Grilled Mackerel with Chilli and Ginger Baste

Oily fish including mackerel and herring have high levels of the health-giving Omega 3 known to benefit the heart, help keep cholesterol levels under control and thought to reduce the likelihood of some cancers – all good reasons to try and include these oily fish in your diet a few times each week.   Serves […]

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Shiver me Timbers – It’s a Seaweed Infused Rum!

Wales isn’t often the place you associate with pirates but Jonathan Williams, founder of a new, seaweed-infused rum Barti Ddu, thinks we should. “During the Golden Age of Piracy between the 1650’s – 1730’s, around half of Europe’s pirates were thought to originate from Wales”, he tells us. “I think we should be celebrating this […]

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Upcoming events: February 2018

Here’s the lowdown on seafood events this month!   Time to get nerdy. Science and oysters don’t normally go hand in hand, but The CoCoast SE in Portsmouth are challenging that perception this month with a talk from local PhD student, Luke Helmer, about oyster restoration efforts in the Solent. Not near Portsmouth? No sweat. […]

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A way of life

Joanne Coates spent more than three years working on a photo project documenting North Sea fishermen. Here she explains the motivation behind her remarkable pictures.

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Roast crusted salmon with feta and cranberries

Quick to prepare and easy to serve, this fishy centerpiece makes a really festive alternative to the traditional spread if you’re feeding non-meat eaters this Christmas, says CJ Jackson.

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Smoked fish puff pastry pie

This terrific traditional seafood treat by CJ Jackson of the Billingsgate Seafood School is just the thing for a festive spread as the family assembles on Christmas Eve.

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So here it is!

Horse mackerel and jig-caught squid from the Channel, perch from Holland, kiln-roasted salmon from Scotland, plus handy party-friendly prawn cocktail mixes, crayfish tails and rollmops are the pick of a festive and frenetic Billingsgate this week.

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What makes Christmas special

Everyone has their own special traditions at Christmas. Here’s our roundup of how fishermen, fishmongers and chefs around the UK will be celebrating – and, crucially, what they’ll be eating – over the festive period.

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Roasted gilt-head bream with hazelnut gnocchi, cauliflower purée and a spiced red wine reduction

This is a lovely recipe for the cooler weather, with a bit of a sense of occasion about it, by Ben Prior of Ben’s Cornish Kitchen in Marazion.

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Billingsgate Stargazy Pie

Not only does this pie have amazing visual impact, it also has a fantastic tale behind it, says Quinton Bennett, former head chef of The Gun, Docklands.

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Smoked haddock risotto with cavolo nero

Dominic Franks was inspired to make this comforting and satisfying recipe after his visit to Russell’s smokehouse in Grimsby. It works beautifully with cavolo nero, a hardy winter staple.

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Hake with green sauce and clams

This tasty dish is a real celebration of seasonal seafood thanks to the addition of fresh clams. The hake and green sauce is delicious served with some crusty bread, or even some chips, to mop up all the leftover juices.

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