Beautiful smoky barbecued shellfish

barbecued shellfish

Serves 6

  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely grated

  • zest and juice of 3 lemons

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 handfuls of fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked and chopped, stalks finely chopped

  • herb branches, such as bay, rosemary or myrtle branches, optional

  • 2 kg shellfish, from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger

  • 2-4 fresh red chillies, deseeded and sliced

To make your dressing, add the garlic and lemon zest and juice to a large bowl. Pour in 3 times the amount of extra virgin olive oil and add the finely chopped parsley stalks. Mix together.



If you've got them, throw your herb branches on to the barbie so that they smoke.



Drain your shellfish, then throw them onto the hottest part of the barbie. I like to put a large metal bowl or a deep roasting tray over the shellfish at this point, so they're roasting as well as smoking.



After 3 minutes use a pair of tongs to carefully lift up the side of the tray and check the shellfish have opened. Remove them to the dressing bowl, saving the lovely liquid inside as you do so. Chuck out any shellfish that haven't opened.



Sprinkle over as much chopped parsley and chilli as you like and gently mix everything together. This is wonderful finger food. I use one of the half shells to slurp up the juices. Don't forget paper towels and maybe even a finger bowl.

Nutritional Information

Beautiful smoky barbecued shellfish

With loads of fresh herbs and chilli

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Don't be afraid of barbecuing seafood – all you need is a nice, fresh selection and you're away!
Serves 6
15m
Super easy
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You can use all sorts of shellfish for this: razors, clams, mussels and queen scallops. Buy only tightly closed shellfish so you know they're still alive and fresh. If you've got bay, rosemary, thyme or, best of all, myrtle in your garden, whack branches on the embers to smoke underneath your shellfish. If your bars are wide apart, sit your shellfish on a baking rack so they don't fall through.

To make your dressing, add the garlic and lemon zest and juice to a large bowl. Pour in 3 times the amount of extra virgin olive oil and add the finely chopped parsley stalks. Mix together.

If you've got them, throw your herb branches on to the barbie so that they smoke.

Drain your shellfish, then throw them onto the hottest part of the barbie. I like to put a large metal bowl or a deep roasting tray over the shellfish at this point, so they're roasting as well as smoking.

After 3 minutes use a pair of tongs to carefully lift up the side of the tray and check the shellfish have opened. Remove them to the dressing bowl, saving the lovely liquid inside as you do so. Chuck out any shellfish that haven't opened.

Sprinkle over as much chopped parsley and chilli as you like and gently mix everything together. This is wonderful finger food. I use one of the half shells to slurp up the juices. Don't forget paper towels and maybe even a finger bowl.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 623
    31%
  • Carbs 8.5g
    3%
  • Sugar 0.6g 1%
  • Fat 47.1g 67%
  • Saturates 7.2g 36%
  • Protein 40.7g 90%
Of an adult's reference intake

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BUYING SUSTAINABLY SOURCED FISH

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Buying sustainably sourced fish means buying fish that has been caught without endangering the levels of fish stocks and with the protection of the environment in mind. Wild fish caught in areas where stocks are plentiful are sustainably sourced, as are farmed fish that are reared on farms proven to cause no harm to surrounding seas and shores.

When buying either wild or farmed fish, ask whether it is sustainably sourced. If you're unable to obtain this information, don't be afraid to shop elsewhere – only by shopping sustainably can we be sure that the fantastic selection of fish we enjoy today will be around for future generations.

For further information about sustainably sourced fish, please refer to the useful links below:

Marine Stewardship Council
http://www.msc.org/

Fish Online
http://www.fishonline.org

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  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely grated

  • zest and juice of 3 lemons

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 handfuls of fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked and chopped, stalks finely chopped

  • herb branches, such as bay, rosemary or myrtle branches, optional

  • 2 kg shellfish, from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger

  • 2-4 fresh red chillies, deseeded and sliced