Fish Recipes for Good Friday

Good Friday marks the anniversary of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and traditionally people of faith would eat fish rather than meat out of respect. These days of course an increasing number of people are not religious but many will follow the centuries-old practice of making dinner with fish rather than beef, lamb, chicken or the flesh of other warm-blooded animals.

Ahead of Good Friday we’ve found two recipes you can ponder for the big family meal at the end of the week.

Grilled or roasted monkfish with black olive sauce and lemon mash

Monkfish has a wonderful meatiness, which really works well with crisp Mediterranean flavours.

Grilled or roasted monkfish with black olive sauce and lemon mash
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Sea salt
  • 2 lemons, zest of, plus a little juice
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary, leaves picked
  • 4 x 200g monkfish fillets
  • 2 bunches rocket, washed and drained
  • FOR THE BLACK OLIVE SAUCE
  • 2 large handfuls black olives, stoned and very roughly chopped
  • ½ fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 small handful fresh herbs (basil, marjoram and parsley), finely chopped
  • 1 heart celery, yellow leaves chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 slugs extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • FOR THE LEMON MASH
  • 1kg floury potatoes
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Milk
  • 1 lemon, juice of
Instructions
  1. In a pestle and mortar or Flavour Shaker, smash up 2 teaspoons of salt with the lemon zest and rosemary and rub this all over the fish fillets. Put the fillets in a dish in the fridge and let them sit there for an hour.

  2. Now make your black olive sauce by mixing all the ingredients except the vinegar together. You want the sauce to have the consistency of a coarse salsa. Then carefully balance the flavours with the vinegar to taste.

  3. If you’re roasting your monkfish, preheat your oven to 220°C/425°F/gas 7 just before the fish comes out of the fridge. Pat the fish dry with some kitchen paper and then pat it with a little olive oil.

  4. Peel and halve your potatoes. Put them into a pot of salted, boiling water and cook until tender. Then drain and mash up with 6 tablespoons of olive oil and a good swig of milk. Season to taste with salt, pepper and lemon juice. If you want to get your mash really smooth and creamy you can use a spatula to push the potato through a sieve once or twice. It doesn’t make it taste any better but it will make it silky smooth, shiny and lovely. If it needs thinning with a little extra milk, feel free.

  5. To roast the monkfish, heat a large ovenproof frying pan, add a splash of olive oil and fry the fillets in the pan for 2 minutes. Then turn them over and put the pan in your preheated oven for 6 to 8 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets.

  6. To grill, place the the butterflied fillets on a hot griddle pan and cook for about 3 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness. Whichever way you cook it serve the fish and the juices with a good dollop of the mashed potato, the black olive sauce and a little rocket dressed with the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper.

Giorgio Locatelli’s cod, parsley sauce and lentils

This recipe uses seasonal vegetables and will comfortably feed a family of four.

Giorgio Locatelli’s cod, parsley sauce and lentils
 
Cook time
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 thick skinless cod fillets, about 220g each
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 50g unsalted butter, diced
  • FOR THE LENTILS
  • 250g brown or green lentils (preferably castelluccio)
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 1 small leek, finely chopped
  • 100g piece unsmoked pancetta
  • Fresh rosemary sprig
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Small bunch fresh sage
  • 1.5 litres vegetable stock
  • Small handful fresh flatleaf parsley, chopped
  • 50g unsalted butter, diced
  • FOR THE PARSLEY SAUCE
  • Small bunch fresh parsley
  • 100ml extra-virgin olive oil for the salad dressing (makes 375ml)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 300ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • FOR THE BROCCOLI AND ALMOND SALAD
  • 1 broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 tbsp chilli oil (see tips)
  • ½ tbsp garlic oil (see tips)
  • 1 red chilli, cut into fine strips
  • 1 green chilli, cut into fine strips
  • 100g whole blanched almonds: toast in a dry pan, then roughly chop 25g (keep the rest whole)
Instructions
  1. For the lentils: put in a medium bowl and cover with cold water. Set aside for 30 minutes, then drain.

  2. Heat the 2 tbsp olive oil in a large pan and add the chopped onion, carrot, celery, leek and the pancetta. Cook for 10-15 minutes until the veg are soft but not coloured.

  3. Tie the rosemary, bay leaves and sage together with string and add to the pan with the lentils. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring, until the lentils start to stick to the base of the pan. Don’t season at this point, as salt will make the lentils harden.

