Planning a party or just want to try something a little different for dinner? A cold seafood platter can be made ahead of time and will be appreciated by all seafood lovers.

What you’ll include in your platter will certainly depend on your budget and what’s available. While fresh seafood always tastes better, frozen varieties will certainly work with great results.

There is no right or wrong when it comes to creating your seafood platter, so do whatever you like. It’ll be wonderful.

If you’re planning a more formal event, use seafood that is already shelled and ready to eat, but if it’s a backyard barbecue other casual event, have some fun and get a little dirty.

Seafood Options for Your Platter

  • Shrimp
  • Crab
  • Lobster
  • Mussels
  • Oysters
  • Caviar
  • Cold cooked salmon and other fish

Sauces and Other Accompaniments

  • Cocktail sauce
  • Tartar sauce
  • Mignonette sauce
  • Crackers
  • Small toast pieces
  • Caper mayonnaise
  • Lemon wedges
  • Melted butter
  • Lettuce and other greens
  • Slice tomatoes
  • Asparagus spears

Arranging Your Platter

Get creative with your platter and take advantage of the colors it has to offer. You can place your food on a bed of lettuce, garnish with parsley and other greens. Be sure to include plenty of lemon wedges too.