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Kelp Pesto Pasta with Pan-Seared Shrimp

Alisha Lumea
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Difficulty: Easy

Are you kelp-curious? Interested in checking out what all this 'kelp as super-food' hype is about, but don't know where to start?  

We made the simplest pesto for a seafood pasta with just a couple of kelp cubes, some chopped garlic and a few tablespoons of butter cooked for just a few minutes, then topped with CleanFish Organic shrimp.  

Atlantic Sea Farms kelp is never dried, never dyed, and is grown in the great state of Maine. Kelp is an ancient food with a brilliant future, improving the quality of the water where its raised and expanding opportunities for fishermen.  This is a pesto every ocean-lover can get behind!


  • 2 Atlantic Sea Farms kelp cubes Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound CleanFish shrimp
  • pasta of your choice (we used capellini)
  • olive oil, for cooking
  • 4 tablespoons butter, salted is fine
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • zest of 1 lemon



Remove the kelp cubes from the freezer and put in a small bowl to defrost. You can hurry this along with a few seconds in the microwave.


Boil the water for the noodles and cook according to package instructions.


Slice the garlic and zest the lemon. Begin with a tablespoon of olive oil in a medium frypan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook to get just a bit of color before adding in the rest of the butter, then the kelp cubes. Stir to incorporate. The goal here is to make a pesto-like sauce to coat your noodles. Add in your pasta and keep warm while you sear your shrimp in olive oil in another pan.


Serve kelp pasta topped with the shrimp, lemon zest and an extra drizzle of olive oil.