Herbs With Fish: 5 More Ways To Use Herbs In The Kitchen

In our last article, we gave you half a dozen tasty recipes and showed you how herbs can work extremely well with meat.

For fish lovers, we have 5 more fantastic ideas today to help you really get the most out of your herb garden.

Fish can quickly and easily deliver you a meal rich in protein.

Grilling and frying are among the best methods for bringing out the most flavor.

1) Lime and Basil-Cured Salmon

This superb combination of herbs and citrus fruit will create light, tangy flavors which bring out the best in your fish.

It’s crucial that you use fresh salmon for this recipe. The salt and sugar will draw the moisture out from the fish and leave it raw but cured and packed with flavor.

This recipe takes some time but is very well worth the effort.

Ingredients

FISH

DRESSING

Fresh salmon fillet (900g, skinned)

Rice vinegar (200ml)

Fresh basil (5 tbsp, chopped)

Sugar (5 tsp)

Sugar (50g)

Lime rind (1, finely grated)

Sea salt (50g)

English mustard (1/ tsp)

Lime rind (2, finely grated)

Fresh basil (3 tbsp, finely chopped)

White peppercorns (1 tsp, lightly crushed)

Japanese pickled ginger (1 tbsp, shredded)

Mixed salad leaves (150g)

Directions

  • Check salmon for bones, wash and dry
  • Place salmon in large bowl. Sprinkle evenly with sugar, basil, sea salt, lime rind and peppercorns. Cover and chill 24-48 hours turning occasionally
  • For dressing, put rice vinegar and sugar into small pan. Stir gently over low heat until sugar dissolved
  • Bring to boil and simmer 5-6 mins until liquid reduced by one-third
  • Remove from heat, stir in lime rind and mustard
  • Remove salmon fillet from marinade and slice thinly
  • To serve, stir chopped basil and ginger into dressing. Toss salad leaves in then add salmon

2) Herb-Crusted Haddock with Tomato Salsa

A lovely salsa adds a controlled kick to the haddock.

Either make your own or buy the best quality pre-prepared one you can find.

For the pesto sauce, check out our previous article here for the recipe.

Ingredients

  • White breadcrumbs (115g)
  • Fresh parsley (2 tbsp, chopped)
  • Lemon juice (3 tbsp)
  • Haddock fillets (4)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Tomato salsa

Directions

  • Put breadcrumbs, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, pesto sauce, parsley and seasoning in a bowl. Mix well
  • Line grill pan with aluminum foil and spray with vegetable oil. Put haddock fillets on foil, sprinkle with remaining lemon juice, add more salt and pepper then cook under pre-heated grill 5 mins
  • Turn haddock fillets over, spread herb and breadcrumb mix over
  • Cook 5-10 mins until haddock is tender and crust golden brown
  • Serve with tomato salsa

3) Trout with Almonds, Lemon and Parsley

Trout with Almonds, Lemon and Parsley

Credit via www.cookstr.com

Lemon goes nicely with most fish. Trout is sweet and mild so the lemon offsets this perfectly.

Parsley adds the finishing touch and shows once again just how valuable it is to grow your own herbs.

Ingredients

  • Fresh trout (2)
  • Salted butter (55g)
  • Flaked almonds (55g)
  • Fresh parsley (2 tbsp)
  • Fresh lemon juice (3 tbsp)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Selection of steamed vegetables to serve

Directions

  • Season fish on both sides with salt and pepper
  • Melt butter in large pan and fry trout on each side 6-8 mins. Make sure it’s golden brown and cooked right through
  • Remove fish to heated serving dish and place in warm oven
  • Add flaked almonds to frying pan and turn until golden brown. Add parsley and lemon juice and combine into a wonderful sauce
  • To serve, put trout onto plates and spoon over the sauce. Choose some fresh vegetables for a healthy and tasty treat

4) Mediterranean Cod Steaks with Thyme and Marjoram

Mediterranean Cod Steaks with Thyme and Marjoram

Credit via www.bbcgoodfood.com

This herb recipe is extremely easy to bake in the oven.

The tomato in this dish goes hand-in-hand with the aroma of thyme and marjoram.

Your mouth will water while this is cooking and when you taste it you’ll once more understand why growing herbs at home is such a sensible thing to do.

Ingredients

  • Cod steaks (4)
  • Fresh thyme leaves (1 tbsp)
  • Fresh marjoram leaves (2 tsp)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Garlic (2 cloves, crushed)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (30ml)
  • Tomato paste (1 tbsp)
  • Canned tomatoes (400 g)
  • Green olives (2 tbsp)
  • Boiled rice and salad to serve

Directions

  • Put cod steaks in a casserole and sprinkle with lemon juice
  • Heat oil in large pan. Fry onion until soft then add garlic and tomato paste
  • Add tomatoes, herbs, olives and seasoning
  • Cook on medium heat 10 mins then pour over sauce over the fish
  • Put lid on casserole and bake on top shelf of oven 25-30 mins at 190 degrees
  • Serve with rice and salad

5) Herrings with Orange and Tarragon Stuffing

Herrings with Orange and Tarragon Stuffing

Credit via www.efooddepot.com

If you enjoy herrings, why not try these on the BBQ?

​Wrap them in foil and revel in the way the orange and tarragon complement the taste to give you something truly special. Dishes like this make growing herbs at home well worth the time and trouble.

Ingredients

  • Herrings (4, cleaned and gutted)
  • Spring onions (4)
  • Fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs (50g)
  • Fresh tarragon (1 tbsp)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Oranges (3)
  • Light brown sugar (1 tbsp)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (1 tbsp)
  • Tarragon sprigs
  • Green salad to serve

Directions

  • First, make the stuffing. Grate rind from half the orange. Peel and chop orange flesh
  • Mix together orange rind and flesh along with spring onions, breadcrumbs and tarragon in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper
  • Divide stuffing into 4 portions and use it to fill the body cavities of the fish
  • Place each fish on a square of foil and wrap so it’s enclosed
  • Barbecue 20-30 mins over hot coals
  • Peel and thickly slice oranges and sprinkle over sugar. Drizzle some oil over
  • As the fish are almost cooked, put orange slices on barbecue and cook 5 mins
  • Garnish with sprigs of tarragon and serve with green salad

Conclusion

We hope that you have found some inspiration with these delightful fish dishes.

Whether you get your fish from the market or the store, look out for bright and shiny scales to indicate the quality.

Remember: If you opt for frozen fish, thaw it completely before cooking.

Enjoy the freedom and check for updates here with more herb recipes.

Dianne T. Lampe
 

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