4 mouth-watering Christmas seafood recipes: MUST TRY

by Nikolai Nikitenko December 14, 2016

4 mouth-watering Christmas seafood recipes: MUST TRY

4 delicious Christmas seafood dishes

 

You have made up your mind to serve your family with seafood this Christmas (great decision). Now it’s our turn to help you succeed in putting up the best dinner table possible. Here are 4 Christmas seafood dishes you can try:

1.    Whole Roast Fish (Lemon and Herbs)

 

This is one dramatic centerpiece to put on your dinner table. Make sure you accompany it with some salads and fresh juice to enrich the taste.

How to make:

 

  1. Make 3 bone deep, cross-wise sashes on each side.
  2. Apply olive oil, followed by salt and some pepper.
  3. Fill in the slashes with 1 lemon slice, garlic, fennel, shallot and some herbs.
  4. Roast in a pre-heated oven 450° for 20 minutes.

 

Ideally served with: Salsa Verde, better if it’s refrigerated overnight.

 

2.   Sicilian Fish Stew

 

Fill your place with a Mediterranean aroma with this sweet-savory Sicilian dish.

How to make:

 

  1. Sauté shallot, raisins, garlic, capers, tomato and coriander in olive oil for 1 minute.
  2. Add the fish and cook until it seethes. Followed by other seafood in a descending order of the cooking time:
  • Fish: 25-30 min
  • Halibut and shrimp: 8 min (until white)
  • Clams and mussels: 4 min (until open, discard those that don’t open)
  1. Garnish with fennel, olives, and mint.

 

Ideally served with: Olive oil rubbed toast.

 

3.   Grilled Sardines (Mint & Almonds)

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How to make:

 

  1. Toast the almonds in a preheated oven 350°.
  2. Stir saffron in 2 tablespoons of hot water. Leave for 2 minutes, then add onion, raisins, and almonds.
  3. Grind cilantro, garlic, pepper, and mint in a processor. Add olive oil and pulse again.
  4. Mix the herb mixture with the onion mixture.
  5. Make bone deep slashes on the fish and apply the herb mixture all over. Grill each side for 3 minutes.

Ideally served with: Lime wedges

 

4.   Smoky Shrimp & Grits

This one is my favorite among all the Christmas seafood recipes. Replace butter with spinach, and you get a delicious southern dish ready to be served for your family dinner.

How to make:

Cooking the grits

 

  1. Boil 3 cups of water in a medium pan
  2. Add the grits gradually, followed by a pinch of salt
  3. Cover the pan and cook on low heat. Stir occasionally, like once in 2 minutes.
  4. Cook for 7 minutes until the grits become thick like a porridge.
  5. Add salt and black pepper as per your taste.
  6. Add cheddar cheese, spinach, and chives until the cheese gets melted, and the spinach is wilted.
  7. Cover the grits and keep them warm until served

Cooking the shrimps

  1. Take a large pan and heat canola oil in it.
  2. Add garlic and fry for 30 seconds so that you can smell garlic in the air.
  3. Add the shrimp and paprika followed by salt and black pepper as per your taste.
  4. Cook until the shrimps become opaque. Most likely for 2 minutes.
  5. Add some white wine and cook until the shrimps are white entirely. The garlic and paprika sauce should reduce a little by then.

 

 

Combine the grits and shrimps

Now your smoky grits and shrimps are ready to serve. Put the grits into bowls and top them with the sauce and shrimps you prepared.

 

Ideally served with: Enhance the taste with silky, full-bodied chardonnays.

 

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