Tradition at it's finest & served up for those who are Catholic and Italian-American; not all, but many love to have a Feast of Fishes for Christmas Eve. Now my Polish/Catholic Grandma would do just "3" fish dishes that included fried smelt, baked halibut fillets and clam chowder. It is varied how many fish/seafood dishes that a family may serve from 3,5,7 or more.
However, way back in the day it was an abstinence of meat and milk products which included a 24 hour fast prior to the feast. This was to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ.
This is a tradition we continue to improve upon.
1I like to buy this tray of fried fish for Christmas Eve at our favorite local Italian restaurant called Vernon's Cafe. Since I'm a "Northern" girl I don't fry too many foods which makes this very convenient. It has smelt, cod, scallops, shrimp and calamari.
---One of the most famous fried fishes is baccala; a salted cod fish but some don't like it and therefore opt for another choice of fish.
4TILAPIA LOVE: Another favorite fish of ours. Spicy Orange Tilapia --this one is steamed cooked in parchment paper; oh so good!!! The other one is a delicious blackened seasoning that you fry up in a pan or grill. Blackened Tilapia