Sarah Knight, a young chef from Sydney was a national finalist in the Electrolux Young Chef of the Year 2012, here she shares with us one of the recipes she created via appetite for Excellence sponsored by FRDC
Cooking difficulty: Medium
Tips for serving seafood cold
If the seafood is to be served cold, it should be covered to retain moisture and flavour and then placed in a chiller for an hour or even overnight.
Tips for seasoning
The seafood can be lightly seasoned with herbs, salt and pepper, sprinkled with lemon juice or white wine and dotted with butter or basted with oil. Low-salt soy sauce and coriander can also be used.
Tips for shallow frying
If flour is the only coating used, apply it immediately prior to cooking.
Prevent sticking by ensuring that the oil is hot before adding the seafood. But make sure the oil is not so hot that it smokes (unless preparing a Cajun-style "blackened" fish).
Tips for seafood batter
A chilled batter may produce a crisper coating. A light tempura batter and beer batter are particularly suited to seafood.
Tips for Steaming
Seafood can be steamed over plain water, but a concentrated stock flavoured with vegetables, herbs or citrus, for example, will impart a subtle flavour.