Grilling Outdoors with the Top Australian Barbecue Recipes
There is nothing better than celebrating momentous occasions with good friends and good food. Whether at the beach or in your backyard, a barbecue spread is one of the best ways to celebrate. You can never go wrong in getting the fresh ingredients that are available to come up with simple yet sumptuous dishes for your family and friends. Grilling has been a way of life for Australians. The simplicity of meat cooking over a hot grill is very enticing. Over the years, changes have been made in the marinating and cooking process to improve on this. Here we have the top Australian barbecue recipes that will surely make your celebrations more fun and more memorable.
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1. Lamb Kebabs
Any kind of meat is good to use in doing kebabs but lamb is a staple choice for barbecues. It is always important to make sure that the meat is cut into the same size to ensure even cooking. Fire up the grill while preparing your kebabs to cut down on the preparation time. Coat the lamb in a simple marinade of garlic, dried oregano, olive oil, salt, and pepper. While marinating, cut some lemon into wedges and some bell pepper into big chunks. Thread the marinated lamb pieces into the skewer, alternating between meat, bell pepper, lemon wedge, and bay leaf. Once the flame has died down on the grill, start cooking the barbecue. Keep an eye on the grill and turn the kebabs occasionally to ensure that they don’t burn. Once the meat is cooked through, you can now serve your lamb kebabs with some cucumber and Greek yogurt for a delicious meal. Tip: use metal skewers if you have them. If not, soak wooden skewers in water first before using them so they don’t burn on the grill.
2. Barbecued Spiced Chicken
Chicken is easy to find and is available all year long. In this favourite Australian barbecue dish, you can choose chicken parts like drumsticks for easy cooking. The spice rub used in this recipe is simple and the spices are easy to find. In a dry container, combine salt flakes, paprika, ground coriander, chilli powder, black pepper, ground cloves, and allspice. You can make this dry rub in a big batch since the spice mix will be good for up to 6 months if packed in a sealed container. Once the chicken is thawed, brush the meat with olive oil and apply some of the dry rubs. Put the chicken on the preheated grill and cook for around 15 to 20 minutes. Turn the chicken occasionally to ensure even cooking. Some grilled corn will make for a perfect meal, along with some cilli oil and lime that you can drizzle before serving the chicken.
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3. Beef Steak with Green Sauce
In this hearty recipe, you can choose between a beef skirt or beef rump. Prepare the green sauce by placing ginger, red onion, mint leaves, sage leaves, kale leaves, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce and extra virgin olive oil in a food processor. Mix them until they form a paste. Use about 2 tbsp to rub on the steak and set the remaining sauce aside. Place the steak on the grill that has been preheated to high heat. Cook the meat for about 5 minutes on each side, until it is about medium-rare or as preferred. Let the meat rest for a few minutes after cooking, covering it lightly with foil. After resting, slice the steak and enjoy this juicy goodness with the green sauce and some fries on the side. Tip: the leftover steak will make for a great steak sandwich the following day!
4. Barbecued Beef Salad with Beer Vinaigrette
For a cool twist of your favourite barbecue dish from Australia, we will use a simple rub for the meat and beer for the salad vinaigrette. Preheat the grill to high heat. For the rub, combine the garlic, paprika, oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Rub over the steak and some corn for the side. Cook the meat over the grill, turning occasionally until cooked to your preference. Let the steak rest for a few minutes, covered loosely in foil. Meanwhile, put the beer in a saucepan and let simmer for a few minutes until reduced to about 1/3 cup. You can use any type of beer that you like to drink but the golden ale is good for the salad. Combine the oil, maple syrup, vinegar, and reduced beer in a bowl and season with some salt and pepper. Slice the steak and serve with the grilled corn, lettuce, crumbled cheese and some lime wedges with the beer vinaigrette for a refreshing beef salad.
5. Barbecued Prawns in Coconut and Lime
Seafood lovers will surely enjoy this recipe that will surely tickle your tastebuds. In a bowl, combine lime rind (use a vegetable peeler to cut out strips of the rind), soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic, chilli, coriander, and coconut milk. Reserve a couple of tablespoons of this mixture for later use. Add the peeled and deveined prawns to the marinade and cover with plastic wrap. If time permits, refrigerate the prawns for 3 or 4 hours. After marinating, thread the prawns onto skewers. Remember to remove the lime rind before making the skewers to avoid burning them. Place the prawns on the grill, brushing them with the reserved coconut mixture with the lime rind removed as well. Once the prawns are pink in colour and lightly charred, serve with rice and some lemon wedges for a refreshing seafood meal.