  4. Add around a litre of vegetable stock (enough to cover the lentils by 2cm) and keep the rest hot on the hob in case you need it. Bring the pan to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 45 minutes until the lentils are soft, adding more stock if they get too dry. Remove and discard the pancetta (see tips) and herbs, then set aside; keep the stock warm.

  5. For the parsley sauce, put the bunch of parsley and 100ml olive oil in a mini food processor and pulse to a green sauce (or pound in a pestle and mortar or finely chop by hand).

  6. For the dressing, put the salt in a bowl, then add the vinegars and stir to dissolve the salt. Whisk in the olive oil and 4 tbsp cold water until the mixture emulsifies (see make ahead).

  7. For the salad, bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook the broccoli for 2-3 minutes, depending on the size of the florets. Drain, then put into iced water to stop the broccoli cooking and keep its bright colour.

  8. Drain the broccoli and dry on kitchen paper. Put the chilli oil and garlic oil (see tips) in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the broccoli and toss to warm, then put in a serving dish and toss with the chilli strips and 25ml of the dressing. Scatter over all the almonds.

  9. Season the fish well. Heat 2 non-stick frying pans (or use one large pan) and divide the vegetable oil between them. When smoking hot, put in the fish fillets, skin-side down; press them down with a fish slice and check underneath every now and then – the skin should turn crisp and golden. The flesh will begin to turn opaque in 4-5 minutes. When it’s white almost all the way through, turn the fish over. Add the butter to the pan(s).

  10. When the butter is foaming, put the lentils back on the heat. They should have a risotto consistency, so if necessary add a bit of the reserved hot stock or drain off some liquid. Add the chopped parsley and stir in the butter. Season.

  11. Spoon the lentils onto the plates. Tilt the fish pan(s) towards you so you can spoon the buttery juices over the fish, then put a piece on top of each serving of lentils. Drizzle with the parsley sauce, then serve with the broccoli salad.

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3 fish dinners ready in 30 minutes or less

If every week you spend some time wondering “what can I cook for dinner?”, don’t worry you are not alone! Luckily, there are plenty of easy recipes out there that are perfect for weeknights when you get home late or simply don’t have the time to cook anything sophisticated. Here are 3 recipes we have selected that you can add to your recipe collection!

White fish with Garlic and Lemon Butter Sauce


White Fish with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce
 
You can't go wrong with lemon, butter and garlic! It's a light yet flavourful way to prepare any firm white fish such as Halibut or Cod. Serve with your favourite veggies for a quick dinner!
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 fillets of firm white fish, such as cod fillets or halibut fillets
  • 3 Tbsp salted butter
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅔ cup dry white wine
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Start by making the sauce: Heat butter, shallots, and garlic in a large frying pan and cook on medium heat, stirring often for 2 min. Add wine and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Boil until sauce thickens slightly, 2-3 min. Stir in parsley and lemon zest. Season with pinches of salt and pepper to taste. Cover and keep warm.

  2. Using paper towels, pat the fish fillets dry to remove as much moisture as you can. Sprinkle a light layer of kosher salt and black pepper over both sides of each fillet. In a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat, add the olive oil. Arrange 2 fillets in the pan and cook with the lid slightly open to allow steam to escape. Cook about 3-4 min or until bottoms of fillets are browned.

  3. Flip carefully and brown the other side 3-4 min (keep in mind that if your fish is less than 1 inch thick, you'll need to adjust for shorter cooking time.) You want the fish just cooked, but not over-cooked.

  4. Repeat with other 2 fillets (unless your frying pan is large enough to cook all 4 fillets without crowding, it's best to cook in batches; otherwise, the fish will be more steamed than browned.)

    Plate the fish fillets and pour warm sauce over them. Serve immediately.

Roasted Salmon with Crispy Potatoes & Broccoli


Roasted Salmon with Crispy Potatoes & Broccoli
 
This roasted salmon recipe is a great way to get a portion of oily fish into your weekly routine and is super easy to make as it's all cooked on one tray!
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 450 g potatoes
  • 1 large red onion
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • pepper
  • 680 g skinless salmon fillet
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ clove garlic
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 220 degrees C. On a baking sheet mix together the broccoli, potatoes, and onion with the oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Spread in an even layer and roast for 15 minutes.

