9 Easy to Cook Fish Recipes the Whole Family Will Love

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Easy Fish recipes from Eat More Fish Fish Burgers

We have teamed up with Eat More Fish, the online fish retailer who deliver nationwide, to bring you some easy to cook fish recipes that whole family will love. All of these easy fish recipes use fish that is in season, so if you can’t get the fish mentioned in the recipe, just ask your fishmonger to recommend an alternative.

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Eat More Fish is the brainchild of Stefan Griesbach from Gannet Fish who started out with a fish stall at the Galway Market and now delivers fresh fish across Ireland. The aim is to help educate consumers whilst promoting sustainable fish species and methods of capture.

Stefan says “the concept behind eatmorefish.ie is based around making life easier for customers to shop on-line and introduce more fish and seafood to their diet. They can choose to have their fish delivered directly to their door or opt for our innovative click and collect service available from a growing number of locations. With the biggest and freshest selection of fish delivered once or twice weekly or waiting to be picked up from your local Artisan butchers, food shops or market, everyone can enjoy fresh fish more.”

Eat More Fish have given us some easy fish recipes to get you started and you can find more inspiration here.

#1. Kai Fish Fingers with West Coast Mayo

Our first easy fish recipe is inspired by Kai Restaurant in Galway. For this recipe you can use any inexpensive white fish in season, today it’s pollock and make sure to ask your fishmonger to remove the bones and take the skin off!

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 – 8 fillets of Pollock or another white fish
  • 3 cups / 300g / 10oz breadcrumbs/panko crumbs
  • 2 cups / 600 ml /  20 fl ozbuttermilk
  • 2 cups / 200g / 7oz flour (whatever kind you have at home)
  • Salt & pepper
  • Mayoanise
  • Lovage
  • Pickled ramsoms (wild garlic buds) or gherkins or capers with a little minced garlic

Method

  1. Cut Pollock fillets into chunky finger shapes
  2. Toss fish in seasoned flour (salt, pepper & flour) this can also be gluten free and you can add other seasoning too such as cajun spices, dried seaweed, paprika etc.
  3. Once the fish is lightly coated, pour in 3 cups of buttermilk to the seasoned flour. Mix so it’s almost like a well/swimming pool and toss the fish around in it.
  4. Remove fish from the mix and roll them in breadcrumbs (again these can be gluten free) and you could season with Cajun, lemon and pepper, really what you like flavour wise
  5. Once coated, drop the fish fingers into hot oil 180°C for 5-6 minutes or place in a preheated oven at 200°C / 380°F on a lined tray. Drizzle coated fingers in olive or rapeseed oil and bake until golden brown 10-12 minutes.
  6. West coast mayo is mayoanise mixed with lovage & pickled ramsons but if you can’t get them you can use gherkins capers and a little minced garlic or whatever you fancy.

Serve with potato wedges, mushy peas or a selection of your favourite vegetables.

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#2. Smoked Haddock and Potato Gratin

Eat more fish smoked haddock gratin easy fish recipes

This easy fish recipe uses fresh haddock that has been smoked locally. It is best to always used un-dyed smoked fish. This will have the whole family asking for seconds!

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 500g / 18oz Natural Smoked Haddock
  • 250 ml /1/2 Pint Cream
  • 25 ml/ 1/2 Pint Milk
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves
  • A Few Sprigs of Rosemary & Thyme
  • 600g / 21oz /6 to 8 large Potatoes
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Butter
  • Grated parmesan (optional)
  • Baby Spinach and/or Frozen Peas (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F / 160°C fan assisted.
  2. In a saucepan bring the milk, cream, crushed garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper to a simmer. Do not let it boil.
  3. Thinly slice the potatoes (leave skin on if you wish).
  4. Blanch the slices in boiling, salted water for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.
  5. Chop the smoked haddock into small chunks and set aside.
  6. Grease a baking dish with butter and add a layer of the thinly sliced potato.
  7. Next add the smoked haddock and spoon over some of the garlic cream.
  8. Repeat the process until you have used all your ingredients. Finish with a potato layer which you should press firmly with your hands. Any remaining cream can be poured on top.
  9. Finish with a few knobs of butter and some grated parmesan cheese.
  10. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden and bubbly.
  11. Check with a butter knife that the potatoes are fully cooked.
  12. You can also add some chopped leaves of baby spinach or a few frozen peas in between each layer for some extra colour and vitamins!

