If you fancy cooking fish for dinner tonight and have no idea where to start, you've come to the right place. From healthy salmon recipes like salmon fillets with minty pesto to fancy salmon fish cakes, we've got plenty of delicious fish recipes for you to choose from.
See our handy guide to prepare, cook and store your fish...
How to prepare fish
Fish is pretty simple to prepare when you know how. If you've bought frozen fish, you'll need to defrost it before cooking, this can be done in the fridge overnight. Remember the larger the cut of fish, the longer it will take to defrost - smoked salmon slices might only take a couple of hours to defrost whereas a whole fillet of cod could take half a day.
When it comes to buying your fish we'd recommend getting the fresh stuff from your local fish mongers or the fresh fish section in the supermarket as you will get more for your money and you'll get a better quality of fish too.
You can also ask for your fish to be de-boned. This is ideal if you're planning on cooking fillets. De-boning a fish can be rather tricky so if you don't want to spend ages in the kitchen and are looking for the quick option, boneless fillets are the answer.
How to cook fish
From fish cakes to cod fillets, there are plenty of ways to cook fish. If you want to make the classic fish and chips, a crisp batter can be made using flour and breadcrumbs. This method allows you to deep-fry your fish in oil. Another way to cook fish is under the grill.
Salmon fillets or small pieces of haddock cook perfectly under the grill and are even tastier if you add glaze like sweet honey or Teriyaki. You can oven bake fish too - wrap in baking parchment or tin foil and bake on a low-heat in the oven until flaky and coloured. This method can be used on the BBQ if you keep the lid down.
Grill your fresh fish before serving for an extra crisp skin. If you're planning on cooking fish for the whole family, cooking it in a fish casserole or fish pie would work wonders. Cook in the oven with plenty of stock and veggies.
If you're making a fish pie we'd recommend a thick, creamy sauce for the filling and a smooth mash topping - you can't go wrong! Try our classic fish pie recipe for a really simple option.
How to store fish
If you buy fish ready frozen and decide you want to save it for a later date, store it in the freezer. If not, defrost in the fridge and cook once it's completely defrosted. If you've opted for fresh fish, this is best cooked on the night it's been bought. The fresher the fish, the better the taste. If you want to cook this another time however it's best to store it in the freezer and defrost as stated above.
Cooked fish can be stored in the fridge for 1-2 days and then reheated and served. This is ideal for dishes like fish pie or fish cakes. You can't re-freeze cooked fish that has already been frozen so keep that in mind when storing your fish.
Now that we've covered the basics, it's time for you to choose a recipe. Have a browse through our delicious fish recipes and if you see if any recipes tickle your fancy.
There are so many healthy and delicious dinners you can make with a lovely piece of fish. Fish recipes range from a 10 minute mackerel salad to a slow-cooked fish stew or seafood paella. And come the winter months, there are a whole host of new things to do with fish. Who could turn down a deliciously creamy fish pie? Or maybe a spicy fish curry? Tell us your favourite way to cook fish in the comments section below.
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