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Winter Cooking and Recipes

Information and ideas for cooking in the winter season plus lots of recipes

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Jump to:   List of what’s in season in WinterWinter Produce: Information and Recipes

Winter is upon us and whilst there isn't such an abundance of locally grown fruit and vegetables in season, there are still lots of other ingredients which are at their best from December to February.

Although there are thousands of recipes on this site suitable for Winter cooking, below are links to seasonal produce featuring information and specially selected recipes using the freshest and best Winter season  ingredients including meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, many of which also include additional useful and informative editorials.

Make sure to visit our slow cooking section which features lots of  information about using and preparing ingredients especially suitable for slow cooking in casseroles, stews, tagines and other methods.

What’s in Season in Winter

Whilst not definitive, below is a list of ingredients which are in season in Winter.


Fruit and nuts in season in Winter

Almonds, apples,  brazil nuts, chestnuts, cranberries, hazelnuts, lemons, oranges, passion fruit, pears, pomegranate,  tangerines, walnuts

Vegetables, Herbs & Fungi in season in Winter

Beetroot, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chicory, horseradish, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, mushrooms, onions, parsley, parsnips, potatoes,  sage, salsify,  spinach, squash, swede, thyme, truffles, turnips, wild mushrooms


Meat, Poultry & Game in season in Winter

Duck, goose, grouse, guinea fowl, hare,  partridge, pheasant, rabbit, turkey, venison, wood pigeon

Fish and Shellfish in season in Winter

Brill, clams, cockles, cod,  crab, dab, eel, haddock, halibut, hake, langoustine, lemon sole, mackerel, monkfish, mussels, oysters, plaice, scallops, sea bass, sea bream, skate, squid, turbot, winkles



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Winter Ingredients: Information and Winter Seasonal Recipes


Below is a selection of recipes using the best of the Winter season's ingredients. We've also included some additional pages focussing on specific Wintertime ingredients which feature lots of  additional information as well as the Editor's Choice top 3 recipes. Just click the pictures to go to the pages or scroll down for other Winter season recipes.




Once the bird of choice at Christmas in the UK , goose has, until late, taken a back seat to turkey. However it is making a comeback, not only for roasting whole, but also served in individual breast or leg portions when it can been cooked and served in a similar way to wild duck.


Chestnuts are a versatile ingredient which can be cooked in a variety of ways - boiled, roasted, steamed, microwaved, pureed and are used in both savoury and sweet dishes. Simple roasted chestnuts in their shell are absolutely delicious and are a favourite in Britain, especially at Christmas.


Cranberries they can be found growing wild in many parts of the northern hemisphere,  however it is the cultivated large-berried variety which is the most widely eaten. In the UK they are in season from late October to late December and are a firm favourite to accompany roast turkey at thanksgiving and Christmas.


Oysters are in season and at their best from October to April.  Although overfishing in the 19th century brought British native oysters to near extinction,  they are now protected by laws in an attempt to restore their numbers. They are still unfortunately, much more expensive than rock oysters.


More Winter Season Recipes

(in alphabetical order)


Winter Seasonal Brussels Sprout Recipes 


Winter Seasonal Clam Recipes


Winter Seasonal Guinea Fowl Recipes


Winter Seasonal Jerusalem Artichoke Recipes


Winter Seasonal Mackerel Recipes


Winter Seasonal Parsnips Recipes


Winter Seasonal Red Cabbage Recipes


Winter Seasonal Walnut Recipes



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