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.

White Fish with Spiced Lentils

White Fish with Spiced Lentils
 
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A flavoursome dinner that can be ready in under half an hour. Feel free to adjust the spice level to your taste! You can use any white fish you like, we've included a few options in the recipe.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lime, cut into quarters
  • 3 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp medium curry powder
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g can green or brown lentils, drained, rinsed, then drained again
  • 2 tbsp mango chutney, plus extra to serve
  • 4 x 140g white fish fillets such as cod, haddock, halibut, lemon sole or seabass
Instructions
  1. Finely chop one of the lime quarters, including the skin.

  2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a medium saucepan then fry onions over a medium heat for 5 mins until softened and starting to colour. Add the curry powder and tomato purée then fry for another minute.

  3. Tip in 200ml water, lentils, mango chutney and the chopped lime then bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 mins or until thickened.

  4. Heat remaining oil in a frying pan. Season the fish with salt and pepper to taste then fry for 5 mins, turning halfway, until golden and cooked through.

  5. Add a squeeze of lime to the pan and to the lentils then serve together with naan bread or chapatis on the side.

Grilled Mackerel Salad

Grilled Mackerel Salad
 
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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.
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 smoked mackerel fillets
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • 170g sourdough bread, roughly torn into pieces
  • 200g green beans
  • 4 tbsp fresh green pesto
  • Juice 1 lemon
  • 100g pitted black olives
  • 340g cherry tomatoes halved
  • 100g rocket
  • Bunch fresh flatleaf parsley, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Salmon & Asparagus Frittata

Salmon & Asparagus Frittata
 
A frittata is a perfect way to feed a family with a simple and filling meal that's healthy! You can use your favourite vegetables and serve with a side salad. It's also easy to pack for lunch!
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 340g red potatoes, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 6 whole eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 220g asparagus, trimmed and cut into ¾-inch pieces
  • 340g salmon fillet, skin removed, cut into bite-size pieces
Instructions
  1. Bring lightly salted water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Boil potatoes until just tender, about 7 minutes; drain.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Transfer pan to grill and cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from grill and slice into 4 wedges; serve.

 

Easy Baked Whole Fish Recipes

Cooking whole fish can seem daunting but it’s actually a great and easy way to cook delicious and flavourful fish! Most of the time, whole fish is sold scaled, gutted and cleaned so it’s ready for you to cook (including ours!).

Sea Bream, Seabass and Rainbow Trout are particularly good when cooking whole fish recipes but feel free to substitute with what is available to you! Here are 3 recipes that are super easy but will impress your family and friends!

Whole Sea Bream En Papillote

baked whole sea bream

Cooking fish “en papillote” or simply in baking paper, is one of the easiest to cook fish while making sure the flavours infuse well and the fish doesn’t dry out. Directly serve sea bream in parcels to your guests for a maximum effect!

Whole Sea Bream En Papillote
 
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 whole sea bream, gutted and cleaned
  • 3 lemons, juiced
  • 1 small fennel bulb, finely sliced
  • 8 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 red chillies, seeded and finely sliced
  • 200 ml white wine
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Tear 4 large sheets of baking paper and fold each in half – each piece should be big enough to fit a whole fish into. Season the sea bream inside and out with salt and pepper.

  2. Lay most of the lemons, slightly overlapping, inside the belly of each fish, followed by the fennel, a sprig of rosemary and the chilli. Put a few slices of lemon and a sprig of rosemary over the top of the fish, then tie in place with some butchers string and season again with salt and pepper.

  3. Put a fish in the centre of each piece of folded baking paper, then fold up the sides a little to catch the liquid. Divide the white wine and lemon juice over each fish, then scrunch the baking paper together to seal like a rough parcel. Put the parcels on a baking tray and bake for 18-20 minutes.

  4. Serve each guest a sealed parcel, allowing them to break open the paper themselves at the table, releasing the steam and cooking smells into the air.

