Elevate Your Seafood Dining Experience: A Guide to Perfect Pairings

Seafood has a unique ability to tantalize our taste buds with its diverse flavors, textures, and culinary possibilities. Pairing the right beverage with your seafood dish can elevate the dining experience to new heights. Whether you prefer an alcoholic option to savor alongside your seafood or a non-alcoholic alternative, we've got you covered with some fantastic suggestions for a variety of seafood favorites.

But there's more to this pairing journey than just culinary delight. At Whidbey Seafoods, we are passionate about supporting our local, small businesses on beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington. That's why, along with our seafood recommendations, we're excited to suggest some delightful local pairings. By enjoying these pairings, you're not only treating your taste buds but also contributing to the vibrant tapestry of our island's community.


  • Alcoholic: A crisp and light Chardonnay complements the richness of grilled salmon with its buttery notes. Try one from Dancing Fish Vineyards in Freeland! 
  • Non-Alcoholic: A sparkling water with a twist of lemon provides a refreshing and palate-cleansing option.

Black Cod:

  • Alcoholic: A sweet mead can work well with black cod preparations that have a slightly sweet or glaze-like element. The honeyed notes of the mead can complement the dish's flavors, particularly if there are caramelized or honey-based sauces involved. Hierophant Meadery has some amazing and unique options to try. 
  • Non-Alcoholic: Opt for iced green tea, which offers a gentle, earthy flavor to pair with this delicate fish.


  • Alcoholic: A light lager, such as a Pilsner or a Kölsch, offers a crisp and refreshing contrast to the sweet and delicate flavors of crab. It won't overpower the dish and can be particularly enjoyable with crab cakes or steamed crab. Try out one from Penn Cove Brewing Company
  • Non-Alcoholic: A cucumber-infused water adds a refreshing touch to your crab feast.


  • Alcoholic: A light and zesty Pinot Grigio complements the delicate taste of shrimp, especially when served with garlic and herbs. You can always find a delicious option at the Greenbank Farm Wine Shop. 
  • Non-Alcoholic: Enjoy a glass of iced herbal tea, such as chamomile or mint, to cleanse the palate between bites.

Albacore Tuna:

  • Alcoholic: Try a glass of rosé wine from Whidbey Island's Spoiled Dog Winery. The bright and crisp notes of rosé are a perfect match for the flavors of albacore tuna.
  • Non-Alcoholic: Opt for a sparkling cranberry juice for a burst of fruity freshness that complements the tuna's mild, meaty taste.

Smoked Fish:

  • Alcoholic: Savor the smoky flavors with a local Scotch whisky or visit Whidbey Island Distillery for a unique tasting experience.
  • Non-Alcoholic: Sip on sparkling apple cider to provide a crisp contrast to the rich, smoky flavors of the fish.


  • Alcoholic: Enjoy a glass of local Riesling from Whidbey Island's Comforts of Whidbey Winery, with its fruity undertones that complement the mild and flaky nature of halibut.
  • Non-Alcoholic: Try a glass of iced lemon water to brighten the flavors of your halibut dish.


  • Alcoholic: Visit Double Bluff Brewing Company on Whidbey Island for a hoppy IPA that can stand up to the firm texture and hearty flavors of lingcod.
  • Non-Alcoholic: A non-alcoholic ginger beer can offer a spicy kick that pairs well with lingcod prepared with spices or marinades.

These pairings aim to enhance the flavors of each seafood option, whether you prefer alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages. Remember to drink responsibly and enjoy the culinary journey!

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