It’s quick and easy to cook; can you swap your favourite meaty meals for 8 days of fishy dishes? Here are the recipes that’ll get you excited about Seafood Week (9-16 October)
In praise of Seafood Week from 9-16 October, we've found some easy and quick recipes perfect for getting some fish into your foodie repertoire. Not a fish fan? You will be with these super tasty recipe ideas.
Put down the fish finger sandwich (just for this week, anyway) and try these simple and seafood recipes they're quick to make and so moreish you'll be a fish fan for life.
Day 1: cod
What is it? It’s the white, meaty fish we all know and love battered and accompanied with a big pile of chips, but this mild-tasting fish is actually super versatile.
Best for: oven-baking, grilling, pan frying. Cod is such a versatile fish and it freezes well too, so you can make your meals in batches. A great choice for anyone who needs convincing about eating seafood.
Our favourite recipe: quick and easy cod curry
Day 2: mussles
What is it? A salty tasting shellfish that is guaranteed to wow in the flavour stakes. Best bought fresh and served in a white wine or spiced tomato sauce. Also perfect with some chunks of crusty bread.
Best for: the classic recipes are divine moules marinières and moules provençale: steamed mussels in rich sauces. You can tell a fresh mussel from a bad one because the shells should open after steaming; if the mussels aren't good for eating the shells stay shut.
Our favourite recipe: mussels with chorizo, almonds and parsley
Day 3: mackerel
What is it? This fish is great value for money and the flesh flakes beautifully once cooked.
Best for: bake it with a delicious herby crust or grill a fillet until the skin gets nice and crispy. Perfect in a warm salad.
Day 4: prawns
What is it? Prawns come in all different sizes and cook quickly from frozen, so they make a great speedy dinner. Not convinced? Buy them pre-peeled and relatively small so you don’t have to fiddle around with the shell.
Best for: fry or barbecue for succulent, juicy prawns. For a fast dinner add garlic, olive oil and paprika for a traditional spanish pil pil that'll go with salads, pasta or simply on its own.
Our favourite recipe: chilli and prawn tagliatelle
Day 5: plaice
What is it? This is a white-fleshed fish with distinctive orange spots, winning it the prize for the nicest looking seafood at the counter. Plaice has slightly more flavour than cod and makes a great alternative so other white fleshed fish.
Best for: battering! Cod often gets all the fish ‘n’ chip love, but battered plaice is equally tasty, or swap the two for a more flavour-packed pie.
Our favourite recipe: plaice, spinach and potato cheesy bake
Day 6: sardines
What is it? Sardines don’t just come in tins (although those do make eating fish seriously cheap and easy). Bbuy them fresh at the supermarket if you’re feeling fancy. You don’t need a lot, these little silver fish have a really bold and oily taste.
Best for: If you love sardines then you’ve got to line a couple up on toast and eat with a squeeze of lemon juice and splodge of mayo. Not sure yet? Buy them boneless and make sure you heat in the microwave first.
Our favourite recipe: sumac sardines with smashed chickpea salsa
Day 7: tuna
What is it? Ahh, tuna. We all know this one from packed lunch sandwiches and hit and miss restaurant niçoise. Even people who don’t really eat fish want to climb on board the tuna train.
Best for: Fresh tuna is perfect for grilling or barbecuing. It's a lean fish with a satisfyingly meaty texture and tastes great in a salad or with a dollop of salsa verde.
Our favourite recipe: sesame crusted tuna with noodle salad
Day 8: haddock
What is it? Haddock is a great fish – try it instead of cod – and there's so much fish in UK waters it makes it a very sustainable food choice. It’s slightly sweeter in taste than cod, but if you’re a fan of white fish then you’re going to love it.
Best for: Like mackerel, haddock smokes really well. Add it to a pie, risotto or curry for an extra depth of flavour.
Our favourite recipe: smoked haddock and spinach risotto
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