Weekends at the boardwalk, beach bonfires , and oyster picnics  are a few of the reasons why I live for beach season. I'd give my right arm to spend every sunny afternoon at a place like Sam's Chowder House , but on the days when adirondacks in the sand aren't an option, I'll turn to my kitchen to whip up a few shore-food specialties . Keep reading for seafood-shack-style recipes.
Vibrant colors aren't the only appetizing aspect of this ceviche ; it's also loaded with pineapple and coconut milk for a tropical punch.
Cape Cod Clam Chowder
Clam chowder is the quintessential shore food. A broth made from clam juice is the secret to this lighter version of the dish , which tastes just like the sea.
Spicy Tuna Poke
This seasoned raw fish dish was first created by Hawaiian fishermen, who wanted to highlight their freshest catch. Serve this island comfort food  with creamy guacamole for a satisfying snack.
For the best crab cakes possible , keep the focus on the star ingredient. Use fresh jumbo lump crabmeat and a recipe that avoids too many seasonings.
For a different kind of shrimp cocktail , serve boiled, chilled tails with New Orleans-style rémoulade, a red sauce studded with green onions, shallots, parsley, paprika, and cayenne.
Fresh lobster claw meat takes on a grown-up persona in a double-decker lobster club sandwich .
Longtime lovers of the crab cake, meet the salmon cake : a fast and easy version made with the Pacific's favorite blush-colored fish.
Sardines are growing popular in American restaurants, but they've always been a seaside staple in Spain, where they're served grilled  and seasoned with flaky salt crystals.
Fried Oyster Po'boy
I prefer to savor raw oysters during colder months , so during the Summer I reach for cooked bivalves instead. Meaty oysters are simply delicious when breaded and sandwiched between French bread in an oyster loaf .
Mussels in Saffron Cream Sauce
In addition to being a sustainable seafood option , mussels are easy to prep and cook fast. Serve them with a creamy saffron sauce , alongside crusty bread for dunking.