Grilled Moreton Bay Bugs with Citrus Herb Butter Recipe

Grilled Moreton Bay Bugs with Citrus Herb Butter Recipe


Grilled Moreton Bay Bugs with citrus herb butter combines this succulent shellfish with a homemade citrus herb butter, creating a perfect harmony of flavours that's ideal for any occasion, from a casual barbecue to an elegant dinner.


  • 4 Moreton bay bugs
  • 100 g butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup basil
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare Citrus Herb Butter
    1 Prepare Citrus Herb Butter

    Mix softened butter with minced garlic, chopped parsley, basil, lemon and lime zest and juice, salt, and pepper.

  2. Marinate Bugs
    2 Marinate Bugs
    • Clean the Moreton Bay bugs by splitting them in half lengthwise and removing the digestive tract.
    • Place the bugs in a large dish and brush them on all sides with olive oil.
    • Sprinkle with salt and pepper to ensure they are evenly seasoned.
    • Let them marinate for about 10-15 minutes so the flavours meld.
  3. Grill
    3 Grill
    • Preheat your grill to a medium heat.
    • Thread the marinated Moreton Bay bugs onto skewers, shell side down.
    • Place them on the grill and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side. The bugs should turn a vibrant red and become tender and slightly charred.
  4. Serve
    4 Serve

    Brush the cooked bugs with the citrus herb butter and serve immediately, garnished with extra herbs or lemon wedges if desired.

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