  2. Season the salmon with ¼ teaspoons each salt and pepper, place it among the vegetables and continue roasting until the vegetables are golden brown and tender and the salmon is opaque throughout, 8 to 10 minutes more.

  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, and garlic. Serve with the fish and the vegetables.

Cod with Chorizo and Tomato Sauce


Cod with Tomato and Chorizo Sauce
 
Chorizo is a great way to add some spice to a dish! This tomato and chorizo sauce is packed with flavour and makes a healthy dinner when paired with grilled cod.
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 4 thin slices chorizo, cut into matchsticks
  • A pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • 400g tinned or fresh chopped tomatoes
  • 2 skinless cod fillets or other white fish
  • Cooked green beans to serve
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan then cook the garlic and chorizo for a few minutes.

  2. Add the chilli and tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes until thickened, season.

  3. Meanwhile rub the fish with a little more oil, season and grill or steam until cooked through, about 4-6 minutes. Serve the fish with the sauce and green beans.

 

3 Ways to Cook White Fish

White fish is a lean source of protein and should be part of the recommended two portions of fish per week. The options to cook white fish are endless and you can choose any of your favourite fish such as haddock, cod, monkfish, halibutseabass, sea bream or lemon sole!

Here we have selected three methods of cooking: baked, pan-fried and poached. All these recipes are easy to make and are perfect for weeknight dinners when you want something simple but still flavourful.

Roasted White Fish with Bacon, Asparagus & Lemon Mayonnaise


Roasted White Fish
 
The strong flavours of the bacon are well balanced with the delicate flavours of white fish. This dish can be ready in 30 minutes and is very easy to make! You can choose the type of fish and bacon you prefer, so don't hesitate to try different combinations.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 x 150 g white fish fillets, such as cod, haddock, halibut or monkfish
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves picked and very finely chopped
  • 2 lemons, zest and juice of
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 rashers thinly sliced, smoked streaky bacon or pancetta
  • olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 large bunches of asparagus, trimmed
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. Season your beautiful fish fillets with the rosemary, finely grated lemon zest and pepper. Lay your rashers of bacon or pancetta on a board and one by one run the flat of a knife along them to thin them and widen them out. Lay 3 rashers together, slightly overlapping, put a fish fillet on top and wrap the rashers around it.

  2. Lightly heat a large ovenproof frying pan, add a splash of olive oil and lay your fish in the pan. Fry for a minute, then place the pan in your preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish, until the bacon is crisp and golden.

  3. While the fish is cooking, you can make your simple lemon mayonnaise. Do this by mixing quality mayonnaise with the juice of half a lemon and pepper. You want to add enough lemon juice to make the flavour slightly too zingy. This is because, when you eat it with the asparagus and the fish, it will lessen slightly in intensity. And don’t worry if the mayo looks a little thinner than usual when you’ve added the lemon juice – think of it as more delicate.

  4. The asparagus is a great accompaniment because, like the fish, it also loves bacon. You can either boil or steam it; either way it’s light and a nice contrast to the meatiness of the fish. When cooked, toss it in the juices that come out of the fish. Simply serve the fish next to a nice pile of asparagus, drizzled with the lemon-spiked mayonnaise. And if you’re feeling very hungry, serve with some steaming-hot new potatoes.

Pan-Fried White Fish


Pan-Fried White Fish
 
Pan-fried fish is probably the quickest way to cook fish! For this method, make sure you don't overcook your fish and serve with rice, potatoes or any vegetables to make a healthy and tasty dinner ready in no time!
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 white fish fillet, like cod, halibut, monkfish or haddock
  • 1 cup whole wheat or any flour
  • sprinkle or two sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp any dried herb or spice
  • 1 zest and juice of a lemon
  • large splash vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat your largest, heaviest pan or skillet over medium-high heat. A heavier pan will distribute the heat more evenly than a thin one.

  2. Whisk together the flour, salt and pepper, paprika, herb and lemon zest.

  3. Pour the seasoned flour into a shallow dish large enough to hold 1 or 2 fish fillets. Depending on the size of the fillets, and your guests’ inclination to share, cut the fish into individual portions or leave whole.

  4. Dredge fillet pieces in the seasoned flour until they are evenly coated. Rest on a pan or plate but don’t stack them on top of one another.

