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14 best seafood recipes for special occasions

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Needing a seafood element in your Christmas menu this year? Instead of purchasing a ready-made seafood platter, how about making your own.

Or better yet, try something different and fire up the barbie with some grilled prawns.

WATCH: Bang-Bang prawns with sweet chilli mayo

We’ve rounded up the 22 best seafood recipes to impress your guests this Christmas.

1. Bloody Mary king prawn cocktails

Bloody Mary king prawn cocktails

A retro starter meets a classic cocktail in this dish. Make the sauce like the drink – Worcestershire and all – then drizzle over juicy prawns and crispy bacon piled on cos lettuce with a celery and avocado salad.

2. Mud crab with coconut vermicelli salad

Mud crab with coconut vermicelli salad

Punchy Thai flavours combine with vibrant colours to create these morsels of deliciousness.

3. Lime and lemongrass barbecue prawn skewers

Lime and lemongrass barbecue prawn skewers

These lime and lemongrass BBQ prawn skewers will hit the spot on a hot summer day.

4. Seafood platter

Seafood platter

Celebrate in style with oysters, king prawns and smoked salmon served with your own Romesco seafood sauce, prosciutto, breadcrumbs and chilli mango salsa.

5. Grilled prawns with sweet corn and caramelised coconut dressing

Grilled prawns with sweet corn and caramelised coconut dressing

Chargrilled corn kernels, barbecued whole prawns and deep-fried rice paper crisps make this a main to remember. 

6. Grilled prawns with sweet chilli and coriander jam

Grilled prawns with sweet chilli and coriander jam
(Credit: Andre Martin) (Credit: Andre Martin)

A zesty seafood dish that’s perfect for long summer lunches.

7. Smoked salmon and avocado roulade

Smoked salmon and avocado roulade

Whip this up in just 10 minutes, whack it in the fridge to chill and you’ll have set-to-impress appetisers for 12 guests ready in no time!

8. BBQ marinated prawns with sriracha mayonnaise

BBQ marinated prawns with sriracha mayonnaise

These BBQ marinated prawns make for the best-ever starter dish on a hot summers day and are topped off with the creamy sriracha mayonnaise.

Spice-dusted prawn skewers

Entertaining a crowd? These marvels are ready in 20 minutes! Your lot will love the right royal citrus zing and spicy, nutty flavour.

10. Prawn cocktail

Prawn cocktail
(Credit: Marian Oliphant) (Credit: Marian Oliphant)

It’s a twist on the classic dinner party staple. BHG’s Karen Martini has added chorizo to this starter for a spicy and salty flavour element.

11. Seared scallops in shells with green olive tapenade

Seared scallops in shells with green olive tapenade

The combination of seared scallops and olive tapenade is simply heavenly. Serve these up as a canapé before you get your party started.

12. Bang-Bang prawns with sweet chilli mayo

Bang-Bang prawns with sweet chilli mayo

Served with spicy sauce, shredded lettuce and crumbled up prawn crackers for even more crunch, this delicious dish works great as an appetiser or part of a party spread.

13. Oysters au gratin

Oysters au gratin

Creamy, cheesy oyster morsels – just perfect to share, anytime!

14. Garlic sizzle prawns with haloumi and almonds

Garlic sizzle prawns with haloumi and almonds

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a plate of delicious prawns…but Ed has a few ideas to take this classic to the next level. With Dr Harry’s help, he’s making garlic prawns with haloumi, honey, almonds and loads of fresh herbs and the result is truly incredible.

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