July's challenge for seafood lovers

BY Caoimhe D.


  • 500 g linguine or spaghetti pasta
  • 1 kg fresh clams
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 400g wild atlantic prawns
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • 1 cup milk
  • handful fresh parsley, chopped fro topping
  • 2 garlic cloves finely diced
  • 200g cherry tomatoes (skinned and diced) 
By Gary M.


  • 8 medium size john dory fillets
  • 125 g plain flour
  • 1 egg, beaten with 250 ml milk to make an egg wash
  • 175 g fresh breadcrumbs
  • vegetable oil for deep frying
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • fresh green peas (boiled)
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 3-4  prawns to serve 

By Ava C.


  • 300 g fresh monkfish
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • half tsp cumin seeds, crushed
  • 150 g spinach, washed
  • 50 g pine nuts, toasted
  • pomegranate seeds
  • olive oil
  • half a lemon
Ingredients for the dressing

  • 1/2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp sumac
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • a squeeze of lemon
  • salt and pepper

By Mary O.


  • 10 fresh sardines, gutted
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, mashed
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • a twist of black pepper
  • parsley to serve, finely chopped

Shrimp and clam pasta

  1. Wash clams under cold water. Keep them soaking in cold water until ready to use.
  2. In a large pan, heat the butter over medium high heat. Add the diced onion, and garlic. Saute for a few minutes, until the onion has softened but not turned brown. Add the diced mushroom and saute for another few minutes. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, basil and paprika. Cook for another few minutes, then remove the mixture from the pan and keep aside in a small bowl.
  3. In the same pan, add your prawns in a single layer. Add salt and pepper, and cook for 1-2 minutes until pink and opaque on the bottom, then flip over, salt and pepper this side, and cook for another 1-2 minutes until cooked through. Remove prawns to a separate plate
  4. Increase heat to high, and using the same pan, drain the clams and add them to the pan. Immediately add the white wine and close the pan with a tight fitting lid. Allow clams to steam 7-8 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat. Remove the clams and keep them aside, leaving the liquid in the pan
  5. Let the liquid in the pan settle for a few minutes, then using a fine mesh strainer, strain the broth into a measuring cup (you are using a strainer to get rid of any sand or grain). Wash the pan to get rid of any sand, then put it back on the heat, turning it down to medium. Add the broth back into the clean pan.
  6. Add the butter and the milk, and the cooked mushroom tomato mixture back to pan and whisk to combine. Sauce won't be very thick
  7. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and toss to combine. Add the cooked clams and prawns and stir lightly to incorporate into the pasta, keeping most on the top of the pasta. Top with chopped parsley to garnish.

Breaded John Dory with green peas and prawns

  1.  Coat the first fish fillet in flour and shake off the excess. Dip in the egg wash, then plaice in the breadcrumbs and coat all over. Shake off the excess and place the fillet on the plate. Repeat with the rest of the fish, and set aside.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a sauce pan and check the temperature with a thermometer. The temperature must be maintained at 180C during the entire cooking process 
  3. Cook your first batch of fillets until golden brown, remove and place on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up the excess oil. Repeat until all fillets are cooked
  4. Divide the green peas among four large plates, plaice two fillets on each and  sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper. Put a three cooked prawns on each plate and serve immediately

 Monkfish with spinach and pine nuts

  1. Preheat the oven to 180° 
  2. To make the dressing, whisking together all the ingredients and season to taste
  3. Mix the crushed cumin seeds with a sumac. Drizzle the monkfish with olive oil and rub in the spices with plenty of seasoning
  4. Grease a baking tray and add the monkfish. Pop in the oven for 10-15 min, depending on how thick your pieces are 
  5. To assemble, toss the spinach, pine nuts and pomegranate seeds in the dressing. Serve with the fish and a squeeze of lemon

Oven baked fresh sardines

  1. Lay the sardines in a large oven-proof dish. Cover with the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper
  2. Turn each fish and cover the dish with foil. Allow to marinate in the fridge for at least an hour 
  3. When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 180°. Remove the foil and bake until cooked through and starting to brown.
  4. Eat immediately with fresh, crusty bread and a little bit of parsley