Gordon Ramsay's Guide To Shellfish | Summary and Q&A

November 5, 2020
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Gordon Ramsay's Guide To Shellfish


Learn how to select and prepare the freshest shellfish, including prawns, crabs, scallops, and lobster, from an expert fishmonger.

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Key Insights

  • 👋 Shellfish, such as prawns and oysters, are best when purchased fresh and of high quality.
  • 🍳 Different varieties of prawns offer unique flavors and are versatile for various cooking methods.
  • 😅 Winkles, although less commonly eaten, can be enjoyed with simple seasoning.
  • 🍗 Choosing fresh oysters is important, and trying them can be a delightfully adventurous experience.
  • 🛟 Creating a great atmosphere is essential when serving shellfish to guests.
  • 🤣 Vietnamese-style prawn rolls are a crowd-pleasing dish that combines fragrant flavors and fresh ingredients.
  • 🍳 Proper preparation and selection of shellfish ensure successful cooking results.


my guide to buying the finest shellfish whether it's scallops prawns crabs or lobster spanking fresh shellfish never fails to make an impression and when you want the best crustaceans it pays to ask an expert 19 pound it's a bargain at 20 pounds fishmonger roger barton really knows his shellfish inside out hello he said can he go back home so i'm s... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: How can you tell if prawns are fresh?

Fresh prawns should have shiny and firm bodies. Limpness and detached heads are signs of poor quality.

Q: What are some creative ways to cook prawns?

Prawns can be potted in spice butter and spread on toast, used in tapas or curries, added to Asian salads or stir-fries, or marinated in garlic oil and chili and grilled.

Q: Are winkles still commonly eaten?

While they used to be popular, eating winkles has declined. However, they can be enjoyed by boiling them with pepper, salt, and a dash of vinegar.

Q: How should oysters be chosen?

Look for tightly closed oysters as a sign of freshness. Open ones should be avoided. Trying oysters is an adventure worth undertaking.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Roger Barton, a seasoned fishmonger with over 35 years of experience, shares his knowledge on buying the best shellfish.

  • Tips for choosing quality prawns: look for shiny, firm bodies and avoid limp ones with detached heads.

  • Different varieties of shellfish and their recommended cooking methods: brown shrimps for potting, Atlantic prawns for tapas and curries, small tiger prawns for stir-fries, and large prawns for grilling.

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