Seafood - where to start
Many people are apprehensive about seafood, whether buying, cooking or even just ordering in a restaurant. Whether it's a fear of fish bones, lacking confidence in preparing fish or just confusion about what to eat sustainable and when, it can feel like it's a minefield out there when it comes to enjoying seafood. Fish and shellfish are so delicious, versatile and incredibly nutritious - you're missing out by always ordering the chicken!
Here are some easy ways to try seafood if you're not sure where to start:
- Order fish or shellfish next time you're out for lunch or dinner in a restaurant. Smoked salmon, mussels or prawn cocktail are all a staple on restaurant menus. Try a simple starter and then enjoy a more adventurous species next time round.
- Ask a friendly fishmonger. Most fishmongers are happy to advise on the different types of fish to try and how to cook it. Whether you want a meaty or oil-rich fish like salmon or something more delicate like lemon sole, they can help you to get the best from the catch. Most supermarket fish counters can also offer advise, and like fishmongers will sell you ready prepared fillets for the pan or oven, no filleting required.
- Check out the chilled fish section. Ready prepared smoked mackerel, calamari, crayfish tails and prawns need no cooking and can be on the table in minutes. Paired with some crusty bread, good mayonnaise from a jar and a bottle of wine it's an easy way to make a midweek meal more special.