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Salmon and tomato chowder

Salmon and tomato chowder

A chowder is a classic American meal–in–a–bowl soup. This delicious chowder is flavoured with lean bacon, leeks and tomatoes and thickened with potatoes, all of which provide the perfect background for tender flakes of salmon. Try it with sourdough bread.

Sardine, watercress and carrot open sandwich

Sardine, watercress and carrot open sandwich

This unusual combination of ingredients makes a colourful sandwich that is packed with interesting textures and good flavours. It only takes a few minutes to make, so is perfect for a quick lunch or a snack at any time of the day.

Smoked trout wraps

Smoked trout wraps

Wraps are made by rolling up a filling inside a soft, wheat flour tortilla. They make a great alternative to ordinary sandwiches and are great for lunch on the run. Here smoked trout, taramasalata and salad greens combine for a tempting filling.

Spinach pancakes with smoked trout and prawns

Spinach pancakes with smoked trout and prawns

Spinach gives pancake batter a subtle flavour and added vegetable value, while mushrooms and peas complement the smoked fish and cheddar filling. A tomato salad would complete the meal.

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Fish and fennel soup

Fish and fennel soup

This colourful soup is light yet satisfying. Chunky cubes of white fish, prawns and small pasta shells combine with the full flavours of fennel and leek to make a delicious first course. Serve with warm crusty bread, or chunky slices off a hearty mixed–grain loaf or poppyseed bread plait.

Thai fish cakes

Thai fish cakes

These tasty fish cakes are a popular Thai dish that can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator. They are perfect for entertaining, as they can be cooked indoors or on a barbecue and are easy to pass around at parties.

Fish parcels with orange

Fish parcels with orange

Whole red mullet are baked in the oven on a bed of aniseed-flavoured fennel and fresh orange segments. To save time, ask your fishmonger to scale and gut the fish for you. Serve one parcel per person and accompany it with new potatoes and some simply cooked green beans.

Steamed fish fillets with spring vegetables

Steamed fish fillets with spring vegetables

Bamboo steamer baskets are very handy for this dish – you can stack them so that everything can be steamed together. The moist heat from steaming ensures that the fish doesn't dry out. If using a purchased stock, dilute it as it will get a lot of flavour from the marinade.

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Fish and Potato Hotpot

Fish and Potato Hotpot

This simple, vegetable-laden stew comes with some added extras – a dollop of yogurt on top and toasty croutons to give a tangy crunch to every lovely mouthful.

Fish Stock

Fish Stock

An elegant base for seafood soups and stews, this delicately flavoured stock can also be used as a poaching liquid for whole fish. Be careful not to overcook fish stock; too much cooking destroys the complex flavour and can give it a bitter edge. After making the stock, use the cooked fish in salads or a fish pie.

Steamed Fish with Soy and Garlic

Steamed Fish with Soy and Garlic

A whole steamed fish makes a spectacular feast. Drizzling hot oil over the skin before serving makes the skin delightfully crisp.

Salmon Quiches

Mini salmon breakfast quiches

To make breakfast a little quicker and easier in the morning, you can bake the cases for these quiches a day in advance. Allow them to cool completely, then store in an airtight container until required. Fill and bake the quiches close to serving time.

Herb-crumbed Fish with Oven-baked Wedges

Herb-crumbed Fish with Oven-baked Wedges

You can enjoy this delicious varitation on traditional fish and chips without worrying about the fat content – the secret to the golden wedges is to coat them with egg white, not fat.

Brown Rice Risotto with Salmon and Goats Fetta

Brown Rice Risotto with Salmon and Goats Fetta

Brown rice gives a different texture from the classic risotto, and adds extra nutrients and fibre. Partially cooking the rice first cuts down the time it would normally take to stand and stir the risotto.

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