Skip to Content Skip to Navigation Skip to Site-wide search

BBQ seafood platter & aioli

Difficulty Easy
Season Summer
Preparation 45 mins
Cooking 15 mins


Rinse the octopus tentacles under cold water and bring a saucepan of water to the boil.

Once boiling, salt the water and add the octopus. Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the octopus is tender enough to pierce easily with a skewer. Drain and cool.

Score the squid hoods diagonally both ways. Heat a BBQ hotplate to medium high.

Combine the oil, garlic, lemon juice and zest and thyme leaves and brush over all the seafood.

Cook the seafood for 2–4 minutes on each side or until charred and just cooked through.

If you do not have enough room on your hotplate, cook in batches and keep warm on a plate as you go.

To make the aioli, combine the egg, garlic, salt and a third of the olive oil in a food processor.

Pulse until combined. Continue processing, drizzling olive oil in slowly, until sauce begins to thicken.

Add the lemon juice and process until you reach the desired consistency. Taste and add salt if needed.

To serve

Arrange the grilled seafood on a bed of lettuce on a serving platter, with scattered lemon wedges.

Put the aioli into little bowls for guests to dip their seafood in as desired.

Handy Tips

Handy Tip 01

You can parboil the octopus and prepare the aioli a day ahead to save time. Keep in the fridge until ready to cook.

Handy Tip 02

You can add different seafood, such as WA crayfish tails, mussels and firm white fish to your platter, depending on seasonal availability.

Back to Recipes

Summer recipes you might like

Summer 10 mins
Myaree, Western Australia: Western Rock Lobster, Easter recipe by Scott Bridger. January 21, 2022 (Photo: Sabine Albers)
Summer 15 mins
WRL lobster tacos
Summer 40 mins
Summer 25 mins
Summer 90 mins
Pork and Veal Terrine
Summer 4 hrs (to set)
Festive Raspberry Cheesecake
Summer 1 hr
Eggnog Ice Cream

Caprese salad

Summer 15 mins (resting)
Caprese Salad