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Make Seafood Platters in 5 Easy Steps: A Home Chef's Guide

How To Create Crowd-Pleasing Seafood Platters at Home

Just imagine sitting down with your family and friends, sharing stories, drinks and laughs, anchored by a stunning array of seafood. It's not just dinner - it's an event!

Mister Butcher's exquisite seafood selections from the heart of this experience. Our high-quality offerings - from succulent Poke Salmon and rich Tuna Saku Block to delicate Snow Crab Clusters and luxurious King Crab Legs - ensures that every platter you make is not only a feast for the palate but also a showcase of the finest oceanic flavours. It's like bringing a piece of the ocean's best right to your home.

Creating a seafood platter isn't just about cooking; it's about creating an event and sharing memories. Even novice chefs can easily assemble a seafood platter at home that rivals those of the swankiest restaurants, proving that true luxury lies in the quality of ingredients and the joy of sharing them with loved ones.

Craft elegant seafood platters at home with this simple five step guide. Learn to select premium seafood, prepare it with ease, and present it beautifully for any special occasion. From selecting the freshest Mister Butcher ingredients to mastering the art of presentation, create a stunning seafood feast that impresses your guests every time.

Let us guide you through this art of oceanic alchemy!

Step 1: Choose Premium, Ocean-Friendly Ingredients

Mister Butcher's seafood selection elevates any platter with premium, ocean-friendly choices ensuring a gourmet feast that's both grand and effortless to prepare. It’s a perfect blend of quality and convenience for memorable feasts.

Here’s a list of suggestions to get you started: 

  • King Crab legs are known for their large size and sweet, rich meat, making them a luxurious and visually impressive addition to any platter.
  • Snow Crab Clusters offer a delicate and slightly sweet flavour and are easier to handle and eat, which can be especially appealing in a family or group setting.
  • Tuna Saku Block: Known for its firm texture and rich flavour, it's perfect for slicing into neat, sashimi-style pieces, adding a touch of sophistication to your platter.
  • Poke Salmon: Typically marinated*, it brings a burst of flavour and can add a contemporary, trendy touch.
  • Black Tiger Shrimp: Their large size and striking appearance make for an attractive addition. They're versatile, delicious whether warmed or served cold.
  • Fresh Smoked Salmon: Offers a smoky, rich flavour that contrasts nicely with the other seafood, providing a variety of tastes.
  • Fresh Jumbo Scallops: Eaten raw or quickly seared, fresh "dry" jumbo scallops are a superb choice for seafood platters as they retain their natural juices, ensuring a sweeter taste and a tender, buttery texture. Also, they offer high visual appeal and a delightful contrast in textures.

These sustainable seafood choices cater to different palates and add diverse textures and flavours to a seafood platter, making it not just a meal, but an event. 

*For Poke Salmon, a quick marinade that sings with flavour might include soy sauce, sesame oil, a touch of honey, chopped green onions, and a hint of ginger. Let the salmon bathe in this mixture for at least 15 minutes before serving to infuse it with these vibrant tastes.

Step 2: Seafood Platter Preparation

Preparing both fresh and frozen seafood for your platter can be straightforward and rewarding.

  • Frozen Items: thaw pre-cooked products - like Snow Crab Clusters or King Crab Legs - overnight in the fridge, then simply reheat them by steaming or grilling for a few minutes. This gentle warming preserves their delicate texture. They can also be served thawed, but you may sacrifice taste.
  • Fresh Arrivals - such as Tuna Saku Blocks and Jumbo Scallops – need to be refrigerated until ready to serve. When stored correctly, they last up to three days in the refrigerator We recommended to consuming fresh, raw tuna within a day of purchasing.

What about seasonings?

Seasonings should complement, not overpower, the seafood's natural taste. A sprinkle of sea salt, a squeeze of fresh lemon, or a brush of garlic butter can work wonders.

Step 3: Seafood Platter Add-ons | Your Trusty Sidekicks

Complementing your seafood platter with well-chosen sides can turn a simple meal into a festive banquet.

