Stop heating up the house by slaving over a stovetop to make dinner and tear off the cover on your barbeque. As long as it’s not raining, you should be cooking your meals outside during the entire summer season. Here are a few seafood recipe ideas to get you hungry and excited to walk into your backyard and fire up the grill.
- Lobster Tails
Skip the prepackaged hamburgers or hot dogs and opt for a delightfully unexpected ingredient like jumbo lobster tails for your dinner in the sunshine. You are guaranteed to have the freshest catch when you get your order from the website Lobster Anywhere — they carry a variety of seafood options like lobster, scallops, shrimp and steamer clams. You can place an order for some large tails and have them sent directly to your address the very next day. Once you have the Maine lobster tails delivered to your home, all you have to do is cut the shells in half with a sharp knife, season and then place them on the fiery grill for several minutes. You can serve a bbq lobster tail with the traditional side of clarified butter, but for a summery twist squeeze some lemon juice, sprinkle with salt and dig in. Remember to keep the grate clean and nicely oiled and have the heat on high, so that the flesh doesn’t stick.
- Grilled Scallops
There are a handful of tricks for grilling scallops that you should follow when you decide to make dinner — buy the biggest ones that you can find, pat them dry to avoid sticking and season with salt and pepper before cooking them. It’s wise to connect them with one or two wooden skewers so that they are easier to pick up and flip. This will also prevent them from falling into the roaring fire, which will be genuinely disappointing considering how scallops are famously pricey and delicious. Serve them up with a simple but flavorful sauce like salsa verde or mango chutney, along with seasonal vegetables and pieces of pita bread that have been thrown on top of the grill until they have familiar black marks.
- Shrimp Skewers
These are great ingredients for your outdoor dining because they are ready to eat in under ten minutes, which leaves you plenty of time to make other sides and set up the patio table. For a warm and tropical dish, you can make coconut and pineapple sweet chili shrimp for the whole family — adjust the spiciness of the sauce to meet your comfort levels, either by reducing the sriracha in the recipe or putting in a whole lot more. These will make excellent appetizers for big parties and barbeques, because they will be simple to assemble, and the guests will love the bright and tangy taste.
Clear summer weather gives you the opportunity to sit outside, soak in the rays and enjoy a hot meal. Get everyone to pull themselves away from their electronic devices, pop open a chilled bottle of white wine and make your dinner feel like it’s a special occasion.