Seafood dinner with oysters, cuttlefish and prawns

oysters with chilli and herbs

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.


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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.


Oysters oysters with chilli and herbs


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.











8 Responses to “Seafood dinner with oysters, cuttlefish and prawns”
  1. Becky Ellis says:

    Yum…wishing we could get better fresh seafood here…we live in the mountains, so our seafood is limited. Your dishes look delicious!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Becky
      we have plenty of seafood but I live by the sea! I am sure you have things we can’t get! I never ate so much seafood when I lived in London as it was never fresh and now I can’t get enough 🙂

  2. Keith Trawick says:

    Yep…all you need is an oyster knife, a glove and One thing we used to do in Savannah was have oyster roasts in the winter…out side…in an outdoor cooker burlap bags soaked in water over a low fire…when they’re ready they almost open themselves…lol…well almost…lol That an a traditional Louisiana red sauce and you’re all set…the sauce is catsup, horseradish, worchestershire, lemon and salt to taste…in Louisiana there are those who consider it a point of pride to have the sauce almost Cuddlefish is new to me…I’m gonna have to get some!!!!!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Keith
      I hope your week is good! I love oysters and your sauce sounds great! I love chilli with oysters, just delicious! Apparently there are places around where where you can forage for wild oysters, saying that I have never found any! 🙂

  3. Jenny says:

    I love fresh oysters! You are so lucky you can get them just down the street! This meal sounds delicious!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Jenny
      The seafood here is a treat and I am learning so much about seasonality as well! The oysters are amazing at the moment but I can never settle for just one thing! Have a lovely rest of the week! 🙂

  4. Love these! I need them down the street from me 🙂

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