Whether it's a backyard barbeque or a picnic under the fireworks, the Fourth of July is all about celebrating independence with good friends and great food. Sure, you can expect hamburgers, hot dogs, and pasta salad to make an appearance on the buffet table, but why not try a tasty new summertime recipe featuring fresh seafood?
We know how to make seafood an integral part of any and every celebration. That's why we've rounded up some of our favorite seafood dip recipes that not only taste good but are easy to make. From briny clam dip to hot crab dip, your fellow Fourth of July partygoers won't make it past the appetizer section of the buffet table when they savor these superstars!
Hot Crab Dip
This recipe for hot crab dip is so good that we wouldn't be surprised if it didn't make it out of the kitchen to your summer celebration… It might be just too good to share.
Jumbo lump crabmeatis combined with pepper jack and parmesan cheeses in this dip recipe. The creamy texture comes from mayonnaise – not cream cheese – which makes for a lighter dip that we recommend serving hot with crackers. Don't be shy with the hot sauce either!
Our jumbo lump crabmeat is perfect for this recipe because it's already picked clean of shells and cartilage, so all you have to do is savor the whole, large lumps of sweet crabmeat.
Avocado Shrimp Salsa
When you think of seafood dips, you probably think of cream cheese-based recipes. But since salsa can be eaten with a chip or a cracker, just like creamy dips, we're happy to share this incredible recipe for avocado shrimp salsa! This recipe is nothing but refreshing on hot, humid summer days since it features fresh vegetables like tomatoes, avocado, cucumber and fresh shrimp. A good kick of flavor comes from the cilantro and diced jalapeno peppers, so feel free to adjust to your liking.
Need shrimp? We've got fresh shrimp ready for home delivery that will make this recipe taste as dazzling as those Fourth of July fireworks are bright!
Hot Crab and Oyster Dip
Yes, we're including another crab dip: Hot crab and oyster dip. We can't resist! Get ready for this recipe, seafood lovers. It's hot, it's creamy, and it's got crab, oysters, cheese, and crème fraiche. It's a potluck pick for those of you want to bring some luxury to your Fourth of July fête, and sure, a little goes a long way but we recommend you indulge.
This recipe is also a great introduction to oysters for newcomers. For those of you who may not have experienced the joy of eating a raw oyster, this recipe bakes them into a hot and bubbling masterpiece.
There are many ways to enjoy fresh lobster in the summer – boiled, grilled, or baked, just to name a few. But how about trying lobster in a dip?
This lobster guacamole is quick and easy to prepare, and it's destined to be the hit of the party. Featuring fresh lobster meat and a variety of fresh vegetables, chopped cilantro and minced chiles give this guacamole recipe a spicy kick.
This savory clam dip with cream cheeseis definitely not short on flavor. Briny clams are blended with cream cheese, Tabasco, and lemon juice for an irresistible and easy party appetizer.
While this recipe calls for minced clams, we recommend upping your game with littleneck clams. Because of their small size, littlenecks are less firm than other clam varieties, which makes them a tender addition to creamy dips. Approximately a dozen littleneck clams equals a small can of chopped clams.
Our littleneck clamsare always fresh and ready for delivery from dock to door. Any leftover clams that you don't use in your clam dip can go right onto the grill – shells and all! Just place them on a grill rack, cover, and grill until just open. Make sure you discard any that do not open.
What to Serve with Seafood Dips
These dip recipes all pair perfectly with tortilla chips, toast points, toasted pitas, bagel chips, and crudités like sliced cucumbers and carrot sticks. Let's honor the stars and stripes by bringing the most delicious seafood dips to your Independence Day gathering. We'd love to be invited to your Fourth of July celebration, but we'll settle for sending you some of the best seafood the oceans offer! Have a safe and happy Independence Day!