Ashburton Cookery School

Fish & Seafood

Ashburton Cookery School

Fish & Seafood

This popular course will show you the best ways to source, prepare, cook and serve fish & seafood. During the day you will learn scaling, gutting, skinning and filleting and how to identify the freshest fish and shellfish.

We will be cooking classic fish dishes alongside contemporary recipes using the best locally-caught fish.

Our fish is sourced locally from sustainable fish stocks from day boats. We avoid fish that has been caught using deep-sea trawling or pair net trawling.

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Skills you will learn

  • How to select and buy quality fish
  • Knife skills and selection
  • Fillet a flat fish
  • Fillet a round fish
  • Making fish stock
  • Prepare & Cook Scallops
  • Pin boning
  • Sauce making
  • Preparing Shellfsh
  • Cold poaching fish
  • Presentation skills

Typical Recipes

  • Grilled Lobster with pernod and shellfish butter
  • Mackerel Escabeche
  • Hand Dived Scallops Chorizo, Saffron Foam, Lemon oil
  • Sole Veronique wilted spinach, saute new potatoes

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Common Questions

You will enjoy a lunch featuring what you have cooked in the morning session along with a glass of wine. Weekend courses (Saturdays) and 5 day courses (on Monday to Thursday) have a lunch and at the end of each day's cooking you will take home any dishes you have made.

Note: On certain courses such as Breadmaking, Baking, Patisserie, Chocolate Making we will provide a buffet lunch and whilst you will take lots home to enjoy, you will need to make provision for dinner as this is not provided.

All of our courses are highly practical and you will spend 90% of your time in the kitchen learning and cooking. We maximise your quality learning time by taking care of time-consuming tasks such as weighing and assembling ingredients and washing up.

This course is at an Intermediate Level. Aimed at the typical home cook. These courses will build your confidence in all areas of the kitchen. You should be familiar with common cookery concepts such as frying, baking, grilling and be able to follow a recipe. No other special skills are required.

The minimum age to take this course is 18 years old unless otherwise specified.

You will need to tell us about any food allergies or special diets at the time of booking. Whilst the course content will stay the same, we will always try and accommodate your requirements with substitutions and alternatives.

We are very familiar with common food allergies and regularly welcome coeliacs, vegetarians and those with gluten-free, dairy-free or religious diets on our courses. Please contact the Customer Service team who will be able to advise you further.

You need to wear sensible footwear with non-slip soles and covered toes. Long hair needs to be tied back; we advise wearing comfortable clothes and not your best outfit. We also recommend wearing trousers.

You don't need to bring anything else with you since everything else is provided. If you wish to bring some containers to take away food you may, but recyclable boxes are provided.

You will receive a Certificate from the Ashburton Cookery School upon completion of this course.

We source as many ingredients from ethical, local suppliers within a 25 mile radius of the cookery school as possible. All our fish, poultry, meat and dairy is sourced from local producers as well as vegetables and English fruit.
We will always prioritise locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and recipes where possible.