Seafood dinner with oysters, cuttlefish and prawns
The fishmonger down the street sells local fish, nothing has been frozen or has been shipped from another part of the world and most of it is local. Even better is that you will always get a good deal.
Last time I bought fresh oysters I had to take them to my neighbour to help me open them as I had never done it before and kindly gave me one of his oyster knives. This time my helpful neighbour was away but I couldn’t resist the oysters. I got some instructions from the fishmonger and decided to give it a go.
The first thing I did was the vinegar mix. I mixed about 1/2 dl or 1/4 cup of rice wine vinegar, 1/2 very thinly sliced garlic, 1/2 sliced red chilli. Mix and set aside to let the flavours blend.
I got to the task of opening the oysters. Armed with the oyster knife and a tea towel I thought how hard can this be? It took me a while to get the knack but I did it! I was so proud!
I put the oven on 160C or 320F and baked the oysters for 5 minutes each, I like them just very lightly cooked.
I poured the rice wine vinegar mix on top, sprinkled with some coriander and enjoyed my super fresh, local oysters!
I didn’t buy enough oysters for dinner so I got some cuttlefish and prawns as well. I got the prawns in the supermarket, they were frozen and came on a recommendation from a friend. I defrosted them and decided to pan fry them in butter, olive oil, garlic and chilli, Spanish style.I sliced the cuttlefish and cooked the prawns with the shell on. It is the first season for bay leaves, the new bays are very soft and have a milder taste so I added a couple of these to the prawns and they added a nice note.
They cook in just a few minutes and they get gloriously pink when done. When almost done add the sliced cuttlefish, it doesn’t need a lot of cooking.
The dinner was great, I served it with chunks of white bread to mop up the juices. The rice wine vinegar was lovely with the oysters with the heat of the chilli and the fragrant coriander.
Prawns cooked with garlic and chilli
I was very happy with my seafood dinner. I would always prefer fresh prawns from cold seas in the north but they were not too bad at all.