Food Porn Friday – Episode 6: Smoked Fish

You may already know this about me, but I’m a seafood junkie. It happened so quickly. One minute, I wouldn’t eat any fish other than fish fingers, then my mum gave me a prawn and suddenly, overnight, I wanted it all – white fish, pink fish, shell fish, the weird clingy slimy ones… all of it.

It’s occurred to me that there’s been very little fish so far on this blog, so I thought I’d take that as my theme for the week; specifically, smoked fish. Smoky tastes go great with breakfasts – think bacon. I think it’s the strong flavours that wake you up in the morning.

There are four smoked fish that make breakfast classics, and I’m going to introduce you to them all.

1) Smoked Salmon

Image and recipe: www.ambitiouskitchen.com

Image and recipe: ambitiouskitchen.com

I’ve already shown you Gordon Ramsay’s take on the definitive breakfast fish dish – smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. So why not mix it up a bit with this Mexican dish: smoked salmon and scrambled egg tacos. I absolutely love the colours (though not sure whether it’s so easy to find Blue Corn Tacos in the UK) and the creamy avocado is the perfect addition.

2) Smoked Herring

The smoked herring is better known under the name of kipper. This was once the classic British breakfast fish, as anyone who reads PG Wodehouse will know, but it has sadly fallen out of fashion. But it’s worth digging out of the fridge, covering in garlic butter, and eating on its own, or with a poached egg on top.

3) Smoked Haddock

Image and recipe:

Image and recipe: jamieoliver.com

Yes, it’s the dish you’ve all been waiting for: kedgeree. If you’ve never had kedgeree, let me tell you, you’re missing out. Curried rice. Smoky fish. Boiled eggs. It’s suitable for breakfast, lunch or dinner (which makes it a perfect brunch food), it’s great for a hangover or if you’ve had too much rich food, and look, you can even watch Jamie cook it with his dad:

(Jamie’s Family Christmas, available on 4OD)

4) Smoked Mackerel

Makerel Pate

Image and recipe: sheerluxe.com

I had a great smoked mackerel dish at Gail’s Kitchen, and can confirm that mackerel goes really well with poached egg (let’s be honest, what doesn’t?). But I think that smoked mackerel pate is great in the middle of the morning with brown toast, and it’s so easy to make (or buy, that’s great too, one of my work lunch staples.)

Have I forgotten anything? Got any fishy tips? Let us know in the comments, and I’ll see you next week!

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About hattiemily

London-based poet. Previously published on the underground, currently can't remember how to actually write.
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