Whole Baked Thai Seabass

Whole Baked Thai SeabassThai cuisine always brings lots of flavours to the table! This delicious seabass recipe is no exception and will make you feel like you are travelling, without leaving your kitchen!

Whole Baked Thai Seabass
 
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 whole seabass, about 300g each
  • 2 lemongrass stems, outer leaves removed
  • 5cm (2in) root ginger, peeled
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 red chillies, washed
  • 1 bunch coriander, washed
  • 2 limes, juice
  • 20ml (4 tsp) honey
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) fish sauce
  • 60ml (4 tbsp) vegetable oil
  • spring onions, for garnishing
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C / fan 180C / gas mark 6.

  2. Wash the sea bass inside and out, and pat dry with kitchen paper.

  3. Score across the fish and through the skin 4-5 times on each side, then lay the fish on a large piece of oiled foil, big enough to wrap it up loosely. Do this for all four of them.

  4. Place the lemongrass, ginger, garlic, chillies, coriander stems, lime juice, honey, fish sauce and oil in a blender and give it a quick whizz until the mixture is roughly chopped.

  5. Use half of the mixture over the fish, making sure you push some into the cuts. Use the remainder of the mixture to fill the cavities of the fish.

  6. Pull the sides of the foil up to create a loose parcel. Crimp the edges to seal, making sure there is some space around the fish.

  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until the fish is cooked and flakes easily.

  8. Let it rest for about 5 minutes before opening the parcel. Before eating, be sure to drain the juices in a bowl to serve with the fish. Remove the mixture because it’s not edible because of the woodiness of the lemongrass. Serve immediately.

Whole Baked Trout with Tomatoes and Potatoes

Baked whole trout

Trout has a more delicate flavour than salmon and is a great fish to cook whole. This recipe allows you to bake fish, potatoes and tomatoes in the same dish so it’s super convenient and saves you some washing up!

Baked Whole Trout with Tomatoes and Potatoes
 
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 350g cherry tomatoes, broken into smaller clusters if on the vine
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 whole trout (about 250g each), scaled, gutted, and cleaned
  • 6 thin lemon slices (from 1 lemon)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 220C / 200C fan. Toss together potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, oregano, 1 tablespoon oil, and ½ teaspoon salt. Season with pepper. Arrange potatoes in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, overlapping them; top with tomatoes.

  2. Roast until tomatoes are juicy and potatoes are tender (about 25 minutes). Remove from oven.

  3. Rub fish with remaining 1 teaspoon oil, dividing evenly. Season inside and outside of fish with remaining ½ teaspoon salt; stuff with lemon slices. Arrange on top of potatoes, shifting tomatoes alongside. Roast until fish are cooked through, about 20 minutes; serve immediately.

 

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.

Want to get fishmonger-fresh fish to try these recipes? We have a great range of white fish available in our shop. Simply fill your basket and we’ll deliver to your door!

 

 

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.

 

Fruity baked whole sea bream recipe

Orange and fennel baked sea bream
 
This baked whole sea bream makes a delicious supper for two and is really quick and easy to prepare. To add extra flavour, place a couple of thin slices of orange and some fennel fronds inside the fish cavity. Serve straight from the dish with crusty bread and a lightly dressed green salad.

Fennel goes very well with fish but if you’re not keen on its aniseed flavour replace it with some sliced courgettes or par-boiled sliced new potatoes.
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 small orange, thinly sliced
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 red onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and chopped (fronds reserved for garnish)
  • 1 large sea bream (about 750g weight) gutted
  • 300ml white wine
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Lightly oil a shallow ovenproof dish and arrange the orange, tomato and onion slices in the dish with the chopped fennel.

  2. Place the sea bream on top and pour over the white wine and olive oil. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  3. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 25 mins. Remove the foil, baste the fish with some of the juices in the dish and return to the oven, uncovered, for a further 10-15 mins until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily. Serve garnished with the reserved fennel sprigs