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Linguini alle vongole

The key to a very simple pasta like linguini alle vongole is in the ingredients – good pasta is a must, plus fresh garlic, clams and olive oil, too. The rest is history.

Prep 10 minutes

Cook 15 minutes

Serves 4

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Oysters with yuzu kosho vinaigrette

Some consider it madness to meddle with oysters au naturale – but they haven’t tried this yuzu mix, which amps the wow factor off the charts. Make it your go-to dressing this summer.

Prep 5 mins

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Serves 6-8 as an appetiser

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Kabuli chickpeas, prawns and ‘nduja

Think of ’nduja as a kind of spicy pork condiment with a superpower: it can transform a few staple ingredients into something outrageously delicious. You’ll want to eat this chickpea dish by the bowlful.

Prep 15 mins (plus overnight soaking)

Cook 50 mins

Serves 4-6 as a shared dish

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Mussels with tomato risoni and ‘nduja

Mussels make for a great midweek meal as the come pot-ready. With the addition of a risoni pasta cooked in a tomato sauce, your night in with Netflix never tasted so good.

Prep 10 mins

Cook 20 mins

Serves 4

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Prawn skewers with togarashi

It might sound like a paradox, but precise Japanese-inspired shellfish recipes are perfectly suited to easygoing entertaining. These prawns are a breeze to prepare – the secret is in the seasoning.

Prep 15 mins

Cook 5 mins

Serves 6-8 as an appetiser

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Barramundi en papillote with fennel and green peppercorns

Cooking in paper seals in all the flavours and juices, and when it comes to cooking fish, en papillote is a term with which you need to get familiar.

Prep 15 mins

Cook 15 mins

Serves 4

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Chiswick’s roasted snapper with capers and shishito peppers

Matt Moran has the right formula when it comes to cooking fish over Easter. Fry in a hot pan, add brown butter, lemon and caper sauce, shishito peppers for good measure, then let the produce shine.

Prep 15 mins

Cook 25 mins

Serves 2

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XO sauce

Once you’ve made your own XO sauce from scratch, you might never buy another condiment in a jar. Louis Tikaram’s version is the real deal: umami-rich, salty, spicy, complex, a gorgeous colour, and incredibly more-ish.

Prep 30 mins

Cook 1 hr

Makes about 1 cup

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Yellow curry of mud crab

We could cook a South East Asian-style seafood curry a thousand times and never tire of its complex flavours. With hot, sour, sweet and salty notes in perfect balance, this luxurious mud crab version is a winner.

Prep 30 mins

Cook 20 mins

Serves 2 to 4

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Cured ocean trout

The vibrant colour and prep-ahead features of home-cured ocean trout make for easy festive entertaining. Garnish it with something bright and beautiful to set the scene for Christmas lunch – redcurrants perhaps, or a jumble of edible flowers. This recipe is from Eatable's food and drinks director, Lisa Featherby.

Prep 10 mins

3 days curing

Serves 10

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Swordfish salmoriglio

Four ingredients are all it takes to transform swordfish into a simple main that will virtually transport you to a clifftop restaurant on the Italian coast.

Prep 5 minutes

Cook 5 minutes 

Serves 4

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Pasta cooked in saffron stock with prawns and pipis

This saffron-hued seafood pasta from Nicola Dusi is easy enough for week nights but glamorous enough for guests. You can make the stock ahead of time to keep things really simple.

Prep 20 mins

Cook 45 mins

Serves 4

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Kingfish with citrus dressing and daikon

Fresh Japanese flavours and the tang of the sea come together in this exquisitely simple sashimi-style dish.

Prep 20 mins

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Serves 4 as a shared dish or entrée

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Chui Lee Luk’s mee Siam

Popular in Malaysia and Singapore, this shared dish is a festive tradition in chef Chui Lee Luk’s family.

Prep 45 mins

Cook 35 mins

Serves 4

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Stir-fried crab with fried garlic, fish sauce and lime

Crab is a messy business – and that’s half the fun here. You’ll want finger bowls and napkins at hand.

Prep 20 mins

Cook 10 mins

Serves 4