Seasonal June dishes

Updated on 01 June 2021

June foods in season and what to cook with them

As we enter the start of summer, there's lots of incredible seasonal produce to cook with. June's longer and warmer evenings lend themselves nicely to garden barbecues, while sunny days are perfect for enjoying zingy salads and top-notch seafood. Here's what ingredients are fresh this month, plus top recipes to make.

Vegetables

Asparagus and new potatoes, especially Jersey Royals, are now well in season as are aubergines, courgettes and fennel. It's also time to say hello to the new crop of carrots, beans and summer greens, like lettuce, runner beans and mange tout. Tomatoes, although technically a berry, reign supreme in June and there's a wealth of varieties appearing in supermarkets and veg boxes. This is also the best month for leafy, fragrant soft herbs like basil, mint, parsley and coriander.

Barbecued new potatoes with tarragon, peanuts and chipotle

Runner bean and tomato casserole

Grilled lettuce with buttermilk dressing

Carrot and apple salad

Tomato, Gouda and pesto tart

Tomato, Gouda and pesto tartFood for the Soul/HarperCollins

Meat

Spring lamb is still widely available, but coming to the end of the season. Chicken and pork are both excellent meats to throw on the barbecue – try experimenting with different marinades and cuts to find your perfect flavour combination. Leaner sausages and burgers are among top choices for the grill as well. 

Classic cheeseburger 

Peri peri chicken

Barbecue ribs

Lamb kofte with parsley salad

Chicken legs with Alabama white sauce

Chicken legs with Alabama white sauceFoolproof BBQ/Quadrille

Seafood

There's plenty to love about seafood in June. Crab is a top shellfish choice this month, fabulous in everything from sandwiches to pasta. Oily fish like tuna, mackerel and salmon are all sturdy enough to hold their own on a barbecue, and excellent pan-fried, grilled or in a salad. Shrimp, squid, langoustines and scallops also lend themselves nicely to summery recipes. 

Barbecued lime and chilli tiger prawns

Barbecued mackerel

Salmon, courgette and lemon kebabs

Baked scallops with chipotle butter

Crab spaghetti

Crab spaghettiClodagh's Weeknight Kitchen/Kyle Books

Fruit

June is a wonderful month for fruit. Most berries are widely available – think the classic trio of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, but don't forget gooseberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants that are coming into season. Plenty of stone fruit like apricots and nectarines as well as first of the cherries are kicking about too. The first of this season's watermelons are making an appearance while it's time to wave goodbye to rhubarb for another year.

Gooseberry fool

Ice cream raspberry meringue cake

Grilled pineapple with salted caramel

Summer berry galette

Strawberry shortcake

Strawberry shortcakevm2002/Shutterstock

Lead image: Elena_Tavi/Shutterstock

Comments


Be the first to comment

Do you want to comment on this article? You need to be signed in for this feature

Copyright © lovefood.com All rights reserved.