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Fish Leftovers Recipes

I get lots of emails asking for fish leftovers recipes.

It depends what it is and how much you have, but here's some ideas.

Mrs Beeton very grandly calls 'leftovers' 'rechauffes' - get that ;-)

The main problem with fish is that there often isn't a lot left - to be honest, I cook 'portions' of fish - so there's very rarely any left.  What I mean is, there's a fillet per person *BUT* you can cook an extra portion because some of these recipes are truly delicious.


So here goes:-

Fish Pate - if you have some smoked fish (salmon, trout, mackerel, haddock etc) left - then mix it with an equal amount of cream cheese, a squeeze of lemon, black pepper to taste and pound it into a paste. Then spread this on warm toast or crackers. Excellent for buffet meals.

Fish Cakes - mix your cooked fish with some mashed potato - make into cake shapes, dip in seasoned flour, rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes (the fish cakes, not you) and then fry about 5 minutes either side. Twice as much potato as fish, or if you've only got a small amount, then add some canned seafood to bulk out the cooked leftover fish.

Fish Pie - stir your fish into a parsley sauce, pop it into an oven proof dish and cover with a pastry lid - bake about 40 minutes.

Alternative Fish Pie As above, but top with mashed potato and some grated cheese.

Alternative Alternative Fish Pie - as above but top with crumble mixture.

Fish Soup - make a fish stock or use a cube, add some chopped onion, celery and potato, a small tin of pulped tomatoes and simmer until the vegetables are tender, whizz in a blender until smooth - season and then add your cooked fish to heat through to make a bisque type soup.

Kedgeree - use smoked fish or a mixture - boil 4 oz (100g) long grain rice until cooked, hard boil 2 eggs then chop them - melt a good knob of butter in a frying pan, add the rice, some cayenne pepper and stir well - add the fish, chopped egg and heat it through - lovely.

Seafood Quiche - make or buy a pastry case. Mix four eggs, 1 cup of milk or cream, some chopped vegetables - broccoli or asparagus for instance - salt and pepper to taste and your fish. Pour into the case and top with grated cheese if you like (I like cheese) or dollops of cream cheese. Bake in a moderate oven for 30 minutes or until the top is set.

There are of course other fish leftovers recipes, but these are the ones I would use the most. The photos below go to specific recipes, but there are many more similar on this website - use the search box at the top of every page.

It might even be worth cooking smoked fish for the kedgeree - haddock's my favorite.

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