Whether you are celebrating something or just want to spend some time with a loved one, why not make it extra special by cooking a meal at home? There are plenty of recipes that are quite easy to make but will still taste delicious and look great too! Here are 3 recipes that we think would be perfect for a romantic meal!
Prawn Fra Diavolo For Two
Keep it simple and light with this healthier version of an Italian classic – still full of flavours and incredibly tasty! If using cooked prawns, adjust cooking time so you don’t overcook them. Serve with a side salad or your favourite greens.
Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add penne and cook according to package directions. Drain, return to the pot and cover to keep warm.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Add onion and fennel and cook, stirring, until starting to soften, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic, crushed red pepper, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper and cook 1 minute more. Add tomatoes and their juice; bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Add shrimp and cook, stirring, until they are just cooked through, about 4 minutes.
Stir about ½ cup of the tomato sauce into the pasta to lightly coat it. Divide between 2 pasta bowls and top with the remaining prawns and sauce. Serve sprinkled with chopped fennel fronds, if desired.
Honey & Orange Roasted Seabass
This simple and elegant dish is perfect if you don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking dinner but still want a satisfying meal. The recipe calls for seabass but other white fish would work well too – try cod, haddock, halibut, sea bream or lemon sole!
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Place each sea bass fillet on individual squares of foil. Mix together the orange zest, honey, mustard, 1 tbsp olive oil and some seasoning, and drizzle it over the fillets. Pull the sides of the foil up and twist the edges together to make individual parcels. Place the parcels on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 10 mins until the fish is just cooked and flakes easily when pressed with a knife.
Warm the lentils following pack instructions, then mix with the orange juice, remaining oil, the watercress, herbs and seasoning. Divide the lentils between 2 plates and top each with a sea bass fillet. Drizzle over any roasting juices that are caught in the foil and serve immediately.
Salmon & Leek Parcels
Date night is all about enjoying tasty food and spending time with your loved one – not spending all your time in the kitchen! Try this easy salmon parcels for a tasty dinner with minimal prep time.
½ lemon, grated zest of ¼, plus a good squeeze of juice
2-3 tsp capers
baby potatoes and wilted spinach, to serve (optional)
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Place two sheets of baking parchment (large enough to wrap up each salmon fillet) on your work surface.
Put the leeks in a pan with 6 tbsp water, cover and bring to the boil. Cook for 5 mins until the water has been absorbed and the leeks are almost tender. Stir in the mascarpone, 1 tbsp dill and some seasoning.
Spoon half the creamy leeks into the middle of one sheet of parchment and place a salmon fillet on top, then repeat to make a second parcel. Sprinkle over the lemon zest with a squeeze of juice, then scatter over the capers and the remaining 1 tsp dill.
Bring the parchment up over the fish and join the two edges together by folding them over several times down the middle. Do the same with the ends and place the parcels, spaced apart, on a baking sheet.
Bake for 12-15 mins, depending on how well done you like your fish, then carefully tear open the parcel. Serve with lemon wedges for squeezing over, baby potatoes and wilted spinach, if you like.
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Recipes for 2 – Perfect to Treat a Loved One
Treating a loved one to a home-cooked meal is a great way to make them feel special. Of course, you don’t have to wait for Valentine’s day! Here are some recipes that would be perfect for when you feel like cooking something special for someone – whether that’s for an anniversary, Valentine’s day or just when you fancy it!
Seared Scallops, Prawns & Balsamic Strawberries
You may be thinking that pairing scallops and strawberries is an odd idea but don’t judge until you try it! The sweet flavours of the dish are well-balanced by the rocket – but if you’re not a fan of rocket use baby spinach instead. To achieve perfectly seared scallops, make sure to check our cooking guide.
Seared Scallops & Prawns with Balsamic Strawberries
In a bowl, stir together the vinegar and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Fold in the strawberries, cover, and chill for at least one hour. Remove from the fridge when you're ready to start cooking.
Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the shallots until softened, then add the leaves and turn until well mixed. Cook just a minute or two until all the leaves have wilted but are still fully green. Remove greens to a strainer and keep warm.
Dry the scallops and prawns well and sprinkle with the coarse salt. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat until quite hot. Add the grapeseed or light olive oil, let the oil heat a moment, then carefully add the scallops and prawns.
Let the prawns sear for about 1 minute per side until just opaque. Remove and keep warm. Don't move the scallops until you can see a brown edge forming around the bottom (about 2 to 2½ minutes.) Carefully lift one scallop - if the surface has a nice caramelized colour, turn them over.
Cook for just another minute until the scallops are springy but not quite firm. Remove the scallops and keep warm.
Wipe out the pan, then add the strawberries and vinegar. Remove the strawberries after they are heated through (about 30 seconds) and let the balsamic cook down briefly until thickened to a syrupy consistency.