Enjoy!

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#3.  Easy Fish Pie Recipe

easy fish pie recipe from Eat More Fish

For this easy fish pie recipe we have topped it with mashed potatoes but check our this recipe using filo pastry. There is no need to use expensive cuts of fish in a fish pie, just use a good mix (salmon or trout, smoked fish or any firm white fish. Or you could buy a pre-prepared mix), just ensure it comes from a reputable source. I sometimes add a handful of prawns too.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 450g / 1lbs mixed fish
  • 8 large potatoes
  • 300ml / 10fl oz / 1.2 cups milk
  • 30g / 1oz / 1/4 stick butter, plus extra for mashing potatoes
  • 30g / 1 oz 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 100g / 3oz mixed frozen veg (peas, sweetcorn etc.)
  • 30g / 1oz / 1/4 cup grated cheese (strong cheddar works well)
  • Small leek
  • 2 carrots grated
  • Salt & Pepper

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F / 160°C fan assisted.
  2. Peel and chop the potatoes and boil in a large saucepan until cooked
  3. Once cooked, drain and mash with 50ml milk, butter and a pinch of salt & pepper. Cover and leave to one side.
  4. Make a white sauce by melting the butter together with the flour in a saucepan. Cook until butter is melted and flour has combined with it (a roux).
  5. Slowly pour in the milk to the butter & flour and stir continuously until you have  a smooth sauce that coats the back of a spoon.
  6. Mix in grated cheese.
  7. In another saucepan gently fry chopped leek and grated carrots when almost cooked add in the fish and frozen vegetables. Cook gently for a few minutes. (You could add a glass of white wine with this mix too)
  8. Add the fish and vegetable mix to an oven dish.
  9. Pour over the cheese sauce and mix gently
  10. Cover with mashed potato and cook in the oven until golden and bubbly about 25 minutes.

Serve with a green salad or eat as is!

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#4. One Pot Fish and Chorizo Stew

Fish stew easy fish recipes

This tasty one pot stew is made using hake fillets but you could use snapper or any white fish that is available.

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 1 fillet of fish per person
  • 115g / 4oz / 3/4 cup chopped Chorizo
  • Large onion sliced (red or white)
  • 1 large potato per person diced (or 2 small)
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper sliced
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed)
  • Glass of white wine
  • Tin of tomatoes
  • One large potato per person (or 2 small) diced
  • 500 ml fish or vegetable stock
  • Salt & pepper

Method

  1. In a heavy based saucepan or casserole dish with a lid, gently fry the chopped chorizo, sliced onions and potatoes for about 3 to 4 minutes
  2. Add sliced peppers and crushed garlic and cook for a further 5 minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic or the potatoes. Add a bit of the stock if needed.
  3. Add wine and cook for 2 minutes
  4. Add stock and tin of tomatoes and simmer until the potatoes have cooked
  5. Lay the fish fillets on top of the mix, cover with a lid and simmer until fish has cooked
  6. Serve with crusty bread and fresh herbs

You could add a tin of chick peas or kidney beans  for extra texture.

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#5. Marinated Tuna Steaks

Tuna steak easy fish recipes

So often we just think of tuna as a tinned fish for sandwiches but tuna steaks are delicious when lightly pan fried and given an asian twist. This recipe also works well with salmon or swordfish steaks. And you could serve with chimichurri sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 fillet of tuna per person
  • Thumb sized piece of ginger finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • Juice of 2 large oranges
  • 2 tblsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tblsp sesame oil
  • Pepper
  • Fresh coriander (optional)
  • Oil for frying

To serve

  • Bok Choi wilted in a pan with soy sauce or tender stem broccoli
  • Boiled rice
  • Dressing of: juice of half a lime, 2 tblsp soy sauce,,spring onion, 1 chopped chilli (seeds removed if you wish). Mix together and pour over fish.

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients except the fish and the oil for frying together in a shallow dish.
  2. Add your fish fillets and marinade for 30 minutes, turning the fish regularly
  3. Cook rice according to instructions
  4. Prepare dressing
  5. Wilt bok choi or cook broccoli
  6. Heat the oil for frying in a pan and add the fish fillets.
  7. Cook for 3 to 6 minutes on each side (depending on thickness) and baste with marinade a few times
  8. Serve immediately

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#6. Skate / Ray Wing

skate wing easy fish recipes

Sometimes the best recipes are the most simple ones. This really is an easy fish recipe and the format will work with any fish fillets you can think of. If you want to finish your meal with a richer sauce you could make a hollandaise.