  5. Pour a large splash of vegetable oil into the pan, enough to cover the pan’s bottom in a thin film. Add the butter to the centre of the oil. The oil will protect the delicate butter from burning, and the butter will add flavour. When the butter begins to brown and sizzle, swirl it around the pan and quickly add the fish fillets. Turn up the heat, adjusting it as needed to keep the pan sizzling hot.

  6. Cook the fish in batches so they will all brown evenly. Cook the first side of the fillets for a few minutes until they’re golden brown and beautiful. Carefully flip them and continue with the other side. You may find it useful to add a bit more butter after you flip the fish over.

  7. Continue until the fish cooks through. Add the lemon juice and swirl the pan. It will sizzle and form a quick sauce with the butter and coat each fillet. Serve immediately.

Simple Poached Fish

Poached White Fish

Simple Poached Fish
 
This is a template that you can adapt to your own tastes. Choose your favourite white fish, the poaching liquid and the vegetables you want to serve with it! A great meal for busy weeknights.
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 500g cod or other white fish (haddock, halibut, etc)
  • 1-2 fresh tomatoes, sliced
  • About 2 cups of liquid, for poaching (milk, coconut milk, stock etc)
  • 1 ½ – 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh chives or parsley, chopped
  • Lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Place the filets in the pan. Add liquid almost to cover the filets, and then top them with tomato slices. (If you prefer, you can remove the skin and seeds but that's up to you).

  2. Bring the liquid to a low boil, cover, turn down the heat and simmer for 3-6 minutes (depending on the thickness of the filets) until the fish flakes when tested with a fork.

  3. While the fish is cooking, melt the butter in the saucepan or ramekin. Then add up to a tablespoon of lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

  4. When the fish is done, gently lift the filets out of the liquid with a spatula. Top with a bit of the butter and lemon juice mixture and the chopped parsley or chives.

  5. Serve with rice, potatoes or your favourite green vegetables.

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Italian style white fish

This recipe is a great way to prepare white fish in a simple that is still quick, healthy and super easy! You shouldn’t need more than 30 minutes to make this recipe, so it’s great for a mid-week dinner!

Italian style white fish
 
A simple way to prepare white fish that adds wonderful flavour.
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 fillets of white fish (such as cod, halibut, monkfish or even seabass)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 500g cherry tomatoes
  • 50g black olive
  • 25g pine nut
  • large handful of fresh basil leaves
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to fan 180C/ conventional 200C/gas 6. Take the fish fillets with the skin on, and season with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large pan and cook the fillets skin side down for 2-3 minutes until just crisp. Transfer to a large roasting tin, skin side down.

  2. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and scatter around the fillets. Cut the olives in half and scatter over the tomatoes, followed by the pine nuts. Season.

  3. Put the tray in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, until the fish is tender. Remove from the oven and scatter the tomatoes with a the basil leaves. Spoon onto four warm plates and top each with fish. Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil.

 

Crispy bacon-wrapped monkfish recipe

Bacon-wrapped Monkfish
 
Choose dry-cured, thinly sliced bacon for this dish - the crisp texture works well with our firm, meaty monkfish fillets.

Drinks-wise, we'd recommend a white wine to go with this - maybe something like an Albarino.
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 400g monkfish tail, sliced into 2 fillets
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped
  • 12 rashers (about 140g/5oz) dry-cure rindless smoked streaky bacon
  • 2 large tomatoes, halved
  • 3-4 tbsp vinaigrette
  • 225g bag watercress and salad leaves
Instructions
  1. Lay 1 monkfish tail fillet on a board, sprinkle with thyme leaves and season. Lay the other fillet on top with tapering tip in the opposite direction, so each end has one thick and one thin end butted together.

  2. Lay the bacon on a board, slightly overlapping and put the monkfish in the centre. Wrap the fish in the rashers so that it holds together quite firmly.

  3. Heat the grill for 3-5 mins. Line the grill pan, lay the monkfish on it, with the bacon joins underneath.

  4. Grill for about 7-10 mins until the bacon starts to crisp, then carefully turn over and cook for another 7-10 mins. At the same time, grill the tomato halves. As soon as the monkfish feels firm when pressed on top, remove and leave to stand for 5 mins. Save any pan juices from the paper and drizzle into the vinaigrette. Cut the monkfish into medallions, slightly on the diagonal. Dress the watercress salad with the vinaigrette and juices and divide between four plates. Place monkfish on top, season with pepper and serve tomatoes alongside. Nice with baby new potatoes.