To serve, place the greens on a plate, top with the scallops, prawns, and strawberries, then drizzle the balsamic reduction over the scallops and prawns.
Brown Butter Sole with Peas & Mussels
If you’re a fan of classic flavours, try this lemon sole and mussels dish! Perfect if you’re looking for something easy to make that looks elegant enough for a special occasion and – above all – tastes delicious!
Heat the oil and butter in a deep frying pan until foaming. Add the fish fillets and cook for 3-4 mins. Carefully turn over and baste with the butter, which should be nut-brown.
Increase the heat and add the peas, mussels, cider, lemon juice and some seasoning. Cover with a lid and cook for another 3-4 mins until the mussels have opened – discard any that remain closed.
Scatter with pea shoots and bring the pan to the table with the lemon wedges on the side.
Tikka Salmon & Jewelled Rice
If you like spicy food, try this super flavoursome salmon dish! The yogurt, pomegranate & apricot brings some sweetness to the dish, so feel free to change the recipe to balance sweetness and spiciness depending on your own preference!
Combine 1 tbsp of the curry paste with 2 tbsp yogurt. Season the salmon and smear the yogurt paste all over the fillets, then set aside.
Heat the oil in a large pan (with a lid) and add the onion. Boil the kettle. Cook the onion for 5 mins to soften, and stir in the remaining curry paste then cook for 1 min more. Add the turmeric, apricots and rice, season well and give everything a good stir. Pour in 800ml water from the kettle. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 15 mins. Cover with a lid, lower the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 15 mins more.
Uncover the rice and give it a good stir. Put the salmon fillets on top of the rice and re-cover the pan. Turn the heat to its lowest setting and leave undisturbed for 15-20 mins more until the salmon and rice are perfectly cooked. Scatter over the pomegranate seeds and coriander, and serve with the yogurt.
Fancy trying extra special and treat your loved one to luxurious lobster? Lobster meat is absolutely delicious, firm, meaty and has a delicate sweet taste. It’s an incredible experience that your loved one will remember! To help you out, we’ve got full cooking and preparation guides for live lobster.
Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. When the water is at a rolling boil, drop in the lobster tails. Boil until the shells are bright red and the lobster meat is cooked through, 7 to 9 minutes (add 3 to 4 more minutes for large tails). Drain the tails, and then remove and discard the shells, reserving the meat. If you're using fresh live lobster, check out our cooking and preparation guides.
Rinse the pot and return it to the stove. Add 1 tablespoon of the butter and melt over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, 1 minute more.
Add the rice and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon zest and juice and bring to a simmer.
Add the broth ½ cup at a time, bringing the mixture to a simmer and stirring constantly as the broth is absorbed. When the broth is nearly absorbed, add another ½ cup of broth and repeat. Continue until all the broth has been added and absorbed.
In a medium pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Add the thyme and cook until the butter is very fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the lobster tails and cook, tossing occasionally, until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes more.
Remove the risotto pot from the heat. Stir in the final 1 tablespoon butter and the Parmesan, and then season with salt and pepper.
Divide the risotto between two plates and then top each portion with two small (or one large) lobster tail and 1 to 2 teaspoons of the thyme butter. Serve immediately.
How to Use Cooked Prawns – 3 Recipes
Last week, we detailed 3 methods so you can safely defrost frozen prawns and explained why keeping prawns frozen is the best way to preserve freshness and quality.
Our prawns are already peeled and cooked so they’re very easy to incorporate into your dishes. If a recipe calls for raw prawns, you can still use cooked prawns and adapt cooking time so that they’re just heated through but not overcooked.
Here are 3 recipes using cooked prawns that we think would be great to try. They’re very easy and can be on your table in next to no time!
Bruschetta can be a great a quick snack or light lunch, served with a side salad of your choice or something more substantial if you're hungry. They can be topped with virtually anything but we like the association of prawns and lemony fennel.
Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and fry the onions, ginger and garlic for 8-10 mins, stirring frequently, until softened and starting to colour.
Add the spices and chilli flakes, stir briefly, then pour in the tomatoes with half a can of water and the honey. Blitz everything in the pan with a hand blender until almost smooth (or use a food processor).
Stir in the pepper and coriander stalks, cover the pan and leave to simmer for 10 mins. (The mixture will be very thick and splutter a little, so stir frequently.)
Stir in the prawns and scatter over the coriander leaves. Heat the rice following pack instructions. Serve both with a minty yogurt or chutney, if you like.
Pasta salads can easily be made in larger batches so you can have some on the next day. Cooked prawns are a quick way to add some protein to your pasta salad so it keeps you fuller for longer. Enjoy hot or cold!
Cook the pasta following pack instructions, adding the beans for the final 2 mins. Meanwhile, toast the pine nuts in a dry pan.
