there was some combination of fish, prawn, lobster, and crab on the table.
After all, the Canton province has always enjoyed reliable access to the South China Sea, meaning tons of fresh seafood, and therefore plenty of delicious ways to prepare it.
And while seafood was often a “treat” to be enjoyed when dining out, over the years Papa G has gotten pretty good at making it at home too.
So, keep scrolling for our best Chinese seafood recipes, from Chinese takeout classics to Chinese New Year celebration foods.
Seafood Spring Rolls
If you’re looking for an addictive, crowd-pleasing seafood snack, then look no further than these delicious Seafood Spring Rolls.
Everything about this dish is perfect, from the creamy seafood filling to the crisp, golden-brown wrapper. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make these at home, and your guests will be very happy you figured it out.
Check out our full Seafood Spring Rolls recipe for more details.
Cantonese Style Fruit and Shrimp Salad
Okay, I know this is a weird one, but hear me out! This strange-sounding combination of fruit cocktail and shrimp is actually really delicious, and a refreshing appetizer served at Cantonese banquets/celebrations.
Somehow, the combination of fruit, shrimp, and creamy dressing works. You’ll have to try it to see for yourself!
Check out our full Cantonese Style Fruit and Shrimp Salad recipe for more details.
Shrimp Fried Rice
Another instant crowdpleaser if you’re looking for quick and easy Chinese seafood recipes is Shrimp Fried Rice.
This delicious dish comes together in just a few minutes, and is filling enough to be enjoyed on its own, or as a side dish to a variety of other main courses. The shrimp is juicy, the rice is fluffy, and the eggs are silky – you really can’t go wrong with this one.
Check out our full Shrimp Fried Rice recipe for more details.
Dried Scallop and Egg White Fried Rice
Another fancy Chinese seafood dish that you can easily make at home is this Dried Scallop and Egg White Fried Rice.
This unique fried rice is often presented as one of the final courses in a Chinese banquet meal. My theory? They bring it out near the end to prevent you from stuffing yourself and getting too full early on.
It’s a delicate dish with that is just light enough to eat plenty of, and filling enough to satisfy. Especially with the crunch added from sliced veggies, it’s a delicious, well-rounded dish that is sure to impress.
Check out our full Dried Scallop and Egg White Fried Rice recipe for more details.
Shrimp and Asparagus Stir Fry
For a simple and quick Chinese seafood dish you can make at home, why not go for this clean Shrimp and Asparagus stir fry?
Though it looks simple, it’s packed with delicious flavor, and pairs perfectly with rice.
Check out our full Shrimp and Asparagus Stir Fry recipe for more details.
Prawn and Egg Stir Fry
Another great Chinese seafood recipe that can be made at home is this Prawn and Egg Stir Fry. Served with rice, this is an ultimate comfort food that’s a staple of Cantonese home cooking.
Our tip? Throw it on a bed of hot jasmine rice, drizzle some soy sauce on top, and enjoy! You don’t need much else.
Check out our full Prawn and Egg Stir Fry recipe for more details.
Chinese Steamed Fish
Another classic Chinese seafood dish is the almighty Steamed Fish, a mandatory course in any huge Cantonese banquet.
It is often said that Cantonese cooking revolves around enhancing the natural flavors of ingredients, and nowhere is this more true than in this dish, which relies on only a few simple ingredients to bring out the fish’s natural delicious taste.
Check out our full Chinese Steamed Fish recipe for more details.
Fuzzy Melon with Dried Scallops
If you’re in need of a Chinese seafood dish for a special occasion (like Chinese New Year for instance), then this is the recipe for you!
In this Fuzzy Melon with Dried Scallops dish, dried scallops are paired with juicy rounds of fuzzy melon to create a unique and special dish that is sure to impress all your guests.
Check out our full Fuzzy Melon with Dried Scallops recipe for more details.
Steamed Garlic Prawns with Vermicelli
For a truly showstopping Chinese seafood dish, look no further than this steamed garlic prawns with vermicelli.
Thanks to a unique presentation with upturned shrimp, this dish looks almost as good as it tastes. Simple yet flavorful aromatics like garlic and green onion are the star here, making the perfect accompaniment for the juicy prawns.
Best of all? The bed of vermicelli on the bottom perfectly soaks up all that garlicky flavor.
Check out our full Steamed Garlic Prawns with Vermicelli recipe for more details.
Did we miss any of your favorite Chinese seafood recipes?
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