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18 Easy, Breezy Dinners for Summer Beach Days

Beach food—or, really, any midsummer meal—should be utterly uncomplicated, seasonally appropriate (tomatoes! corn! herbs galore!), seafood-heavy if you are indeed by the shore, hearty enough to get you back to the beach tomorrow, and quick enough that you don't have to head home early to get the cooking started. Here are the recipes we make when all that's on the docket for the next day—and the one after that—is floating on our backs in the closest body of water.

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18 Easy, Breezy Dinners for Summer Beach Days

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    New Manhattan Clam Chowder

    New Manhattan Clam Chowder

    Food52 - Emma Laperruque

    Author Notes My extended family reunites in the same nook of Long Beach Island, New Jersey every summer—a tradition decades older than I am. We mostly drink wine on the beach but every so often we bike...

    Crab Cakes

    Crab Cakes

    Food52 - Josh Cohen

    Author Notes The classic problem with crab cakes is that they fall apart without enough bread crumbs, but they taste bland with too many. Which is why we found the optimal ratio to ensure your crab cakes...

    Sardinian Clam Stew With Fregola

    Sardinian Clam Stew With Fregola

    Food52 - Emiko

    Author Notes A Sardinian classic, fregola is most popularly served in a seafood stew or like this, with clams. Making fregola by hand is actually very quick and easy. It's a rustic pasta, so no need to...

    Steak and Bean Torta

    Steak and Bean Torta

    Food52 - savorthis

    Author Notes There is no shortage of good tortas in Denver—they range from simple and traditional to elaborate and swanky. And since tacos seem to be everywhere these days, I like to switch things up enjoy...

    Summer Weekend Pasta

    Summer Weekend Pasta

    Food52 - Amanda Hesser

    Author Notes My husband, Tad, and I are always working on a pasta dish. There is no beginning and there is no end. It's a once-a-week dinner that we've been making for years, and each time we tweak it,...

    Avocado Crab Rolls

    Avocado Crab Rolls

    Food52 - meganvt01

    Author Notes The first summer after my husband and I met, I made my first trek to the East End of Long Island where he spent his summers growing up, and had my first bite of a lobster roll. The sweet was...

    Fish with Sauce Niçoise

    Fish with Sauce Niçoise

    Food52 - Alexandra Stafford

    Author Notes "Fish" is intentionally vague here. I've pan-seared cod, but the preparation could be poached, grilled, roasted, skillet-grilled (which I appreciated even more after this recent go at pan-frying),...

    White Fish Escabeche Tacos

    White Fish Escabeche Tacos

    Food52 - cheese1227

    Author Notes This is in my post-beach dinner rotation in the summer. It's all prepped ahead and the only thing left to do is warm the tortillas and make yourself a drink. —cheese1227 Serves 6 Salt and...

    Dad's Favorite Seafood Stew

    Dad's Favorite Seafood Stew

    Food52 - inpatskitchen

    Author Notes Our family was in the retail fish and seafood business for almost 80 years and during the course of time hundreds of seafood recipes were collected, tested and developed. Dad came up with...

    Summer Pasta alla Caprese

    Summer Pasta alla Caprese

    Food52 - Merrill Stubbs

    Author Notes My mother has always been great at "cooking by feel," and I owe her a lot of credit for any ability I possess in this domain. I remember many a warm summer night when, motivated by a strong...

    Peperonata (Red Pepper Stew)

    Peperonata (Red Pepper Stew)

    Food52 - Emiko

    Author Notes Some make their peperonata by first cooking the onion and tomatoes into a sauce, then adding the peppers at the end, while others cook the onion and peppers first, finishing with the tomatoes....

    Spicy Shrimp

    Spicy Shrimp

    Food52 - Helen

    Author Notes This is dead simple, and totally delicious. I tend to grill up millions of them, take them off the skewers, pile them on a platter, and stick a few toothpicks on. People get the idea pretty...

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