There are a large variety of foods out there that you can eat to celebrate the holidays. Turkey, country ham, and beef Wellington are all common foods served to celebrate Christmas. But what if you want to eat fish?

Fish makes for an excellent addition to the holiday table, and it’s been a traditional Christmas dinner staple for centuries. Below, you’ll learn more about why seafood is so popular for both Christmas and Christmas Eve.

What Pairs Well with Christmas Seafood?

White wine is the drink most traditionally associated with eating seafood, and the same is true during the holidays. Red wines and rosés may also be used, though, depending on which fish you choose to eat.

If you want to drink a light red wine like Pinot Noir or Sangiovese, you’ll find a good pairing with a white fish like salmon, swordfish, or tuna. If you plan on serving spicy seafood, keep the red wine in the cupboard.

Rosé lovers will want to pair their drinks with either a tuna steak or a grilling swordfish.

What Kinds of Fish are Popular in Mexican Cuisine During Christmastime?

In Mexico, Christmas is taken seriously: the celebrations start on December 12th and don’t end until January 6th. As you might expect, that means there’s no shortage of food available throughout the holiday festivities.

Bacalao, for instance, is Basque style cod. It’s usually found in the central and southern parts of Mexico.

You can also have shrimp in a couple different ways: as either a shrimp cocktail or a dried shrimp pancake. Dried shrimp pancakes are commonly referred to as Torrejas. Shrimp octopus cocktails are another option, though you can also choose to have the octopus cocktail by itself.

Finally, crab is a common dish to have in Mexico during Christmastime.

What is the Feast of the Seven Fishes?

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is one of the most popularly-known fish-based celebrations in America. An Italian-American Christmas Eve tradition, it started because the Roman Catholics abstained from meat on Christmas day. That said, you don’t have to be an Italian to enjoy the Feast of the Seven Fishes! Anyone can appreciate the diversity of fish available to be eaten as part of the celebration.

What Kind of Fish Should I Eat During Christmas?

Ultimately, you should eat what makes you happy. Whether you want thinly sliced kuai or pan seared cod, the holidays are all about enjoying good company and appreciating the people around you.

At Costa Pacifica, we think the joy of the holidays should be spread throughout the year. To that effect, we believe in creating a casual environment with a chill vibe. At the same time, we’re dedicated to making sure everyone can appreciate the many joys of the Mexican seafood tradition. If that sounds like the sort of thing you would enjoy, you can find us at:

434 N Loop 1604 W.

San Antonio, TX 78232

If you have any questions or you’re ready to book a reservation, you can call us at (210) 491-1378.

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