A few weeks back, I attended one of the nicest brunch dates I’ve ever been on. And this one was definitely a brunch with a difference. Hosted in Manchester by The Saucy Fish Co, myself and a handful of local food bloggers sat down to be treated to a range of brunch dishes, created using a range of delicious fish.
The saucy chefs worked hard in the kitchen at the beautiful apartment we all gathered at, in the heart of the Northern Quarter. Whilst they cooked away, preparing the perfect pairing of fish and sauce to make so tasty treats, we started off on the rooftop terrace, with a brunch classic Bucks Fizz and a lot of food chat.
Before I get into the details of the brunch I attended, and then share with you an even more exciting bit (my own brunch I hosted at home!),I wanted to share a few thoughts on The Saucy Fish Co. Basically, so you have a good understanding of who and what they are, because before the brunch, I had heard of the brand and knew they were a good quality brand of fish to cook at home, but that was pretty much all I was aware of.
In a nutshell, they create ranges of fish that pair well with certain sauces that you can easily cook at home. In their words, it’s sauce and fish without the fuss, just fantastic flavour without the hard labour!
Some people can assume it’s messy and fussy to cook with fish. I didn’t think this too much, but I’m just a nightmare at letting fresh fish go out of date in my fridge, so I appreciate a good range of frozen fish which is easy to cook at home. And it’s because of that, I’ve found a new go-to with The Saucy Fish Co.
They’ve taken their ‘fish minus the fuss’ revolution to the freezer aisle. You’ll find an array of fish and sauce pairings that can go from freezer to fork in less than half an hour. Saucy fish, just waiting to be cooked and enjoyed.
I was lucky enough to try a range of their tasty fish treats at the Saucy Brunch, cooked by their ‘Saucy Chefs’. I’ll outline the full range below, so you have an idea what is available in general, as I was shocked at just how many variations (some are cook from fresh, some frozen, some foil bag baked…)
- Seabass with Buerre Blanc Dressing
- Salmon with Chilli, Lime and Ginger
- Salmon with Watercress, Rocket and Creme Frais
- Salmon and cod fishcakes with Hollandaise centre
- Smoked Haddock Fishcakes with Vintage Cheddar
- Foil Bake King Prawn, Chorizo & Squid with Tomato and Smoked Paprika Sauce
- Foil Bake Bag Salmon with Sweet Chilli Sauce
- Foil Bake Bag Smoked Haddock with Vintage Cheddar and Chive Sauce
- Roasted Lemon and Herb Salmon with Sicilian Lemon and Dill Mayo
- Roasted Sweet Chilli Salmon with Tomato & Chilli Chutney
- Steamed Salmon with Lime & Coriander Dressing
- Basa with Asian BBQ Sauce
- Herb Crusted Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce
- Salmon & Cod Fishcakes with Hollandaise Centre
- Thai Spiced Fishcakes with Red Chilli and Coconut Centre
For some seriously saucy fish dish inspiration, take a look also at the menu above. Each dish infused a Saucy Fish Co product with it’s own sauce, and a few additional brunch items to create a 4 course menu.
The first dish took a creative twist on a breakfast wrap, using the Saucy Ready To Eat Steamed Salmon with Lime & Coriander Dressing. The wraps were gluten free and infused with beetroot – how pretty is this presentation?
The Lime and Coriander gave this salmon starter a real kick and a unique, delicious taste.
The second course also looked incredibly well laid out on the plate. In fact, every dish looked too good to eat! This one was a saucy twist on the classic Eggs Royal, and it was a creamier, saucier version in my opinion.
Saucy Cook from Frozen Herb Crusted Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce was sat to the side of your poached eggs. where the sauce blended with when eating the salmon from the same forkful as the eggs!
A nice lemon zesty touch on the classic, and the salmon was literally melt-in-your mouth…
The third was a favourite of mine, where the cook from frozen Saucy Salmon with Chilli, Lime and Ginger dressing was perched on top of crushed avocado on toast. You can get this salmon either ready to eat or frozen.
The reason I raved about this course so much is that the sauce is just a delight! So sweet and full of sharp chilli, that it worked incredible well with the rich, creamy avocado.
And last but not least, possibly the most unique of all and absolutely delicious was the Smoked Haddock Kedgeree. This involved the Saucy Smoked Haddock with Cheddar and Chive Sauce packed into what felt similar to a rosti, or a hash brown, topped with eggs and rocket.
I love Smoked Haddock – it’s possibly my favourite fish – and this was indeed a unique twist, blending it in to make a more filling meal.
So, the question was: what creation was I going to make myself at home? It didn’t take me too long to decide, as I couldn’t get the Saucy Salmon with Lime, Chilli and Ginger sauce out of my head!
So here it is, my recipe for creating a delicious brunch inspired from the Saucy Chef’s at Saucy Fish Co!
- x2 medium ripe avocados
- The Saucy Fish Co Saucy Salon with Chilli Lime and Ginger (I used cook from frozen)
- Seeded bread
- Chilli salt
- Pre heat the oven to around 200 degrees
- Take the two salmons out of the packaging and into the baking bag that comes with the frozen pack
- Seal the bag, and place the salmon bag onto a baking tray and bake for 28 minutes
- Meanwhile, crush up 2 medium avocados. Keep crushing, but feel free to leave some chunks in there too!
- Mix in a sprinkling of chilli salt too. You can also add a squeeze of lime if you fancy
- When the salmon has 5 minutes left, toast a few sliced of seeded bread. Spread with a light butter
- Also, boil a pan of water, and pop in the sauce sachet that comes with the salmon. It only takes around 4 minutes to heat up.
- Take out your salmons and place them on a plate. Using a fork, crush up the salmon slightly so you get chunks which start to flake
- Layer your crushed avo onto the slices of toast, and then top with the salmon. Then carefully open the sauce sachet, and drizzle over the top of the salmon
How simple was that? And so so SO delicious. And healthy too, did I forget to add…
In case you wanted to know where you can browse more recipes, and also where to shop this extensive range of these tasty and unique fish and sauce combinations, you can head to The Saucy Fish Co website. You can find their ranges at so many food retailers, including Sainsburys, Tesco and Ocado, and the full list can be found here.
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