Fish and seafood make a great alternative in the warmer months and are easier to prepare than you might think. Ready for some fresh ideas with fish? We’ve got all the #fishspo you’ll need.
Here in Australia we have access to a huge range of quality fresh fish and seafood, and when it comes to cooking it, the possibilities are endless.
Low in fat, high in protein and packed with omega 3 fatty acids and beneficial nutrients, fish ticks plenty of boxes. But the extra good news is, it’s light, healthy and versatile enough to match with flavours from around the globe.
Keen to up your fish game? Reel in a tasty dinner with one of these easy ideas with tuna, prawns and more.
For a healthy French classic, tuna Nicoise salad is a super-easy option. Chargrill tuna steaks to medium-rare and be careful not to overcook your egg (soft boiled is best). Skewers are popular with kids; go Italian and thread cubes of tuna onto skewers with some capsicum, zucchini, red onion and cherry tomatoes; season well, then barbecue. Love Japanese flavours? Try marinating tuna steaks in teriyaki sauce, then pan-fry or barbecue. Craving carbs? Brown tuna pieces until just pink in the middle, then add lemon zest, parsley, capers and olive oil and serve with linguine pasta – buonissimo!
Salmon is a versatile option to incorporate into your regular diet. Try pan-frying fillets in olive oil for a crispy skin and serve with a summery salad of fennel, orange and rocket. Poké bowls have taken over as one of the year’s biggest health trends and raw or just-seared salmon cubes work well if you’re making at poke home. For some Asian inspiration think Chinese-style crispy skin salmon with a soy, ginger and hoisin dressing; or marinate fillets overnight in a Japanese dressing of white (shiro) miso paste, mirin, sake and sugar before baking.
Blue Eye, Rockling and Snapper
Just like most other produce, fish is seasonal, so what you’ll find in summer might not be the same as what you can get in July. Firm white fish like rocking, blue eye and snapper will work well across a range of different cuisines. Think Thai fish cakes, Mexican-style fish tacos with jalapeno mayo and coriander slaw or try an aromatic Moroccan-style fish stew with chickpeas, ginger and turmeric. Whole baked snapper with salsa verde makes an impressive meal, or give your classic fish and chips an update with dill aioli and a fresh herb salad.
Nothing quite says summer like prawns and they always work well in salads. From the retro appeal of a classic prawn cocktail to the fresh, tropical tang of a prawn and mango salad, prawns make perfect sense in the warmer weather. For a simple dinner, try flash-frying prawns with butter, white wine and garlic or rustle up a classic paella with plenty of chorizo and mussels in the mix. Spaghetti marinara is a hit at any time of the year or for a little spice think creamy South Indian coconut curry with whole prawns.
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