ginger coley with noodles
I do love fish. Cod and haddock are two of my favourite things to eat. Growing up on the East coast of England we regularly had fish and chips, and the smooth, flaky texture of a piece of white fish takes me right back to my childhood.
But fish supplies are not what they used to be. Certain Atlantic cod is becoming rare, and as haddock and cod swim together they can become easily overfished. You probably recall Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Fishfight campaign, which successfully fought to change the European discards policy. But this is only a small part of it – a drop in the ocean, if you will (sorry). Many fish stocks are depleted and we need to change our own buying habits if we want to enjoy these species in years to come.
In a bid to get some traction, Sainsbury’s are launching a #SwitchTheFish campaign. They want us to think looking out for sea bass, coley, hake or loch trout in place of the “big five”. In fact on 12th June if you ask for salmon, tuna, haddock, cod or prawns they’ll offer you an alternative for free. That’s right, free. No excuse not to try them out!
As a starter they’ve asked me to come up with a recipe, so here’s my ginger coley with noodles.
Coley is a firm white fish, very reminiscent of cod and takes on flavours in a similar way. In this recipe the hum of ginger is tempered with a sweet-salty dressing.
You can substitute the vegetables for whichever stir-fry veg you like. On a weeknight I like to use those bags of stir-fry veg to speed things up.
Whatever you substitute, make it a meal to remember.