Who’s in the mood for food – more specifically, seafood? With summer now in full swing, we Maltese certainly are. Seafood is the perfect lighter alternative to meat or heavy pasta dishes; it’s fresh, tasty and healthy. Platters are an ideal way of combining all your favourite fruits of the sea and can be served as an appetiser or a snack to share with friends or family over a glass of wine. Read below for some tips on how to create the perfect seafood platter, brought to you by Azzopardi Fisheries, beloved provider of fresh fish in Malta.
Choose the Freshest Produce
When picking seafood, choose items that have a salty smell with a fresh aroma, but avoid those with an overpowering fishy odour. Don’t choose anything with dull or dark spots on the surface, and keep an eye out for those with bright colours. Fresh seafood usually has firm flesh and shiny shells which are not dry. For more tips on choosing fresh fish in Malta, have a look at our previous blog!
Salt and Ice Makes Everything Nice
To prevent ice from melting on the platter, sprinkle a small amount of salt around the surface of the dish. Cover the whole base with crushed ice, with an additional layer of salt on top, and finish with yet another thin layer of ice.
Prawn to be Wild
Prawdon the pun, but any seafood platter would be lacking something without these pink, succulent morsels of goodness. Opt for King Prawns, as they have a particularly rich flavour, with flesh that is moist and medium-firm. Those from Argentina are especially renowned for markedly sweeter taste and much larger size when compared to regular prawns.
Hustle for some Mussels
Mussels are often the pièce de résistance of a perfect seafood platter. The ideal way to serve them is steamed and marinated in dry white wine. Don’t forget to discard any mussels whose shells did not open whilst cooking.
Savour the Salmon
Fill any spaces left in your platter with either smoked salmon or even some raw sashimi. You can even pair it with avocado, and have an extra plate with plain biscuits or crackers with cream cheese so guests can create their own side snacks!
Be the Perfect Host and Provide Finger Bowls
Eating seafood can be messy, especially with all the oils and seasoning involved. Fill up some small bowls with two slices of lemon and warm water, so that guests can clean their fingers throughout the meal.
Here at Azzopardi Fisheries we have been providing fresh seafood in Malta for many years. Come over to our stores in St. Paul’s Bay, where our experienced staff will help you in your search for the freshest fruits of the sea!