Shellfish: Gastro Delight

27.9.2021.

No guest of the Adriatic should miss the opportunity to taste the best of it—shellfish prepared by a chef’s skilled hands or enjoy exactly as the locals have been doing since time immemorial. 

Mediterranean cuisine is known as one of the healthiest and is included in the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage List. It is a healthy and balanced diet that provides the body with all the nutrients it needs, and the best thing is that its preparation is not complicated and can be easily prepared at home.

All invertebrates that live in the sea or ocean—crabs, lobsters, scampi, mussels, squids, octopuses, oysters, etc.—are considered shellfish. Shellfish have a high percentage of protein with relatively low-calorie content, so you can consume them often without fear of gaining a few extra pounds. Shrimps, crabs, squids, and octopuses are rich in vitamins, minerals, and precious fish oils and contain omega-3 fatty acids that are responsible for preserving the heart muscle.

In Dalmatia, shellfish are traditionally prepared à la buzara, in risotto, or simply grilled. Preparing shellfish on an open fire can be inconvenient because fresh shellfish is quite a delicate food, but with our advice, you will enjoy it as if you were in a restaurant. Scampi and shrimps are grilled for three to six minutes at a medium temperature and are ready when the shell changes color to pink or red, and the meat gets a pearly white color. Scampi should be greased with olive oil before grilling. You can also grill clams, but always on a piece of aluminum foil so that they do not burn. If you decide to grill octopus, cook it first so that it does not remain tough. As for spices, parsley, garlic, and, of course, homemade olive oil, which gives a special aroma and goes best with shellfish, will suffice.

However, before embarking on an adventure to prepare some of the shellfish dishes, it is best to taste how the masters of their craft do it. In the Laganini tavern, you can taste divine specialties that combine tradition with modern influences. Shrimps in tempura with sweet and spicy sauce, octopus leg in Dalmatian style, pasta with scampi and shrimps, smoked shellfish green risotto, or grilled Adriatic squids stuffed with fava beans and Swiss chard cream.

Book your table and indulge in a unique gastronomic delight in the Dalmatian way.

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