Fish of the month

Fish of the Month will help you choose sustainable fish all year round. The wild caught fish have been selected for their specific months so they can be eaten as far away from their breeding season as possible. Breeding times are not important for farmed fish, so these can be chosen all year round provided they are from well managed sources. Fish included in Fish of the Month have sources rated 1, 2 or 3 so be sure to only choose fish from these sources on Good Fish Guide!


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Arctic char

Salvelinus alpinus

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Gravad arctic char nigiri

Silla Bjerrum
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Cooking time   0
Fish type   Oily fish
Serves   4

Miso marinated arctic char noodles salad

Silla Bjerrum
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Cooking time   60
Fish type   Oily fish
Serves   4

Bass, seabass (Farmed)

Dicentrarchus labrax

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Margarita Seabass

Benjamin Bartlett


Inspired by the famous Mexican cocktail this tequila based marinade is a perfect partner for this celebrated seafish…

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Cooking time   0
Fish type   White round fish
Serves   4

Seabass en papillote

Tom Kitchin
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Cooking time   30
Fish type   White round fish
Serves   2

Bream, Black or porgy or seabream

Spondyliosoma cantharus

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Black bream with warm tomato and caper salsa

Ian Jarmarkier

This is a lovely way to serve slightly stronger flavoured, fatty fish such as bream. Concentrated flavours of tangy tomatoes, piquant capers and pungent garlic cut through the oily, richness of the fish and are reminiscent of Spanish and southern Italian dishes. The sauce is embarrassingly simple to make and can be prepared well in advance but delivers a fantastic dish.

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Cooking time   0
Fish type   White round fish
Serves   2

Sun-Drenched Bream

Catrin Thomas-Price

This dish is full of fresh Mediterranean flavours. Add more, if you like - green olives, courgettes, a few capers, sauteed spinach and small waxy potatoes sauted in butter are good further accompaniments.

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Cooking time   60
Fish type   White round fish
Serves   2

Bream, Gilthead (Farmed)

Sparus auratus

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Pan fried fillet of gilthead bream: ratatouille and tomato coulis

Raymond Blanc OBE


All the clean, fresh flavours of Provence can be found in this fragrant dish. The obvious time to eat this dish is the summer, when the tomatoes are fat and bursting with juices and sweetness and all the vegetables are local and packed with flavours. The Ratatouille can be prepared one day in advance and the Tomato Coulis a few hours in advance.

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Cooking time   0
Fish type   White round fish
Serves   4

Clam, Razor, clams

Ensis spp.

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Razor clams with garlic, lemon and Welshman's caviar

Jonathan Williams


Razor clams are fantastic! Such lovely meaty texture I cannot get enough of them. This is just a very quick simple recipe combining classic flavours of lemon and garlic with a touch of laver seaweed.

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Cooking time   0
Fish type   Shellfish
Serves   4

Cockle, cockles

Cerastoderma edule

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Welsh cockle crostini

Catrin Thomas-Price

This makes great canapes, or a modest starter. If you use really good sea salt - Anglesey Sea Salt is best - it confers an extra briney tang and whiff of ozone. Eaten together, the seaweed, salt and shellfish create such a strong marine flavour, you can close your eyes and imagine you are down at the shoreline

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Cooking time   30
Fish type   Shellfish
Serves   8

Welshman's Caviar, Gower Cockles and Pembrokeshire Bacon Quiche

Jonathan Williams

A very popular dish I make using classic Welsh ingredients of laverbread, cockles and bacon.

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Cooking time   90
Fish type   Shellfish
Serves   4

Coley, Saithe

Pollachius virens

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Coley, a great tasty fish!

Harry Niazi

I started my Fish and Chip shop takeaway in 1987 and expanded into a restaurant, then made the restaurant bigger. I enjoy my food especially when I am sharing, for some reason it tastes better.

