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Pan-fried fish recipe by Geoff Scott can be found on Photo / Tamara West
Pan-fried fish recipe by Geoff Scott can be found on Photo / Tamara West

Not a week goes by where I don't eat at least one fish meal - pan-fried with salad, crumbed with chips, stir-fried in to Asian dishes, raw in Japanese dishes, baked, grilled, barbecued, marinated, curried, steamed - fish is so incredibly versatile that I struggle to understand people who tell me they don't cook it "because they ruin it".

I can thank my parents for my fish mastery; Dad's a fisherman and Mum certainly knows how to cook it so we've always eaten it. I still smile when I remember the day my new boyfriend joined my family in cooking homemade battered fish and chips in a pan of hot oil over the open fire at the bach - this fish and chip fiend had never contemplated making it himself. He was floored and is now, 15 years later, the master fish and chip cooker in my home. If you avoid cooking fish, you may like to try our recipes this week; we guarantee success.

And by the way, fish need not be expensive. It's hoki season: this is one of our more sustainable fish choices and you can buy it from around $10 to $18/kg at the supermarket. It can also be cheaper to buy fish whole and fillet them yourself using our step-by-step guide.

Try these delicious fish recipes:

West Coast whitebait
Reader recipe: Julie Lockett's fish pie
Classic fish tacos
Chocolate fish
Panfried sole with wet polenta garlic chilli and basil
Goan fish curry
Miso glazed fish
Fish stew
Panfried fish
Step-by-step instructions on how to fillet a fish

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Jo Elwin

Jo Elwin is editor of Bite and

A young Jo Elwin could be found reading cookbooks on the school bus and delighted in being the ‘kitchen helper’ at her mother’s dinner parties. Twenty years within magazine publishing, many involving food, has lead Jo to her dream job as editor of the NZ Herald’s weekly food magazine Bite and website

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