Seafood sign in Publix store

With the fall season in full swing, many of us are enjoying the cooler weather and everything pumpkin related. We are also starting to prepare for Thanksgiving. A large part of the holidays is tradition and it can be easy to get into the routine of preparing the same meals for every holiday. Some of us look forward to sitting down with our friends and family, and enjoying the traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. While turkey does deserve some recognition as a Thanksgiving staple, it may be time for seafood to take the center stage. Culinary historians believe that seafood was included in the traditional Thanksgiving meal when it was first established.

We’re here to help shake things up for your Thanksgiving meal. The recipes below can add an extra twist to your traditional seasonal get together. Or if you enjoy your turkey dinner, you can incorporate seafood into your side dishes or appetizers!


Maryland-Style Crab Cakes

These delicious crab cakes are a great way to start your meal as an appetizer or even accompany the main course as a side dish. They can be made as small or as large as you wish or even placed between two pieces of bread for a crab cake sandwich. Yum!


Grilled Tuna and Farro-Kale Salad

If you are searching for a versatile side dish, we have a great choice. This salad pairs tuna, kale, and a taste of lemon for the perfect trifecta. It can be served as a side salad with the main course or as an appetizer. The choice is yours!


Greek Shrimp Ravioli Sauté

We also have a great choice for shrimp lovers. Our Greek Shrimp and Ravioli Saute combines only seven  ingredients to make the perfect seafood side for your Thanksgiving feast. Its short cook time will also help leave more time to spend with family!


Oven Baked Salmon

One item that can be substituted for turkey is salmon. With its flaky texture, it is a great main dish for your meal. This four ingredient recipe is perfect for those who are limited on preparation time, and it pairs wonderfully with most side dishes!



Seafood Paella

One item that is believed to have been served at the first Thanksgiving meal is mussels. They were abundant in New England and could easily be gathered as they clung to rocks close to the shoreline. If you love mussels, rice, and shrimp, our seafood paella is perfect for you.  This recipe serves eight, but after your guests take their first bite, you may run out rather quickly.

Do you have a favorite substitution for the traditional Thanksgiving meal? Share it with us in the comments below! You can also view more Publix Aprons seafood recipes for your meal here.

Matt L.

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Matt L. started with Publix in 2010 and has bled green ever since. He loves the company culture and especially appreciates the opportunity to help customers each and every day. An avid reader, Matt most enjoys learning something new himself when he sets out to write a new blog post for The Checkout. Outside of work, you can find Matt playing video games, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, and hanging out with his cat – who is basically his spirit animal.

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