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A new seafood sensation

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Smaller, lighter meal options that deliver a fun Foodservice experience are infiltrating menus everywhere, hence why preserved seafood bites, also known as seafood charcuterie are gaining major ground. Encouraged by restaurant sensations like poke, fish tacos and ceviche going mainstream, modern chefs are leveraging the appeal of mixed sharing platters to utilize smaller, alternative seafood varieties that represent less wastage and better profit margins.

The easiest addition for your modern menu

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Culinary trends writer and Flavor & The Menu Editor Katie Ayoub‏ suggests starting modestly by adding a dip or spread to your existing bar bites menu or by going the whole hog and mixing and matching different menu items into one memorable seafood sharing plate.

The key is to prepare smoked, cured or otherwise preserved fish or shellfish dishes in ways that are typically associated with meats. Both fresh and frozen seafood will deliver good results. What’s key is the fun factor – which is all down to the creativity of your chef.

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What to source

At SEAFEX Middle East, Ocean Fisheries will be showcasing a veritable fisherman’s bounty including crabs, squid, shrimps, grouper, emperor, kingfish, ribbonfish, sardines, mackerel and tuna, with a special focus on lobster in whole, tail or cooked form.

 

 

To create your platter:

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Select five types of seafood. Some recommendations are crab, herring, shrimp, tuna, whitefish  and sardines. Once marinated and preserved, the seafood sides can be sliced in the same way as pastrami or arranged haphazardly for digging and dipping with a variety of sauces, spices and extras on the plate. Tip: Leave out difficult to consume items such as claws as heads and aim to avoid anything too wet or messy. The vibe should be easy, breezy and never a chore!

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Get these dates in the diary

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Stand: Z3-140

In light of consumers’ growing willingness to many different types of seafood, Foodservice outlets are urged to visit SEAFEX Middle East for the latest preparation methods entering the scene. Get your Free Ticket here and request a direct meeting with Ocean Fisheries through the SEAFEX Business Matchmaking portal – to take place on 30 Oct – 1 Nov at the Dubai World Trade Centre.   

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