This Seafood Platter with Homemade Mustard Sauce recipe makes holiday entertaining easy and stress free! An impressive and elegant appetizer spread that can be on the table in only 30 minutes.
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Is there a more festive month than December? It's all about celebrating the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays, spending time with family and friends, going to parties, and hosting fabulous get-togethers at home.
Even though it's probably the "funnest" month of the year, it's also the most stressful. I've got one (hyphenated) word for you to help keep your sanity while entertaining this busy holiday season. Can you say "semi-homemade"?
How To Make An Easy Seafood Platter
The easiest way to make a seafood platter is to incorporate semi-homemade products and the key to implementing a truly successful strategy is to focus on only high quality products. I love shopping at The French Market for the high quality semi-homemade ingredients for this recipe. I like to use their all-natural store brand products for the affordable prices compared to the name brand varieties.
Here's what I added to my appetizer seafood platter:
- lump crab cakes
- wild north Atlantic lobster tails
- wild American shrimp
- ready made frozen appetizers
- pre-cut cheese found in the deli
- water crackers (my favorite is the cracked pepper)
- a variety of olives from the olive bar
- spicy snack mix
- dried fruit
A little story about one of all-time favorite grocery stores: In Florida, I used to live 5 minutes away from The Fresh Market and went there on my weekly store runs...until I had to move to New England. Literally, I cried for days because I was leaving my beloved store behind.
There would be no more walking through the huge selection of amazing fresh flowers when I first entered the store or stopping by the bulk coffee bean section to grab a sample of freshly brewed coffee. No more walking past the bulk bins of nuts, snack mixes, and dried fruit, and picking out my favorites to enjoy all week. The exceptional, second to none, customer service I always received in the seafood, meat, and deli departments was soon to become a distinct memory. Of course, the unbelievably tasty treats in their bakery was something I was going to miss greatly too.
Luckily, the area I moved to has The Fresh Market and it's only 25 minutes away. Guess all that crying was for nothing. LOL!
A fantastic mustard sauce for seafood
For the seafood, I quickly mixed together a delicious homemade mustard sauce with just a few common refrigerator ingredients. The tangy dry mustard and slight spiciness of the horseradish in the sauce pairs perfectly with the mild flavor of the seafood. It's my go-to sauce to serve with crab cakes, lobster meat, and chilled cocktail shrimp and ready to eat in just minutes!
Do you have a favorite place to shop for easy party food ideas? Let me know below in the comments! Don't forget to PIN this Seafood Platter with Homemade Mustard Sauce recipe for easy entertaining.
Looking for a non-seafood appetizer recipes? Try these meaty stuffed cocktail meatballs or add these Easy Spinach Feta Bites to the platter too!
Seafood Platter with Homemade Mustard Sauce
For the Mustard Sauce:
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons milk, half & half, or cream
- 4 teaspoon dry mustard
- 2 teaspoons prepared grated horseradish
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
For the Seafood Platter:
- 6 lump crab cakes
- 1 pound large wild American shrimp, peeled deveined, cooked, and chilled
- 2 wild North Atlantic lobster tails, cooked, removed from the shell, cut into bite sized pieces, and chilled
garnishes : lettuce and lemon wedges
additional accompaniments : assorted frozen appetizers, favorite cut cheese, crackers, snack mix, and/or olives
For the Mustard Sauce:
- In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together until well combined. Cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
For the Seafood Platter:
- Divide each crab cakes in half and form each half into a smaller sized cake (should have 12 total). Cook accordingly to package directions.
- Using a large platter, put down a layer of lettuce and place a bowl of the mustard sauce in the middle. Arrange the crab cakes, shrimp, lobster, and lemon wedges on top of the lettuce and around the mustard sauce.
Serve immediately with the additional accompaniments.
Recipe Notes & Tips:
- Store leftover mustard sauce, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
I totally thought I was the only one who cried after moving away from the BEST GROCERY STORE EVER! In my hometown there's this store chain that's like a combination of Whole Foods and Safeway. They have everything you could ever need and moving away was nothing short of painful. But I'm not here to talk about my problems. . .I'm here for this amazing app platter! Hello, semi-homemade :). This whole thing looks fantastic!
Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
Fortunately for you we have The Fresh Market here in Charlotte or I would be landing on your doorstep! This is such an elegant and fancy pants appetizer platter! And I think I could cannonball into that mustard sauce! Cheers, K!
Agness of Run Agness Run
Such an awesome appetizer recipe, Karrie! My mouth is watering after seeing your post!
OMG this is a dream-like Xmas seafood platter! I'm drooling
Thao @ In Good Flavor
Semi-homemade is a wonderful thing especially when it looks this good! This seafood platter is our kind of thing around my house and it would disappear in no time! Yum! Yum!
Katherine | Love In My Oven
I want this platter served at the next party I attend so I can just hover around it all night. YUM!! I love all seafood and just looking at this is making me hungry.
You're lucky I don't live close... And you did not invite me to this party of yours because YOU KNOW this seafood appetizer would be gone in negative too seconds... Once I walked through the door. I have SPIDEY-SENSES for seafood (DUH) so yeah............ About that. Hopefully, you'd know to have a back up platter in the fridge waiting for when my tornado self-left, LOL!!
This is one gorgeous seafood platter and that mustard sauce looks AMAZING! I am always making cocktail sauce, so I can't wait to try this recipe. I never think of doing a seafood platter for entertaining. I am so doing this for my my next dinner party. Thanks for the inspiration. xoxo
heather (delicious not gorgeous)
what a spread!! i try not to get full on appetizers, but that's definitely what would happen here (;
Dawn - Girl Heart Food
I wouldn't cry over spilt milk, but I would cry if I didn't get to enjoy this! What a spread!!! This is my kinda meal and I'm pretty sure I could eat this on repeat all holiday season...and winter...and spring... you get the point. Wishing we had that market around here too - sounds awesome! Pinned! Hope your week is going good! XOXO
Yes, the holiday season can be stressful! So bring on this semi-homemade seafood platter! It will make a great appetizer, full of flavors!
Milena | Craft Beering
I just booked a ticket - I will be arriving on Friday to stay with you guys until after New Year's Day. You can totally greet me with this spread you have going on here and I hope we'll go shopping for more seafood. I'm loving this appetizer, Karrie!