  • Lemon wedges are a must for their zesty spark, effortlessly lifting the natural flavours of the seafood.
  • A side of cocktail sauce - adds a tangy kick!
  • Melted butter and a homemade garlic aioli offer a creamy, rich counterpoint that guests can't resist.
  • Fresh vegetables like crisp cucumber slices and sweet cherry tomatoes provide a refreshing crunch and colour.
  • Choose crusty baguettes for dipping, or an assortment of artisan crackers that hold up well when laden with toppings.

These sides not only enhance the seafood's flavours but also add a touch of care that makes the meal special.

Step 4: Staging Your Seafood Platter with Style

The key to visual appeal lies in the artful balance and contrast of shapes, sizes, and colours when staging your culinary platter masterpiece.

Here are five presentation tips to ‘wow’ your friends or family:

  • Select a spacious platter – a chilled, gleaming white marble or a rustic wooden board can serve as your canvas.
  • Place the larger, more striking seafood items - like King Crab Legs - at the center to anchor your arrangement. Surround them with curved Black Tiger shrimp, elegantly fanned out, and nestle Jumbo Scallops between, creating a rhythm on the plate.
  • Introduce a variety of colours with different seafood; the pinkish hue of Poke Salmon and the rich red of crab complemented by the opaque, tender flesh of Jumbo Scallops. Contrast is not just visual; mix textures too. The sleekness of Tuna Saku Blocks against the ridged crab adds depth.
  • Utensils are equally important. Provide specialized seafood forks, crackers, and picks that not only look elegant beside the platter but are also functional for guests to easily access the succulent meat within shells and legs.
  • Garnishes serve as the final, vital touch. Bright green parsley or dill fronds add a dash of colour, while lemon slices offer a fresh, citrusy allure. A light dusting of finishing salt or a drizzle of a vibrant sauce such as a chili-lime or a tangy mignonette can elevate the platter from mere food to a feast for the senses.

There’s no right answer here. Remember, the goal is to entice with presentation as much as with taste. Arranging your seafood platter with visual flair invites both the eyes and the palate to a feast.

Step 5: Optimize Your Seafood Beverage Pairings 

To elevate the deep flavours of a seafood platter, a well-chosen beverage pairing is essential. These drinks are not just thirst-quenchers but enhancers of the subtle, sweet flavours of the seafood without overpowering them.

  • Wine Pairings: White wines like a dry, crisp Sauvignon Blanc or a light, subtly-oaked Chardonnay can accentuate the freshness of the seafood, while a light Pinot Grigio pairs well with shellfish.
  • For Beer Enthusiasts: a chilled Pilsner or a Hefeweizen's subtle fruit notes enhance the seafood's taste. The brightness and effervescence of these complement the brininess of the ocean’s best.
  • Non-Alcoholic Options: For an alcohol-free treat, sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon or lime adds a refreshing zest, akin to the spritz of citrus often spritzed over seafood. Iced teas, particularly those infused with herbs like mint or lemongrass, offer a cooling and slightly savoury counterpart to the meal.


Your Canvas, Your Seafood Celebration

A seafood platter for entertaining is a symphony of the sea's finest offerings - a collection that speaks of both ease and elegance. There’s beauty in the simplicity of assembling such a dish: chilled shrimp, lush salmon, delicate crab - all coming together on one shared platter. It’s about embracing the abundant, diverse tastes of the ocean and presenting them in a way that delights.

Don't worry about achieving perfection - this is your canvas, your culinary celebration. Dive in, try new combinations, and remember: the joy of creating and sharing is what truly matters.

Additional Resources

For seafood enthusiasts eager to expand their knowledge and discover new ways to enjoy their favorite delicacies, here are three Mister Butcher-approved online resources:

  1. Seafood Watch: The Monterey Bay Aquarium offers tools to help choose sustainable seafood, making environmentally responsible seafood choices easier for consumers.


  1. The Ultimate Seafood Lover's Guide: This great guide from Global Seafoods includes essential techniques for preparing seafood - from grilling to baking - to help you perfect your home cooking skills.


  1. Ocean Wise: This organization is dedicated to educating about sustainable seafood. Working with fishers, restaurateurs, and fishmongers, they provide recommendations to ensure the health of our oceans.


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