Red, White, and Blue Seafood Platter

Red salmon, white fish and a blue flower garnish sit atop two blue plates in this recipe perfect for 4th of July party food.

Each year, millions of Americans come together to celebrate their independence in various celebrations. Whether it be a backyard barbecue with the family, a camping trip, a local community parade, or the town firework show, there are countless ways to spend time enjoying the holiday. However, we believe the best fourth of July celebrations aren’t fully complete until the table is set with patriotic red, white and blue food!

While many have perfected their colorful 4th of July party food ideas with classic American cuisine options like barbecue ribs, hot dogs, pasta salad, corn on the cob, and fresh fruits of all colors, we’re here to mix it up! Trying out something new for your next 4th of July celebration can not only be a great change of pace, but make it a memorable event for years to come.

When looking for those new, creative ideas, we suggest trying something altogether unique - like incorporating wild, American-caught seafood into your spirited Independence Day eats! As the holiday falls during what is usually the nicest part of the year, our favorite healthy 4th of July seafood recipes are ones that combine said seafood with the backyard grill.

Including seafood - and particularly fish - in your diet is a great way to boost your immune system and add healthy nutrients to your favorite meals, especially on those hot summer days. Seafood is low in saturated fats and packed with vital nutrients that promote health and wellness for all ages, so it can help keep you and the kids swimming and running all summer long! Some of these nutrients include omega-3s, iron, B and D vitamins and protein that all help with bone health, brain development, heart health and more.

We suggest combining healthful seafood with some backyard grilling for a number of reasons. Not only does it allow you to take the mess out of the kitchen and better enjoy your company at your outdoor celebration, but it also offers a shorter cooking time that can help retain nutrients, vitamins, and minerals in any food you decide to grill. Plus, it creates those mouth-watering aromas even the kiddos won’t be able to ignore (regardless of if they usually have a distaste for seafood!).

Our team chose to use Wild For Salmon sockeye salmon (also known as “red salmon”) and halibut (a species of white fish) in our red white and blue seafood platter because they are both wild-caught from Alaska and each offer a unique, popular flavor among seafood fans. We’d say it’s a sure win when your 4th of July food combines 100% wild American seafood with incredible flavors, celebratory colors and countless health benefits!

Be sure to test out this Red, White and Blue Seafood Platter this 4th of July in order to keep your bodies - and the party - going. If you're ultimate goal is to find some new ideas for 4th of July food, start right here!

Red salmon and white fish seasoned with salt pepper and olive oil sit atop a backing dish in this recipe perfect for grilling 4th of July party food.

Chef Notes

This colorful seafood platter comes together easily and is perfect for serving a crowd on the 4th of July or at your next pool party. Serve it along with a green salad or grilled vegetables such as zucchini and bell peppers.

A gas or charcoal grill is ideal for this recipe, though the salmon and halibut can be seared in a grill pan on the stovetop and the potatoes can be roasted in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes if you do not have one. A grilling basket is used for grilling the potatoes so they do not fall through the grates, but a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil with the sides rolled up could be used in a pinch.

Blue edible flowers make for a fun colorful garnish with a patriotic flair when paired with the red sockeye and white halibut. Borage, bachelor's button, pansies, and violas are all edible flowers that come in shades of blue, and may be blooming in your garden or available at your local farmers market. If you are making this dish for an occasion other than the 4th of July and want to add more color, nasturtiums, calendula, chive flowers, or dianthus are all great edible flower options.

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Marisa Kerkvliet of Lemon Thyme Kitchen is a freelance recipe developer and food photographer with a Master’s degree in Nutrition. She was raised on her family’s farm in Northwest Washington and her appreciation for good food developed at a very early age. She is passionate about creating recipes and beautiful imagery that highlight high-quality seasonal ingredients. Marisa loves all types of seafood, but her favorites are salmon and scallops!
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