Thursday, 12 September 2013
Fish. It's something we all really should eat more of - we do live on an island, surrounded by fish, after all. It's such a quick and easy ingredient to cook, but (if you're anything like me) fish gets forgotten for other things when we're in a hurry. We've already shared our top ten seafood recipes with you, but if you need a bit more inspiration, we're here to help.
Mussels are the ultimate fast food, just a few minutes and they're done. While September might have brought rain and cold weather with it, it does have an 'r' in it, and that means mussels are back in season. I'm mad for these Smoky Mussels in Pear Cider so I'm especially pleased that those tasty molluscs are good to go. If mussels don't (*tenuous seafood pun alert*) float your boat, then sardines are an equally speedy seasonal fish.
Not just quick, also deeply satisfying, fish finger sandwiches are one of the best meals ever, especially on a grey day. You can, of course, dig a box out of the freezer, but they're so easy to make that you really should try at least once - the ones pictured above are gluten free. Fish tacos are basically fish finger sarnies with an extra bit of magic (and spice) thrown in, it's up to you whether you use soft or hard tacos. We promise not to judge either way.
Talking about spice (and magic), have you combined fish with Thai flavours yet? Take something simple like kedgeree, add coriander, chilli and ginger, and you have the ultimate hangover brunch! Meanwhile, Thai fishcakes are embarrassingly easy to make and seriously delicious. Oh, and while we're on the subject of Thai food, don't forget that everyone's favourite, the green curry is just brilliant with prawns or firm white fish.
If cooking your fish seems too much like hard work, Ceviche is your best friend. The fish is cooked, but instead of using heat, you use the acid from citrus fruit. Scallops might be easy to ruin in a griddle pan, but Laura's recipe for mango and avocado scallop ceviche gives you beautifully tender shellfish.
Although my fleecy pyjamas are out of storage and I used the heater in my car this morning, I'm still in denial about the end of summer. That said, autumn means stew, and there is no finer stew than this Spanish seafood stew - it's light enough to capture the last of that summery feeling, but still substantially warming on a cold day. Sweet and sour fish is near the top of my list of all-time-favourite comfort foods. What could be better than soft fish in crispy batter, served with a fragrantly piquant sauce? Not much, that's what.
Still hungry? Check out more of our top ten recipe posts.