An Australian Christmas just isn't complete without a terrific seafood dish. Here are two more recipes we think will be a hit with your Christmas guests this year.

Grilled seafood platter

(Photo by Brett Stevens & Ian Wallace, Recipe by Valli Little)
Prep: 30     Cook: 10     Ingredients: 19     Difficulty: Easy     Servings: 6
  •  1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  •  2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  •  2 tablespoons chopped basil
  •  Zest and juice of 2 lemons
  •  4 blue swimmer crabs, halved, claws cracked
  •  4 lobster tails or small whole lobsters, halved, cleaned
  •  24 scampi, peeled (tails intact), deveined
  •  32 green prawns, peeled (tails intact), deveined
  •  350g clams (vongole)
  •  12 scallops in the half shell
  •  2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
Avocado cream
  •  2 ripe avocados, peeled, stoned, roughly chopped
  •  1/2 cup thickened cream
  •  1 garlic clove, chopped
  •  Juice of 1 lime
Seafood sauce
  •  200ml whole-egg mayonnaise
  •  1 small lime, zest grated, juiced
  •  1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce
  •  1 tablespoon tomato sauce


Step 1 Combine the oil, garlic, basil, lemon juice and zest in a bowl, then season. Brush the marinade over the seafood. Step 2 Heat a barbecue hotplate to medium-high. Cook the crab and lobster for 2 minutes, then add the scampi and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the prawns and clams, and cook for 3-4 minutes, then add the scallops. When the clams open and the prawns and scallops are opaque, transfer all seafood to a platter. Serve with parsley, avocado and seafood sauces. Step 3 To make the avocado cream: Pulse ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Step 4 To make the seafood sauce: Whisk the ingredients together. Season with salt and pepper. Note: This seafood platter is not for the dainty. Make sure you have finger bowls spread over the table and plenty of napkins. Invest in a seafood cracker (it can double as a nut cracker) so you can get to every sweet and juicy morsel.    

Moreton bay bug & avocado salad

(Photo by Ben Dearnley, Recipe by David Prior)
Prep: 15min     Cook: 10 min     Ingredients: 9      Difficulty: Easy     Servings: 6
  • 12 green Moreton Bay bug tails (see note), peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 baby cos, outer leaves discarded
  • 3 avocados, halved
  • 1 bunch watercress, sprigs picked
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil


Step 1 Preheat a barbecue or chargrill pan to medium-high heat. Brush bugs with oil and season with salt. Cook, turning once, for 6-8 minutes until just cooked through and golden on the outside. Rest, loosely covered with foil, while you make dressing. Step 2 For the dressing, pound garlic with a pinch of salt in a mortar and pestle until a paste. Add lemon juice and mustard, then slowly add oil, stirring, until combined. Season with pepper. Step 3 Halve the bugs lengthways, then toss in a large bowl with the dressing. Add the lettuce and toss to combine. Spoon in the avocado flesh, add watercress and toss gently with your hands. Divide salad among 6 plates and serve. Note: Moreton Bay bugs are from fishmongers. I used Wurtz avocados from near Gympie.   We hope we've given you some inspiration for the table and we wish you all a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year!