Fish are delicious all year round, but there’s nothing quite as satisfying as tucking into a meal made with fish that’s in season in the UK in August.
If you’re looking for the freshest, most flavourful fish to cook up this August, you’re in luck! We’ve put together this handy guide to help you figure out which fish are in season during this month, along with some delicious recipes to help you prepare your feast.
So, what’s on the menu?
What Fish Are in Season in the UK in August
Wild Sea Trout
These beautiful fish are at their best during the summer months, and August is the perfect time to enjoy them. The flavour is subtle, but delicious, and they make a fantastic addition to any summer dish.
If you’re looking for a recipe, we can heartily recommend this delicious sea trout stew. The chorizo is an amazing compliment to the subtle flavours of the fish, and the peas add a lovely pop of colour.
Local Sea Bass
Another fantastic choice for August, local sea bass is perfect for those who want a delicious seafood option. Plus, bass is a sustainable choice, so you can enjoy your meal knowing that you’re helping to protect our planet.
This fish can be baked, grilled, or even fried—so there’s something to suit everyone’s taste. When we cook up local sea bass, we like to keep it classic — pan-fried with a lemon garlic herb sauce.
Also known as “dog fish”, huss are a great option for those looking for a hearty fish dish. This fish can be quite strong in flavour, so it’s perfect for those who like their food with a bit of a kick. Huss can be grilled, baked, or even used in soups and stews.
For a truly delicious huss dish, we recommend this recipe for huss stew. The combination of beef stock, red wine, and bacon are delicious and filling—great for following up a long day of summer fun!
An August favourite, locally caught mackerel is a versatile fish that can be used in a variety of dishes. The fish’s tiny size means they’re perfect for adding into meals for a nice bit of flavour, and their oily meat makes them ideal for smoking or sautéing.
For a simple but effective mackerel dish, try this recipe for grilled mackerel with lemon. The acidity of the lemon helps to cut through the richness of the fish, making for a light and refreshing meal.
A classic choice for any fish lover, plaice is a delicious option for August and another that’s caught locally. This flatfish can be cooked in many different ways, so you’re sure to find a recipe that you love.
We love this recipe for baked plaice because it’s incredibly simple and tasty. Just throw your plaice onto a tray with whatever summer vegetables you’d like, season, bake, and enjoy!
Wild halibut isn’t called the “steak of the sea” for no reason. This fish is meaty, filling, and utterly delicious. Halibut is perfect for those who want a heartier seafood option, and it can be grilled, baked, or even pan-fried.
For a truly amazing halibut dish, we recommend this recipe for halibut with roasted vegetables. The halibut is cooked to perfection, and the roasted veggies are a delicious accompaniment.
Skate is a great choice for those who are looking for a sustainable seafood option and the fact it’s local to us, means it tastes that little bit better. This fish can be quite strong in flavour, so it’s perfect for those who like their food with a bit of a kick. Skate can be grilled, baked, or even used in soups and stews.
This recipe for skate wing with brown butter is a fantastic way to enjoy this sustainable seafood option. The brown butter sauce is rich and flavourful, and it compliments the skate perfectly.
A firm favourite with seafood lovers, wild salmon is a delicious and sustainable choice for August. This fish can be grilled, baked, or even smoked—so there’s something to suit everyone’s taste.
We think salmon is one of the most delicious fish around, so when we cook it we tend to keep things simple so that the flavour really shines through.
This recipe for grilled salmon is a perfect example of that. The fish is cooked to perfection, and there are only two other ingredients—salt and pepper. Perfect for a summer barbecue!
Local Dover Sole
A classic choice for any fish lover, locally caught Dover sole is a delicious option for August. This delicious flatfish can be cooked in many different ways, so you’re sure to find a recipe that you love.
For a truly amazing Dover sole dish, we recommend this recipe for pan-fried Dover sole with boiled potato and tomato compote. The sole is cooked to perfection, the boiled potatoes are filling, and the tomato compote adds a great bit of acidity to the meal.
In addition to all of the fish we’ve covered so far, there are also a ton of crustaceans in season in August. This includes:
Crustaceans are a fantastic choice for those who want a hearty seafood option. They can be steamed, boiled, or even grilled—so there’s something to suit everyone’s taste, or eaten raw (cockles and whelks anyone?).
If you’re looking for a meal to make, this recipe for summer seafood stew is delicious and incredibly versatile. Whatever shellfish or crustaceans you pick up at the fishmonger can go straight in the pot—no need to stress!
Start Exploring Our August Options
That’s just a few of the many amazing fish options that are in season during August and not only that, all are perfect for the BBQ!
If you’re looking for more inspiration, shop online now or pop in and speak to Darren and the team about our amazing selection of sustainable, in-season seafood.
We’re sure you’ll find something that you love!