The Easter fish tradition

18 Apr 2019

Consumption of seafood always increases at Easter time, a tradition which can be traced back to the Christian church.

The tradition of fish at Easter still continues for many people. This dates back to the Christian calendar, when believers used to have to abstain from red meat, especially on Good Friday.  It was however permissible to eat ‘cold blooded’ foods such as fish. So even though many of us are no longer religious, the tradition carries on in the way we plan our Easter menus! 

Given the high demand for fish at Easter, Maundy Thursday – the day of the Last Supper – was also a key day for fishermen, as demand for their catches was so much higher.  And in our home town of Grimsby, a further tradition would be that the local fish companies would celebrate a successful day of Maundy Thursday sales by providing a parcel of fish to their employees for the Easter meal. At our Grimsby factory we are proud to continue this tradition and everyone in the BigFish team receives a parcel of salmon to enjoy over the holiday with their families.

If you're looking for inspiration to enjoy more salmon this Easter, check out the ideas on our recipe pages!