5 best American seafood dishes to serve at your restaurant

April 26, 2022 at 4:00 PM
shrimp and coconut rice dish

There's no doubt that seafood is a popular choice among American diners. These foods are versatile, filling, and are a great source of protein. Plus, there’s just something so exotic about how they are prepared and presented that people can’t just seem to get enough of them.

With a large variety of American seafood delicacies, it can be hard to choose what to put on your restaurant menu. We’ve got you covered. At Tommy’s Seafood, we deliver the finest seafood options straight from the gulf.

Let's walk you through some of the most popular American seafood dishes and what keeps them on the menu.

1. Boiled Crawfish

This popular dish from Louisiana is the perfect example of how to create a dish with fresh seafood. Boiling crawfish captures the flavor perfectly and makes them incredibly tender, while also allowing you to add your seasonings to the dish.

Boiled crawfish are usually made for Lent before Easter, most notably in New Orleans, but can be enjoyed all year long. Along with the crawfish, it includes vegetables and fruits like lemons, celery, online, garlic, potatoes, and frozen corn simmered, and then boiled.

2. Shrimp and Grits

This dish has been a staple in the area since 1982 by chef Bill Neal in North Carolina. Then after, restaurants in South Carolina recreated a version with cheese and bacon, which has since become popular across the country.

Shrimp and grits are made with locally-caught shrimp sautéed and served over creamy grits with spicy sauce, bacon, or sausage. This dish is a great way to add some seafood flavor to a classic Southern dish.

3. Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters Rockefeller is a New Orleans classic. It's made with oysters that are baked in a rich mixture of spinach, butter, and Parmesan cheese. Due to its intense flavor and rich texture, this dish is definitely one that you have to be careful serving since it can come off as being too heavy for some diners.

Done correctly, however, it can be the star of your menu and quickly become a dish that people will come back for, time and time again.

4. Crab Cakes

A Maryland classic, crab cakes are a must-have on any American seafood menu. They're made with lumps of fresh crab meat that are mixed with eggs, mayonnaise, herbs, and spices all formed into patties.


Crab cakes can be served on their own or with a side like tartar sauce or lemon wedges. They're also great when paired with other seafood dishes on your menu. If you want to get creative, you can even put crab cakes on top of a salad or make them into sliders.

5. Lobster Roll

Lobster rolls are another popular seafood dish that originated in Maine. They're made with lobster meat that's been cooked and seasoned with celery, tarragon, and mayonnaise, and then drizzled with melted butter.

For the perfect lobster rolls, you'll want to make sure that your lobster meat is cold and fresh. This dish can also be served on a salad, in a sandwich, or as an appetizer for your guests.

Get your wild-caught, sustainable American seafood at Tommy’s

At Tommy’s Seafood, we take great pride in sourcing high-quality seafood fresh from the gulf. From wild shrimp and blue crab to gulf oysters and crawfish, there's something for everyone. Here, we’re all about doing things the American way — from the dock to the plate. So whether you’re looking for a taste of the finest Southern seafood delicacies, we’ve got you covered.

Get started with a free quote now by calling (504) 271-9735 or by sending us a message through our contact form. You can also reach us via email at info@TommysSeafood.com.