Having seafood for Christmas is a big part of Aussie culture. We’re known for being beach-lovers and that appreciation certainly goes beyond the shore. If you’re looking for Christmas seafood ideas to help you create an incredible spread that excites, impresses and satisfies your guests, you’ve come to the right list. Here are 10 of our best seafood recipes for Christmas based on flavour, presentation and serving size.
Anyone who loves prawns for Christmas will be lining up for this one. The combination of zesty, herbaceous grilled prawns and sweet, creamy mango mayo is perfect for a festive lunch in the sunshine. Served with fresh mango, coriander and lime wedges, the whole thing only takes 45 minutes to whip up including marinating time for the prawns.
Lobster is a hot commodity at Christmastime, and it’s no mystery why. It takes very little to make this crustacean sing – a sprinkle of parsley and a squeeze of lemon is all you need. Take these effortless lobsters, which come cooked and are served in the shell and drizzled with a bright, zingy dressing.
Scallops are a dainty delicacy and make a wonderful addition to your seafood Christmas menu. Presented in the shell, they’re beautifully tender and infused with a garlic, herb, and lemon zest butter as they grill to flavourful perfection. Finished with a sprinkle of chives and a drizzle of lemon, these one-bite wonders make a summery and festive dish.
You can have it both ways with this Christmas seafood platter. Designed for grazing at your leisure, this platter features grilled lobster tails, prawns, zucchini and eggplant on the hot side, and oysters, peppers, semi-dried tomatoes and artichokes on the cold side, with two complementary dipping sauces bringing it all together.
For a decadent Christmas feast with all the buttery bells and whistles, Curtis Stone’s lobster with corn and green beans is the one. It’s packed with contrasting and complementary flavours like ginger, spring onions, sesame and lime, with the lobster tails and corn made sweet thanks to some delicious barbecue charring.
When it comes to creating a menu for Christmas, prawn recipes are a top search. While there’s nothing wrong with a plate of plain prawns and dipping sauce, it’s easy and fun to shake things up. Take these grilled prawns, which are wrapped in prosciutto for a different take on surf ’n‘ turf and served with peaches, mozzarella, and a honey-balsamic vinaigrette.
Bring a little luxury to Christmas with this posh plate. Not only do the smoked salmon, tiny tomatoes and pomegranate jewels add some incredible colour to your lunch or dinner spread, but the granita adds a refreshing element as well. Lemon and basil is an iconic summer flavour combination and works as a great palate cleanser to make each bite as good as the first.
If you can’t decide which seafood dishes for Christmas should be on the table, this platter solves the problem. It features six kinds of seafood and three kinds of dressing plus fresh herbs, capers and lemon wedges. For an ocean of choices and a rainbow of colours that excites everyone, give this platter centre stage.
Fans of Mediterranean flavours will love these butterflied prawns. They’re chargrilled after being marinated in olive oil, garlic, paprika and lemon. Paired with sourdough and fresh mesclun, and served with a vibrant dressing of capsicum, capers, parsley and more lemon and olive oil, these Christmas prawns taste like a coastal holiday.
There’s no mistaking this for anything but a stunning seafood main. Not only does this whole barramundi look outstanding, but it’s packed with flavour – literally. Stuffed with ginger and spring onions and drizzled with a tasty oil, you and your guests can enjoy the Asian-inspired taste and melt-in-your-mouth texture for Christmas.