Recipe Series: 12 delicious dishes for an Aussie Christmas!
Recipe Series: 12 delicious dishes for an Aussie Christmas!

12 delicious dishes for an Aussie Christmas: Barbecued Seafood Platter with Smoked Paprika and Lime

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love (finally!) gave to me...... a platter FULL of the bounty of the sea...

Here's another one from Taste Magazine, and the name alone makes this seafood platter irresistible to try. While they're suggesting it for Easter, the ingredients suggest lazy days at the beach, which of course is how Christmas in Australia is supposed to be experienced. The delightful char-grilled look and tantalising aroma of fresh lime will pull you right in.


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Barbecued Seafood Platter with Smoked Paprika and Lime Aioli

Ingredients
  • 4 large (600g) cleaned squid hoods
  • 32 medium green prawns, peeled,deveined (tails intact)
  • 6 firm white fish fillets, cut into 5cm pieces (we used snapper)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

To serve
  • Lime halves
  • Fresh oregano
  • Flat-leaf parsley
  • Green salad
  • Crusty bread
  • Smoked paprika and lime aioli
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 cup whole-egg aioli
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice

Method
  1. Cut squid hoods in half lengthways. Score the inside flesh on an angle and cut into 3cm-wide pieces. Place squid, prawns and fish in a large glass or ceramic dish. Combine garlic, oil, lime juice, oregano and parsley in a separate bowl. Season with pepper. Add to seafood. Toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make Smoked paprika and lime aioli Heat oil in a small frying pan or saucepan over medium heat. Add paprika. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant. Set aside to cool completely. Combine aioli and lime juice in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Heat a greased barbecue chargrill and hotplate on medium. Cook fish on hotplate for 3 to 4 minutes each side or until just cooked through. Cook prawns and squid on chargrill, turning, for 2 to 3 minutes or until prawns turn pink and squid is cooked through. Place seafood on a serving platter. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Drizzle aioli with paprika oil, swirling to combine. Serve seafood with aioli, lime halves, extra oregano and parsley, salad and crusty bread.