Creating a Seacuterie Board: Bringing Back Low Country Memories with a Modern Twist

Creating a Seacuterie Board: Bringing Back Low Country Memories with a Modern Twist

Growing up in South Carolina, some of my fondest memories are of the low country seafood boils we enjoyed as kids. The fun of eating fresh seafood on the beach with family and friends is something I’ll never forget. Recently, my brother visited me here in Houston, and I wanted to recreate those cherished moments. Given the extreme heat in Houston, I knew I had to get creative to keep the seafood fresh, so I decided to create a seacuterie board packed on ice. This way, we could relive those childhood memories without worrying about the seafood spoiling.

I kept my board pretty basic, including shrimp, king crab leg clusters, mussels, lobster, and simple garnishes like lemon wedges, tartar sauce, and cocktail sauce. We opted out of the potatoes and corn this time around, aiming for something simple, light, and refreshing to beat the heat. But remember, you can design your board with any seafood you love. Consider adding scallops, squid, oysters, clams, salads, fruits, and other produce. Items like asparagus, pickled beets, bread, crackers, and seafood spreads can make your board unique and enjoyable.

Creating Your Seacuterie Board: Materials and Tips

To start, you’ll need a base for your board. Here are a few options:

Don’t forget the essentials like claw crackers and mallets to make it easy for your guests to enjoy the seafood.

Condiments and Garnishes

To complement your seacuterie board, consider these condiments and garnishes:

  • Lemon wedges
  • Cocktail sauce
  • Tartar sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Drawn butter (plain or with herbs)
  • Horseradish
  • Hot sauce
  • Aioli (garlic, lemon, or herb-infused)
  • Fresh herbs (parsley, dill, cilantro)
  • Capers
  • Pickled onions
  • Seaweed salad
  • Fresh Fruits
  • Bread or Croutons
  • Produce: asparagus, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado

Beverage Pairings

Pair your seacuterie board with refreshing beverages:

  • Wine: A crisp white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or a sparkling wine.
  • Beer: Light lagers or pale ales.
  • Fruit-Infused Water: Refreshing and hydrating.
  • Almond Ice Tea: Unique and cooling.
  • Orange Soda: A nostalgic favorite from my college days at Wellesley College, where steamed lobster and orange soda was a beloved tradition.

My Seacuterie Board

For my board, I used a serving platter and placed ice to keep everything cool. I added two large lobsters, two large clusters of crab legs, steamed shrimp, one large Dungeness crab, and mussels. I included drawn butter, cocktail sauce, and tartar sauce for dipping. To steam the shrimp and crab legs, I used my favorite seasoning, while the lobster and Dungeness crab were steamed at the local seafood shop. I garnished the tray with lemon wedges for a refreshing touch.

Three Seacuterie Board Ideas

  1. Classic Coastal Board
    • Shrimp, crab legs, oysters, and clams
    • Cocktail sauce, lemon wedges, drawn butter
    • Sliced baguette and crackers
    • Chilled white wine
  2. Mediterranean Seafood Spread
    • Grilled octopus, squid, mussels, and scallops
    • Tzatziki, hummus, and olive tapenade
    • Pita bread, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices
    • Sparkling water with lemon
  3. Luxe Lobster Platter
    • Whole lobsters, lobster tails, and crab claws
    • Herb-infused drawn butter, lemon aioli
    • Asparagus spears, pickled beets
  4. Asian-Inspired Seafood Board

    • Steamed shrimp, crab legs, and scallops
    • Soy sauce, wasabi mayo, and sweet chili sauce
    • Seaweed salad, edamame, and pickled ginger
    • Sake or green tea
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Seacuterie Board: Bringing Back Low Country Memories with a Modern Twist

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Recreate the flavors of South Carolina’s low country with this seacuterie board featuring shrimp, king crab leg clusters, mussels, and lobster. Garnished with lemon wedges, tartar sauce, and cocktail sauce, it’s a refreshing, simple spread perfect for hot summer days and nostalgic seaside memories.

  • Author: Jeannie Jacobs
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35
  • Yield: 10
  • Category: Seafood
  • Method: Steam
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • Shrimp
  • King crab leg clusters
  • Mussels
  • Lobster
  • Lemon wedges
  • Tartar sauce
  • Cocktail sauce

Materials:

  • Serving platter or other base (baking sheet lined with parchment paper, seafood tower, wooden cutting board, or charcuterie board)
  • Ice
  • Claw crackers and mallets

Instructions

1. Prepare the Seafood:

Crab Legs:

  1. Fill a large pot with about 2 inches of water and bring to a boil.
  2. Place a steamer basket or colander inside the pot.
  3. Add the crab legs, cover, and steam for 5-7 minutes until heated through.

Mussels:

  1. Rinse mussels under cold water and discard any with broken shells.
  2. Fill a pot with 1 inch of water, white wine, or broth, and bring to a boil.
  3. Add the mussels, cover, and steam for 5-7 minutes until the shells open.

Lobster:

  1. Fill a large pot with about 2 inches of salted water and bring to a boil.
  2. Place the lobsters in the pot headfirst.
  3. Cover and steam for 8-10 minutes for the first pound, adding 2-3 minutes for each additional pound until the shells are bright red and the meat is tender.

2. Prepare Drawn Butter:

  1. Melt unsalted butter in a small saucepan over low heat.
  2. Once melted, remove from heat and let it stand for a few minutes.
  3. Skim off the foam from the top and slowly pour the clear butter into a serving dish, leaving the milk solids at the bottom of the pan.

3. Assemble the Seacuterie Board:

  1. Choose your base (serving platter, baking sheet lined with parchment paper, seafood tower, wooden cutting board, or charcuterie board).
  2. Spread a layer of ice on the base to keep the seafood cool and fresh.
  3. Arrange the steamed shrimp, crab leg clusters, mussels, and lobster on the ice.
  4. Add lemon wedges around the seafood for garnish.
  5. Place small bowls of tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, and drawn butter around the board for dipping.

4. Serve and Enjoy:

  1. Include claw crackers and mallets to make it easy for your guests to enjoy the seafood.
  2. Pair your seacuterie board with refreshing beverages like white wine, light lagers, fruit-infused water, or orange soda.

Notes

Feel free to add your favorite seasonings such as Tony Chachere, Old Bay, Lemons, etc., as you steam the seafood for added flavor.

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Creating a seacuterie board is a delightful way to bring back cherished memories and enjoy a refreshing, light meal, especially during hot summer days. Whether you’re keeping it simple or going all out with various seafood and accompaniments, the key is to design what you love and enjoy. With the right materials, condiments, and beverage pairings, you can create a memorable experience that transports you and your guests back to those fun, carefree days by the beach.

 

So, next time you’re looking to bring a taste of the coast to your table, consider creating a seacuterie board. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate good food, great company, and cherished memories.

 

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