Seasonal August dishes

August foods in season and what to cook with them

In August, reap the late-summer bumper crop of vegetables, gorge on stone fruit and berries and indulge in excellent seafood and prime cuts. Make the most of the warm weather by eating outdoors – there’s no better time to fire up the barbecue or head out for a picnic. Take a look at August’s best seasonal ingredients and the brilliant dishes to make with them.

Vegetables

It's peak season for salad ingredients such as beetroot, celery, spring onion, cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and watercress, and the fields are packed full of juicy corn ready to be harvested. It's also one of the best months to cook with broad beans, green beans, runner beans and peas. While courgettes are still in season, make sure you seek out courgette flowers before the month is over.

Mexican-style barbecued corn on the cob

Watermelon, charred feta and bread salad

Roast peppers with burrata

Roast corn chowder

Broad beans with lettuce, shallots and mint

Broad beans with lettuce, shallots and mint (Image: How To Eat A Peach/Mitchell Beazley)How To Eat A Peach/Mitchell Beazley

Meat

Game season in the UK starts on 12 August, also known as the Glorious Twelfth, with grouse, but you’ll also find wood pigeon and rabbit on menus at this time of year. New to cooking game birds? Check out our complete guide to cooking feathered game here. Beef and lamb (particularly the salt marsh variety) are also great for cooking on the barbecue, as are sausages and burgers.

Beef steak salad

Lamb steaks with artichokes and cabbage

Spatchcocked chicken with green beans

One-pot harissa chicken and apricot pilaf

Lamb kofte with parsley salad

Lamb kofte with parsley salad (Image: Aegean/Kyle Books)AegeanKyle Books

Seafood

There's an abundance of seafood to cook with in August. Catches of the month include plenty of oily and fatty fish that will benefit from grilling – think mackerel and sardines. Cod, salmon, hake, halibut, haddock and sea bream are also good. There’s also some luxurious shellfish fresh for the picking, including crab, prawns and queen scallops.

Baked scallops with chipotle butter

Smoked mackerel and lentil salad

Corn fritters with salmon and poached eggs

Prawn, pea and courgette risotto

Roasted cod with a coriander crust

Roasted cod with a coriander crust (Image: FALASTIN/Ebury Press)FALASTIN/Ebury Press

Fruit

August is the month to enjoy all the stone fruit, like plump peaches, plums, apricots and the last of cherries, the proper way – with juices running down your arm. It's also time to make the most of the last of the summer berries and watermelon, while fruit like figs start coming into season. Start to look out for sweet blackberries on the supermarket shelves and in the hedgerows.

Roast stone fruit with almond and orange flower crumb

Plum frangipane tart

Watermelon granita with shortbread

Plum, blackberry and bay friand bake

Peach puff tart

Peach puff tart (Image: The Ice Kitchen/HarperCollins)The Ice Kitchen/HarperCollins

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