Far more than a bunch of seafood items on a plate, the growing move towards Seacuterie Boards is a culinary choose-your-own-adventure journey. Imagine the savory, sustainable goodness that is part of this board: beautiful smoked fish, conservas, tangy kelp pickles, roasted vegetables, olives, cheeses, fruits, and your own personal culinary favorites.
Seacuterie can serve as a starter, shine as the centerpiece at a casual afternoon picnic in the backyard, or be the start of a lovely, tasty evening.
The wonderful thing about a Seacuterie board is that it’s really versatile. It’s important to mix and match flavors and textures! You can focus on seafood from a particular region of the world, add vegan options like sea vegetables, or even bring in meat options to please everyone’s palate.
Finally, think about the color and surfaces that you serve on. You can turn a countertop into a beautiful board by simply using parchment paper underneath your ingredients. I also happen to love a combination of pottery and wood! The color of the foods also play an important role, so try to add items to brighten up the overall look of the board with garnishes that give the board a bit of pop.
Here are my tips to creating a successful, interesting board that’s incredibly delicious:
Foods that are sliced:
- Sliced local cheeses
- Sliced salmon (Kvaroy’s smoked salmon is my pick.)
- Pickled Kelp (Barnacle Foods has an incredible array)
- Seafood served in their tins (check out my conservas recommendations)
Foods that are whole:
- Half rounds of soft cheese
- Smoked fillets of white fish
- Marinated white beans
Foods that can be spread:
- Marinated goat cheese
- Smoked fish dips (Try this Tinned Smoked Salmon & Caper Dip recipe!)
- Fish pates
- Caviar (Sterling Caviar is phenomenal.)
- Seasoned tuna (check out my sustainable canned & tinned tuna recommendations)
- Crusty torn pieces of bread
- Rustic crackers
- Seaweed chips (I’m a huge fan of 12 Tides’ puff chips)
- Blackberry jam
- Grainy mustard
- Pickled vegetables
- Creme fraiche
- Sprinkles of seaweed spice blends
For another fun sea pantry dish to graze on, try this Blistered Tomato & Seaweed with Ricotta recipe!