Alternatives to Turkey For Thanksgiving: 5 Unique Seafood Dishes

Alternatives to Turkey For Thanksgiving: 5 Unique Seafood Dishes

Posted on October 18th, 2023

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and of course, food. 

While turkey has long been the star of the Thanksgiving table, more and more people are exploring alternative main courses to spice up their holiday feast. 

One trend that's gaining traction is having a seafood Thanksgiving dinner. 

Not only does seafood offer a lighter option, but it also provides a unique and delicious twist to the traditional holiday meal. 

If you're looking to try something new this year, why not dive into the ocean of possibilities that seafood offers? 

In this blog post, we'll explore why seafood makes a fantastic alternative to turkey and introduce you to five unique seafood dishes that are sure to impress your guests. And the best part? 

Horizon Fine Foods has got you covered with our top-notch poultry and Seafood home delivery services.

Why Consider Seafood for Thanksgiving

When you think of Thanksgiving, seafood might not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, there are several compelling reasons to consider making it a part of your holiday menu.

Health Benefits

Seafood is often lower in fat and calories compared to traditional meat options. It's also rich in essential nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your heart. If you or your guests are health-conscious, seafood is an excellent choice.

Variety and Flavor

With so many types of fish and shellfish available, the possibilities for your Thanksgiving seafood dishes are nearly endless. From the rich and hearty to the light and zesty, there's a seafood dish to suit every palate.

Easy Preparation

Many seafood dishes are quick and easy to prepare, which means less time in the kitchen and more time with your loved ones. Plus, with Horizon Fine Foods, you can have fresh, high-quality seafood delivered right to your door, making your Thanksgiving meal prep even easier.


If you're environmentally conscious, many seafood options are sustainable and have a lower carbon footprint than other types of meat. Just be sure to choose options that are caught or farmed responsibly.

In the next section, we'll dive into some specific seafood dishes that can make your Thanksgiving meal truly special. Keep reading to find out more!

5 Unique Seafood Dishes for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the perfect occasion to showcase culinary creativity, and what better way to do that than with some unique seafood dishes? Here are five options that are not only delicious but also add a touch of elegance to your holiday table.

1. Salmon Filets

Salmon is a versatile fish that's rich in flavor and nutrients. Our wild-caught, cold-water Salmon Filets are a hit for any occasion, but they're especially fitting for a holiday feast. You can grill, bake, or broil them, and they pair well with a variety of sides. Consider a honey-glazed salmon for a sweet and savory main course that's sure to impress.

2. Bacon Wrapped Scallops

If you're looking for a dish that screams luxury, look no further than Bacon Wrapped Scallops. These Scallop Medallions wrapped in hickory-smoked bacon are a perfect appetizer or can even serve as a main course. The smoky bacon complements the natural sweetness of the scallops, creating a flavor profile that's truly irresistible.

3. Branzino (Greek Sea Bass)

For those who enjoy the finer things in life, Branzino, also known as Greek Sea Bass, is a must-try. This Mediterranean fish is lean, with soft and tender white flesh that's prized for its mild, delicate taste and flaky texture. It's a sophisticated choice that pairs well with a glass of white wine.

4. Diver Scallops

Another luxurious option for your Thanksgiving table is our Diver Scallops. These cold-water USA sea scallops are as sweet and succulent as any you’ve ever tasted. You can broil, bake, or sauté them until they're white in color and slightly firm. They make for an elegant main course or a classy appetizer.

5. Halibut Fillets

If you're looking for a fish that's meaty yet delicate, Halibut is the way to go. Our Halibut Fillets from the Northern Pacific are lean with a slightly sweet flavor. Whether you broil, fry, or lightly grill them, you'll love the firm texture and rich taste.

Bonus: Southern Seafood Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

If you're from the South or just love Southern cuisine, incorporating seafood into your Thanksgiving menu can add a regional touch to the holiday.

1. Shrimp and Grits

This classic Southern dish can easily be elevated to suit a holiday occasion. Use our Cooked Shrimp, which are delicious and ready to eat, to save on prep time.

