No Meat for Lent? No Problem!
Our Most Meaty Fish & Preparations
Why is fish ok for Lent?
Lent is a holy season on the Christian Liturgical calendar beginning on Ash Wednesday and continuing for 40 days. The 40 days is meant to represent Jesus’ time spent fasting in the desert before the crucifixion. Christians follow Jesus’ example by fasting as well, sustaining from warm blooded mammals and birds, leaving fish and seafood as a viable source of protein during this time.
Our “Meatiest” Fish
Salmon…this neutral, un-fishy fish is a versatile protein and one that we recommend when looking for substitutions for animal-based proteins like pork. Being that salmon is a less-lean fin fish (but with good-for-you fats), it is ideal for more intense cooking methods, grilling, sautéing, baking, and broiling, without hazarding the dreaded “drying out”.
Try these salmon recipes for your Lent meal prepping and planning…
Baked Salmon Fillets with Mustard Crust …this tasty recipe also includes another spectacular Spring ingredient, asparagus! The crispy baked crust coating our tender salmon fillets is a delicious combination of panko bread crumbs, Dijon mustard, smoked paprika, and tarragon.
Cedar Plank Salmon How-To…Cedar plank cooking is a great grilling tradition, imparting a sweet smoky flavor to your seafood. This how-to article goes into step-by-step detail on cedar plank salmon, including flavoring suggestions and marinating options.
Tuna…is another delightfully neutral fish with the most excellent meaty texture. Tuna adheres well to all sorts of cuisines, dishes, and recipes where beef or chicken would be traditionally used. We especially love grilling, bbq-ing, and searing tuna.
Try these tuna recipes for your Lent meal planning and prepping…
Garlic & Herb Grilled Tuna Steaks… Who doesn’t love garlic!? And garlic is the perfect partner for a thick juicy tuna steak, we adore this easy recipe for Garlic and Herb Grilled Tuna Steaks that we found in-part of our Immunity Boosting Seafood Recipes article.
Tuna Burgers…If you’re anything like me, you love a good homemade seafood burger. Heck, I love all burgers! But, what appeals to me so much about seafood burgers is the variety. Seafood offers a nice (and delicious) way to mix up the menu, instead of just relying on the same-ole beef patties.
Rockfish…(aka. Stripped bass) is a lighter fish with subtile, buttery, flavor, that would substitute very well for chicken. Rockfish performs well; fried, baked, broiled, sautéed…even stir-fried, being that it is not as delicate as other white fin fish.
Try these rockfish recipes for your Lent meal planning and prepping…
Homemade Maryland Fish Sticks… Making fish sticks from scratch is so easy and so much more enjoyable than those pre-made frozen products. No matter if you’re serving the kiddos or indulging that inner child, you’re going to love this recipe!
Baked Rockfish… Baking in the oven is a classic means of cooking up great seafood. Here we’ll give you the skinny on how to make a great rockfish dish, a la oven, quickly and deliciously.
Buy Seafood Online – and cook good food at home!
All of the goodies listed in these mighty, meaty seafood suggestions are available at our online store. As we say, ‘from shore to door, 3 days fresher than the grocery store’-all of our seafood is delivered right to your door when you schedule it, guaranteed! That’s convenience you need, especially for meal prepping and planning.
About the author
Patterson Watkins is a professional chef with over 17 years of experience. With a robust career in restaurants, contract dining and catering (including 4 Summer Olympic posts preparing food for the athletes!) Patterson joined the Cameron’s Seafood team at the end of 2018 to concoct some delicious recipes with our premium seafood items as the centerpiece.