Handy, Healthy and Hearty
It might not be too surprising to hear a fishmonger tell you all about the benefits of eating fish, but we're not alone in extolling the virtues of eating fish. Eating habits change and fads come and go, but health professionals and cooks alike have long agreed that fish is great source of nutrients and one of the most versatile ingredients around. There are lots of good reasons to eat fish.
Nourishing and Nutritious
Fish is a good source of protein, is rich in nutrients and can increase heart health. Also rich in B vitamins and Vitamins A and D, it's a great way to get nourishment for the body. Zinc; good for the skin and immune system can also be found in fish, as can iodine and selenium, all contributing to a healthy lifestyle. Oily fish like salmon, mackerel and trout are also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, with the Irish Heart Foundation recommending we eat at least two portions a week. So fish can give you not only great taste, but health benefits as well.
Fish Can Be Simple to Cook
Some people are wary of preparing and cooking fish, but it can be a lot easier than you think. Try something really simple which looks great like baking fish in parchment or greaseproof paper. Once you've done some quick prep, the dish cooks itself. We really like this recipe for cod en papillote from Wade Murphy. Another handy way to use fish is in curries. This really couldn't be simpler. Add the fish pieces to your sauce a few minutes before serving and you're good to go. Try this monkfish Thai curry which we love cooking. Try grilling some mackerel. It makes a lovely starter and is great with salads or baby potatoes. This recipe from the BBC would also make a tasty weekend lunch.
Fancy Up Your Dinners
You can create some delicious meals with fish and seafood, which look far fancier than your budget. There are lots of inexpensive options for entertaining or just putting some attractive food on your own plate. Mussels are affordable and make a great sharing dish, especially with a crusty loaf of bread to tear and share. Here's a nice traditional moules marinières recipe from Rick Stein. You can also create fancy looking food with prawns in their shells, fried with a bit of garlic, chilli and parsley or coriander. For more detailed fish dishes, the most important thing to remember is to not to be afraid to ask your fishmonger for cooking tips. Your fishmonger will also do any filleting or recommend what's the best buy of the day. Don't be scared to ask.
Versatile and Good for For You!
No matter whether you like a simple piece of poached fish or are someone who isn't daunted by making a salmon soufflé, fish is a great option for any time of the day. Smoked fish for breakfast with some toast, a classic prawn sandwich for lunch or a hearty fish pie for dinner; there are lots of ways to increase your fish consumption each week. Good for the heart, overall health, versatile and tasty, eating more fish can broaden your horizons and give a lot more variety to your diet. Naturally, as fishmongers we think you can't go wrong with at least two portions a week, if not more!
About Nicky's Plaice
We're a family run business on the West Pier in the Dublin fishing village of Howth. Opened in 1961 by fisherman Nicky McLoughlin, we've now three generations of the family working together to bring you the best in fresh fish and seafood, the best home smoked salmon and seafood snacks to go at weekends.