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Brunch

Seafood might not instantly come to mind when we think about the first meal of the day, but a number of classic breakfast dishes around the world contain seafood …

Smoked fish most commonly features in breakfast dishes, from British kippers and kedgeree to smoked salmon in eggs Benedict, on cream cheese bagels or folded through scrambled eggs. Sardines are served on toast for a typical Spanish desayuno and the Chinese eat fish congee in the morning, while Scots devour fried oatmeal-crumbed trout. Shrimp and grits is a common way to start the day in the south of the USA, in North Africa brik pastry is folded around eggs and tuna for breakfast and rollmops and other pickled fish appear on Scandinavian breakfast tables.

Eggs, that classic breakfast ingredient, marry so well with seafood: smoked trout and crabmeat make tasty fillings for omelettes and frittatas, tiny prawns mixed through mayonnaise form a delicious filling for Spanish stuffed eggs (huevos rellenos) and seafood makes a delicious filling for thin crepes.

The options expand even further if we start to talk about a long leisurely mid-morning brunch - an excellent way to entertain family and friends. Bloody Mary oyster shooters get things off to a fresh start and platters of gravlax or smoked salmon with crisp croutons and herb-flecked crème fraiche are ideal assemble-it-yourself dishes. In fact, once we’ve reached brunch there’s a whole world of seafood salads that can also join the repertoire.

Potted Fish Paste

Potted Fish Paste

Oily fish are typically used for English fish pastes as they have a distinctive flavour. It...

Serves 8 as an entrée
Soused Blue Mackerel

Soused Blue Mackerel

Mackerel, like Herring, is often pickled or ‘soused’ in Europe. This dish can be...

Serves 8 as an entrée
Prawn-filled Eggs (Huevos Rellenos)

Prawn-filled Eggs (Huevos Rellenos)

These tasty little bites are a popular tapas dish in Spain, where they’re called huevos...

Serves 6 as an entrée
Potted Prawns

Potted Prawns

A variation on French rillettes, terrines, pâté and confit, potting is an old English technique...

Serves 6 as an entrée
Crab & Corn Frittata

Crab & Corn Frittata

Some people find Italian frittatas or Spanish tortillas easier to make than French-style...

Serves 4
Crab Omelette with Avocado Salsa

Crab Omelette with Avocado Salsa

With a packet of quality Australian Crab meat in the freezer and a few eggs in the fridge you...

Serves 2
Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters

Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters

These shots are fun to serve before dinner or for a cocktail party.

Makes 24
Lemony Seafood Crepes

Lemony Seafood Crepes

Serve these creamy crêpes with a green salad as a light meal, or serve one per person as an...

Serves 4
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