Can we have fish for dessert?
December 7, 2017 4:40 AM   Subscribe

After a friend introduced me to the Feast of 7 Fishes for Christmas Eve, i enjoyed restaurant versions of the dinner for several years. Last year I decided to cook one of my own. I was pleased enough with the results to try again this year and started wondering if there are any seafood desserts. Google searches mostly point to desserts deemed suitable for a fish dinner, or the dessert menus at seafood restaurants. Can anyone recommend an actual seafood dessert recipe?
posted by layceepee to Food & Drink (30 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
You might be able to make something with Carrageenan as a thickener.
posted by Bloxworth Snout at 4:43 AM on December 7

Or make a dessert flavoured with Sea Buckthorn?
posted by Bloxworth Snout at 4:47 AM on December 7

Unagi sushi with a super sweet teriyaki sauce.
posted by moonlight on vermont at 4:55 AM on December 7 [6 favorites]

Some sort of really light and sweet version of a shrimp mousse, maybe?
posted by He Is Only The Imposter at 5:02 AM on December 7 [2 favorites]

Something containing isinglass? I think it can be used like gelatin.
posted by tchemgrrl at 5:03 AM on December 7

Googling “fish dessert” actually brings up a couple options (ignore “Amish Fish Dessert” as it is in the “dessert to have with fish” category).

A report of fried wontons stuffed with maple grilled sturgeon and other sweets

Salmon jerky candy recipe

Or go jokey with something involving Swedish Fish candy!

Or, also jokey, maybe make a molded dessert (like Jello or trifle or something) in one of those 70s fish molds?
posted by snowmentality at 5:03 AM on December 7 [6 favorites]

I was watching Iron Chef America last night and the theme was the feast of fishes. The competing chef made uni creme brûlée and it looked amazing. I haven’t made it so no recipe recommendations but I plan to try!
posted by inevitability at 5:17 AM on December 7 [2 favorites]

+1 Swedish Fish

Once a friend of mine baked an pie in the shape of a fish, with layered scales.

Asian markets sometimes have dried fish snacks which are crunchy and sweet.

Agar-agar (derived from algae) can be used as a thickener for panna cotta. It's not a fish but it's of the sea, so I think there's an argument to be made.
posted by bunderful at 5:25 AM on December 7 [1 favorite]

Squid ink ice cream.
posted by mai at 5:26 AM on December 7 [12 favorites]

/sponge cake
posted by mai at 5:28 AM on December 7 [1 favorite]

This Aquarium Aspic which includes real seafood looks amazing.
posted by Waiting for Pierce Inverarity at 5:43 AM on December 7 [1 favorite]

Jellyfish ice cream
posted by bunderful at 5:53 AM on December 7 [1 favorite]

I've made Aquarium Jello (Clear glass bowl of blue jello with gummy fish floating inside - the trick is to freeze the gummies ahead of time so they don't melt when you add them to the still warm-ish jello as it gels). You can put jelly beans on the bottom for gravel.
posted by Mchelly at 5:58 AM on December 7 [11 favorites]

(and if you use kosher jello, it's made with gelatin derived from fish or carageenen, so it totally counts :)
posted by Mchelly at 6:00 AM on December 7 [2 favorites]

/sponge cake

Zuppa Inglese, which is a sort of Italian trifle.
posted by camyram at 6:33 AM on December 7

I am now so excited about mai's suggestion about squid ink ice cream that I tracked down this recipe for squid ink ice cream with wasabi sprinkles.
posted by pammeke at 6:47 AM on December 7 [1 favorite]

Something with citrus, dairy/custard, and roe could be delightful. Sweet, sour, rich, and salty. Salmon or trout roe would work like a funkier version of bursting boba. Ankimo ice cream could work, too, but I doubt it’s the best use of that delicacy. If seafood includes the plant kingdom, you have more options.
posted by musicinmybrain at 6:49 AM on December 7

crab rangoons
posted by WeekendJen at 7:11 AM on December 7

Candied smoked salmon, cream cheese and a cracker is sweet enough to be a dessert. If you want to go over the top, add maple or brown sugar to the cream cheese. You could almost assuredly do a shortbread or light gingerbread with cracked sea salt to up the desserty-ness.
posted by notorious medium at 7:13 AM on December 7

Stuffed Squid with Chocolate Sauce: a Catalan delicacy, apparently.
posted by misteraitch at 7:18 AM on December 7

Coconut-breaded fish or shrimp with a sweet and sour or pina colada sauce.
posted by Lyn Never at 7:27 AM on December 7

I was also thinking about crab rangoons! Made with actual crabmeat instead of Krab(TM), they are FUCKING DELICIOUS, and also definitely rich enough to be dessert.
posted by nebulawindphone at 7:58 AM on December 7

Oyster ice cream!
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 9:03 AM on December 7 [1 favorite]

Wow, I thought there was nothing that would but it turns out actually I could do a dessert only feast of the 7 fishes! I would mark favorites, but there are too many of them. Thanks for all the great suggestions.
posted by layceepee at 9:53 AM on December 7 [1 favorite]

Don't forget the classic Hagfish Slime Scones!
posted by FatherDagon at 9:56 AM on December 7 [2 favorites]

For fish-themed but not actually fish you could serve Taiyaki. Even better you could get the ice cream cone version and have it with the above mentioned squid ink ice cream.
posted by danny the boy at 10:04 AM on December 7 [1 favorite]

You could probably use any smoked fish (I’m thinking hot-smoked salmon) in place of bacon in any bacon-containing dessert recipes.
posted by Weeping_angel at 10:47 AM on December 7 [1 favorite]

If it just needs to be reminiscent of fish and not contain actual fish, I recommend Shark Fin Pie.
posted by thejanna at 12:28 PM on December 7

I once made a rather tangy batch of lemon squares in a low-rimmed baking tray; I pooled a highly concentrated ooze of reduced balsamic vinegar over the entire top, then made a centerpiece of thin sliced lemons, rosemary sprigs and a bit of pepper as if it were a fish casserole. Fooled the whole dinner party!
posted by fritillary at 4:30 PM on December 7

Heston Blumenthal made a seafood extravaganza several years back, including dessert.
posted by elsietheeel at 5:41 PM on December 7

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