Although Santa has to wait for a few more months, it is never too early to start planning the perfect Christmas Eve dinner. And, if you are tired of the regular greasy foods rich in calories and fats, you may want to choose fish as an alternative. Here are some delicious recipes we could think of to turn your dinner parties into successful events.
Oven baked fish with French fries
If you planned on using your brand new fishing knife, you might have to wait for another occasion as this dish is quite simple to prepare. It is the equivalent of soul food so we couldn’t think of a better time to share it with the rest of your friends and family members if not for the holidays.
What we like about this dish is that you get to pick your favorite type of fish. You can use salmon, trout, carp, tuna, swordfish, mahi-mahi or any other fish you could think of. The preparation is quite easy, and it won’t take more than half an hour. Just purchase one fish fillet for each member of the family or guest you have.
Season it with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil, fresh ground salt and pepper, oregano, and rosemary leaves. Mix these ingredients with the fish fillets and place them into a baking pan. Use aluminum foil to wrap each of the fillets before putting them into the preheated oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. For a touch of flavor, you can also place a few slices of lemon.
Let the fish bake for about 40 minutes and make sure it is evenly cooked before taking it out of the oven.
Separately, peel as many potatoes as you think fit for such an occasion and cut them into thin slices as for French fries. Fry them in sunflower oil and take them out of the pan on a separate plate. Use some paper towels to absorb and remove any excess oil to make sure your potatoes are as healthy as possible.
Fill each plate with a reasonable amount of fries and one fish fillet. You can garnish the chips with salt, pepper or fries spices and, additionally, use garlic sauce.
Baked shark medallions
Christmas dinner is probably the most important event of the year, so it’s the perfect time to show off your exclusive ingredients. If you’re tired of using the same types of fish for each dish, we may suggest opting for shark meat in exchange.
Shark meat is very rich in oils and minerals, but it’s also quite fat, similar to salmon. Therefore, we suggest you bake it instead of frying it or putting it on the grill. For this simple dish, you will require four medium-sized shark medallions, salt, pepper, and oregano. Mix all these ingredients with the fish meat and place it into a large pan.
In a separate bowl, mix two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil with one tablespoon of honey and one tbsp. of freshly squeezed lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste. Brush each of the shark medallions with this sauce and pour the rest into the cooking pan. Bake the fish for around 40 minutes or according to your preferences.
Serve the dish warm with large wedges of lemon.
Greek seafood stew
Our third fancy Christmas dish is quite easy to prepare and works perfectly as a starter. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to brag about your fishing skills and new saltwater fly fishing combo as you’ll probably purchase all the ingredients from the supermarket.
For this Greek-inspired dish, you can opt for one or two different types of white fish meat (we suggest using halibut as its white meat is light and sweet) and some additional seafood such as shrimps or lobsters.
Apart from the seafood of your choice, you are also going to require extra virgin olive oil, a thinly sliced onion, two minced garlic cloves, two thyme sprigs and parsley sprigs, some celery ribs, one small lemon, white wine, and chicken stock.
The cooking process is simple as you’ll have to place all the veggies, the chicken stock, and the wine in a cast-iron pot and let it boil for about 8 minutes. Add the previously seasoned halibut fish and shrimps (or another crustacean) to the pot and stir until the stew is reduced by half.