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Fish is so expensive!!

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anonymousbird Wed 04-Oct-17 11:38:09

We like fish but find ourselves hardly ever eating it as it works out so expensive for a meal for four. I also think that the portions in supermarkets are so small, probably ok for kids but not enough for adults. If I buy a larger piece from the counter it is eye poppingly pricey!

Our mobile fishmonger is no cheaper.

How do you include fish in your diet without it costing a bomb? And where do you get it? Needs to be edible as it is, not just mixed into say, a fish pie, so I'm looking for plain pieces rather than diced, battered or breaded.


cowgirlsareforever Wed 04-Oct-17 11:39:23

Frozen fish from Aldi and Iceland is very good and far cheaper than most other places.

HeyMacWey Wed 04-Oct-17 11:40:18

Try Iceland - they do packs of plain fillets - normally get 3 packs for £10.

VeryPunny Wed 04-Oct-17 11:40:45

Buy the frozen fillets. Most of it is frozen at sea so very fresh and it's much cheaper. I buy the bags of sea bass filets from Tesco - about £7 for 4 or 5 pieces. Tesco/Aldi also have frozen haddock, cod, pollack etc. I generally cook straight from frozen by wrapping each piece in foil with a little butter or oil. I don't like the frozen salmon as it's usually pacific stuff, not the Scottish/Norweigian one.

reetgood Wed 04-Oct-17 11:41:46

Mackerel and trout are some of your cheaper whole fish options. Also coley. The frozen portions are good but I think best in something else eg fish curry.

Lenl Wed 04-Oct-17 11:42:11

We eat a lot of fish (no meat) and the cost drives me crazy. I don't really know how to cook frozen fish nicely though? Does it not come out watery?

staveleymum Wed 04-Oct-17 11:42:34

Sainsbury do a basic range frozen pollock for £2 a bag. There are 5-6 fillets in a bag and lovely.

Mirror comments of others re Iceland - its the only thing we go in for (although invariably end up with other things)!

cowgirlsareforever Wed 04-Oct-17 11:42:36

The bags of Aldi frozen cod and haddock fillets are £2.99. You get quite a lot of portions in them too.

TheBadTemperedLadybird Wed 04-Oct-17 11:43:21

Sardines on toast are nice. Kippers aren't expensive. Pollock and other cheaper white fish can be used in recipes that say to use cod.

MusicToMyEars800 Wed 04-Oct-17 11:44:20

I do the same as VeryPunny

CrabappleCake Wed 04-Oct-17 11:48:11

Frozen fish fillets - some can be cooked from frozen.

Mackerel/coley/pollack are all cheap.

We had cornish sardines the other night - very cheap - I think they are rebranded pilchards.

AtleastitsnotMonday Wed 04-Oct-17 11:54:53

Aldi do a pack of 4 tuna steaks for about £2.70. They cook from frozen and are delicious.

IHaveBrilloHair Wed 04-Oct-17 15:13:59

I buy it frozen too, Asda often do three for £10 deals, also tinned fish, Sicilian sardine pasta is gorgeous, and the cheap kippers are great is kedgeree or made into fishcakes.

everythingstaken123 Wed 04-Oct-17 16:53:32

I buy a whole salmon when it is on sale half price (and when i know i have some time to do something with it cos it takes a while). Then I poach it in the oven for about 20 mins and then make fish cakes and when I've lost the will to live, I bag up the rest into portions to make pasta or whatever at a later date. I find that one whole salmon makes at least 50 fish cakes and then about another 4 bags of fish for other meals. It is the only way I can afford to feed everyone nice fish and if you get yourself a good recipe then every one enjoys it and you have a meal straight out of the freezer without doing any more work.

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anonymousbird Thu 05-Oct-17 13:58:49

Thanks all. I was worried that frozen would lose its texture/be watery but will give it a go next time I am at Aldi.

And yes, mackerel is something we used to eat a bit of and I love it. And it is good value.

4merlyknownasSHD Thu 05-Oct-17 14:02:00

When it is in season, Pouting. It is very reasonable priced and can be as little as 60p per serving. Also, Sprats.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 09-Oct-17 21:27:57

If you get a mywaitrose loyalty card you get 20% off at the fish counter every Friday.

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