Most people consider May as the Barbeque Month and everyone is ready to enjoy the month-long season of outdoor cooking and dining. Who can resist the mouth-watering smell of grilling foods? Picnics will be everywhere: in the yard, in the woods, in the beach, and anywhere sunny. But who says that picnics are only for summer? Almost every home around the world owns a grill so that cooking outside will always be an option whenever family and friends gather on a sunny day or under a balmy night. Watching the stars while listening to sizzling of foods on the grill will surely stir the palate of everyone in the barbeque party.
Picnic grilled foods need side dishes to make these outdoor meals complete and satisfying. For picnic-goers who are not much fond of meat, serving rice and salads is fine. Throwing in some seafood dishes along with the barbequed cubes and chops will be like heaven to some who prefer to stay away from meat.
Here are some picnic seafood recipe ideas. They are easy to prepare and do not require much ingredients.
Picnic Rice with Seafood
Seafoods are best-tasting when cooked fresh but frozen will do just fine when thawed and drained properly. Parboil the seafood ingredients to remove fishy smell. Canned seafoods will shorten the cooking time. Use the non-sticky and long-grained variety of rice.
4 cups cooked rice
1 cup whole kernel corn
1 cup cooked green peas
1 cup whole almond
1 cups squids rings, skinned and washed well
1 cup clam flesh
2 cups shrimps, deveined and shelled
1 salmon or tuna, flaked
¼ garlic, minced
½ onions, coarsely chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp oyster sauce
¼ cup vegetable oil
In a non-sticky wok, saute garlic in hot oil until golden. Add in onions. Stir in squids and clams. Simmer for about 3 minutes. Add salmon or tuna flakes. Simmer for another 3 minutes. Place shrimps on top and cover. Cook until shrimps changed color. Pour oyster sauce and sprinkle salt and ground pepper. Add corn, peas, and almonds. Stir to blend well. Add enough amount of water only when needed. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Fold in cooked rice until all ingredients are combined together. Remove from heat. Arrange the long strips of red bell pepper on top as garnishing. Serve hot or warm with any grilled meat dish.
Crunchy Squid Rings on Picnic Fresh Salad
Fried squid rings are great picnic appetizers. They are tasty and satisfyingly cripsy. This picnic seafood recipe is very simple to prepare. You just need big squids, fresh and cleaned all over. Dip in garlic-vinegar or sprinkle on top of green salad. Best served with ice-cold beer.
2 lbs medium- to large-sized squids (remove head, innards, bone, and skin), wash well and cut into rings ½-inch thick
2 cups vegetable frying oil
Ingredients for Coating:
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
Ingredients for Marinade:
Salt and ground pepper, to taste
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp cup soy sauce
1 piece lemon (used only for washing off the fishy smell)
Squeeze one half lemon on squid rings. Stir by hand to make sure every piece is coated. Set aside for 1 minute. Wash once and drain well. Soak squids in marinade for 1 to 2 hours inside the refrigerator.
In a shallow bowl, add small amounts of flour to eggs. Stir and combine well to make a smooth and thick batter. Drain squid rings and dry on paper towels. Dip each ring and coat with batter.
Heat oil in a deep frying pan. Wait until smoke appears on the surface to make sure that oil is hot. Drop squid rings one by one. Avoid crowding to attain desired crispiness. Skewer rings in short bamboo sticks and serve in a platter with several kinds of dip.
Tasty Lobster Meat Recipe for Picnic Outings
Seafood lovers will be ecstatic to see any lobsters dish served on the picnic table. This picnic seafood dish is very easy to cook. Fresh and live lobsters taste better but the preparation is a bit difficult for the novice. Just buy the lobster flesh with shells and veins removed.
2 lbs lobster
Salt and ground pepper, to taste
To retain the tasty juice inside the lobster flesh, just steam it. Place lobster in a bowl and sprinkle salt and ground pepper. Stir by hand to make sure each piece is seasoned. Place the lobster in the steamer and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes over low heat. Serve on top of green salad.
Picnic grills are important in picnics and barbeques. Make sure the old grill is still in working condition. Do not forget to bring charcoal.
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