What's in season in January?

Updated on 04 January 2019

Seasonal January dishes

With Christmas now a distant memory, January ushers in a chance to get inspired and try new recipes. Whether you’re in search of healthy dishes or comfort-food classics, there's plenty of scope to include these seasonal ingredients in your cooking.


Hardy winter root veg are at their best in January so if you've decided to take part in Veganuary this year, there are plenty of options. Picks of the bunch are beetroot, Brussels sprouts (if you aren’t thoroughly sick of the sight of them post-Christmas), cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, celeriac, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, leeks, parsnips, swede, potatoes and sweet potatoes as well as turnips. Purple sprouting broccoli are slowly coming into season, as are peppers.

Sage and rosemary are the herb picks of the month.

Beetroot and horseradish pierogi with braised sour red cabbage

Roasted purple sprouting broccoli 

Roasted cauliflower shawarma with pomegranate and tahina

Butternut squash, sage and Comté risotto

Sesame miso roasted red cabbage (pictured)

Miso red cabbage


It’s all about game, with goose, guinea fowl, rabbit and venison all good choices. If you're not excluding meat from your meals this month, it's also a good time for hearty beef and pork dishes. For lighter dishes, turkey sees the end of its seasonality. 

Chicken soup and dumplings

Venison shanks with baby beets and chestnuts

Porchetta-stye pork kebabs with white beans

Roasted pork belly with pears and thyme 

Michel Roux Jr's beef paupiettes (pictured)

Beef paupiettes
The French Revolution/Seven Dials


Shellfish dominates the January agenda, specifically clams, mussels, oysters, crabs and scallops. On the fishy side of things, January sees the first of cod while mackerel, dover sole, halibut and monkfish are all good bets.

Linguine vongole 

New England clam chowder

Crab cakes with lemongrass and green mango

Smoked mackerel, orange and beetroot salad

Coconut fish curry (pictured)

Coconut fish curry
Asma's Indian Kitchen/Pavilion Foods


Boost your vitamin C during the long, dark days with Seville oranges, grapefruits, Bramley apples, Comice and Conference pears, passion fruit and pomegranates. More locally, the first of the year's forced rhubarb is appearing while date and quince see the last of their seasonality. 

Don't forget that many nuts like almonds, chestnuts and hazelnuts are still in season.

Sticky orange and vanilla upside-down cake 

Apple and almond tart 

Pomegranate passion cake

Spiced apple and pear chausson

Quince clafoutis (pictured)

Quince clafoutis
Planted/Kyle Books


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