Ingredients

  • 1 wing / fillet per person
  • 2oz / 60g / 1/2 cup butter
  • 2oz / 60g / 1/2 cup flour seasoned with salt & pepper
  • 1 to 2 tblsp capers
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Fresh parsley chopped

To Serve

  • Mashed potatoes / potato cakes / fries / potato cubes fried
  • Spinach / cabbage / peas etc.

Method

  1. Coat each wing / fillet in seasoned flour
  2. Melt butter in the pan and fry the fish for 4 – 5 minutes per side (depending on thickness)
  3. Remove from pan and place on warmed plates
  4. Add capers to the pan with 2 oz butter (or more if needed), squeeze in lemon juice and finish with chopped parsley
  5. Pour over the fish and serve immediately with accompaniments

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#7. Simply Delicious Fish Burgers

Easy Fish recipes Fish Burgers

Instead of the more traditional meat burger, how about a simply delicious fish burger? Serve with tartare sauce, fries (you could try sweet potato fries) and veggies or a salad and you’ll have a tasty dinner in no time.

Ingredients

  • Haddock or other firm white fish 1 fillet per person
  • Zest of a lemon
  • Parsley chopped
  • 1 egg
  • Breadcrumbs (1 slice of bread per person)
  • Salt & pepper
  • Butter or oil for frying
  • Burger bun for each person
  • Lettuce

Method

  1. Finely chop your fish fillets or pulse them in a food processor
  2. Add all the other ingredients and shape into burgers
  3. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up
  4. Heat oil / butter in a pan and fry the burgers for 3 to 5 minutes on each side (depending on how thick they are) or you could cook in a hot grill or oven bake 180°C / 350°F / 160°C fan assisted..
  5. Add them to a toasted bun and serve with lettuce, tartare or marie rose sauce and your choice of sides.

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#8. Crispy Skinned Hake and Juicy Clams

eat more fish hake and clams easy fish recipe

Crispy skinned hake with juicy clams, ready in minutes and a real treat the whole family will enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 1 hake fillet per person
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 3 large tomatoes skinned and finely chopped
  • 1 tin of chickpeas
  • 1 glass white wine
  • Clams (1 net)
  • Salt & pepper
  • Chopped basil
  • Oil or butter for frying

To Serve

  • Spaghetti cooked as per instructions
  • Crusty bread or garlic bread

Method

  1. Season your fish and fry in hot oil skin side down  until crisp, then turn and cook the other side
  2. In a large pot fry the finely sliced onions and chopped tomatoes until softened
  3. Add clams, chickpeas and white wine, cover and cook until clams have opened
  4. Serve immediately with basil, spaghetti and / or crusty bread

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#9. Sweaty Betty

simply fried fish fillet easy fish recipes

What started out as banter at the Gannet Market Stall has stuck and the Greater Forkbeard has become known as Sweaty Betty by the locals! This is a firm white fish so, as with all the recipes,  if it is not available, ask your fishmonger to recommend an alternative. This one is cooked ‘en papillote’ hence the nickname ‘Sweaty Betty’.

Ingredients

  • 1 Sweaty Betty (greater forkbeard) fillet per person
  • Butter
  • Half a lemon
  • Finely sliced onion
  • Finely sliced fennel
  • Parchment paper or tinfoil (1 piece for each person)
  • Salt & pepper

To Serve

  • Baby new potatoes boiled
  • Spinach wilted
  • Green salad

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F / 160°C fan assisted.
  2. Place the sliced onions and fennel on a sheet of parchment paper or foil
  3. Add a knob of butter and a fish fillet to each package
  4. Season each with salt and pepper
  5. Add a slice of lemon to each parcel
  6. Seal each parcel well but leave a dome to allow the steam to circulate
  7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes depending on how you like your fish cooked
  8. Serve each person the foil parcel on their plate. Watch steam with younger children when they open.

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Have you tried any of these easy fish recipes? Or do you have some easy fish recipes you would like to share with us? Please let us know in the comments box below. 

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