Whether it’s Christmas or summer entertaining, there’s no better way to celebrate and enjoy the warmer weather than with a fresh seafood platter.
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Australia is fortunate to be home to some of the freshest seafood on the planet. Showcase the best our country has to offer with beautiful and impressive seafood platters this summer. Loaded with sustainably sourced ingredients, our cold seafood platter recipe is the perfect show-stopping dish to serve at your next summer or outdoor entertaining soiree, Christmas family gathering or for a sophisticated weekend lunch. When selecting varieties for your cold seafood platter, it’s important to choose sustainably sourced ingredients that are not only good for you, but good for the environment.
Our best seafood platter features beautiful fresh ingredients, including lobster and oysters. For more cold seafood platter ideas, feel free to swap and choose from your favourite ingredients like Moreton Bay bugs, tuna sashimi and scallops. Alongside the beautiful fresh seafood, our platter is served with a number of elements that enhance the natural flavours of the shellfish and fish.
If you’re wondering what to serve with a seafood platter, we recommend a quick sweet and sour pickled red onion, a classic homemade seafood sauce made from whole egg mayonnaise and tabasco sauce, and a light and zingy ponzu dressing of soy sauce, lemon juice and sesame oil. These are just a few easy seafood platter ideas to choose from.
Presentation is key when it comes to a fresh seafood platter at home. While it may seem easy to simply lay out the fresh ingredients, taking the extra step and time to thoughtfully place each item onto a serving platter will make the world of difference.
For presentation seafood platter ideas, begin by choosing a large lipped seafood serving platter that can easily hold all the components, including the condiments. Add a layer of crushed ice, then place the lobster in the centre of the plate. Group the remaining shellfish and fish around the platter. Add the pickled onions, sauce and dressing to small bowls and nestle them among the ice and seafood. Fill any remaining gaps with fresh lemon or lime wedges, herbs and baby capers if you prefer.
What drinks to pair with a seafood platter? Serve with a crisp or dry white wine, champagne or a sparkling wine to enhance the delicate, sweet flavours of the seafood.
Have a variety of utensils, plates and serviettes nearby for guests to enjoy this DIY seafood platter. Small forks are perfect for oysters and smoked salmon, while spoons should be kept handy for the sauce and dressing. As an added step, lay out small finger bowls for guests to easily rinse their fingers, and bowls for discarded shellfish and oyster shells.