Drain the pasta, reserving a cup of water. Return the pasta and beans to the pan, and add the pesto, crème fraîche, prawns, lemon zest and juice, and pine nuts. Season well.
If the sauce is a little thick, add a splash of the pasta water. When you’re ready to serve, scatter over the rocket. Eat hot, or leave to go cold, put in the fridge and eat as a pasta salad.
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How to Defrost Prawns: 3 Safe Methods
Prawns are delicate and are often frozen in order to preserve their freshness. Unless you have direct access to the sea, it might be a good option to choose frozen prawns.
Because we only want the freshest products and the best quality for our customers, this is why prawns are the ONLY product we sell frozen.
Like all frozen products, it is very important to carefully defrost prawns in order to keep the quality and freshness of this beautiful seafood. Here are methods you can try.
Defrost Prawns in the Refrigerator
Defrosting products in the refrigerator is always the safest method, but requires that you plan your meal ahead because prawns will need about 8 hours to fully defrost in the refrigerator. Transfer the prawns to an airtight container and place in the refrigerator. Once defrosted, rinse the prawns with cold water before cooking them.
Defrost Prawns in Cold Water
Take the prawns out of the freezer and place them in a large colander. Place it in running water (make sure the water is cold) for a few minutes, moving the prawns so they can evenly defrost. Do NOT use warm water as this will unevenly defrost the prawns and can even start cooking the outside.
Defrost Prawns in Cold Briny Water
Prepare a container with enough water to cover all your prawns and add salt: 2 tablespoons of salt for 4 cups of water. Mix well and place the prawns in the container (removing them from their packaging). Wait for 15-20 minutes until all prawns are defrosted, regularly moving the prawns if needed. Once defrosted, drain the liquid, rinse the prawns with cold water and you can start cooking!
Prawns are quick an easy way to add protein to your salads, pasta, stews… They can also be enjoyed as a simple & healthy appetiser or on toast for a quick snack!
Soups and stews are a tasty and healthy way of warming up on a chilly day. It’s also easy to freeze, which means you can easily cook ahead of freeze portions for a later meal. Here are 3 fish & seafood soup recipes we love.
This warming soup has a bit of a Provencal feeling and will get you dreaming of Summer on even the coldest day! If you're not a big fan of mussels, you could also use firm white fish such cod of halibut. The soup will be different but still very tasty!
In a large pot, heat 3 tablespoons of the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion, garlic, fennel, celery, bay leaf, orange zest, and turmeric. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft, about 15 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and wine and simmer for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the broiler. Put the bread slices on a baking sheet and brush both sides with the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Broil the bread, turning once, until golden brown, about 4 minutes in all.
Discard any mussels that are broken or do not clamp shut when tapped. Add the water, salt, pepper, and mussels to the pot. Cover and bring to a boil. Cook, shaking the pot occasionally, just until the mussels open, 3 to 5 minutes.
As the mussels open, remove them from the pot with a slotted spoon. When the mussels are cool enough to handle, remove them from their shells. Remove the bay leaf. Stir the cream into the soup and bring just to a simmer. Stir in the mussels and the prosciutto and serve topped with the toasted slices of baguette.
2 spring onions, cut into 1-inch pieces and finely shredded lengthways
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
1 egg white, lightly beaten
Bring the chicken stock to the boil in a pan. Meanwhile, stand the corn cobs up on a board and slice away the kernels with a large sharp knife. Add the corn to the stock and simmer for 5 minutes.
Check over the crabmeat for any little pieces of shell, keeping the meat in the largest pieces possible. Mix the cornflour to a smooth paste with a little cold water, stir it into the soup and simmer for 2 minutes.
Stir in the crabmeat, ginger, spring onions, soy sauce, rice wine or sherry, 1 teaspoon of salt and some pepper to taste. Simmer for 1 minute.
Now give the soup a good stir, remove the spoon and slowly trickle in the beaten egg white so that it forms long, thin strands in the soup. Simmer for about 30 seconds and then serve immediately.
Cod and chorizo are a match made in heaven, but you could also use a firm white fish such as halibut. This delicious stew is easy to freeze so you could make a big batch so you always have a tasty meal on hand when you're too busy to cook.
Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, add the chorizo and fry until just starting to crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl and set aside.
Finely the onion then, in the same pan, soften it for 8 minutes over a low heat. Stir in the paprika and the chilli flakes and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the white wine, chopped tomatoes, roasted peppers and chickpeas. Season well, mix and bring to a simmer.
Chop the cod fillet into large chunks and add to the pan along with the crisp chorizo. Bubble gently for 3 minutes or until the cod is just cooked through. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if need be. Sprinkle over a handful of chopped fresh flatleaf parsley and serve with creamy mash or garlic bread.
