I’ve never shared this with anyone before… But I could easily give up chicken. However, when it comes to seafood? That’s my Achilles heel. I dream of Goan prawn curry served with poee, creamy lobster bisque, fish wrapped in banana leaf, bourbon-glazed salmon (yum!). Come on, do you blame me? Seafood is the perfect ingredient for soups, salads, curries and more. And while I’ve always been more into eating than cooking, I admit – seafood is the perfect choice for a quick yet luxurious weeknight dinner or an express lunch. (Side note: I want a plate full of char-grilled calamari with rustic guacamole right about now).
When it comes to cooking seafood, there are a dizzying number of ways to choose from – some quick, some healthy and some just plain easy. If you wish to pop it on the grill to seal in the moisture, nutrients and flavour, make sure you baste beforehand to prevent it from drying out. If you want to cook your seafood along with greens, herbs or spices, baking is a fantastic method. Coat with oil or butter before baking, and wrap in kitchen foil first (especially if you’re baking shellfish). If you want to skip deep frying, and choose to shallow fry instead, coat thoroughly in a batter or breadcrumbs and fry in just 2-3 tablespoons of oil for around 4-5 minutes.
Marinate, marinate, marinate! Although seafood is yummy as is, you can take it up a notch by marinating with herbs, spices, seasonings or sauces. Don’t marinate for long, since the seafood tends to break. Spruce it up with a garlic and herb marinade or just add a splash of wine or beer to make your standby sauce stand out.
To prove just how versatile seafood is, we’ve put together a collection of 11 recipes from top Indian chefs, ranging from coconut-y curries to delectable snacks. You’ll find the perfect seafood recipe for every occasion here, we promise.
1. Prawn Pollichathu
Cooked in coconut milk and an array of masalas, get to ready to experience the authentic flavours of Malabari food. And guess what? This mind blowing recipe comes to you exclusively from the kitchens of Taj Kumarakom, Kerala.
2. Prawn Sesame Toast
Coated with sesame and fried to perfection, this Prawn Sesame Toast makes for a simply scrumptious evening snack.
3. Calamari Fritters
A hint of chilli mayo makes everything a little bit more delicious, and these crispy calamari fritters are no exception.
4. Goan Crab Curry
Let the magic of Goan food take over… You’ll love this coastal favourite cooked with coconut cream, Kashmiri chillies, cumin, cinnamon, toddy vinegar, tamarind and jaggery.
5. Mussels with Lemongrass
Now this is what we call food for the soul. Enjoy mussels in a simple broth that highlights their natural flavour. Flavoured with fragrant lemongrass, a handful of chillies and peanuts, serve the dish with a portion of rice or noodles.
6. Lobster Malay Curry
We admit, deshelling the lobster takes a little effort. But the result is nothing short of spectacular! Simmered in coconut milk, this Malay curry is totally worth it.
7. Abhay Deol’s Seafood Spaghetti
Actor Abhay Deol tries his hands on a summery seafood spaghetti, and magic happened. Expect: Squid, lobster, prawns and scallops cooked in a mildly flavored tomato sauce with a sprinkle of fresh basil.