From traybakes and curries to homemade fish fingers, keep the kids healthy and happy with these simple suppers that make fish the hero. Fish has a wonderful ability to take on the flavours it’s paired with and is often delicate and mild enough that even fussy eaters will take a liking to it.
When shopping for white fish, adapt to what you can find at the shop or fishmonger’s – avoid over-fished cod and try what’s caught locally when in season, such as pollack or ling that both swim abundantly off British shores. Alternatively, look out for the blue MSC label; this is a good indicator that shows your fish has been caught with the future of our oceans in mind.
Nadiya’s fish traybake recipe is a midweek saviour, making the most of the family staple, spaghetti hoops. She says, “I don’t like spaghetti hoops as they are, neat out of the tin, but I can really appreciate their sweetness and ability to bulk out a dish when they are mixed with other things”. Combine with white fish, a few vegetable-drawer staples and top with breadcrumbs for a midweek traybake dinner.
This recipe uses cornflakes to make a delicious coating for white fish. Serve these crispy fingers with oven-baked chips and lemon wedges for squeezing over.
Jamie Oliver’s fish pie uses only five ingredients – haddock, spinach, spring onions, Cheddar and filo pastry, making it a simple recipe to whip up on a week night. Fancy more of a classic fish pie? Try his Sweet Pea Fish Pie recipe.
This recipe champions white fish, coconut, cumin and turmeric to make a frugal fish curry that relies on a few staples and thrifty fish fillets.
Spice up simple fish with DJ BBQ’s Mexican rub, then throw it on the barbecue or a griddle pan on the hob to cook. Stuff into tortilla wraps with guacamole and a quick pickled cabbage, or get the kids to load them up themselves.
Baked fish, roasted vine tomatoes, fresh pesto and breadcrumbs, served up with greens and new potatoes make this a healthy dish that ticks at least three of your 5-a-day.
Salmon fillets and broccoli, slathered with a punchy ginger, lime and peanut dressing, served up all in one tin is bound to be a midweek favourite. Vibrant, zesty and delicious.