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Cooking time   30
Fish type   White round fish
Serves   1

Crab, spider

Maia squinado

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Spider crab risotto

Mike Warner

Early spring heralds for me, the return of one the most exciting and captivating of our crustaceans. A regular contributor to Les Assiettes de Mer of our Gallic cousins across the channel, sadly the Spiny Spider Crab (Maia squinado) fails to hold the fond appeal of the average seafood consumer in the UK. In South Western waters during April and May these incredibly flavoursome but slightly intimidating beasts, crawl their way inshore to spawn, infiltrating the pots and getting entangled in the nets of the Under 10m dayboats that land them in vast numbers, often to be vivier-transported out of the country. By June all mature females are berried or egg-bearing and should not be landed during this time. It is fine to land cock or male crabs at this time and females or hens from July onwards when hatching occurs until November, following which the crabs migrate back to deeper water. Thankfully their abundance affords me the chance to savour their beautifully sweet and characteristically high-yielding meat, and I always welcome their arrival, from the Cornish and Devonian ports, in Suffolk, to where their annual benthic migration unfortunately does not extend. As with most crabmeat, they taste best with least, although this recipe I am going to share with you makes the most of the whole fish, utilising all edible parts. You even end up with a free bowl! It is worthy of note though, that although often caught as bycatch and targeted by tangle nets, for the most sustainable and environmentally low-impact approach, I would recommended you source pot-caught specimens which allows under-sized animals and egg-bearing females to be returned alive to the sea.

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Cooking time   120
Fish type   Shellfish
Serves   4

Cuttlefish

Sepia officinalis

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Cuttlefish and Chorizo Stew

Jose L Souto Fellow C.G.C

Cuttlefish taste like a cross between octopus and squid: They are fuller flavored than calamari, but not nearly as rich as their rivals the octopi.

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Cooking time   0
Fish type   Shellfish
Serves   3

Dab

Limanda limanda

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Salt & sansho pepper fried cornish catch of the day

Caroline Bennett

This is Japans answer to Fish and Chips! The crispy fried bones make a wonderful alternative to a chip, and the sansho pepper adds a tart taste, much like the addition of vinegar. The ingredients can easily be found in a Japanese grocery store of course, but most health shops will also stock the delicious and organic Clearspring brand of rice vinegar and soy sauce, while any oriental grocer will stock Chinese chives and white radish. Shiso cress might be harder to come by but can be replaced with mustard cress of coriander.

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Cooking time   0
Fish type   White flat fish
Serves   1

Gurnard, Red

Aspitrigla cuculus

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Brazilian fish stew featuring red gurnard

Allegra McEvedy MBE
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Cooking time   0
Fish type   White round fish
Serves   4

Gurnard (sea robin) with tomatoes and marjoram

Tom Hunt

Gurnard is a beast-y fish that is best cooked whole. This recipe is as simple as it is delicious, by cooking the whole fish with the tomatoes it creates a marvellous fresh sauce.

Cooking time   60
Fish type   White round fish
Serves   3

Haddock

Melanogrammus aeglefinus

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Smoked haddock and leek rarebit

Kirsty Cruickshank


This recipe uses Eider stout, from the Seabird-inspired range of ales. 10p from the sale of each bottle in this range is donated to the Marine Conservation Society, so while you are enjoying this dish you are also supporting MCSs amazing work. Smoked fish, leeks, beer and strong cheese are a match made in heaven and this recipe is very rich and comforting. It also tastes fabulous with crusty bread and the left-over beer!

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Cooking time   45
Fish type   White round fish
Serves   2

Hake, European

Merluccius merluccius

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Hake Cooked in the Basque Style with Garlic and Sauce Romesco

Mitch Tonks

San Sebastian is the place to eat hake. In Bar Ganbara we enjoyed a simple preparation of hake split through the head and roasted over a fire. It was dressed with olive oil, vinegar and sliced dried peppers, a garnish we would see all along the coast at various fish restaurants and one which we now use at The Seahorse. It has encouraged us to use more vinegar in our cooking. If you do not have an ovenproof frying pan then carefully transfer the fish to a baking tray or dish before cooking it in the oven.

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Cooking time   35
Fish type   White round fish
Serves   4

Poached Hake with Garlic Potatoes

Paul Robinson

Hake is something regularly on the menu within the Grimsby Institute training kitchen -The Gallery Restaurant It is a versatile fish that can be prepared and cooked easily.

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Cooking time   0
Fish type   White round fish
Serves   2

Sustainable Hake, Sorrel Sauce & summer vegetables

Mike King
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Cooking time   20
Fish type   White round fish
Serves   4

Herring or sild

Clupea harengus

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Barbeque herring, roasted cucumber, soy & dill dressing

James Sommerin
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Cooking time   30
Fish type   Oily fish
Serves   4

Pickled herring

Darina Allen
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Cooking time   60
Fish type   Oily fish
Serves   12

Mackerel

Scomber scombrus

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BBQ Cornish Mackerel

Sasha Ziverts of Wright Brothers

Buy the freshest mackerel that you can find. At Wright Brothers we have a daily shipment from our Cornish suppliers. If you are unconfident with filleting you can ask your local fishmonger to do it for you, but I think it is all part of the fun of cooking to get hands a little dirty.

