Brimming with practical advice and delicious recipes, the one-day Fish Cookery course at River Cottage Cookery School is an absolute must for amateur fish cooks.
Brimming with practical advice and delicious recipes, our fish cookery courses are always popular. An absolute must for amateur fish cooks, the Fish Cookery course will take you through a range of techniques, from filleting mackerel and cracking shellfish to cooking up a fabulous fish supper, we’ll equip you with the know-how and confidence to prepare a wide range of dishes from under the sea.
Set against the beautiful rural backdrop of River Cottage HQ, your day will be a mix of practical lessons, demonstrations and chances to taste the fruits of your labour. You’ll learn about sustainable fishing, different species and techniques, and at the end of the course you'll come away full of ideas on how to make the most of fish in your own kitchen.
I plumped for the fish course. I had a little experience with the preparation and cooking of fish but Connor took us to a whole new level. The people who were with me all expressed a great sense of achievement and found the ingredients excellent and in some cases fascinating but...
Tim Attended 28 September 20185.0 out of 5
09:30 - 17:00
Arrive at River Cottage
You’ll be met at the top of the hill at 9.30am and transported to River Cottage HQ by tractor and trailer (approx. a 5 minute journey).
Make yourself at home
You will meet your host and start the day with tea, coffee and treats fresh from the kitchen.
Demo session one
Your first lesson will be learning how to prepare shellfish, such as freshly caught Lyme Bay crab.
Practical session one
We’ll teach you how to fillet, stuff and cook a fresh mackerel or similar fish.
Demo session two
You’ll discover the principles behind hot smoking fish, with a simple demonstration you can recreate at home.
Practical session two
Next we’ll look at the techniques needed to fillet different types of fish, and put your new skills into practice.
Practical session three
Next up, you’ll learn more about how to prepare shellfish.
Practical session four
To showcase your new skills, you’ll finish by preparing shellfish, such as mussels and frying up some fish for your dinner.
You’ll sit down to enjoy the three-course fish feast you have prepared with a little help from the River Cottage chefs. Make sure you save room!
There will be time to chat to your fellow scholars and the River Cottage team, before being whisked back up the hill by our tractor and trailer at 5pm.
Please note: This is a guide to the activities that will make up your course at River Cottage. This is by no means set in stone and will depend on seasonal availability.
On occasion cookery schools will use equipment that includes induction hobs. It is recommended that people with pace makers should not work on these units. If you are concerned or would like to check whether or not induction hobs will be used on the course you are interested in, please call us on 01297 630302.
This course is run from River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders. Full address details of HQ will be provided once you have booked.
We are a licensed venue. We have a wide selection of the finest organic wines available to purchase.
We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.
With many of our courses there are often treats and leftovers to take away with you. In our quest to be more sustainable we are encouraging guests to bring their own containers and bags to transport their produce home. Details of what is required for each course will be included in booking emails.
- Sustainable Restaurant Association
- Food and Travel Magazine 2017
- Great British Food Awards 2017
- Great British Food Awards 2018