Seafood can help transport us to far-flung destinations – quaint Mediterranean fishing villages, bustling Asian food markets, rustic provincial France, these are the idyllic locations that hearty seafood conjures in our minds. Whilst, we may not be able to jet off to these locations on a whim, we can certainly evoke the smells and flavours of the world with some delicious tastes of the ocean.
When we’re looking for depth of flavour, seafood dishes are often at the top of the list, with their freshness and vibrancy so we’ve rounded up some deliciously hearty seafood delights, from Asian curries, to traditional pies and culinary classics.
Thai prawn curry: Fresh and juicy king prawns are a delicious alternative for a Thai curry, adding tender texture and a deep, rich flavour. For a creamy base with punchy South East Asian flavour, use a Thai red curry paste and add chilli, ginger and coconut milk. Garnish with a sprinkling of fresh coriander and serve with sticky coconut rice – it’s almost enough to banish any thoughts of winter for good!
Fish pie: A classic winter warmer, fish pie should be rich, creamy and indulgent. The white sauce is crucial here – for a velvety, rich and buttery base, you’ll simply need whole full-fat milk, butter and some flour. For the fish filling, haddock, cod and prawns add some chunky texture, whilst the mashed potato topping should be golden and crispy on top with the help of some butter and a sprinkling of grated mature cheddar.
Chilli king prawns: For the ultimate in seafood flavour with a dish you can whip up in a few minutes, fry up some fresh king prawns in garlic, chilli and paprika. Add a squeeze of lemon and some chopped parsley et voilà!
Moules marinière: A French classic which you may not have considered making at home, mussels are quick and easy, and make for a great sharing starter if you’re entertaining guests. To cook these little gems, soften garlic and onions in butter before adding the mussels to a pan with some white wine and steam for 3-4 minutes. Finally add cream and chopped parsley, and you’re ready to serve with some crusty bread to mop up all those flavour-packed juices!