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Cooking time   0
Fish type   Oily fish
Serves   4

Fillet of mackerel, shaved fennel salad and soy lime glaze

Raymond Blanc OBE

Recipe from Kitchen Secrets by Raymond Blanc. Mackerel is one of the most plentiful species of fish in our seas; it is also inexpensive and delicious. It can be prepared in many ways - as sushi, pickled, smoked, barbecued, grilled, baked, pan-fried or steamed - but to appreciate this fish at its best it must be very fresh. This little dish has the virtue of being very simple, and it is packed with flavours.

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Cooking time   0
Fish type   Oily fish
Serves   4

Guizzado de cavalinha recheado / Stuffed Mackerel Guizzado style

Cyrus Todiwala OBE

In Goa Mackerel Recheade is probably one of the most popular dishes. The traditional stuffing is a red masala rather hot and tangy with often crumbled dried shrimps added. This preparation is milder and not red, but has fresh chopped prawns added and served with sliced cumin flavoured potatoes

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Cooking time   0
Fish type   Oily fish
Serves   2

Pan fried mackerel fillets, hot pickled slaw and fried capers

Jack Stein
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Cooking time   30
Fish type   Oily fish
Serves   2

Pan-grilled Mackerel with Parsley Butter

Darina Allen

This is a master recipe for pan-grilling fish. The simplest and possibly the most delicious way to cook really fresh mackerel.

Cooking time   20
Fish type   Oily fish
Serves   2

Roast new potatoes and mackerel stuffed with chermoula

Tom Hunt

These salty, flavoursome potatoes work really well with the oily fish and a sweet, zesty chermoula that is full of coriander leaves. New potatoes roast really well and make a great change from the laborious peeling and unnecessary wastage involved when preparing regular roasties.

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Cooking time   0
Fish type   Oily fish
Serves   4

Mussel, mussels (Farmed)

Mytilus edulis

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Light Shellfish Chowder

Raymond Blanc OBE

Recipe Photograph copyright David Griffen 2014.
Recipe copyright Raymond Blanc 2014.
Unlike most dishes, this recipe has no specific place of birth. This means that across the world, each country has its own interpretation. In its simplest form it is a basic fish and shellfish soup, cooked in one pot! You can make it as simple as you like - you can add bacon, potato or even smoked fish to make it as filling and rich as you want or keep it simple and light.
The soup can be made completely in advance up to the final finishing stage.

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Cooking time   30
Fish type   Shellfish
Serves   4

Steamed mussels from the Devon coast with bay and chilli

Mitch Tonks
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Cooking time   0
Fish type   Shellfish
Serves   4

Oyster, Native, oysters (Farmed)

Ostrea edulis

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Aphrodisia

Katie Davidson


This is a combination of two of the best known sensual foodstuffs on the planet. Chocolate and oysters. Tastes like salted caramels.

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Cooking time   0
Fish type   Shellfish
Serves   2

Pollack or Lythe

Pollachius pollachius

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Spice fried fish with red onion

Henry Dimbleby

This is a quick fish dish that works well as a side with a spread of vegetable dishes. Any sustainable white fish: coley, pollack or pouting all work well.

Recipe taken from Leon Naturally Fast Food by Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent, published by Conran Octopus.

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Cooking time   0
Fish type   White round fish
Serves   4

The best fishfinger sandwich you'll ever eat!

Anna Turns

Children love any excuse to get messy in the kitchen and cooking from scratch together helps reconnect them with where their food comes from. So roll up their sleeves and encourage your little ones to get hands on creating these simple, delicious and healthy goujons for dinner. Recipe from Fish for Thought.

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Cooking time   0
Fish type   White round fish
Serves   4

Pouting or Bib

Trisopterus luscus

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Salted pouting and parsnip fishcakes

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

These deliciously savoury cakes are a wonderful way to use pouting and will also work with other white fish such as pollack. The light salting of the raw fish firms it up a little and seasons it beautifully.

