Recipe Ideas for Cooking Seafood on the BBQ

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This summer, we’re taking outdoor dining to the next level. Elevate your next dinner party by adding seafood to the BBQ with some of our favorite summer suggestions.

Scallops on the BBQ

Scallops are the perfect seafood for a BBQ because they come with their own little dish! Half shell scallops are ideal because they’re already prepped and just need topping. 

Loading the scallops on the BBQ first, shell side down, you can then add your favorite garnish and simply watch them cook. We love to serve scallops casino topped with parmesan and breadcrumbs. Because the shell underneath catches the juices, you’ll end up with beautifully succulent seafood. 

The scallops will generally take 5-8 minutes to cook, and you can always bake them in the oven first to be sure. You’ll know they’re cooked when the scallops are no longer translucent

Whole Octopus Centerpiece

A whole octopus makes an excellent centerpiece and is super easy to cook if you’re doing your seafood on the BBQ. It can elevate your BBQ into a more fine dining experience and will be a dish that guests are less likely to grill on their own! 

Blanch the octopus first for a softer texture and to ensure it is cooked throughout. You can do this in advance, so the only thing left to do is char on the BBQ when your guests arrive. 

Octopus pairs very well with chimichurri, an easy recipe perfect for topping various seafood dishes. Dice fresh herbs, typically cilantro and parsley. Add the herbs to garlic, chili flakes, and olive oil and mix well into a thick dressing. Finish with vinegar or a generous squeeze of lemon or lime, which balances out the sweetness of the octopus and the charred flavor from cooking your seafood on the BBQ. 

Shrimp Skewers

Shrimp skewers are a real crowd pleaser and will go down well with everyone, kids included. This is an easy way to cook seafood on the BBQ and can be topped with any sauce of your choice! When using wooden skewers, remember to soak them in water to avoid them catching the flame from your grill. 

Argentine red shrimp have a great sweet flavor and are the perfect size to cook in just a few minutes on the BBQ. Alternate with other seafood items, or load your skewers with lemon slices for a citrus zing and red pepper for added sweetness.

We have ready-made shrimp and scallop skewers, which we recommend serving with this easy teriyaki glaze with grilled pineapple

Steamed Mussels

Like most other seafood on the BBQ, you can put mussels directly onto the grill. However, when cooking mussels, we recommend steaming them for the best results and still possible on the BBQ! 

Make a parcel out of foil big enough to hold and cover your portion of mussels. Add butter, garlic, and a pinch of salt into the parcel for a delicious dressing. You can also include white wine to create more sauce with a sharper taste. Add the foil parcel onto the BBQ for 8-10 minutes, and then peek into the foil to check on your mussels. If they’re open, they’re fully cooked! Top with parsley to serve.

Remember to use foil and not alternatives like baking parchment that could catch fire on the BBQ

Try this with other seafood on the BBQ, like baby clams or hardshell clams, and use different dressings and sauces on each for lots of variety at your BBQ. 


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