We’ve seen how fish cooked on a BBQ can make a great addition to your summer gatherings, whether it’s for a convivial lunch or a fantastic al fresco dinner! But you can also cook a variety of seafood on the BBQ, such as oysters, prawns, mussels or scallops!
Cooking Oysters on the BBQ
Yes, that’s right! Oysters are not only delicious raw but you can enjoy them cooked!
If necessary, start by scrubbing the oyster shells with a soft bristled brush and cold water. Place oysters on the grill, flat side up and leave for about 8-10 minutes or until shell start to pop open. Carefully remove all oysters from the grill, even the ones that haven’t opened, using a fireproof mitt or tongs.
Completely shuck all oysters and add any sauce you’d like to your oysters. A simple squeeze of lemon juice can do wonders!
Cooking Prawns on the BBQ
Cooking prawns on the BBQ is very quick and easy! Just make sure that your barbecue is very hot so you can quickly brown the prawns without overcooking the meat.
If you purchased whole prawns, start by removing the shells and deveining them. Lightly season and brush with a little oil before placing on a skewer. Place on the hottest part of your BBQ and leave until coloured. Turn over and let it cook for a couple more minutes. Remove from heat and wait for a couple of minutes before serving!
Cooking mussels on the BBQ
If necessary, start by cleaning the mussels with a brush and some cold water. Place your mussels in a roasting tray with a matching lid. If you don’t have any, you can use foil but make sure to close it tightly so that no steam can escape. Season your mussels and drizzle with a bit of oil before placing on the barbecue for 8-10 minutes. Mussels should be ready when most of them have opened. Discard any mussels that did not open before serving.
Cooking scallops on the BBQ
A great way to cook scallops on the BBQ is to skewer them with veggies or even prawns!
Start by marinating your scallops in an oil-based marinade for 10 to 15 minutes. You can use your favourite spices and herbs such as garlic, paprika, or basil. Place the scallops on skewers with any other ingredients of your choice or on their own. Remember that if you’re using wooden skewers, you need to soak them in water for an hour before cooking. Place the scallops skewers on your BBQ and cook for 8 minutes, turning half-way through. You can brush the scallops with more marinade while cooking.