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Cooking time   30
Fish type   White round fish
Serves   3

Ray, spotted

Raja montagui

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Spotted ray in brown butter and Chinese spices

Libby Ross

Ray have a very distinctive flavour and texture which can take big flavours spicy or acidic flavours work very well with skate. The two best methods for cooking skate are poaching then finishing by frying briefly in Beurre Noisettee which is simply butter that is fried until it very light brown in colour and the aroma resembles toasted nuts, served with capers Lemon and chopped parsley. Or dipping in seasoned flour and pan fried. Recipe and recipe image supplied by Morrison chef, Jon Coates

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Cooking time   40
Fish type   White flat fish
Serves   4

Salmon, Atlantic (Farmed)

Salmo salar

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Easy-peasy salmon and spring green stir-fry

Tomasina Miers


This recipe is thanks to my daughter, Tati. Wanting to feed her something healthy and delicious, I steamed greens from the fridge, cooked some noodles and then threw in all the ingredients I had lying around. The Spiced seeds were sitting temptingly on the side, she insisted on throwing them in. The scant amount of salmon stretches amazingly well, making it an affordable, healthy supper dish I would happily eat every week.

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Cooking time   0
Fish type   Oily fish
Serves   4

Salmon & Yuzu Salsa Tataki

Mike Lewis
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Cooking time   0
Fish type   Oily fish
Serves   4

Warm honey ginger salmon

Catrin Thomas-Price

This warming, Asian-style dish brings together sweet, sour and salty flavours, along with the pungency of spring onion and a little chilli heat, to great effect. The sesame seeds add a pleasing crunch, and any leftover marinade or glaze can be drizzled onto the noodles or additional veg.

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Cooking time   90
Fish type   Oily fish
Serves   2

Sardine, European pilchard, sardines

Sardina pilchardus

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Boquerones, using sardines

Valentine Warner


Sardines - A wonderful semi firm white flesh but one that does not respond well to over cooking. A pleasant natural saltiness to the meat that requires careful further seasoning. They respond very well to cooking over charcoal or frying; with good flavour they respond well to many different global dishes. Perhaps this is why mother nature made them so widespread. They could be perhaps compared to herring and fresh anchovies and faint notes of mackerel.

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Cooking time   0
Fish type   Oily fish
Serves   4

Grilled sardines with gremolata

Geetie Singh

Pilchards was their old name, but they are now more commonly known as the Cornish sardine, and stocks are very healthy. I remember them in cans when I was a kid, in a tomato sauce. Mum would give them to us for lunch in sandwiches, I think she mixed them with a dressing and I remember rather liking them. But these days the Cornish sardine is regarded as a more sophisticated lunch. Served as they are here they are light and aromatic.

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Cooking time   5
Fish type   Oily fish
Serves   4

Sardine fennel salad

Catrin Thomas-Price

Sardines can tend to be a little crumbly or even mushy, hence their traditional pairing with crisp toast. I like this dish as the croutons add even more crunch, while the strong lemon and fennel flavours balance the sardines oiliness.

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Cooking time   5
Fish type   Oily fish
Serves   2

Scallop, King, scallops

Pecten maximus

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Seared scallops with pureed spinach, sea aster & sea blite

Kate Humble and Katherine Marland
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Cooking time   5
Fish type   Shellfish
Serves   4

Thai Scallops

Benjamin Bartlett

Give your scallops an exotic oriental twist …

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Cooking time   0
Fish type   Shellfish
Serves   4

Sole, Dover sole, Common sole

Solea solea

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Chargrilled Dover sole with spiced butter

Raymond Blanc OBE

Recipe copyright: Raymond Blanc 2017
Photograph copyright: David Griffen 2014.

What can be better than a beautifully grilled, fresh Dover sole that you know has been responsibly caught off the nearest coastline?

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Cooking time   12
Fish type   White flat fish
Serves   4

Steamed dover sole with pickled grape, roast garlic and parsley dressing

Nathan Outlaw

Steaming the fillets in a little wine and stock produces a small amount of tasty fish essence to add to the dressing. The pickled grapes are a lovely addition to my twist on the classic sole varonique. For a perfect lunch, serve this dish with a bowl of hot new potatoes and a simple salad of dressed peppery leaves, such as rocket or watercress.

