What’s your favorite comfort dish that comes to mind when the weather is cold outside? Growing up in Japan, one of those dishes for me was Seafood Doria (シーフードドリア).
What is Doria?
Some of you may not had heard of Doria before. Doria is a Japanese rice gratin dish with various ingredients on top. It’s one of signature Yoshoku (洋食, western influenced Japanese dish) menus along with Hambagu, Omurice, and Napolitan spaghetti.
Typical doria consists of steamed rice, covered with savory ingredients with sauce, and topped with melted cheese. The classic sauce is Bechamel sauce, also known as white sauce. This dish was invented in 1930’s by a Swiss chef Saly Weil, the first master chef at Hotel New Grand in Yokohama, Japan.
I love doria so much that I’ve shared non-white sauce variations of my doria, Curry Doria and Meat Doria recipes on my blog. Throughout the years, I received a lot of requests for the classic Seafood Doria recipe, so I am really excited to share the recipe and video tutorial with you today!
4 Components to Seafood Doria
For doria, you can use regular steamed rice to cut down on calories. However I highly suggest to make butter rice and indulge on the ultimate Seafood Doria experience. You can add garlic and make it garlic butter rice, or add chopped parsley and make parsley butter rice (2 of my favorite).
In today’s recipe, I sautéed onion and mushrooms with butter before adding cooked rice in the pan. It adds more flavors to the dish and it’s so delicious! Feel free to replace butter with olive oil for lighter on calorie.
Seafood & Toppings
This is where you can be creative with the dish and use your favorite choices of seafood. In today’s recipe, I put what you commonly see in seafood doria in Japan, shrimp, clams, scallops, and calamari. Feel free to add what you like! Mussels are good choice too.
If you’re not a seafood fan, you can use chicken (however, beef or pork are not common for doria) or try different vegetables of your choice.
The sauce I used is also known as white sauce. An equal part of butter and flour are cooked together to make a roux, then heated milk is added to the roux and cooked till the right consistency.
It’s good to remember 1 – 3 Tbsp. each of butter and flour per cup of milk, depending on thickness of sauce you desire. Today my recipe used middle range of thickness: 2 Tbsp (butter) : 2 Tbsp (flour) : 1 cup (milk) ratio (but I doubled it).
For gratins and dorias, I love using flavorful cheese like Gruyère that is creamy, but has a bit of salty taste to it. I sometimes add two types of cheese to add some complexity, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is always a good choice to add some accent.
Pairing Seafood Doria with Wine
To enhance the enjoyment of eating Seafood Gratin, I had some great white wine to compliment this dish! And it’s 2014 Priest Ranch Grenache Blanc.
This wine was very light and refreshing and contrasted well with the creamy seafood, buttery rice, and melted cheese. As you bring the wine close to your nose, you can smell the delicate floral scents.
The Grenache Blanc smelled very clean and reminded me of a sunny spring day with not a cloud in the sky. With the first sip, you taste warm summer fruit flavors like peach, melon, and cantaloupe. The chilled wine was very relaxing flowing through your mouth, its texture was airy, dry, and you can definitely taste a bit mineral.
We also recommend this wine with prosciutto & melon, or just enjoy on a sunny afternoon.
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- ½ Tbsp. (7 g) unsalted butter for greasing gratin dishes
- 1 small head broccoli
- A big pinch of kosher salt for blanching
- A small block Gruyere cheese for topping
- 2 Tbsp. panko for topping
- Italian parsley for garnish
- ½ large onion
- 4 cremini or button mushrooms
- 1 ½ Tbsp. (21 g) unsalted butter (if you use salted, reduce adding salt while cooking)
- 4 large bowls of steamed rice (1.8 lb, 800 g)
- A pinch of kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 16 manila clams
- 24 baby scallops
- 12 large shrimps
- 4 small calamari
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- ½ cup (120 ml) white wine
- 4 Tbsp. (57 g) unsalted butter
- 4 Tbsp. (30 g) all-purpose flour
- 2 cups (480 ml) warm milk
- ¼ cup (60 ml) reserved seafood sauce (see in recipe)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp. soy sauce
- Butter the gratin dishes.
- Using the tip of a sharp knife or hands, cut off the smaller stalks of broccoli from the larger central stalk to remove whole florets, rotating the head of broccoli as you go.
- In a small saucepan, bring water to a rapid boil. Add a big pinch of salt. Add the broccoli florets and cook until crisp-tender, 1 to 1½ minutes. Remove with a fine mesh and plunge immediately in the ice water to stop cooking. Drain and set aside.
- Chop the onion finely and cut the mushrooms into thin slices.
- In a large frying pan, heat 1 ½ Tbsp. butter over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until tender.
- Add the mushrooms and sauté till tender. Then add the steamed rice, break the big chunks of rice and combine well.
- Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Divide the rice into 4 portions and transfer to the individual gratin dishes. Cover with aluminum foil and keep warm.
- Clean clams and scallops. Peel and devein shrimp if necessary. Cut the squid body into rings. Also cut the garlic cloves into thin slices.
- In a large frying pan, heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil and cook sliced garlic on medium heat until fragrant. Then add all the seafood into the pan.
- Stir fry to coat the seafood with oil. Add ½ cup white wine and cover with a lid. Cook covered until all the clams open up.
- Once all the clam shells are open (dispose of any unopened ones), season with freshly ground black pepper. Then remove all the seafood to a plate/bowl and cover with aluminum foil, set aside.
- Reduce the remaining seafood sauce in the frying pan until the sauce is reduced in half, roughly ¼ cup. Keep the sauce in a bowl or measuring cup.
- In a large frying, heat 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter on medium low heat. Once melted, add 4 Tbsp. all-purpose flour to the pan.
- Blend the flour with butter until no more lumps. Keep stirring to avoid burning the roux.
- Gradually add warm milk and combine well, scraping the bottom of the pan.
- Once blended well, season with kosher salt. Add ¼ cup reserved seafood sauce and keep stirring to combine with the béchamel sauce.
- Add 1 tsp. soy sauce and mix well to combine. Keep stirring and cook on low heat until the desired consistency.
- When the sauce consistency thickens and you can draw a line on the bottom of the pan, add the seafood.
- Mix well and add the blanched broccoli.
- Pour the seafood mix and béchamel sauce on the butter rice in gratin dishes. Make sure each one gets all the different ingredients.
- Sprinkle with freshly grated Gruyere cheese and panko bread crumbs for crispy texture.
- Set the oven setting to broil (high) and preheat for 5 minutes. Broil for 2-3 minutes until the cheese has melted and turns golden color on top. Garnish with parsley and serve warm.
Full Disclosure: We received 2014 Priest Ranch Grenache Blanc from Jarvis Communications free of charge to use in exchange for an honest review. We received no compensation for the wine review.