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We explore the sustainable fish to eat on Good Friday and over the Easter holidays, with recipes, tips and expert advice.

What can you eat on Good Friday?

On Good Friday, it's tradtion to eat fish rather than meat.

According to Christians, Jesus sacrificed his flesh on what is now known as Good Friday. This is why traditionally, people abstain from meaty flesh on Good Friday.

Fish is viewed as a different kind of flesh and so is favoured over meat on Good Friday.

Additionally, fish shapes were used by Christians to identify each other, and it is believed that many followers of Jesus were fishermen.

Good Friday recipes

You can enjoy Easter fish and seafood with our tasty fish recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Nasi Goreng with wild prawns
Prawns
Prep time
65 mins
Cooking Time
35 mins
Wild piri piri prawns with mango and padrón peppers
Prawns
Prep time
5 mins
Cooking Time
35 mins
Tom Yum Kung with wild prawns and thai basil
Prawns
Prep time
0 mins
Cooking Time
15 mins
Spring rolls with wild prawns
Prawns
Prep time
20 mins
Cooking Time
15 mins
Chilean sea bass dumplings
Patagonian toothfish / Chilean sea bass
Prep time
5 mins
Cooking Time
15 mins
Forever salmon and prawn paella
Prawns
Prep time
20 mins
Cooking Time
20 mins
Spicy salmon with a maple-soy glaze
Salmon
Prep time
40 mins
Cooking Time
10 mins
Gambas a la plancha with wild prawns
Prawns
Prep time
10 mins
Cooking Time
5 mins
Wild banana prawns chermoula with lemon and coconut tahini
Prawns
Prep time
0 mins
Cooking Time
45 mins
Wild prawns from the barbie, two ways
Prawns
Prep time
10 mins
Cooking Time
20 mins
Wild South Australian pipis with saffron butter
Pipis
Prep time
0 mins
Cooking Time
20 mins
Wild hoki fish with chipotle coleslaw and harissa guacamole
Hoki
Prep time
40 mins
Cooking Time
15 mins
Lobster salad with avocado and mango
Lobsters
Prep time
30 mins
Cooking Time
0 mins
Pad Thai with wild prawns
Prawn
Prep time
15 mins
Cooking Time
15 mins

Where to buy fish on Good Friday

In Australia and New Zealand, you can find sustainable seafood for Good Friday and Easter at your local supermarket. Just look for the MSC blue fish tick label to be sure it's sustainable and can be traced back to a certified sustainable fishery.

Find out where to buy sustainable seafood this Easter and Good Friday.

Find sustainable seafood at Aldi, Coles and Woolworths

Foodstuffs NZ, New World and Countdown

Have a sustainable Easter

Traditionally, on Good Friday and at Easter, people will eat fin-fish. However, it is also popular to eat crustaceans and shellfish.

Sustainable fish to eat at Easter and on Good Friday.

There's a wide variety of sustainable seafood to eat in Australia and New Zealand with the blue fish tick. Our recommendations include the following. Click to find out more:

Find out all of the sustainable fish species to eat in Australia and New Zealand.

Discover more ways to enjoy sustainable seafood this Easter such as how to buy and prepare fish to last.Choose sustainable seafood with the blue fish tick


When is Good Friday and Easter Day in Australia and New Zealand?

Easter dates vary from year to year.

Easter Day takes place on the first Sunday following the first full moon on or after the March equinox.

Each year, Good Friday lands on the Friday before Easter Day.

Good Friday 2020: Friday, 10 April 2020
Easter Sunday 2020: Sunday, 21 April 2020

Good Friday 2021: Friday, 2 April 2021
Easter Sunday 2021: Sunday, 4 April 2021

Good Friday 2022: Friday, 15 April 2022
Easter Sunday 2022: Sunday, 17 April 2022

Find out more

What is sustainable fishing?

What is sustainable fishing?

Sustainable fishing means leaving enough fish in the ocean, respecting habitats and ensuring people who depend on fishing can maintain their livelihoods.

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