5 Tips For Outdoor Cooking With Smoked Eel

Spring is finally here, and with the promise of fine weather on the way, now is the perfect opportunity to showcase and enjoy the unique flavours of smoked eel in beautiful natural surroundings. 

Whether you're planning a corporate outdoor event, wedding, al fresco dinner party — or simply looking forward to a barbecue, picnic, or camping trip with friends and family, the appearance of smoked eel on the menu can really provide a memorable culinary experience. Here are five tips to help you make the most using of smoked eel in your outdoor dining adventures.

smoked eel and lemon from meadowland smokery

Choose fresh and high-quality smoked eel

The key to delicious outdoor cooking with smoked eel begins with selecting fresh and high-quality ingredients. When sourcing produce for your outdoor event, choose a smoked eel supplier known for their experience and expertise in the delicate art of smoking fish. Used as a key component in salads, canapes, pastas, sandwiches — the list is truly endless — you shouldn't compromise on quality when it comes to creating your chosen dish.

Experiment with flavour combinations

Outdoor cooking is all about creativity and experimentation. Take advantage of the unique flavour profile of smoked eel by pairing it with complementary ingredients. Try serving smoked eel with fresh apples, salty bacon, and a zingy ginger dressing. Alternatively, incorporate smoked eel into pasta salads or sushi rolls for a fusion twist that will leave a lasting impression.

Elevate the presentation

Presentation plays a crucial role in outdoor dining, enhancing the overall dining experience. Take the time to elevate the presentation of your smoked eel dishes by paying attention to details such as plating, garnishes, and serving vessels. Arrange smoked eel appetisers on rustic wooden platters with fresh herbs for a natural-looking display that captures the essence of outdoor dining.

smoked eel from meadowland smokery

Utilise versatile cooking methods

If you're looking for variety in your outdoor dining offerings, explore different cooking methods to showcase the versatility of smoked eel. Grilling, smoking, pan-frying, or even incorporating smoked eel into hearty stews or chowders are all excellent ways to highlight its distinct flavour and texture. Don't be afraid to get creative with your cooking techniques to bring out the best in smoked eel.

Embrace the rustic charm of outdoor dining

There's something inherently charming about dining al fresco amidst the beauty of nature. Embrace the rustic ambiance of outdoor dining by incorporating smoked eel into simple yet elegant dishes that celebrate the flavours of the outdoors. Serve smoked eel alongside fresh seasonal produce, crusty bread, and artisanal cheeses for a gourmet picnic experience.

How can we help?

Whether you're hosting a back garden barbecue, planning a picnic in the park, or preparing for a large outdoor event, smoked eel adds a touch of sophistication and flavour to any al fresco event.  If you’d like to find out more about Meadowland Smokery, or would like to ask about our delicious range of smoked eel products, then please do get in touch, or click the link below for all your wholesale enquiries.

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Posted by Jessica on March 30th 2024

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