Fish and seafood enthusiasts will be delighted to discover the most delicious dishes if they are lucky enough to visit the scenic beauty of New Zealand. There is a wide range of seafood available, that has been harvested from the country’s sparkling waters, and is usually from sustainable stock. The most common species used for their fabulous flavour include hake, ling, whiting, hoki and tuna. Here are the top four seafood dishes in New Zealand.

Pan-Fried Hake with Seasonal Salad

Hake is a delicate fish, and it is best not to overwhelm it with too many strong flavours. Serving it with fresh seasonal vegetables makes the perfect accompaniment. Ingredients could include cherry tomatoes, shallots and asparagus.

Barbeque Hoki Kebabs

Hoki is ideal for this dish, but different firm white fish can be used. Hoki flakes easily and has a mild taste and is often used for fish cakes. Popping it on the barbeque is a great way to enhance its flavour. The easiest way to prepare it is to cut the fish into cubes and thread on wooden skewers.

Yellowfin Tuna Nicoise

Tuna is a widespread species and is eaten in various forms around the world depending on location and cultural preferences. Fresh tuna is undoubtedly the best way to enjoy its firm texture, and it is often used for sushi or sashimi. It is ideal as an addition to the renowned Nicoise salad, working perfectly with the vegetables and dressing.

Blue Cod Curry

Fish might not be the most obvious of ingredients for a spicy curry, but blue cod works surprisingly well. The fish cooks quickly in the sauce, and it is best served with jasmine rice and an aromatic coriander garnish.

All of these dishes are packed with flavour, using only the freshest ingredients for a never to be forgotten taste of the sea.