The bounty of the sea deep fried to glorious perfection! Deep Fried Seafood Platter is a dish of mixed seafood that is lightly coated then deep fried until the breading is golden brown and crispy.
A deep-fried seafood platter is a popular and delicious dish featuring a variety of seafood items that have been breaded and deep-fried to crispy perfection. It is believed to have originated in southern Europe, particularly in countries like Spain and Italy, where seafood was traditionally fried in olive oil and is now enjoyed all over the world specially in Commonwealth countries like England, Australia and New Zealand. This dish is often served on takeaway shops as well as a main course at seafood restaurants.
The types of seafood included on a deep-fried seafood platter can vary, but common choices include fish fillets, shrimp, scallops, and calamari. The seafood is typically coated in a mixture of flour and breadcrumbs, which helps to create a crisp and crunchy texture when fried. Some restaurants may also offer additional seasonings or spices in the breading mixture, adding an extra layer of flavour to the dish.
To prepare a deep-fried seafood platter, the seafood is first coated in the breading mixture and then placed in a deep fryer or pot of hot oil. It is fried for a few minutes, until the breading is golden brown and crispy. The seafood is then drained on a paper towel to remove excess oil and is ready to be served.
A deep-fried seafood platter is typically served with a variety of accompaniments, such as tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, or a lemon wedges. Some restaurants may also offer additional dipping sauces, such as ranch dressing or honey mustard.
Today our deep fried seafood platter will consist of large prawns, squid, crab sticks and gurnard which I lightly battered just enough to make it crunchy on the outside but not replace the nice tender, moist and sweet flavour of the fresh catch.
Overall, a deep-fried seafood platter is a delicious and satisfying dish that is sure to please seafood lovers of all ages. Whether you’re dining out at a seafood restaurant or making it at home, a deep-fried seafood platter is a must-try for anyone looking to indulge in some delicious seafood.
Preheat a deep fryer or a large pot of oil to 180C
In a shallow dish, mix together the flour, cornstarch, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
Dip each piece of seafood into the beaten eggs, then coat with the flour mixture, making sure to evenly coat all sides.
Carefully place the coated seafood into the hot oil and fry for 2-3 minutes for prawns, calamari and crab stick 7-8 minutes for the gurnard, or until the coating is golden brown and crispy. Remove the seafood from the oil and drain on a paper towel.
Repeat the frying process with the remaining seafood.
Serve the deep-fried seafood platter with tartar sauce, sweet chilli sauce and lemon wedges. Enjoy!