Christmas Eve Fish Traditions & Recipes

Most of us eat turkey on Christmas Day but what about fish on Christmas Eve?

Stemming from a Catholic tradition of not eating meat on holy days, many European countries have a feast of fish on the 24th December to celebrate the festive season.

In Italy, the Feast of the Seven Fishes, as the name would suggest, is a meal made up traditionally of 7 different types of fish or seafood. Many Italians make a fish pie but dishes of fried calamari and spaghetti with clams are also common. The meal is also known as The Vigil (vigilia di natale) in Southern Italy, commemorating the wait for the birth of the baby Jesus.

In Poland, the Christmas Eve feast or Wigilia, which starts when the first star appears in the night sky, combines foods from the four corners of the earth (forest, sea, field and orchard) with the main dish often being carp. Carp is also very popular in the Czech Republic where fishmongers sell live carp on the streets in the run up to Christmas.

Our fresh fish counter is always packed full of fresh fish, with sometimes up to 40 different varieties. We can also supply fresh carp but this would need to be ordered as soon as possible for a Christmas delivery.

Ideas for Christmas 2017

The Ramus website has all sorts of ideas for Christmas Eve fish dishes. Here are a few to try:

Nigel Slater has a new take on a fish pie for Christmas this year. His Smoked Salmon & Leek Pie is a layer of puff pastry filled with creamy roast smoked salmon, smoked mackerel and leeks and makes a delicious supper whatever the season.

Jamie Oliver has a wealth of recipes on his website but this Whole Salmon stuffed with Lemon & Herbs would make a fabulous centrepiece for the table.

Here at Ramus we’re always trying to make your life easier so our new Entertain range of seafood platters is the perfect way to present a stunning display of fresh fish and seafood to your guests. This year we’ve introduced a Luxury Tiered Platter complete with stand, as well as an oven-ready platter full of shellfish and garlic butter. Take a look at the brochure here or order online here.

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