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Cooking time   360
Fish type   White flat fish
Serves   4

Sole, Lemon

Microstomus kitt

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Lemon sole en papillote orientale

Cyrus Todiwala OBE

Having tried lemon sole several times with various seasonings I find it ideal actually to simply season it with some salt and pepper and a dash of lime juice. Whether you use oil or butter is personal. The taste is light and mildly fishy, which is nice, as it is not strong on the palate unlike many fish. If well cooked the meat is soft and flaky and has a lush creamy texture which on the palate is quite enjoyable. Lemon sole, like its cousins, is a delicate fish and commands respect. However it is very adaptable and is well suited to a multiple of different cuisines, which make it a very favourable fish indeed. Whilst it may not be as highly regarded as its cousin the Dover sole, quite frankly it will compare in equal levels with the right amount of seasoning and handling. Megrim, dab and Dover sole are all closely related and offer very good flavours and tastes.

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Cooking time   20
Fish type   White flat fish
Serves   2

Lemon sole with herb dressing and watercress

Anna Turns


When fish is at its freshest and tastiest, it is really not necessary to add bells and whistles. This deliciously simple, healthy recipe is quick to recreate at home, and the lemon sole is the star of the show.
Recipe by Emily Scott, seafood chef and proprietor of The St Tudy Inn, North Cornwall. Photo credit: The Head The Tail

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Cooking time   0
Fish type   White flat fish
Serves   2

Sprat, whitebait

Sprattus sprattus

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Devilled Sprats

Mike Warner

One of my favourite seasonal seafood recipes comes from the slate grey winter seas of our Suffolk coast, and involves a fish that constitutes a highly nutritious, yet affordable, meal, rich in the polyunsaturate omega-3 and with all the accompanying health benefits associated with oily fish. Sprats, (Sprattus sprattus) are a shoaling pelagic species, traditionally caught by drift nets or mid-water trawls and for centuries have appeared in diets along with the more popular oily staples of herring, pilchards and mackerel. Personally, I find their flavour exquisite and when coupled with the simplicity of their preparation, and their inexpensive price tag, I cannot understand why their appeal has waned. The popularity of whitebait, (their notably favoured juvenile class), is no less flavoursome and a popular entrée in restaurants around the UK. However, in the interests of sustainability, consuming the adults to my mind would be preferable and eminently more satisfying, knowing the fish has had a chance to reach maturity and spawning age.

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Fish type   Oily fish
Serves   2

Tilapia

Oreochromis niloticus niloticus

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Farmed tilapia with wilted spring greens and wild garlic, citrus butter and sunblushed tomato oil

Emma Spofforth

Tilapia is a wonderfully adaptable fish with a good meaty texture and fine flavours. In this dish we compliment the fish with wilted spring greens and wild garlic and then both a tangy citrus butter and a reduced sunblushed tomato oil. These give visual appeal, vibrant colours and interesting flavours.

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Fish type   White round fish
Serves   2

Trout, Rainbow

Oncorhynchus mykiss

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Bio aqua farm crispy trout bites with gremolata mayo

Antonio Paladino

Rainbow trout can be a clean and delicate flavour when farmed with Aquaponic methods, and a good source of Omega 3. This easy to make dish is a balanced blend of Mediterranean flavours. The crispy coating and smooth centred bites with the zesty gremolata complements a freshly mixed salad with an Italian dressing of olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper. I recommend to use local and organic where possible.

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Fish type   Oily fish
Serves   4

Rainbow trout with hazelnuts and sage

CJ Jackson

A delicate oil-rich fish with a distinctive herbaceous and sometimes earthy flavour. It makes a very good and less rich alternative to salmon.

To compliment the earthy flavour of trout robust flavoured herbs including sage, basil, tarragon, bay and rosemary work well with it. Citrus fruits also work well.

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Fish type   Oily fish
Serves   2

Turbot (Caught at sea)

Psetta maxima

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Turbot with pinto beans

Andrew Kojima (Koj)

Turbot served on a quick stew of beans and vegetables.

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Fish type   White flat fish
Serves   2

Whiting

Merlangius merlangus

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Beer battered whiting with mushy peas and tartar sauce

Matthew Couchman


Interestingly I have been asked “to do”” whiting which from manyareas rates fairly poorly on a sustainability scale.Whiting are mainly a bycatch species and fisheries suffer from high discard rates, mainly because of its low market value. However, sourced from the correct area and captured using nets with measures to improve selectivity and reduce discards it sits fine. Whiting is a member of the gadoid family (Cod and Haddocks) and shaped more like a haddock with soft flesh alike. It yields itself well to fish and chips!

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Fish type   White round fish
Serves   2

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