Seafood Medley Recipe {Unleash Your Inner Chef}

Easy Seafood Medley Recipe
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Seafood Medley Recipe
This easy seafood medley combines shrimp, scallops, and white fish with aromatic garlic, onions, and tomatoes for a flavorful dish. Quick to prepare in a skillet, it's a delicious way to enjoy a variety of seafood in a simple, fuss-free recipe.

Hello People, Austin Carter here from Beyond the Bayou Blog bringing you taste from the different dishes in the form of love. You know what I am in love with seafood. I just love to try different variations of it. Guess what today we will try the very combination of it, Seafood Medley.

A typical mix includes a mix of seafood like shrimp, scallops, mussels, and fish (such as salmon or cod), cooked with aromatic herbs, garlic, onions, and a splash of white wine or lemon juice. So this mix will simply be an unmatched treat for me. Trying this with Mint Julep will be a refreshing and interesting combination! The cool minty flavors of the drink can complement the savory seafood medley quite well.

So let’s just begin spreading the charm of this delightful combination in my way.

What is a Seafood Medley?

A dish that blends different seafood items into a single, great recipe is called a seafood medley. It frequently consists of an assortment of several varieties, including crabs, shrimp, gumbo, shrimp and cod, fish, salmon gravlax, and any other kind of seafood that is readily accessible.

The seafood is usually cooked together or added one after the other according to their respective cooking times to guarantee that every component is cooked to perfection. The mix can be prepared in a variety of methods, such as sautéed, grilled, baked, or even stewed.

For added flavor, it’s frequently served with a variety of herbs, spices, and occasionally a rich sauce or broth. The dish is celebrated for its rich flavors, textures, and the way it combines the distinct tastes of various seafood components into a harmonious ensemble.

How to Make Seafood Medley?

Step 1: Saute the Aromatics

The image shows minced garlic in oil in a non stick skillet skillet

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add minced garlic, chopped onion, sliced bell pepper, and other veggies. Stir the mixture for about 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are softened and aromatic.

Step 2: Create the Flavor Base

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Add diced tomatoes with their juices to the skillet. Stir everything together and let it simmer for another 5 minutes. This helps create a flavorful base for your seafood medley.

Step 3: Layer and Season the Seafood

The image shows the process of cooking seafood medley in a skillet

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Layer the seafood into the skillet in this order: start with fish chunks, then add shrimp and scallops on top. Season the seafood with salt and pepper according to your taste.

Step 4: Cook the Seafood

Cover the skillet and let the seafood cook for about 6-8 minutes. Check periodically to ensure it doesn’t overcook. The shrimp should turn pink, and the fish should flake easily with a fork when it’s done.

Step 5: Add Freshness

The image shows the process of adding lemon juice to the seafood medley

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Once the seafood is cooked, sprinkle freshly chopped parsley over the top. This adds a burst of freshness and color to your dish.

Step 6: Serve and Enjoy

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You can either serve the seafood medley straight from the skillet for a rustic presentation for the main course with rice and salads or transfer it to a serving dish with your favorite sauce. Before serving, squeeze some lemon wedges over the seafood to enhance the flavors. Enjoy your delicious seafood medley!

Substitutions and Variations You Must Be Looking at!

Here are some substitutions and variations you can consider for a seafood medley recipe:

Seafood Substitutions:

  • Scallop Alternatives: If scallops aren’t available, consider using chunks of firm-textured fish like monkfish or additional shrimp.
  • White Fish Varieties: Experiment with different white varieties such as halibut, haddock, or mahi-mahi based on availability and personal preference.
  • Shellfish Choices: Swap mussels or clams for other shellfish like crab meat, lobster, or even squid rings.

Ingredient Variations:

  • Herb Varieties: Change up the herbs used; try basil, cilantro, or tarragon for different flavor profiles.
  • Tomato Base: Instead of diced tomatoes, use crushed tomatoes or fresh chopped tomatoes for a varied texture.
  • Aromatics: Consider using leeks, fennel, or shallots in place of onions for subtle flavor variations.

Flavor Enhancements:

  • Spice It Up: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce for a spicy kick.
  • Citrus Zest: Grate lemon or lime zest over the finished dish for a refreshing citrus note.
  • Creamy Addition: Finish the medley with a dollop of crema or a splash of cream for a richer taste.

What to Serve with Seafood Medley?

Grill v/s Frying Pan -  Seafood Medley Recipe

Storage and Leftovers Is Not a Problem Anymore!