2. Seafood Gumbo

A hearty seafood gumbo can serve as a unique and flavorful main course. Combine our Diver Scallops, Salmon Filets, and Cooked Shrimp for a rich and diverse range of seafood flavors.

3. Oyster Dressing

Switch out your traditional stuffing for a Southern-style oyster dressing. It's a savory and delicious side that pairs wonderfully with any seafood main course.

4. Crab Cakes

Our Premium Crab Cakes made of 100% Blue Claw crab meat can serve as a sumptuous appetizer or side dish. They're a cut above the rest and add a touch of luxury to your Southern seafood Thanksgiving menu.

By adding a Southern twist to your seafood dishes, you can create a Thanksgiving feast that's both traditional and unique. Stay tuned for more on how Horizon Fine Foods can make your holiday meal planning a breeze.

How Horizon Fine Foods Can Help

When it comes to making your Thanksgiving celebration truly special, Horizon Fine Foods is your go-to source for top-quality seafood and poultry. But we offer more than just high-grade products; we provide a complete solution to make your holiday meal planning as smooth as possible.

Convenience of Delivery

First and foremost, let's talk about convenience. Our mobile food delivery service brings your selected seafood and poultry items right to your doorstep. No need to fight the holiday crowds at the supermarket or settle for less-than-fresh options. With Horizon Fine Foods, you get the freshest products delivered at a time that suits you.

Wide Range of Options

Our extensive menu offers a plethora of choices to suit every taste and dietary requirement. From Salmon Filets to Diver Scallops and even exotic offerings like Branzino, we have something for everyone. And it's not just about seafood; our antibiotic-free chicken options are perfect for those who want to stick to a more traditional route while still enjoying the benefits of high-quality poultry.

Customizable Packages

Thanksgiving is all about family and friends, and we understand that every gathering is unique. That's why we offer customizable packages that allow you to mix and match different seafood and poultry items. Whether you're hosting a small intimate dinner or a large family gathering, we can tailor our offerings to meet your specific needs.

Expert Advice

Not sure what to choose or how to prepare it? Our team of culinary experts is always on hand to offer advice and suggestions. From cooking tips to wine pairings, we're here to ensure that your Thanksgiving meal is a resounding success.

Quality You Can Trust

At Horizon Fine Foods, quality is our top priority. All our seafood and poultry products are sourced from trusted suppliers who meet our stringent quality standards. When you order from us, you can be confident that you're getting the best of the best.


We're committed to sustainability and responsible sourcing. Many of our seafood options are caught or farmed in ways that consider the long-term vitality of harvested species and the well-being of the oceans. You can enjoy your meal knowing that you're making an environmentally responsible choice.

In summary, Horizon Fine Foods is not just a food delivery service; we're your partner in creating memorable holiday experiences. From the quality and variety of our offerings to the convenience of home delivery, we go the extra mile to make your Thanksgiving as enjoyable as possible. 

So why not take the stress out of holiday meal planning and let Horizon Fine Foods help you create a feast to remember?


As you can see, opting for a seafood-centric Thanksgiving dinner can offer a refreshing change from the usual turkey and stuffing. Not only does it provide a lighter, healthier alternative, but it also allows for a wide range of flavors and textures that can elevate your holiday feast to new heights. 

Whether you're a fan of salmon, scallops, or even exotic options like Branzino, there's a seafood dish that's perfect for your Thanksgiving table. And if you're looking to add a Southern twist to your celebration, dishes like shrimp and grits or seafood gumbo can offer a regional flair that's both delicious and comforting. 

Best of all, Horizon Fine Foods is here to make your holiday meal planning a breeze

With our convenient delivery services, extensive menu, and commitment to quality and sustainability, we're your one-stop-shop for a memorable Thanksgiving feast. 

To find out more about our Poultry and Seafood Delivery services, don't hesitate to reach out to us at (786) 306 8976 or [email protected]

We're here to make your Thanksgiving as special and stress-free as possible.

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