If you’re hosting a dinner party or barbecue and could do with some new ideas for cooking fish, you’ll love these recipes for seafood, fish pies, paella and salmon. These dishes are quick and easy to make, and taste just wonderful enough to impress your guests!
Mediterranean Seafood Pot
For one easy pot of delicious shellfish and sea bass stew to serve 4-6 people, you need to begin by heating 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan or pot with three sliced garlic cloves and one sliced chilli (seeds removed).
Add a chopped bulb of fennel and fry until the ingredients have softened. Now you can go ahead and add some squid rings (350g) and two tins of chopped tomatoes. Season the sauce and simmer for just over half an hour until the squid is tender.
Add around 10-15 mussels (or clams if you’d prefer) to your pot along with the same amount of large prawns. You can lay some small seabass fillets on top (preferably, one for each guest) and cover before cooking for 8 minutes on a high heat.
Serve with some rustic style bread for a wholesome meal that looks and tastes beautiful.
For an impressive dish that’s simple to prepare, individual or one large fish pie is always a favourite.
Begin by melting two large tablespoons of butter in a pan and add four large tablespoons of flour to the butter. After stirring the flour and butter together, slowly add 525ml of full fat milk. Allow the sauce to thicken for around 5 minutes before adding a small bunch of dill and a large bunch of spring onions.
For flavour, add some lemon zest and seasoning before adding around 700g of smoked trout fillets to the sauce. Pour the sauce in to 6 ramekins or one larger baking tray. Make a creamy mashed potato using plenty of seasoning, even some spring onions to make every bite delicious. Top the mash over the ramekins or baking tray before placing in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Once the mash is golden, the pies are ready to serve.
For a one pot, beautifully light meal that’s packed full of flavour, a paella dish will be a great option especially in warm weather.
To make this dish you’ll need to begin by heating some oil in a deep frying pan and then throw in one and a half sliced leeks. Before it begins to brown add around 170g of chorizo sausage and then stir in one full teaspoon of turmeric along with some fish stock and 450g of long grain rice. Allow this aromatic mixture to simmer for around ten minutes before adding 300g of frozen peas.
After a few minutes, add 500g of frozen seafood to the mixture. After around 5 minutes, your fish should now be cooked through and you can finish by adding some seasoning if needed. Your delicious paella is now ready to be served in a large bowl ready for guests to help themselves.
Salmon with chilli and ginger
For a really quick and easy dish to cook in a flash or before your guests this is one that requires simple preparation but doesn’t compromise on great flavour.
If you’re planning to cook in front of guests you can prepare your fish by seasoning and placing in a hot pan with a splash of olive oil, skin side down for 4-5 minutes. Your salmon should nearly be cooked through at this point. For now, set your fish aside until you’re ready to finish cooking your fish.
Slice up a large knob of ginger, a bundle of spring onions, three garlic cloves and three chillies (deseeded). When you’re ready to begin cooking again, place half of your sliced ingredients in the pan as you will have to cook in two batches (of three). Place your salmon in the pan, on the remaining side for one minute until the fish is hot and cooked through. Spoon over the remaining ingredients and serve with some potato salad and fresh vegetables for a perfect light lunch.