Why You Should Try a Seafood Barbecue This Summer

It may not always be the most popular option but serving seafood at your barbecue is a tasty, healthy alternative to the usual burgers and hot dogs. You can serve up a smorgasbord of different flavors - by trying your hand at some seafood dishes, such as these delicious grilled crab cakes recipes, you might find they prove more popular than your standard BBQ offerings.

The health benefits of fish

Fish is high in protein and low in fat, it is also loaded with omega 3 which has a whole host of health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, supporting healthy brain function and maintaining general heart health. In fact, fish is considered to be one of the most heart-healthy foods you can get.

It is rich in calcium and packed full of minerals like iron and potassium. Fish is a great source of vitamin D and is even thought to help prevent depression! It helps support your immune system and is also good for your eyesight. Essentially, there is nothing that fish can’t do!

Now, there’s no question that fish is good for you, but why swap out the classic ground beef burgers at your next barbecue for less traditional dishes?

To start with, the grill is actually an excellent way to cook seafood. The high heat cooks it quicker, locking in the moisture and flavor. You can get the grilling done in no time, reducing the stress and increasing the opportunity for socializing. You can also marinate the fish before you grill it for extra flavor.

Make your barbecue stand out

A seafood barbecue opens the doors for so many different options; salmon, squid, crab, shrimp, trout, shellfish, the list goes on and on. And if you’re unsure how to serve these new ingredients, the truth is that fish can be added to almost any dish to take it up a notch or simply used as a substitute for other meats (and instantly it makes a meal that little bit more elegant.) People might be unsure about this unusual take on the standard backyard barbecue but once they see the spread on offer they’ll be fighting to get their hands on your recipes.

Not only will this broaden your own horizons in terms of cooking, but it can also help to encourage your kids to try new things. The aforementioned crab cakes are always a huge hit with the whole family.

However, we all know how fussy kids can be so if you predict a bit of resistance from your younger guests and don’t want to limit their options you can save your seafood options for any adult only gatherings you might want to host, turning a standard family barbecue into a sophisticated social event with just one simple change.

And just because you focus more on seafood, it doesn’t mean you can’t also offer hamburgers and hot dogs for those that want them! Keeping your side dishes simple, such as corn on the cob and hearty salads, means they can be eaten alongside anything.

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