Seafood is very popular in the Wee Pinch of Sugar Kitchen and Seafood Week has been a great opportunity for sharing new ideas about cooking with fish. The Fish is the Dish website has been a hive of activity with tips on how to cook fish, recipes and some fantastic competitions.
On days when I don’t have fresh fish available, one of my favourite go to dishes is a sardine pasta made with tinned sardines. And, although fresh fish would be my first choice; tinned fish is certainly not inferior, the quality is as good as fresh fish, and its just as healthy and also very economical. Depending on your budget, you’ll find a good variety in the shops, including some very good sustainable brands.
I find canned seafood great for making quick and healthy meals. There’s a great selection to chose from including, salmon, tuna sardines and mackerel and you’ll also find these with with added sauces including tomato, lemon, mustard or BBQ. Tinned fish is packed full of health giving nutrients, especially omega 3 (except tuna as the omega 3 is lost in the canning process), which has been shown to have so many health benefits. These healthy fats are good for our brain, our heart and can also have a role in maintaining a normal blood pressure. Health experts currently recommend we eat two serving of fish a week, one of which should be an oily rich fish. So, given that a tin of sardines with soft bones provides around half of an adults daily calcium requirements, it’s definitely worth considering tinned fish as part of your weekly diet.
Seafood Week Day six ‘Fish of the Day’ was sardines and although fresh sardines are in season, this recipe is an healthy and economical dish for packing in some essential omega 3. It’s also ideal as an easy dinner for one or a quick midweek meal for a busy family.
This is one of my go to recipes when I need a quick meal and its one of my favourites for an easy midweek meal.
I’ve also been guest blogging on the Judge Cookware site this week. Pop over to read my tips on buying, cooking and storing fish. https://judgekitchentable.squarespace.com/blog/2017/10/9/fish-tips-from-a-wee-pinch-of-sugar
The sauce for the recipe was cooked in a saute pan from the Stellar Cookware Rocktanium range. The pan was supplied by Stellar and will be part of a future review.