Fish and shellfish are the food of love, the way to your partner’s heart and a wonderful tasty way to begin your Valentine’s celebrations.
To prepare the perfect love potion, it’s time to put away your fishing rod, waist waders and tackle and check out our collection of fishy recipes.
Here are some seriously steamy seafood dishes to get you in the mood…
1. Classic Oysters
The classic aphrodisiac, there are many who argue that the only way to serve oysters is alive in ice, with a twist of lemon and a drop of tabasco sauce. It’s the taste of the sea that’s rich in zinc which is good for the male reproductive health.
But not everyone likes their oysters raw and wriggling, so for those who don’t why not try our recipe for grilled oysters in lemon garlic butter?
1. Fry the garlic in the butter
2. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper and Tabasco
3. Shuck the oysters and place them on a grill rack, add small amount of the sauce to each shell and grill on a high heat for five or six minutes until the edge of the flesh starts to curl slightly
2. Crab cakes with a kick
Never mind that crab is another zinc rich seafood – it belongs on any Valentine’s day menu simply because it’s delicious!
Here’s a great way to combine the sweetness of the crabmeat with the spicy kick of cayenne pepper. Serve with a lemon mayo dip for starters, or pair with hand cut chips for a rustic main course.
1. Fry off the garlic, red pepper and spring onions, let cool
2. Take a bowl and carefully mix the rest of the ingredients together, except for the breadcrumbs
3. Form the mixture into small balls about 2” in diameter
4. Lightly coat in breadcrumbs
5. Fry in butter at a medium to high heat for 3 – 4 minutes per side or until golden brown
3. Rustic Bouillabaisse
A traditional favourite of Marseille fishermen, you may not have access to some of the fish available in the Med. But that needn’t stop you evoking the sultry flavours of the South of France.
1. Lightly fry the onion and garlic, add the tomatoes, fish stock, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, white wine and olive oil and fennel seeds.
2. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Add the fish and simmer for a further 5 minutes.
4. Now add the mussels and prawns and simmer for 6 – 8 minutes.
5. Remove from the heat, remove any unopened mussels and discard.
6. Serve with crusty French bread.
4. Tuna Sashimi
A team of Japanese and American researchers took a sample of 78 students, both male and female and fed them supposed aphrodisiacs, testing after 30 mins and 60 mins for a sexual response to visual stimuli.
They discovered that the most ‘stimulating’ of foods was Tuna sashimi which elicited a sexual response in 90.2% of males and 72.3% of females. With a success rate like that, it’s no wonder raw tuna makes our Valentine’s menu.
1. Slice the tuna as thinly as you possibly can*
2. Add soy sauce, pickled ginger and wasabi to taste
*If possible employ a sushi chef – it takes at least 2 years training to do it properly!
5. Simple Salmon
What you’re getting with salmon is protein, serotonin, and mood protecting fish oils. It’s a versatile ingredient full of vitamins and minerals that might also have the added bonus of pepping up your love life.
Why not try this simple salmon miso marinade and watch Cupid’s arrow fly.The slightly sweet and salty taste of the marinade works wonderfully with the oily fish, delicious!
1. Mix miso with soy sauce to make a marinade.
2. Coat the salmon and leave to steep under cover in the fridge for between an hour and overnight if it’s a strong taste you’re after.
3. Grill the salmon under a medium heat for between 5 and 7 minutes a side, or until cooked.
4. Pan fry asparagus in butter
5. Serve together