Fish on the Cheap Shopping Tips

fishbudget

Fish is one of the healthiest source of heart-healthy Omega-3 oil money can buy. However, most cuts of fish are quite expensive and can easily be out of your budget. In this article I will outline a few useful tips on how to eat fish on the cheap and it begins with choosing the right cut of fish.

The cuts discussed here are considered ‘left-overs’ by fishmongers due to their low price; for that reason, they are usually not displayed at the storefront. Therefore, to buy them you may need to ask the fishmongers to get you some from the backroom. They are truly hidden gems.

Bone strips

salmonstripbones02-350x162
Fish strip with bones intact
salmonstripbones03-350x162
Use wire pliers to remove the bones

It is unbelievable how cheap and delicious this cut of fish is, in addition being versatile, it is also one of the most oil-rich cut of fish you can get. With a little patience and afford, you can easily remove all the bones making a boneless strip. As a bonus, quite often you will get a few fins included when you buy the strips.

Thoroughly wash the strips under running water to remove the slimy residue. Then, use clean tweezers or long-nose wire pliers to pull off the bones. Give the strips another wash, and they are ready for pan-frying the same way as you would to Bacon.

Bone strip is delicious for sandwiches and salad recipes, such as this Gluten Free Sandwich and Creamy Avocado and Egg Salad.

Fins

fishfins
Fish fins amazingly delicious and cheap

Fishmongers will mix the fins and bone strips in the same container. Therefore, you may not be able to buy the fins only, but why would you? Bones strips are delicious too and have many uses.

Simply pan-fry or grill the fins with a little salt and pepper. Eat it with a dash of lemon juice and soy sauce dipping, or yogurt-based tartar sauce. Super delicious.

Use the fins in soup and stir-fry recipes, such as Seafood Konjac Noodles Soup and Stir-fry Seafood Konjac Noodles.

Collars

fishcollar
Fish collars are meaty and juicy

When it comes to eating fish on a budget nothing beats fish collars. This cut is amazingly meaty and juicy. It is unbelievable that people consider this cut as a left-over.

Usually, collars are attached to the heads, so most likely you have to buy both as one. This cut is best for pan-frying or grilling, serve with a squeeze of lemon juice and yogurt-based tartar sauce.

Collars can be a great substitute to recipes that call for fish fillet or cutlet such as Grilled Salmon and Spinach and Grilled Salmon and Asparagus.

Heads

fishheads2
Fish heads great for soup

Many are intimidated at the prospect of eating fish heads. However, if you can get past the fact that you are eating heads, this cut is quite delicious and perfect for soup and stew. By the way, do you know that fish head soup is a delicacy in China and South-East Asia?

If you do buy this, ask the fishmonger to split the head into two halves down the middle.

Preparing the heads for cooking is easy. Just wash the head under running water, discard the gills and bits of organs. In addition, also clean up all pockets of blood (this is important) because they will give off strong ‘fishy’ odour when cooked. Give it one more wash at the end, and your fish heads are ready for soup.

Heads usually come with the collars attached. I suggest separating the collars for pan-frying.

Heads are suitable substitutes for any soup recipes that call for fillet or cutlets such as Balinese Yellow Fish Stew.

If you need help overcoming any health challenges, please contact our Naturopath Bernard Chu at 0412 723 823 or email bernard@greenheartnaturalhealth.com.au for an obligation free discussion.

Online consultation is also available for your convenience.

 

Other culinary tips

fish-avocado-sandwich-300x139

Gluten-Free Sandwich

Being on a gluten-free diet can be tricky when it comes to sandwiches. A gluten-free sandwich is simple to make with substitution.

yoghurttartare-300x139

Yogurt-Based Tartar Sauce

Check out this delicious Yogurt-based Tartar Sauce recipe. So easy to make, you will never want to buy Tartar sauce ever again.

 

fishbudget

Fish is one of the healthiest source of heart-healthy Omega-3 oil money can buy. However, most cuts of fish are quite expensive and can easily be out of your budget. In this article I will outline a few useful tips on how to eat fish on the cheap and it begins with choosing the right cut of fish.

The cuts discussed here are considered ‘left-overs’ by fishmongers due to their low price; for that reason, they are usually not displayed at the storefront. Therefore, to buy them you may need to ask the fishmongers to get you some from the backroom. They are truly hidden gems.

Bone strips

salmonstripbones02-350x162

(Use clean tweezers or long-nose wire pliers to pull off the bones)

Fins

fishfins

Collars

fishcollar

Heads

fishheads2

If you need help overcoming any health challenges, please contact our Naturopath Bernard Chu at 0412 723 823 or email bernard@greenheartnaturalhealth.com.au for an obligation free discussion.

Online consultation is also available for your convenience.