Thai-style Seafood Cocktail

Thai-style Seafood Cocktail
A cool, refreshing seafood cocktail is just right as an easy and elegant appetizer or light main course. Cooking time is minimal and once the basic seafood blend has been prepped, it takes just minutes to finish this light & flavorful seafood cocktail. We used prawns, squid and tiny bay scallops, but you can easily substitute any of your favorite shellfish or fin-fish. Try using mussels, crayfish, baby octopus or chunks of firm-fleshed fish like cod or snapper for a different take on this simple seafood dish. The variations are endless – and experimentation is half the fun of cooking.

1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp fish sauce , or to taste
2 Tbsp fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp fresh basil leaves, preferably Thai, thinly sliced
1 fresh cayenne pepper, thinly sliced
1 ripe mango, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch chunks
Basic Seafood Mix (recipe below)



 Combine all the above ingredients with the seafood mixture. Serve on a bed of mixed salad greens, if desired, and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.


Basic Seafood Mix


6 large prawns (16 – 20 size)

4 - 6 oz bay scallops

1/2 lb fresh squid (calamari) tubes & tentacles, cleaned

1 tsp sea salt


Remove the shells from the prawns (if any), leaving the tail intact. Clean the squid if it hasn’t been cleaned already, removing the internal organs, “quill” and beak. Cut away the head & eyes, leaving the tentacles intact. Slice the tubes crosswise into rings.


Prepare an ice water bath by filling a large bowl halfway with ice and water; set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. The prawns, scallops and squid will cook very quickly; take care not to overcook them or they’ll become tough and rubbery.


First, add the prawns and reduce the heat to low and wait one minute. Now add the squid tentacles and lastly, the bay scallops and squid rings. IMMEDIATELY TURN OFF THE HEAT. Cover the pot and wait for two minutes. Quickly drain the seafood and plunge into the ice water bath until cool. Drain well and place into a large nonreactive bowl.



Products suggested for this recipe:

Earthy Delights

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Okemos MI 48864

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