The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a Christmas Eve tradition celebrating friends, family and the sea. Which is great news for seafood lovers, because there’s never been a better reason to enjoy a fish feast!
What is the Feast of the Seven Fishes?
Eating fish on Christmas Eve dates back to the Roman Catholic custom of abstaining from meat and dairy ahead of certain holidays. Seven is also a symbolic number in the church, so a tradition of gathering to enjoy seven seafood dishes was born – and continues to be celebrated worldwide today.
How to plan a Feast of the Seven Fishes
Celebrate this Italian-American tradition with a meal that includes seven different types of seafood. Traditional favorites include shrimp, lobster, octopus, mussels, clams, sardines and baccala, but there are no rules. Build a menu around your preferred seafood, throw a variety of fish into one dish, like a seafood pasta or stew, or try something new and luxurious - like our caviars and smoked fish.
We also like to have a mix of preparations – think one or two fried seafood courses, a chilled salad, warming soup, followed by a sautéed entrée and an impressive baked whole fish, so guests can enjoy a variety of textures and flavors.
Here are our favorite Feast of the Seven Fishes recipes so you can create the ultimate festive feast - salute!