With thriving ports and picturesque fishing villages dotting the coast, Italy boasts a wonderful heritage when it comes to beautiful fresh fish dishes. Indeed, there are so many wonderful Italian fish recipes it’s hard to know where to begin!
Yet for a truly authentic selection of easy Italian recipes for fish it’s hard to beat the great range of ideas from Gino D’Acampo. Gino grew up among the fisherman on the Neapolitan coast and he has honed his cooking skills over many years to perfect an array of authentic Italian fish dishes fused with his unique Gino twist.
Like most Italian cooking, for truly authentic Italian fish recipes simplicity and flavour rule the day. Gino’s Italian fish recipes are guided by this core principle, bringing maximum flavour with minimum ingredients.
From Gino’s traditional Italian baked fish recipes, which include the classic whole baked sea bass with salsa – spigola in barchetta – to his Italian fish stew recipe – stufato di pesce – and his Italian fried fish recipes – which cover the indulgent fritto misto – there’s a wealth of inspirational ideas to discover.
No Italian chef is without a list of amazing fish dishes so if you’re looking for some of the very best recipes for fish online then you’re in the right place. As Gino says “no matter if it’s winter or summer, spring or autumn, no dish will ever beat a good fish stew!” Of course he’s absolutely right!
You can find a full range of the very best Italian recipes for fish in Gino’s best-selling recipe books or you can find a selection of great ideas below. Time to start cooking!
Fish RecipesGet Inspired
Tranci di pesce spada con patate saltate e gremolataSwordfish Steaks & Sautéed Potatoes with Gremolata
I cooked this dish overlooking the beach at Pescoluse, on the Puglian coast. It’s known as the Maldives of Salento and is a hidden paradise. I used swordfish, but tuna would work well too. Gremolata is a dressing of raw chopped garlic, parsley and lemon zest. It is usually sprinkled over meats, such as osso bucco or carpaccio, but it also makes a great garnish for grilled fish. Always make sure you...
Involtini di Salmone con Mascarpone e SenapeWrapped Salmon With Dijon Mustard & Mascarpone Sauce
For many people, salmon is the king of fish – it has a firm, meaty texture and a beautiful pink colour. It’s really versatile, too – it can be baked, poached, steamed, fried or flaked into stir-fries, pasta or risotto. It’s known as a brain food because of its high Omega 3 content, as well as being rich in vitamin D and minerals. This is a delicious way to get all the family eating fish –...
Sardine alla griglia con salsa di capperi e prezzemoloChargrilled Sardines With Caper & Parsley Vinaigrette
It is widely believed that sardines were named after Sardinia, where they were among the first fish to be packed in oil. Today they are still relatively abundant in the island’s coastal waters and form a major part of the islanders’ diet. Pilchards are the same species but just older and larger; they can be used for this recipe too, although I prefer the flavour of young sardines. As well as...
Insalata di sgombro affumicato con arance e finocchiSmoked Mackerel, Orange & Fennel Salad
Oranges go perfectly with smoked mackerel, particularly the red oranges that are so abundant in Sicily. Orange and fennel are a popular combination in Sicilian cuisine, especially in the city of Palermo, and with the addition of this seductively rich-tasting fish this salad becomes the star of any antipasti table.
Spigola con puré di cannellini e salsa al basilicoPan-Fried Sea Bass With Cannellini Mash & Basil Sauce
It has often been said that beans are the meat of the poor man, as they are a healthy alternative to meat, but in Italy, beans are used in pasta dishes, salads, mashed and spread on bruschetta - to name but a few options. They are used all day every day and are so incredibly good for you - packed with protein and soluble fibre, they make a really wonderful alternative to potatoes. The creamy bean mash...
If you need to make dinner in under four minutes, this is the recipe for you. It is so easy, you really won’t believe it. Once you have blended the ingredients together, that’s pretty much job done – it smells amazing too. You coat the ﬁsh and there you have it – ready to be cooked. You can cook it there and then or even prepare in the morning and cook.
Tonno Scue’ Scue’Seared Tuna Steak with Courgettes and Capers
If you ever have the chance to visit the town where I was born, Torre del Greco, you will soon realise that every restaurant in town serves this dish. Southern Italian people, me included, are absolutely crazy about tuna. If you try to translate ‘tonno scue’ scue’ into English, it would be ‘tuna made with no effort’. The reason it is called this is because the few ingredients used are put...
Tonno alla griglia con bricioleGrilled tuna steak with garlic breadcrumbs
Every now and then fish and chips in the UK is a must, but I must admit I often prefer my fish in breadcrumbs rather than batter – they make a far lighter coating that really means you taste the fish – and with this recipe I’ve come up with a much healthier but still delicious version. Tuna is such tasty meaty fish and the breadcrumbs add a bit of luxury to it. A crisp salad is all you need to...
Scombro Grigliato Con Semi Di FinocchiettoGrilled Mackerel with Fennel Seeds and Balsamic Vinegar
When you fancy a savoury start to the morning, please try this. I love it: not only is it delicious but you can’t get anything healthier. Mackerel is an oily, coldwater fish known especially for its nutritional benefits, as it’s a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which are good for brain growth and protection. In fact, the omega-3 content may actually reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s...
Linguine with tinned tuna, olives and chilliLinguine al tonno
Without doubt this has to be one of my father’s favourite pasta dishes. I remember when I used to live with him it was a must-have dish at least once a week but not always with the same shape of pasta. Please make sure that you never use tuna in brine for this recipe and if you like you can add some capers to the sauce.