Free Salmon to Start a Healthy 2018!
For most of us, Christmas and New Year’s Eve has been a time of indulgence with many Festive meals! If you’re planning to start fresh this January, we’re helping you getting back on track with fresh fish & seafood to cook healthy meals.
Spend over £60 and we’ll add 2 salmon fillets to your order, free of charge!
Salmon has many health benefits and is a great addition to a healthy diet! Be sure to check out our cooking guide for some tips to get you started, we also have plenty of recipes on our blog!
Looking for more inspiration for a healthy January? Check out these 3 healthy fish recipes, perfect for weeknight cooking!
This offer will end on Sunday 21st January, 10PM.
Healthy Fish Recipes to Kick-Start the Year
Cooking healthy meals that taste great doesn’t have to be time-consuming or be difficult. If you find yourself reaching for convenient options when short on time, try one of these 3 recipes. These meals can be ready in under 30 minutes, are delicious, filling AND healthy! Great options for lighter meals after a busy Festive period.
Good fats are an important part of a healthy diet and oily fish such as Mackerel is a great way to get more of these! Aim for at least one portion of oily fish per week, such as salmon, mackerel, herring, kippers, trout or tuna.
Heat the grill to medium. Put the mackerel fillets, skin-side up, on a large baking sheet. Brush with oil and season with salt and pepper. Add the sourdough pieces to the baking sheet, drizzle a little oil over the bread, then cook under the grill for 6-8 minutes, turning the bread once, until the mackerel is heated through and the bread is crisp and golden.
Meanwhile, bring a pan of water to the boil, then add the green beans. Cook for 3-4 minutes, drain and run under cold water. In a small bowl, mix the pesto with half the lemon juice and 2 tbsp cold water.
Put the bread, green beans, olives, tomatoes, pesto mix, rocket and parsley in a large mixing bowl and toss together thoroughly. Season to taste (you may want a little more lemon juice), then serve with the mackerel.
Bring lightly salted water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Boil potatoes until just tender, about 7 minutes; drain.
Heat grill to low. Combine eggs, egg whites, salt and pepper in a bowl. Heat oil in a 12" ovenproof nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat.
Cook onion, bell pepper and oregano, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are somewhat soft, about 3 minutes. Add asparagus and potatoes; cook 3 minutes. Add salmon and cook until opaque, 3 minutes.
Pour egg mixture into frying pan; reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally until egg begins to set but is still wet on top, 5 minutes. Cook, without stirring, 5 minutes.
Transfer pan to grill and cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from grill and slice into 4 wedges; serve.
Last Minute Christmas Canapes with Smoked Salmon
It’s the last few days before Christmas and some of us are still planning for the big day! If you’re looking for ideas for appetisers or canapes, don’t panic, we’ve got you covered!
Smoked salmon is a tasty treat, it can be used in a wide variety of recipes and can be an ally of choice when looking for quick and easy canapes that will impress your guests this Christmas. These can also be perfect for New Year’s Eve if you’re hosting a party!
Use a lemon zester or a peeler to remove thin strips of zest from the lemon, taking care to avoid the white pith, which tastes bitter. Put the strips to one side.
To dice the salmon, pile up the slices of smoked salmon into a stack. Using a very sharp knife, cut across the stack to give you thin strips. Turn the stack 90 degrees and cut across the strips again so that end up with fine dice. Place into a bowl.
Add the juice of half of the lemon, or more to taste, and season with freshly ground black pepper.
Add the finely chopped shallot and mix well.
To serve, spread a layer of soured cream onto each blini. Place a spoonful of the salmon mixture on top of the soured cream and garnish each with a small sprig of dill and a strip of lemon zest.
Finely grated zest of 1 lime and the juice of 2 limes
2 ripe avocados
Small handful of chopped fresh coriander, plus extra leaves to garnish
To prepare: Put 285g smoked salmon in a food processor and whizz until finely chopped. Add the cream cheese, crème fraîche and zest and juice of 1 lime. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and whizz until really smooth. Transfer the salmon mousse to a bowl, cover and chill for 15 minutes.
Halve and stone the avocados. Scoop the avocado flesh out into a food processor (ideally a mini one), add the juice of the remaining lime and the chopped coriander and season to taste with more salt and freshly ground black pepper. Whizz until really smooth. Cover and chill for 15 minutes.
Fill 6 shot glasses three-quarters full with the salmon mousse. Smooth the surface, then top with a neat layer of the avocado mixture. Place on a tray, cover with a large sheet of cling film and pop in the fridge for 30 minutes.
To serve: Remove the salmon mousses from the fridge 10 minutes before serving them. Cut the remaining smoked salmon into thin strips, then roughly fold them and place on top of each mousse. Top each with a coriander leaf and serve with crackers or grissini to spread with salmon and guacamole mousses.
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