4 Easy Cheap Fish Recipes

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Easy cheap fish recipes


Uh oh! Forgot to plan for Good Friday??


If you’re thinking about eating seafood (yep, I said, thinking about, but even non-Christians sometimes go meat-free on Good Friday. Ok, vegetarians will have to leave out the fish…), you can knock up a mornay dish or creamy pasta with just a few everyday ingredients.

Or if you’re really skint, zoom down to the servo & grab a can of tuna or salmon, bit of cheese &/or or tub of cream if you can be bothered  (yep, they’re usually open, & last minute slackers can get a few bits & pieces from most).

Half an hour or so & voila! Fish on the table.

Easy. Cheap. Simple.


Make do with a can of tuna & some pasta, rice or bread plus these tips to flash it up like a pro.


Tuna mornay


A creamy comfort food favourite, & it’s super easy. 


tuna mornay



  • 1 cup rice or pasta (like penne, spirals or bows)
  • 2 tbsn butter
  • 2 tblsp plain flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • drained can of tuna (largish, about 400g)
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • salt & pepper


  • 1 cup mixed frozen vegetables
  • small tin of creamed corn
  • bit of mustard


  • Preheat oven to moderate (180C/ 350F)
  • Put the rice or pasta on to boil.
  • Melt butter in a pan, then take off heat & stir in flour. Put back on heat, stirring for 2 mins (don’t burn it).
  • Take off heat & add milk gradually, stirring constantly until a bit thicker. Add cheese. Add tuna. If using, add the creamed corn.
  • Season. If using, add frozen veggies to almost cooked rice or pasta.
  • Cook a few more minutes until rice or pasta & veggies are cooked, then rinse them & put into an oven dish.
  • Spread the tuna mix over the top. Sprinkle with grated cheese & bread crumbs if using and bake a half hour or so until browned.


 Salmon pasta


Moreish, creamy, decadent, easy, fast. What’s not to love???


salmon pasta



  • 2 cups pasta
  • 1 1⁄2 cups cream
  • 1 (largish) can salmon, preferably red & skinless/boneless
  • 1⁄4 cup grated or flaked parmesan or tasty cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • chopped spring onions or chives if you have them


  • Cook pasta then drain well.
  • Bring cream to the boil in a big pot until thickened a bit (about 3 mins).
  • Stir in drained can of salmon , cheese and pasta.
  • Season and toss.
  • Sprinkle with chives or spring onions and serve with extra cheese.


 Fish cakes or burgers


Easy patties to serve with sauce or whack into a burger. Mmmm. Burgers.


fish burger



  • 2 medium-large potatoes, peeled and halved
  • about 450g or so chopped fresh fish fillets, or canned fish, or leftover cooked fish
  • Tbspn butter
  • Tblspn grated onion
  • 1 egg
  • oil for frying
  • chopped fresh herbs if you have them


  • Boil potatoes in a pot of water until almost cooked.
  • If using fresh fish, add the fish and cook until they are both soft, then drain. If using cooked or canned fish, add it after the potatoes are cooked.
  • Add butter, onion, egg  & herbs if using & mash it all together.
  • Shape the mixture into patties.
  • Heat oil in a frypan over medium heat then fry the patties on both sides until golden brown.
  • Serve with sweet chilli or lemon juice or whatevs, or in bread or buns, with salad and mayo. Yummo.

Thai option:

  • If you have them, you could add a little fish sauce (tspn or so), red curry paste (2-3 Tbspns), lime juice (Tbspn or so), bit of garlic or fresh chopped coriander to spice things up.
  • Stir together some peanut butter, coconut milk or cream, soy sauce, lime juice & sweet, hot or chopped fresh chilli over a medium heat until blended for a tasty sauce.


Crumbed fish


Lucky enough to have actual fish fillets? Here’s a classic easy way to serve them.


fish closeup



  • Fish fillets (no skin)
  • lemon juice if you have it
  • salt & pepper
  • plain flour
  • eggs (beaten)
  • breadcrumbs (cut & crumble up some leftover bread finely)
  • oil for frying


  • Squeeze lemon juice over fish if using
  • Put flour in a shallow bowl, put the beaten eggs in another one, and the breadcrumbs (seasoned with salt & pepper) in another.
  • Dunk both sides of the fish in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs.
  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and shallow fry the fish for about 2 minutes each side until cooked through (check the fish flakes away from your knife).
  • If you’re cooking a fair bit, keep the fish warm in a low oven while you cook the rest.



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