Smoked Haddock and Asparagus Carbonara

I was sceptical about this one, but it actually turned out really delicious. I don’t do much with smoked fish apart from risotto (see here) but on a bit of a whim and a craving for pasta, I decided to give this a try one tired Friday night. I like to make ‘easy’ things on a Friday without too much fuss, and I’m not going to lie this was a little bit more fuss than I would have liked but definitely worth the end result.

The rich carbonara sauce carries the flavour of the fish perfectly, especially when you use the milk the fish is cooked in. Make sure you add your asparagus right at the end as mine got a little bit over cooked.

I did use some bacon on top just to up the saltiness (in lieu of not using much Parmesan in the sauce) but you can leave both that and the Parmesan out if pescatarian.

Recipe after the jump!

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Pan Fried Sea Bass with Shallot Garlic Butter

Sea bass is one of my favouritest fish. It’s so light and delicate and hardly needs any effort to be delicious. Pan frying with garlic butter is one of my favourite (and most indulgent) ways to eat it. I first experienced sea bass in Lisbon last year, in a seafood restaurant. They served it salt crusted and it was absolutely beautiful, I couldn’t get over it!

Sea bass seems a lot easier to find now in supermarkets, and it’s pretty affordable in places like Lidl and Aldi. Here’s the (more good looking) picture of this recipe I made for us one rainy Friday night:

Pan frying this fish takes just five minutes so you can faff about getting your sides ready before hand and then put the fish on when everything else is pretty much cooked. You need to make the garlic butter separately though, if you try and fry the fish in the butter the garlic and shallot will burn and it won’t taste nice.

For the garlic butter, chop up one shallot reaaallly finely and soften in a mix of olive oil and butter on a low heat. Once it’s gone see through add 3 cloves of minced garlic and a tablespoon more butter (yes you need a lot of butter for this) and continue on a very low heat for 5 minutes or so while you cook the fish. You’re basically infusing the butter with the garlic.

For the fish, melt 2 tsp butter and 1 tsp olive oil in a nice big flat frying pan until it’s fizzing slightly, and then put your sea bass skin down. Baste with the olive oil and butter and season as you cook. Give it 3-4 minutes on the first side and then flip it over for another 3-4 minutes. If the fish flakes easily all the way through then it’s ready! Serve with your mash and cabbage, or anything else you like, and then drizzle the butter over the top.

What’s your favourite fish to cook? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Salmon, Broccoli and Leek Quiche

I don’t usually make quiches, I’m not sure why because they’re delicious! I think I’ve always thought they were a faff but if you pre-buy the pastry case they’re really a doddle.

I made this bad boy for Mother’s Day lunch with some salad and roasted tomatoes. It went down a treat and I’ll definitely be making a few more quiches in the future – so moreish and the leftovers make great lunches.

You could buy preflaked salmon I suppose to make this even easier but it’s often honey roasted or seasoned which might overwhelm in a quiche. I bought two fillets and just grilled them with a little butter, lemon and salt and pepper.

Find the pre-made pastry cases in the baking aisle of your supermarket – they really help to make this a lot easier! Especially if you have no patience for baking like me. Anyway, onto the recipe!

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Colcannon with Smoked Haddock and Pancetta

Happy St. Patrick’s day! I have to be honest, I don’t think I’d actually eaten colcannon until I made this recipe, but now I’m HOOKED. It’s not really healthy, what with all the cream and butter, but if you’re in the mood for treating yourself once in a while this is a really great way to indulge.

It was my first time using Albert Bartlett Elfe potatoes too, which I found in Lidl the other week. I’m a keen fan of their Rooster potatoes, they’re so consistent. These took a while to cook, maybe a little longer than a rooster, but mashed beautifully.

I was wondering what to eat this with and then found some smoked haddock fillets in my freezer. I usually keep these for risottos, soups or fish pies rather than eat as fillets, but I thought, what the heck. Let’s eat it as a fillet.

At first I was going to add a sauce but I was in two minds about what it would be. With no white wine in the house (sadly) the only other option would have been a creamy sauce which would have been a bit overkill with the mash. If I made it again, I’d maybe include a buttery white wine sauce just poured over the fish but honestly this was delicious just as it was.


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Easy Creamy Salmon and Asparagus Alfredo Linguine

I’ll be honest. I’ve only liked salmon for about a year, and I’ve only really been cooking it as steaks or sprinkling into salads. I’ve not been too inventive on the salmon front.

This was my first “experimental” dish and it was bloody gorgeous. I made this on a super hot Sunday during the one week of British Summer we seemed to get, and it was even better eaten outside. That said, it’s also the kind of dish you could enjoy on a cold winters eve. It’s adaptable. Versatile. Chameleon-like. OK, I’ll shut up, it’s just pasta. But it’s really, really good pasta.

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Honey Salmon, Asparagus and Avocado Salad

Summer has been teasing us a bit hasn’t it? Hot one day, cold and rainy the next. Standard British weather.

Even though it was chilly the other evening I decided to take a bit of a ‘bugger it’ approach and start enjoying summer foods anyway. Note I did sit outside and eat half of this, then got too cold and came back in.

Anyway a whole post on the weather would be boring, so let’s talk food. This simple salad is really quick to make, especially if you buy the salmon pre cooked. If you can’t get it, all you need to do is grill your own salmon in a little honey and soy sauce marinade to replicate the flavour.

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Smoked Haddock Risotto

I used to be a bit funny about fish. I used to only eat fish fingers, tuna and a bit of smoked salmon. One of my family’s favourite meals is kedgeree, so my dad would make me my own (kind of weird but delicious) version with tuna instead. I don’t know what happened, I must have had an epiphany a few years ago and now I love smoked fish.

This smoked haddock risotto is similar to the kedgeree my dad makes, but relies on the risotto rice and a little of the fishy milk for creaminess rather than using any cream. It came out a bit luminous due to using a vegetable stock cube, I think next time fish stock would be better, but you live and learn.

You can make this with frozen smoked haddock to save ££ and enjoy with a poached egg on top if you’re feeling ~fancy~.

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Sweet Chilli Salmon with Spicy Vegetable Noodles

Y’know when you come in from work and you want something delicious and easy but you don’t want pasta? This dish solves all those problems and more.

This recipe uses two pre marinated salmon fillets in sweet chilli from Lidl, but you could likely find these in any supermarket (or even marinade yourself). Buying them pre marinated makes this a really quick easy tea.

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Also I swear I’m not affiliated with Lidl, most of my posts use their products but it’s only because they’re my local supermarket.

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Leap (like a salmon) over the jump for the recipe!

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Cullen Skink – Scottish Smoked Haddock Soup

Smoked haddock. Leeks. Creamy potato. There’s so much to love about this soup, I can’t believe I’d never attempted it before!

This story starts (as all good soup stories should) in a pub in Edinburgh where I saw Cullen Skink on the menu and noted down the name to look up when I got home, as we weren’t eating (read: we were very much drinking).

And I’m glad I did! After some research I made this using smoked haddock, leeks, onion and potatoes and this is hands down the most delicious soup I’ve ever tried. Just look at it, it’s full of your hopes and dreams. And fish, lots of fish.

 

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