Looking for the perfect fish starter, entrée or main to serve up this Easter? Is it a tradition with your family to have a fish on the table for Good Friday?
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It can be stressful working out a meat-free menu for Easter, as it does limit your options - especially when your signature dishes are a roast leg of lamb or a rack of pork ribs. But BHG have you sorted this year.
Whether you prefer individual portions of Tassie salmon or a whole barbecued snapper, we've rounded up the 12 best fish dishes for your Easter lunch or dinner.
What fish is good for Easter?
There's a variety of sustainable fish options readily available for Aussies to purchase at their local fish market or supermarket. Think salmon, whiting, hoki and toothfish.
What food is traditionally eaten on Good Friday?
Serving seafood at Easter is a long-held tradition for many Australians. Due to the original law in the Roman Catholic church, Catholics have abstained from meat every Friday as a penance, which some still follow today. However, more Catholics are now giving up meat on Fridays during Lent or just Good Friday.
Looking for ways to save money this Easter?
With cost-of-living putting pressure on many families, Sydney Fish Market recommends switching out popular species for something lesser-known for customers looking to reduce their spend.
Sydney Fish Market’s species swaps for Easter:
- Swap salmon for rainbow trout
- Swap flathead for red gurnard
- Swap king prawns for banana or endeavour prawns
- Swap tuna for bonito
- Swap John Dory for red or mirror dory
- Swap garfish for eastern school whiting
- Swap vongole for mussels
1. Whole barbecued snapper with salsa rossa
Forget the fryer! Barbecue your fish whole, then serve with a chilli and capsicum salsa. Yum! Click here for the recipe.
2. Salmon with pomegranate and herb crumb
If you don't have time to cook salmon fillets, just arrange thin slices of smoked salmon on a platter, then scatter over the herb crumb and pomegranate dressing. Click here for the recipe.
3. Nori cracker poké
Turn seaweed sheets into crackers and top with tuna. This yummy mouthful is a poké bowl in bite-sized form. Genius? We know. Click here for the recipe.
4. Roast salmon with citrus soy dressing and fennel
Healthy yet flavourful? Count us in. Cooked with orange and lemon zest and served with rice, Karen Martini’s baked salmon is perfect for entertaining. Click here for the recipe.
5. Kingfish tartare with spicy almond aioli and radishes
When you cook fresh fish whole, still on the bone, the flesh stays succulent and the flavour is divine. Click here for the recipe.
7. Olive-crusted yellowbelly with citrus
Succulent yellowbelly fillets served with spiralised zucchini, carrot and beetroot, plus diced lemon and orange. It’s light, easy to make and so, so fresh. Click here for the recipe.
8. Fish with ratatouille
Ratatouille, a classic French dish that's great all year round is divine on its own but works well with a protein like fish too. Click here for the recipe.
9. Baked ocean trout fillet with tangy salsa criolla
For something on the lighter side, enter ocean trout. This delicately flavoured dish is paired with a tangy salsa criolla. Click here for the recipe.
10. Barbecue-baked miso side of salmon
Serve up this salmon for an outdoor lunch or dinner – it combines fresh greens with an authentic Asian flavour. Click here for the recipe.
11. Baked fish with lemon caper butter
Cooking fish can cause a little panic in some people, but with Karen’s help, panicking will be a thing of the past. Baking the fish means it’s not only healthy, but far less messy than frying. Click here for the recipe.
12. Cheat's salmon gravlax
Seafood isn't off the menu if you're watching your budget. By simply swapping the classic whole side of salmon for smaller pieces, this delicious starter is an impressive and easy-to-do dish for Easter. Click here for the recipe.
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