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From dusk til dawn: How to eat fish all day this Christmas

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When you think of a traditional Christmas dinner — what immediately springs to mind? Your list will no doubt include a roast turkey, honey-glazed ham and pigs in blankets along with all the usual trimmings and figgy desserts. But fish probably doesn’t feature that heavily does it?

For as long as I can remember, my mum has served up a breakfast of smoked salmon with fresh soda bread (she's Irish) on Christmas morning. Other households might pair smoked salmon with scrambled eggs or a bagel. Whichever way you prefer it, salmon feels fancy enough to fit this special occasion, but light enough to make way for some serious over indulging later on.

But what if, for the first time this year, you flip the lid on the typical Christmas Day menu and swap it for one that includes seafood all-day? That's right, fish for every meal from breakfast through to dinner and even snacks. Something smells fishy to you? We hear you.

Fish is a healthier spin on the usual meat, carbs and chocolate overload. And what could be more festive than dining on seafood straight from the snowy American state of Alaska? It’s not quite the North pole — around 3,000km off to be precise — but it's near enough, and definitely cold enough!

Alaska Seafood, available from all major supermarkets (and the small ones too), has been caught sustainably along the state's rugged 34,000-mile pollution-free coastline. It definitely gets our golden stamp of approval and the salmon is high in protein, low in saturated fat and rich in essential vitamins and minerals.

When considering this all-new Christmas menu — breakfast is as good a place to start as any.

B​reakfast — Warm Quinoa Salad with Avocado, Pancetta and Alaska Smoked Salmon

Image by Steve Lee. Recipe by Rachel Green

Image by Steve Lee. Recipe by Rachel Green

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This delicious recipe — Warm Quinoa Salad with Avocado, Pancetta and Alaska Smoked Salmon — is a little modern for my Irish mum at first glance, but it is actually super easy to throw together on the big day and a healthy take on the classic English breakfast of eggs and bacon.

Did you know, the quality of all Alaska Seafood is governed by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), who ensures only the best seafood reaches the rest of the world. It's a key source of marine omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for our bodies to promote heart health, suppress inflammation (take that sprouts), and boost brain function. Wait, could this mean you will smash it at Articulate this year?

A​nything that's topped with a warm runny boiled egg and crispy pancetta gets a huge thumbs up from us! This dish will keep you full until lunch and bursting with all the energy to open presents and pull crackers. Pop open a bottle of fizz and kick start the day's celebrations in style. Cheers!

By Howard Kelly for Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

By Howard Kelly for Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

The fresh flavour and bold colour of Alaska salmon comes from each species in this region feeding on a natural diet of marine organisms, and the texture comes from annual migrations in the cold North Pacific. You'll see these characteristics shine in this lunchtime recipe of Alaska firecracker salmon.

The salmon fillets are marinated in a mix of sesame oil, soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce, chillies, ginger, lime zest and lime juice to give it a real kick and grilled to add even more flavour and texture. If you prefer, roast the vegetables and salmon all together for 20 minutes — see below for details.

T​his light and healthy dish is perfect for avoiding a middle-of-the-day slump and it will send your taste buds into overdrive. Add new potatoes if you're missing the carbs. And don't worry if you don't have a spare piece of log to serve it on, a table is fine.

Lunch — Alaska Firecracker Salmon

Image by Steve Lee. Recipe from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

Image by Steve Lee. Recipe from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

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It's a good idea to eat lighter at lunch to make room for a delish afternoon snack. This one — sticky sesame Alaska salmon, corn taco, smashed Avo and Asian slaw — goes perfectly with a tangy afternoon cocktail and is really easy to share between family and friends. Just roll up, roll up!

T​he flavours here are also unreal — chilli, lime and rice wine vinegar will make the smashed avocado, Asian slaw and chunks of salmon jump into action in your mouth. What was that about bland turkey and stuffing? We're not missing it either. Time to taco, we say!

C​heeky snack — Sticky Sesame Alaska Salmon, Corn Taco, Smashed Avo, Asian Slaw

Image by Steve Lee. Recipe from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

Image by Steve Lee. Recipe from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

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Now it's time for the main event, the final recipe, the evening meal crescendo! We've saved the best until last. Just don't blame us when you eat the celebration Alaska Salmon Wellington (because it's worth celebrating) — and fall into a happy and satisfied slumber immediately afterwards.

The combination of flavours within the fresh whole salmon, green pesto and spinach with sweet roasted red peppers all encased inside flaky filo pastry is making us drool with anticipation.

This dish delivers as the kind of ceremonious centre piece a special occasion like Christmas deserves and it's certainly easier to slice than a turkey. The whole thing takes less time to cook than a traditional Christmas dinner too, so whoever is chef on the day won't be stuck in the kitchen fretting over whether juices are running clear or why the potatoes are still rock hard.

P​op open another bottle of bubbly and follow up this salmon wellington dish with all your favourite festive desserts, if you have any room left to enjoy them that is. Merry Christmas to one and all!

Dinner – Celebration Alaska Salmon Wellington

By S​teve Lee for Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

By S​teve Lee for Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

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Comments (4)

  • Oooh yes, this all looks so delicious...

      4 days ago
  • Looks delicious. However, I don't need Christmas day to eat fish all day long. My wife and I love fish so much, we routinely eat fish for several days in the row. By the way, we like Alaskan Salmon and Black Cod. They are both available in Australia in frozen form from Costco.

      4 days ago
    • This is great to hear and such a healthy, tasty choice! I love fish too! I live by the seaside so it comes with the territory! Fantastic that you're already fans of Alaska Seafood. Here's to seafood every day!

        3 days ago
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