Instagram: not just a hotbed of puppy pictures, your mate’s holiday pics and ridiculous inspirational quotes but, it turns out, also one heck of a place to get some seriously delicious fish-based food ideas too. Well, if you follow the brilliant Bart van Olphen, that is.
A Jamie Oliver favourite, this Dutchman is the dude behind @BartsFishTales – a smorgasbord of seafood recipes that are quick, easy, and so delicious that you’ll never be able to just walk past a fishmonger’s again.
We got stuck into the chef’s awesome Instagram account (which he dubs “the shortest cooking show in the world’) and reeled in five of our favourite recipes, all of which will have you changing your “big shop” shopping list immediately.
1. Perfect-For-Snacking Mackerel Spread
I love smoked mackerel! Today I am using these beautiful Scottish smoked mackerel fillets to make an incredible mackerel spread, to serve on your party, to have as a snack or just for a Sunday breakfast! I’m serving mine on Scottish Oatcakes, but feel free to use crackers, toast or anything else. Enjoy. Thank you to Willie, his crew and Denholm Seafoods for having us and showing us the most delicious mackerel in the world! If you want to see the full video, click the link in my bio or head over to youtube.com/bartsfishtales @jamieoliver @jamiesfoodtube @jamiemagazinenl @bartvolphen @kiltwearinhaggis #mackerel #peterhead #denholm #chrisandra #scotland
You’re going to make this, you’re going to taste this, and you’re never not going to have a batch sitting in the fridge, ready for you to dip your toast/crackers/fist into.
2. Straight From The Sea Calamares A La Plancha
Calamares a la plancha! Squid from the plate with just a bit of garlic, parsley, lemon, olive oil and salt and pepper. So simple. Look at the colours! Picture by @davidloftus for our Bart’s Fish Tales cookbook @carreraculinair styling by @ingetichelaar
If “you don’t fuck with fish” isn’t a cooking mantra, it should be. Squid (which is packed with protein) needn’t be battered and deep-fried to become a total mouth waterer – throw it into a hot pan with some garlic, parsley, lemon, olive oil and seasoning, and you’ll get something that looks this good.
3. Super Rapid Chilli Tuna Pasta
This pasta with tinned tuna is ideal for during the week days – in a rush, or on a budget. For only 2.75 euro, 2.50 pounds or 3 US dollars per portion, this delicious spaghetti makes for a great meal! So simple but so delicious. Enjoy! If you want to see the full video, click the link in my bio or head over to youtube.com/bartsfishtales @jamieoliver @jamiesfoodtube @jamiemagazinenl @bartvolphen #tuna #tunapasta #spaghetti #tinnedfish
It doesn’t get any easier, cheaper, faster and more mess-free than this.
4. Zingy Peruvian Mussels
When I visited the fantastic country of Peru, I got so inspired by the amazing culture, people and cuisine. I picked up this Peruvian steamed mussels recipe, and that’s why I came to the beautiful village of Yerseke in the South of The Netherlands, where they grow the most amazing “Zeeuwse” mussels! Juicy mussels, topped with a zingy, fresh Peruvian “salsa criolla%u201D.. Enjoy! Please let me know what you think of this video! If you want to see the full video, click the link in my bio or head over to youtube.com/bartsfishtales @jamieoliver @jamiesfoodtube @jamiemagazinenl @bartvolphen #mussels #salsa #peruvian #seafood #zeeuwsemosselen #mosselen
Kiss goodbye to that M&S two-for-a-tenner offer – this is your new date night staple and one that’ll give your brain and immune system a good old boost, too.
5. Trendy Octopus Salad
I love octopus! It is an awesome versatile ingredient fit for use in many recipes, check out my grilled octopus & avocado salad.. Freshly cooked octopus, grilled to perfection. Together with grilled avocado slices and a simple dressing with cherry tomatoes, this dish just screams summer! Enjoy. Please let me know what you think of this video! If you want to see the full video, click the link in my bio or head over to youtube.com/bartsfishtales @jamieoliver @jamiesfoodtube @jamiemagazinenl @bartvolphen #octopus #seafood #seafoodsalad #polpo
Chances are you’ve seen octopus on the menu at one of the cool restaurants you’ve dined at recently. It’s one of the most on-trend ingredients right now, and when it looks and tastes this good – and is naturally low in fat – it’s not hard to see why.
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