Famous Cape Cod Seafood Dishes

Cape Cod is not only for its rich history, lovely sandy beaches, and vernacular architecture, but it is also famous for its food!  Read on as we explore famous Cape Cod seafood dishes and prepare to start dreaming of a visit!

There are tons of restaurants on the island that serve delicious seafood dishes. Many of the dishes that you’ll find on the menu are made from ingredients that are grown and harvested from the rich soil and marine life of Cape Cod. Here are the top seven famous Cape Cod foods that everyone needs to try at least once!

#1: Lobster Rolls

Cape Cod has a rich tradition of harvesting and cooking lobsters, and this delicious crustacean supports the local economy. Served in almost every restaurant on the island, a Lobster roll is basically a roll of freshly steamed hot lobster meat mixed with celery and fresh mayonnaise and served on a warm and toasted roll. You may also use a roll with a split top for your lobster roll. Any way you go, the lobster roll is a summertime classic that you must have when you visit this area.

#2: Fried Clams

Clams are also a popular shellfish on this famous island. The rich, smooth taste of these bivalves from Cape Cod is what separates them from other clams, and most people will agree that they are simply delicious. Made with fresh clam meat, batter, and deep-fried to a crisp. Fried clams are one of the most popular dishes on Cape Cod. They are often served with tartar sauce and are a favorite appetizer or side dish. Just make sure to crunch them up with your teeth before swallowing.

#3: Clam Chowder

Cape Cod is home to especially tasty clam chowder – very creamy and chunky, with a taste that will absolutely make your taste buds stand up. It is a hearty broth-based soup that is made of clams, onions, and potatoes. The broth itself is made from the by-products of boiling the clams, giving the chowder a very rich and flavorful taste.

#4: Branzino

This delicious fish is known as the European sea bass. It offers an equally delicious flavor. This fish is very bony and takes some skill to prepare, but once you get the hang of it, you will fall in love with this delicate white fish.

#5: Scallops

Scallops are one of the most popular food items in the local restaurants and seafood stands. They are easy to prepare and they taste great when pan-seared, grilled, broiled, or baked. They are also perfect with rice or even French fries. If you want to try something new and delicious, you should definitely make it a point to sample scallops in their natural habitat.

#6: Soft-Shell Crab Sandwiches

While you can find soft-shell crabs throughout the country, they do not get much better or fresher than the ones you can find on the Cape. Add some mayonnaise to create a delicious sandwich that you will not forget. You will want to be sure to try these tasty treats for yourself.

#7: Wicked Oysters

There are many different ways to cook and prepare oysters.  But for chefs who serve the most delicious ones live near the water. The oysters you will find on Cape Cod are known as the “wicked oysters,” and they are cooked in their own juices, preserving their delicate taste and texture. This is one delicacy that every visitor should try.


There you have it! Above are the foods that are the most famous ones on the Cape. You will want to stop at the local restaurants to get a taste of these amazing delicacies if you are planning on visiting the Cape for the first time.

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Published By Kim Gandhi Kim Gandhi began cooking at 8 years old with a love of food driving her to experiment with her Hispanic and German heritage. She gained a BBA in Marketing and turned to the business world for much of her career. Her strong customer service background and her passion for great events that involve chefs, customers, and amazing food allows her to indulge in her love of cooking and enjoying what FFK chefs bring to the table.