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Seafood is a popular and elegant food that, if cooked properly, is delicate and full of flavour. If you struggle with overcooking seafood or have questions about preparing it - we can help! We have put together some helpful tips and guides on various seafood, from selecting to thawing to preparing and cooking. You’ll be an expert in no time!
Frozen lobster tails are a great way to eat lobster meat without having to deal with live lobsters. We love smearing them with a zesty aioli and cooking them on the barbecue.
Thread these marinated scallops onto skewers and cook them right on the barbecue. Serve them as an entrée over rice with our delicious Curried Coconut Sauce.
This recipe requires that you clarify the butter, which separates out the milk solids and allows you to cook the shrimp at a higher temperature. Serve these lemony Thai chile-spiced shrimp over rice as an entrée or before dinner as an elegant appetizer.
Oysters on the half shell are surprisingly easy to grill. Dress them with a homemade chili cilantro sauce and cook them directly on the barbecue.
Shrimp is the most popular seafood; they are sold fresh, frozen or pre-cooked, with heads on or off, shells on or off, tails on or off and with the vein removed or not. They are very easily overcooked and so should be cooked quickly or gently.
Thawing and Storing:
These barbecued shrimp skewers are marinated in an Asian-inspired ginger lime sauce. Serve them over rice as an entrée or as an appetizer with your favourite dipping sauce.
Baked coconut-crusted shrimp is a delicious appetizer. Serve these with your favourite dipping sauce.
Scallops cook quickly and have a beautifully mild, sweet flavour.
Types of Scallops
Purchase lobster either live or frozen. If you buy live lobster, cook it the day of purchase. Frozen lobster usually comes in tails or claw pieces. The tails can be purchased raw or cooked.
Cooking Live Lobster
Frozen Lobster Tails
To steam lobster tails:
Purchase crab either live or frozen. If you buy live crab, it must be cooked the day of purchase. Frozen crab is most often precooked legs or claws.
Cooking Live Crab
Alternatively, the crab can be cleaned before boiling or steaming. To clean live crab:
This can be a messy procedure so place papers on the floor around the counter. With practice, this becomes quite easy.
Leftover cooked crab meat can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 days.
Cooked frozen legs and claws are easy to reheat by steaming or baking until piping hot.
Other Ways to Buy Crab
Snow crab derives it's name from the colour of the meat which turns snow white when cooked. We paired it with a flavourful tarragon garlic butter which compliments the sweet and salty flavour of the crab.
Buying and Storing
Prepping Oysters and Station
Grilling oysters is a quick and easy way to enjoy shellfish. Jazz up these grilled oysters with Asian flavours like lemongrass, ginger and Sriracha.
Clams are not just for chowders; they are easy to cook and fun to eat. Clams can be purchased fresh, or frozen with or without shells. Frozen clams can be rinsed and added to a chowder.
Mussels are harvested and farmed on both east and west coasts of Canada. They are easy to cook, nutritious and very flavourful. Most mussels in the grocery stores are farm-raised and do not require more than just a rinse to clean them.
Follow cooking instructions on the package or cook from frozen. They can also be steamed in a pot with 1 inch of water, broth or wine.
Try our Mussels with Chorizo and Tomato.