Karina is back this week, to give us her take on the classic Australian dish “Shrimps on the Barbie”. She’ll also be at the Winchester Farmers Market on Saturday with loads of yummy snacks, like Walnut Pate, Sweet Potato Hummus and Chocolate Cranberry Energy Chews. Stop by!
Perfect Grilled Seafood
In celebration of meatless Mondays and raising awareness of the heightened health risks of over-eating meat along with the profound environmental impact of the meat production industry, I have created a very tasty Asian-style seafood & veggie skewer recipe for you – Asian-Style Shrimps, Scallops & Veggie Skewers!
I could hardly claim to be a true Aussie without posting you a fabulous recipe for “shrimps on the Barbie” but don’t miss the scallops as the ginger & sesame oil caramelizes them beautifully and the mushrooms are delicious as they soak in all the flavors.
A few things to help you understand your choices better & to be mindful of when buying frozen shrimp in the supermarket or from a fish monger:
Imported – Shrimp that is imported into the US has not been treated or sourced according to US regulations! Therefore, you can’t be sure of the water quality the shrimp lived in or food safety treatments or the sustainability.
US Coastal – water quality is monitored for contaminates and food safety & shrimp & fishing practices are according to US regulations.
US farmed – food safety is according to US regulations. Did you know that Massachusetts has its first shrimp farm (the 8th in the US) called Sky8 Shrimp Farm?
- Preparation: I like to keep my shrimp & scallops & veg on separate skewers: different thicknesses & textures need different amounts of time to cook.
- How many? Number of skewers depends on number of people but these are a hit & go fast so I would say 2 shrimps, 1 scallop & 1-2 veggie skewers per person.
- No Lemons in the marinade! Don’t add lemon or lime juice to your marinade as it will begin cooking seafood ahead of time.
- Pre-soak: soak bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 min to prevent burning.
Simple is best – enjoy!