Grilled Crayfish with Pistachio and Preserved Lemon Butter

Deliciously lemony-buttery-saltish-nutty!
Today is a special day because my preserved lemons are ready! Though I've been meaning to find a lobster to go with this dish (boy have I tried the whole week in vain) but in the end I settled for crayfish upon my fishmonger's suggestion, it's "lobster-meat without paying for the weight of the head, which you're probably not going to use anyway" (which is true). So do make friends with your fishmonger and get ready for the dish of your life :)

This is easily the one of the most impressive-looking dish without the work. It's nothing like the labour of a roast duck (my parents were thoroughly impressed hence stresses me further to recreate it for them next month!), think as effortless (and impressive) as baked eggs but for dinner instead!

Ingredients
  • 6 crayfish, thawed and cleaned
  • 2 sliver preserved lemon, rinsed (thoroughly to rid of the salt)
  • 1 lemon
  • cup butter
  • ¼ cup pistachio, raw and unsalted
  • 1 tsp parsely (or 1 tsb fresh parsley)
  • Freshly grind blackpepper
Adapted from Instant Entertaining

Directions
  1. To clean a thawed crayfish, use a sharp pointed knife and slice the fleshy side vertically in half. Carefully remove the head (completely, including the gills) and slice away the transparent and plastic-y film on top of the flesh. Lastly trim away the legs and give it a good rinse. Fresh or completely thawed crayfish should have a sweet smell of the sea :)
  2. To make the pistachio and preserved lemon butter: add preserved lemon, butter, pistachio, parsley and a few cranks of blackpepper in a food grinder 
  3. Give it a few good blitz until everything is in a well-combined paste
  4. Spread butter over crayfish and place on grill (or a non-stick pan)
  5. Place flesh-side down and each pieces slightly apart in two batches
  6. Cook for 5-8 minutes or until the crayfish is thoroughly cooked
  7. Served with lemon. Yep that's it! 
Don't wait for a special day to make this :)

26 comments:

  1. I love the contrast of colors in these photos! Also - preserved lemons - YUM! What a perfect use for them :) Beautiful dish as always!

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  2. This is truly mouthwatering! Nice clicks :-))

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  3. I've got to preserve my own lemons.
    This dish looks and sounds delicious too.

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  4. I am in love with this, it looks amazing.

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  5. This is such a good dinner party dish, so impressive! If I ever buy crayfish again, I'm going to smell it to see if it smells of the sea now :)

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  6. That sounds unbelievably tasty! I'll definitely try this soon :-)

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  7. Aren't preserved lemons great? I almost always have a jar in my fridge after making a batch in the winter. They're just perfect for adding a little something something to so many dishes. ;)

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  8. It certainly looks easy and very impressive with the presentation! Oh i can just imagine the tang with the fish.

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  9. wow fancy without the hard work! looks very impressive for sure~

    now just need to befriend a fishmonger! ;)

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  10. Min, this looks so appetizing! Oh, I found live lobsters over the weekend when I visited Shwng Siong Woodlands. Took some pix for u. Will email u soon :) Hope u've enough preserved lemon for another round with lobsters.

    Oh, just did some cooking with nuts too! Tantalizing Kung Po Chicken With A Twist!

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  11. @Blackswan
    Shirley that's great! Thank you so much! :) Yes I do have a whole jar of preserved lemons to make this again :P

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  12. I'll take your word that this was easy to prepare! It looks fabulously exotic and I love that you made the preserved lemons.

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  13. OHHHH my! This looks incredible! Bookmarked!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

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  14. Isn't it great when such a classy dish is so easy to prepare! You almost don't want to give the secret away- but I'm glad you did! Thanks for sharing with us :)

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  15. I really want to make some preserved lemons this year. I always have them in the cupboard but I always think it's more satisfying doing it yourself :)

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  16. I've never cooked crayfish before! Very impressive :)

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  17. I love the flavor combo of the nuts and lemon!

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  18. Looks like a delicious use for your preserved lemons! The pistachios in the butter sound great too.

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  19. What an elegant dish! Very classy too:D).

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  20. Wow, this dish looks fantastic, so simple and yet so tasty...love the pistachio on it...yummie!

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  21. That looks so delicious! I would love to eat crayfish. I really love the topping.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  22. -mouth drops & rolls under desk-


    why does this looks so gooooooddd?!

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  23. Hi Steph, you're just hilarious ;) I'm taking it as a compliment! :D

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  24. Wow if not for your comment that this is a simple dish and looking at the steps involved, I'd never have imagined how easy whipping up this dish is! I love such dishes where you can 'cheat' - minimum effort for maximum effect (and taste)!

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  25. Hi Janine! Oh trust me, it's that easy and you'll love it! :)

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