  1. Prompt Refrigeration: Store leftovers in airtight containers or sealed bags in the refrigerator within 2 hours of cooking.
  2. Eat Quickly: Eat leftovers within 1-2 days for optimal taste and quality.
  3. Gentle Reheating: Reheat gently in a skillet or microwave, adding a bit of liquid to prevent drying out.
  4. Avoid Freezing: Seafood leftovers may not freeze well due to potential texture changes; it’s best consumed fresh or refrigerated.
  5. Inspect Before Eating: Check for any signs of spoilage before consuming and discard if it seems off.
  6. Safe Handling: Handle and store seafood at safe temperatures (below 40°F or 4°C) to prevent foodborne illnesses.

Grill V/s Frying Pan: What to Opt?

AspectGrillingFrying Pan
FlavorImparts a smoky, grilled tasteAllows for precise control over flavors
TextureCreates grill marks; may dry out seafoodOffers versatility in cooking textures
HealthinessRequires less oil, can be healthierMore control over oil usage
Visual AppealBeautiful grill marks add visual appealMay lack grill marks, but offers versatility
ControlLess precise control over heat and cookingBetter control for various seafood varieties
ConvenienceRequires outdoor grill or grill panConvenient for indoor cooking
Ease of UseMight require specific grill knowledgeMore user-friendly for most home cooks
Cooking TimeGenerally quicker cooking timeOffers control over different cooking times

Frozen Seafood v/s Non-Frozen Seafood: The Better Choice?

Using fresh, non-frozen seafood is perfect for a seafood medley since it offers the best flavor and texture. Compared to frozen fish, fresh seafood usually has a better texture and holds its natural flavors better. However, if properly handled and thawed, high-quality frozen seafood can still produce great results—especially in situations when fresh fish isn’t easily accessible.

If using frozen seafood:

  1. Thaw it properly in the refrigerator overnight or according to package instructions.
  2. Before cooking, pat it dry with a paper towel to eliminate any extra moisture so that the consistency of the dish is not affected by too much water.
  3. Take note that while frozen seafood may not have the same texture as fresh seafood when prepared properly, it can still be tasty and pleasurable.

Following these points will help maintain the safety and taste of your seafood medley leftovers.

Easy Seafood Medley Recipe

Seafood Medley Recipe

This easy seafood medley combines shrimp, scallops, and white fish with aromatic garlic, onions, and tomatoes for a flavorful dish. Quick to prepare in a skillet, it's a delicious way to enjoy a variety of seafood in a simple, fuss-free recipe.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Calories: 350kcal
Author: Austin Carter
Servings: 6

Equipment

  • Large Skillet
  • Cutting Board and Knife
  • Can Opener
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Spatula and Tongs
  • Cooking Spoon
  • Bowls or Plates
  • Oven
  • Oven Mitts
  • Lemon Squeezer optional

Ingredients

  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound scallops
  • 1 pound white fish fillets (like cod or tilapia) cut into chunks
  • 1 can tomatoes diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, and bell pepper. Sauté for about 3-4 minutes until softened.
    The image shows minced garlic in olive oil in a skillet
  • Add the diced tomatoes (with their juices) to the skillet. Stir and let it simmer for another 5 minutes to create a flavorful base.
    The image shows the onions in the skillet for seafood medley
  • Layer the seafood into the skillet. Start with the fish chunks, then add the shrimp and scallops on top. Season with salt and pepper.
    The image shows the process of cooking seafood medley in a skillet
  • Cover the skillet and let the seafood cook for about 6-8 minutes. Check periodically—once the shrimp turns pink and the fish flakes easily with a fork, it’s ready.
  • Once cooked, sprinkle chopped parsley over the top for freshness.
    The image shows the process of adding lemon juice to the seafood medley
  • Serve the seafood medley straight from the skillet or transfer it to a serving dish. Squeeze some lemon wedges over the seafood before enjoying.
    The image shows seafood medley ready to serve

Notes

  1. Freshness Matters: Choose fresh seafood for optimal flavor; ensure it’s odorless and from a reliable source.
  2. Even Sizes: Cut seafood into uniform sizes to ensure even cooking and prevent overcooking.
  3. Timely Cooking: Seafood cooks quickly; avoid overcooking to maintain tenderness.
  4. Taste and Adjust: Regularly taste and adjust seasoning to achieve a well-balanced flavor profile.

Nutrition

Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 200mg | Sodium: 800mg | Fiber: 4g
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