Splash out for seafood

SEAFOOD king Stephen Doblo has provided his tips to get the best out of prawns for this year’s Christmas feast.

Stephen said the key to serving prawns was a well-prepared slurry.

“Mixing ice and water and adding salt keeps the prawns fresher for longer and they don’t lose their taste,” Stephen said.

“You want the mixture to be as salty as seawater.”

He predicts his seafood store will sell between one and one-and-a-half tonnes of prawns today and tomorrow.

Prawns are expected to be one of the hot seafood items in Rockhampton this Christmas.

However, it appears muddies won’t be big on the region’s menu as southern markets inflate costs.

Yesterday, Glenmore Seafoods manager Sheryl Reynolds said she had plenty of prawns at her store.

Last year there were reports of people queuing from 6am at the store which opened at 8am on Christmas Eve.

Sheryl said Christmas Eve was the busiest day of the year and generally people waited about 20 minutes.

John Gavel, owner of Rosslyn Bay Fishermans Market, said they were busy with around 1800kg of reef fish and prawns fresh off the boats yesterday, getting prepared for distribution across CQ.

“People are really going towards seafood,” John said.

“Christmas is all about prawns, or whole fish, cooked on the barbecue while sinking a few beers.”

Opening times at leading seafood stores in Rockhampton and Yeppoon for Christmas are:

  • Doblos Seafood, on Yaamba Road: 10.30am to 7.30pm today and 6am to 5pm tomorrow;
  • Glenmore Seafoods, on Glenmore Road: 8am to 5.30pm today and 8am to 6pm tomorrow;
  • Rosslyn Bay Fisherman’s Market: 7am to 7pm today and 6am to 7pm tomorrow.
What you’ll Pay
  • Prawns: From $20 up to $38 a kilogram, depending on size and variety. Prices will vary between stores.
  • Oysters: Glenmore Seafoods stock high-quality local oysters in Rockhampton. A bottle of local oysters will cost about $12.
  • Muddies: Will be scarce.
  • Sand crabs: If you’re after sand crabs, shop around as not everyone has them. Cost about $20 a kilogram.
  • Bugs: Be prepared to pay about $29 a kilogram.
  • Fish: If you have the time see what’s on offer.


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