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6. Grilled King Island Crayfish
Your summer menu will surely get exciting with this dish. King Island Crayfish is purchased alive, so put it first on the freezer to put them to sleep. Meanwhile, prepare the saltbush butter by combining softened unsalted butter, finely chopped saltbush leaves or flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped red chilis with the seeds removed, crushed garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Put in the chiller for later use. To prepare the crayfish, place it on a flat surface and expose the underside. Cut from the head through the tail. Remove the intestinal vein, gills and, stomach sac. Place the crayfish on a baking tray, flesh side up. Drizzle with olive oil and place, flesh down, on a preheated grill. Cook until the flesh is lightly charred. Turn the crayfish then and spread the saltbush butter on the flesh. Grill this further for about 10 minutes or until the flesh is thoroughly cooked. Serve this hot with some lemon wedges and enjoy one of the best Australian barbecue dishes that you can have.
7. Barbecued Snapper Parcels
Your family will surely enjoy this barbecue recipe that opens up to a flavorful surprise. Barbecued snapper parcels are perfect for easy cooking and dining experience. Preheat the covered grill to medium heat. Prepare the rub by placing the kaffir lime, lemongrass, chilli, garlic, and turmeric in a mortar and pestle. Pound them into a paste, combining with sesame oil and salt and pepper to taste. Brush the rub over the fish. For the parcels, prepare square foils. Put two foils on top of one another and put a square baking paper on top as well. Bunch up the sides and corners to create a bowl. Place a piece of the marinated fish on each parcel and put about 1 tablespoon of water on each bowl. Put the parcels on the grill and close the lid, cooking for about 10-15 minutes or until the fish is cooked through. Serve this hot with some rice, lemon wedges, mint and pickled chillies for a wonderful family dinner.
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8. Barbecued Whole Fish
When ingredients are fresh, there is no need to fuss over them. This simple fish recipe will allow you to have more time to enjoy relaxing with your family and friends than bothering over the dishes that have to prepare. When you go to the market, pick the freshest whole fish that you can find, like snapper or mahi-mahi. Prepare the grill to medium to high heat. Stuff the fish with lemon wedges and spring onion. Scour the fish and season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle generously with olive oil and put on the grill. Cook each side for about 10-15 minutes and turn once, grilling until the skin is golden and can be easily released from the grate. Serve hot with some more lemon wedges and enjoy with a glass of cold beer!
9. Grilled Asparagus and Haloumi
Australians do not only barbecue their meat but their vegetables as well. As barbecuing is a lifestyle in the country, it is not surprising that other ingredients will make their way into the grill as well. In this simple recipe that can be a side dish to beef or chicken recipes or as a meal on its own partnered with some bread. Blanch the asparagus until they are just tender. Cut the halloumi into pieces that are of the same size as the asparagus. Thread the vegetables onto skewers and place on preheated grill. Brush them olive and turn occasionally. Cook for a few minutes until the asparagus is tender and the halloumi turns into a golden colour. Serve hot with scattered dried chilli flakes and dried mint on top and some lemon wedges on the side for a healthy take on your barbecue.
10. Spiced Barbecued Pineapple
Rounding up our top Australian barbecue recipes is a spicy twist on a favourite tropical dessert. Using fresh pineapples, you can improve on a childhood favourite and spice up this dish. Toast star anise, peppercorns, cloves and cinnamons in a pan for a few minutes until they are fragrant. Grind them into a fine powder using mortar and pestle or a spice grinder. Add butter to half of the mixture and set aside the other half in a bowl. Prepare the pineapple by threading slices onto skewers. Grill them on a preheated barbecue grill, brushing with the spiced butter frequently, until they are charred. Prepare the chocolate dip by placing finely chopped dark chocolate, cream and the rest of the spice mixture in a heatproof bowl. Bring the ingredients to a boil and pour through a sieve. Use a spatula to make it smooth and add a pinch of sea salt. Serve the grilled pineapple with the spiced chocolate for a surprising twist of this tropical dessert.
From meats to seafood to poultry to vegetables and fruits, grilling takes food to new heights. Barbecuing is a way of life because it can involve the family and even your guests in the preparation and cooking of your dishes. Most of the top Australian barbecue recipes use fresh ingredients that can be found according to the season. From the main dish to the side to the dessert, barbecue can take the centre stage in your meals. Celebrations held outdoors, whether in your backyard, the beach or the park, can be made more memorable with these barbecue dishes that will be enjoyed by the whole family.
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