So, today is my wee easy recipe for seafood medley or 'fruit de mere' with chilli, garlic and ginger and tossed in pasta.
You need a good quantity of fresh seafood, need to sort that out depending on how many you are serving, but this recipe is for two, when the grand kids arrive the quantities go up from two to six around the table but when it is Mollie, you always need to add a wee bit more for miss piggy particularly the squid and scallops!
I like to prepare my pasta early and then when cooked plunge it into a pan of ice cold water, and then all you need to do is reheat it when the seafood is ready. So with that out of the way I can concentrate on preparing my herbs, etc.
1 red chilli
1 good sized piece of ginger
2 good sized garlic cloves
1 Lemon un-waxed
Courgette (Zuccini) and Olives are optional
1 large glass of good white wine
Big bunch fresh parsley
Salt and Black Pepper
500 grams of assorted seafood from the fish counter (if you can't get fresh I do use frozen but thoroughly thawed out before using it)
Slice and de-seed the chilli, but if you like a bit of heat keep some of the seeds
Peel and grate the ginger
Slice the tomatoes in half
Grate the lemon peel
peel and crush the garlic
Chop the parsley finely
Lop of the ends of the courgette and discard slice into circles then 1/4 the circles into decent sized chunks
Sweat the olives courgettes and tomatoes down in a little unsalted butter, these take the longest to cook. Medium heat for about 5 to 7 minutes but don't over cook don't want to the courgettes to turn mushy, still like them firm but cooked.
Stir in the ginger, chilli and garlic and the grated lemon reduce the heat. Squeeze in juice from half the lemon. Remember seafood only takes a few minutes to cook. It needs to be cooked through but not turning to rubber. Add most of the chopped parsley, you could also have used fresh coriander instead for this, but keep some back for sprinkling over the finished dish
Oh, just before you add the seafood you should have drained the already cooked pasta and have another pan of boiling water on the go.
Drain the pasta and add to the seafood. Take your pan with the courgettes, olives and tomatoes, and add this to the pasta and seafood. toss the whole lot, using utensils in the pan and not literally and serve with crusty bread.
Total Prep and cook time Time: 20 - 25 mins
Pasta first Cook: about 12 mins
Pasta reheat: in boiling water 1 - 2 minutes, no longer. You can of course just cook the pasta as you are prepping every thing as long as you time it right to drain and get it into the pan with the seafood before it turns to rubber and remember the hot pasta added to the seafood will add to it continuing to cook, that's why it is important as well not to over cook the seafood in the pan.
herb prep time: 10 minutes
Seafood cook time: depends on quantity and size of pan, so always use a large pan so that the seafood is not piled on top of itself so that the heat gets to every morsel evenly and at the same time. My rule of thumb is as the shrimp just begin to turn pink - heat off and let if finish in the hot liquor and when the hot pasta is added.
|Glass of white wine added to pan|
|Ginger to be grated|
|Crushed Garlic and grated ginger|
|Lemon rind and courgettes|