Friday, July 1, 2011

Grilled Jumbo Shrimp and Oysters with Herb Butter

In honour of Canada Day, here is one of my favourite recipes for grilled seafood, given that grilling is one of Canada's favourite pastimes, and definitely the way that I will be celebrating the day! There is something so fantastic about sitting outside, enjoying the weather, grilling with a beer in hand!

This recipe can be used for almost any type of seafood. Halved lobsters work well as do scallops, mussels etc. You can also change up the herbs to include whatever you have fresh on hand!

Grilled Jumbo Shrimp and Oysters with Herb Butter

2 lbs jumbo shrimp
12 oysters
large handful of fresh herbs (tarragon, chives, parsley, mint), chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 t smoked paprika
2 T olive oil
3 T butter
salt and pepper

Remove vein and legs from shrimp and butterfly from the top, keeping shell attached.
Wash oysters well to remove all excess grit and sand.
Combine olive oil, 1 clove garlic, paprika, salt, pepper and shrimp in a bowl. Let marinate for twenty minutes.
Melt butter in a small sauce pan, combine melted butter with fresh herbs, and remaining clove of garlic.
Grill oysters and shrimp over medium high heat until shrimp is pink and oysters are opened. As oysters open, brush with butter and herb mixture.
Remove from grill and toss with butter and herb mixture.
Season with salt and pepper.

Enjoy with crusty bread and a crisp refreshing white wine.

Happy Canada Day!!!