Feast of the Seven Fishes

Kim Biegacki


Tradition at it's finest & served up for those who are Catholic and Italian-American; not all, but many love to have a Feast of Fishes for Christmas Eve. Now my Polish/Catholic Grandma would do just "3" fish dishes that included fried smelt, baked halibut fillets and clam chowder. It is varied how many fish/seafood dishes that a family may serve from 3,5,7 or more.
However, way back in the day it was an abstinence of meat and milk products which included a 24 hour fast prior to the feast. This was to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ.
This is a tradition we continue to improve upon.

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Deep Fry



smelt, fried
cod, fried
scallops, fried
shrimp, fried
calamari, (squid) fried


italian tuna salad
crab dip


1I like to buy this tray of fried fish for Christmas Eve at our favorite local Italian restaurant called Vernon's Cafe. Since I'm a "Northern" girl I don't fry too many foods which makes this very convenient. It has smelt, cod, scallops, shrimp and calamari.

---One of the most famous fried fishes is baccala; a salted cod fish but some don't like it and therefore opt for another choice of fish.
2TUNA LOVE: 3 of my favorite tuna recipes. Italian Tuna Salad that is served w/o the salami for the Feast of the Fishes.
Here is another favorite of mine...Amazing Albacore Tuna Salad This is another yummy tuna "love" recip. Albacore Tuna Muffins
3SALMON LOVE: Grilled salmon is a favorite of ours & here are a few.
Apricot & Country Mustard Salmon
Grilled Salmon with Hoisin sauce
Nutty Crusted Salmon w/Coconut Rum Sauce
4TILAPIA LOVE: Another favorite fish of ours. Spicy Orange Tilapia --this one is steamed cooked in parchment paper; oh so good!!! The other one is a delicious blackened seasoning that you fry up in a pan or grill. Blackened Tilapia
5CRABBY LOVE: This recipe is always a hit and super easy to make, Crab Wonton Cups. The next is a cool & spicy salad, Cool & Creamy Crabby Salad with Zing. Last but not least in the crabby recipes is by far my favorite that I make is Crabby Chili Cheese Dip.
6SHRIMP LOVE: 2 super easy recipes that can be made up quickly. Shrimp & Broccoli Saute' and Hot & Sour Shrimp Saute' along with a shrimp salad recipe that is quite unique, Blackened Shrimp Salad with Roasted Oranges.

2 OUTSTANDING JUST A PINCH RECIPES THAT I RECENTLY MADE:Tiff's Shrimp Scampi AND Yang Chow Fried Rice are incredible!
73 AMAZING SAUCES FROM 3 AMAZING COOKS ON JUST A PINCH: I've made this incredible tartar sauce and it is THE BEST I've ever had. Homemade Tartar Sauce, I've also made this sweet & sour sauce that would pair well with any dish. Sweet and Sour Sauce for Chicken/Pork/Fish, I am looking forward to making this sauce very soon. I love a good remoulade. Remoulade Sauce.

About Feast of the Seven Fishes

Course/Dish: Fish, Seafood
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: Italian