Fish on the menu is an absolute must, but with so many species available, deciding which to go for and what to do with it can be daunting.
We sought the expert advice of Billingsgate Seafood School to learn about different species and receive expert tuition on how to prepare and cook them.
CJ Jackson, principal of the school, says: "Seafood on the menu doesn't have to be tricky. The beauty of fish is that the simpler the recipe, the better it tastes.
"There are also many myths surrounding the sustainability of seafood. There is no harm in farmed fish, as long as it is farmed responsibly, and there are many varieties available that serve to replace those species that are in decline.
"The team of experts at Billingsgate Seafood School aim to educate both consumers and professionals on the vast array of sustainable seafood available through Billingsgate Fish Market, and preparation techniques."
Here, Jackson guides us through a selection of fish.
|!](https://cdn.filestackcontent.com/GzoPLNo7QymsRgakBt3v)||GurnardProperties A firm and meaty textured fish with a good flavour. Notes An underused species that is a good alternative to more popular varieties.|
|!(https://cdn.filestackcontent.com/P6tUb3OcTHOQRPaGUfvn)||WitchProperties Flat white fish with a sweet, delicate texture. Notes It is a good alternative to lemon sole; less expensive, but sweeter than plaice.|
|!(https://cdn.filestackcontent.com/vzrPq5w9QHaT1j0u7Q90)||Rainbow Trout (farmed)PropertiesNotes Challenging to fillet, as the bones are soft.|
|!(https://cdn.filestackcontent.com/2LbKtepeQR6mpCqnJdeO)||CuttlefishProperties Similar to squid in texture, but with a more intensely sweet flavour. Good quality cuttle has a lovely pearlescent appearance, but if it is turning pink, it has lost condition. Notes Underused species of cephalopod, which can be bought prepared or whole. When whole it has an ink sac containing black viscous ink.|
|!(https://cdn.filestackcontent.com/lf0PmenRBWD8ceFarJOX)||Tilapia (farmed)Properties A white textured fish, which can cook up to a firm texture. Notes Extensively farmed around the globe and in the UK.|