Do you know eating spicy food not only increases your appetite, but it has plenty of health benefits, too? It has been proven that adding spice to your meals helps boost metabolism, promotes weight loss, calms the gut and keeps the heart-healthy.
So for your next barbecue, increase your love for seafood even more by adding some good spicy taste to it. Find below two spicy grilled seafood recipes that you will thank me for later:
Grilled Spicy Citrus Sea Bass
What you need:
- 4 sea bass fish fillets
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 small piece (walnut-sized) fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 small bunch of chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
- 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
- 2 teaspoons minced jalapeno chili
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- Sea salt to taste
In a blender or food processor, combine the onion, ginger, cilantro, garlic, chili, olive oil, lime juice, lime zest and pepper. Pulse until ingredients form a paste. Place the fish fillets in a container and season lightly with sea salt. Rub the paste evenly on both sides of each fish. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
When ready, season the fillets with salt again. Spray grill pan with cooking spray and cook sea bass over medium-high heat until cooked through, about 4-5 minutes per side. Remove from heat and transfer to serving plates.
Best served with a salad or grilled vegetables.
Garlic Paprika BBQ Shrimp
What you need:
- 1 kg. shrimp, peeled, rinsed and dried
- 1 large clove of garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon coarse salt
- 2 teaspoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 lemon, sliced into wedges
To make the spicy paste, mix together garlic, olive oil, salt, lemon juice, paprika and cayenne. Smear paste into shrimp and allow to sit for at least 15 minutes. Place shrimp on a lightly oiled grill pan or thread into skewers.
Cook on a pre-heated grill over high heat until cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving plate and serve with lemon wedges.
Your barbecue can’t be better without a truly appetizing dish and nothing can be more appetizing than fresh seafood marinated with a delicious kick of spice!
At your next backyard barbecue, cook any of these delicious spicy grilled seafood recipes – everyone, including those not fond of spice, will love it!
Adrian T. Cheng is a food blogger and a BBQ expert. Through years of grill experience, reviewing various grilling accessories and trying delicious and unique recipes, he is sharing his knowledge with everyone through his blog – www.zeust.com.