Can you believe it’s already Easter? I feel like it was just Christmas last week! I’m running a little late with my Easter preparations this year and the Easter Bunny had better hop to it and get organised! Tomorrow is Good Friday and most of you will be thinking about what to cook. It’s a meatless day for most of us, and the Fish and Chip shops will be rubbing their hands with glee knowing that they”ll be making some serious bucks tomorrow. It’s a real treat to have battered fish, and sure it’s ok to indulge once in a while, but there are so many more seafood options out there without having to eat at a restaurant.
We are lucky to live in a country where the seafood is so good. If you live in a capital city you have access to some amazing fish markets and stockists of really superior quality fish. Where I live, the best way to get your hands on great seafood is to go out and catch it yourself! My family and I just came back from a holiday in Coral Bay, one of the most beautiful places in the world in my opinion. We had a very successful time fishing, coming home with Trevally, Cod, Squid and the beautiful Red Emperor. Take a look at this pic from the “Brag Book”, my husband was very happy with himself!
When you catch fish this good it needs very little done to it. Just a quick sear on both sides until cooked through, a little salt and lemon juice and it is perfect. But there are times when you can’t get free fish from the ocean, and you find yourself wanting to cook something for the family that won’t cost the earth. I also find people are often intimidated to cook a fillet of fish, scared they won’t get it right.
Cooking seafood is pretty easy, the only thing you have to remember is not to overcook it. You can eat seafood raw, so I think it’s always better to under ,rather than over, cook it. A trick I learned from George Columbaris while I was on Masterchef was to insert the tip of a metal knife into the centre of the fish, then immediately place it onto your bottom lip. If it feels warm, it’s done.
This Good Friday, why not try something a little different and use fish in a spaghetti dish? My Spaghetti with Fish, Broccolini, Tomatoes, Garlic, Chilli and Lemon is so fast and easy to make and absolutely delicious. It takes a small amount of fish and stretches it to feed a whole family. It is light and healthy and you can use whatever fish you can get your hands on. I used Cod in the pictures, but any white fish, fresh salmon or tuna would work equally as well.
Happy Easter everyone – I hope you spend a wonderful weekend with your family. What’s your favourite seafood recipe?