For many people, swapping meat for fish on Good Friday is part of the Easter tradition.
If you’re one of them, we’ve got lots of ideas to help you make a delicious dinner, no matter what kind of fish you’re after – be it smoked, baked or grilled; salmon, cod or sole. Enjoy!
For starters, these grilled scallops, with their zingy anchovy, mint and coriander dressing, are a simple yet tasty option that you can have out on the table in just 15 minutes. To keep with the grilling theme, this lemony cod with pancetta and pea mash not only looks beautiful – the combination of salty pancetta, spicy pea mash and a fresh minty salad means that this main delivers big on flavour, too.
You can always rely on smoked fish for a delicious starter. Use it in smoked salmon rolls or these salmon, horseradish and cress toasts – both will look great in the middle of your dinner table. Serve on a big platter so that your guests can help themselves. If you want to really push the boat out, these baby Yorkshire puds, with cups of creamy, smoky trout pâté and hot horseradish will take things to the next level.
If you’re putting on an Easter feast for the whole family, this epic whole baked salmon in salt is enough to feed 12 guests. Baking it this way not only gives you a real showstopper of a centrepiece, it also helps cook the fish to perfection. If you’re after something a little easier, this tray-baked lemon sole is a real winner. Score the fish across the skin to allow all the wonderful Mediterranean flavours to really absorb into it.
If you’ve got fussier eaters or children to feed, Jools’ fish pie is ideal. Jam-packed with flavour, it’s not an intimidating ‘fishy’ looking dish, so is great for all the family. And for something fun, try this sea bass in puff pastry. Dressed up in a brilliant golden casing, this cheeky looking main is a great way to get the kids to try different varieties of fish.
Embrace the original Easter egg this Good Friday and serve with some delicious fennel roasted salmon. Or, to really pack in those vitamins, try Jamie’s green tea roasted salmon from his latest book Everyday Super Food. Served alongside ginger rice and a mango salad, this dish is a fresh, fragrant and juicy wake-up call for your senses. And if you’ve got the time to spare, this jamon-wrapped cod with borlotti bean stew is sure to impress.
For more recipes to keep you inspired over the long weekend, check out our pick of delicious and nutritious Easter meals.