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Brunch

Seafood might not instantly come to mind when we think about the first meal of the day, but a number of classic breakfast dishes around the world contain seafood …

Smoked fish most commonly features in breakfast dishes, from British kippers and kedgeree to smoked salmon in eggs Benedict, on cream cheese bagels or folded through scrambled eggs. Sardines are served on toast for a typical Spanish desayuno and the Chinese eat fish congee in the morning, while Scots devour fried oatmeal-crumbed trout. Shrimp and grits is a common way to start the day in the south of the USA, in North Africa brik pastry is folded around eggs and tuna for breakfast and rollmops and other pickled fish appear on Scandinavian breakfast tables.

Eggs, that classic breakfast ingredient, marry so well with seafood: smoked trout and crabmeat make tasty fillings for omelettes and frittatas, tiny prawns mixed through mayonnaise form a delicious filling for Spanish stuffed eggs (huevos rellenos) and seafood makes a delicious filling for thin crepes.

The options expand even further if we start to talk about a long leisurely mid-morning brunch - an excellent way to entertain family and friends. Bloody Mary oyster shooters get things off to a fresh start and platters of gravlax or smoked salmon with crisp croutons and herb-flecked crème fraiche are ideal assemble-it-yourself dishes. In fact, once we’ve reached brunch there’s a whole world of seafood salads that can also join the repertoire.

Whitebait Fritters

Whitebait Fritters

This recipe is made in New Zealand during the brief season when Whitebait is available. In...

Serves 6 as an entrée
Tuna Tartare

Tuna Tartare

This simple recipe is a great way to use up the off-cuts of sashimi Tuna after making sushi.

Serves 4 as an entrée
Cold-smoked Ocean Trout & Flatbread Rolls

Cold-smoked Ocean Trout & Flatbread Rolls

The lavash used for these tasty little snacks is flat, rectangular Middle Eastern bread popular...

Makes 48 pieces
Kedgeree

Kedgeree

If you don’t fancy seafood for breakfast, Kedgeree is also a popular lunch or supper dish.

Serves 4
Cold-smoked Salmon with Dill Crème Fraîche

Cold-smoked Salmon with Dill Crème Fraîche

It doesn’t get much simpler than this, strips of smoked Salmon and a creamy, herby spread...

Makes 15 pieces
Cold-smoked Salmon Cigars with Horseradish Cream

Cold-smoked Salmon Cigars with Horseradish Cream

If fresh horseradish is unavailable, use a prepared horseradish cream.

Makes 20 pieces
Hot-smoked Salmon Frittata

Hot-smoked Salmon Frittata

This versatile dish can be served hot or cold. It’s great for breakfast or with a salad as...

Serves 6
Salmon Scotch Eggs

Salmon Scotch Eggs

Scotch eggs, traditionally hens’ eggs wrapped in sausage mince, crumbed and deep-fried,...

Makes 24 pieces
Gravlax

Gravlax

‘Gravad-lax’ means ‘buried Salmon’ and refers to the ancient practice of...

Serves 20 as an entrée
Smoked Mullet Pâté

Smoked Mullet Pâté

Mullet, an oily fish with a strong flavour, is perfect for robust cooking methods such as...

Serves 6 as an entrée
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