A Fish in Every Pot

By on June 7, 2017

By Dr. Gavin Armstrong, President & CEO of Lucky Iron Fish—

Iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world, affecting two billion people – that’s more than 30% of the world’s population. This issue most frequently affects women, and particularly those in developing countries. As much a every second pregnant woman in developing countries, and about 40% of preschool children in developing countries, are estimated to be anemic, with anemia contributing to 20% of all maternal deaths.

An innovative solution to a global epidemic

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This global issue inspired us to create the Lucky Iron Fish: a simple health innovation formulated to combat iron deficiency. Lucky Iron Fish is a piece of natural ferrous iron, shaped like a smiling fish (a symbol of luck in Cambodia), that’s specially formulated to release a safe level of iron when cooking nutritious meals. Through our Buy-One-Give-One model, for every Lucky Iron Fish purchased, a fish is given to a family in need around the world for free. One Lucky Iron Fish can actually provide an entire family with a significant level of their iron intake for up to 5 years.

From athletes to vegans: Suitable for those at risk of iron deficiency

Whether an athlete, avid cook, nutrition-conscious mom, vegetarian or vegan, or all of the above, our small but mighty fish makes a great gift for those concerned about iron deficiency. Not to mention, this gift keeps giving by putting a fish in the pot of a family in Asia, India, Sub-Saharan Africa, South America, and other communities in need in the developing and developed world. We’re on a mission to put a fish in every pot!

Recipe Ideas: It’s easy to use Lucky Iron Fish

Wondering how to make use of your fish? Simply boil the fish for 10 minutes in one litre of water or broth with two to three drops of citrus juice (or apple cider vinegar) to fortify the liquid with a significant portion of daily iron intake. Use the Lucky Iron Fish whenever cooking with a liquid base. Soup, quinoa, rice, flavored water, tea, smoothies or juice can all be made iron-rich with no added taste. Share your best recipes with us by tagging us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. See below for a few of our personal favourites!

Lucky Iron Fish Hot Ginger Tea


1 Lucky Iron Fish

1 litre of water (approx 4 cups)
1 slice of lemon

3 tbsp thinly sliced ginger Sweetener (to taste)

The best way to absorb the iron that the Lucky Iron Fish provides is when itʼs combined with vitamin C (in this recipe we use lemon). In addition when you add the ginger (which improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients) you end up with a powerful cup of tea!

Three Sisters Ragout


1 Lucky Iron Fish
2 cups Vegetable stock

4 cups diced preserved tomatoes

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1/2 medium sized spanish onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely diced

1lb dried white beans, soaked in water for 4 hours

1lb dried white hominy corn
1lb butternut squash, peeled seeds removed and diced

.25 tsp crushed red chili flakes

.75 tbsp ground cumin

.5 tbsp black pepper

1 tbsp kosher salt

.5 bunch flat leaf Italian parsley

Washed, stems removed and chopped

Put vegetable stock, tomatoes and Lucky Iron Fish in a pot. Bring to a boil for 10 mins, then remove fish. In a separate pot sweat off the onions and garlic in the oil until translucent, about 5-7 mins over medium heat. Add in the cumin, chili, salt and pepper and continue to cook for 2 mins. Add in the stock, beans and hominy and simmer until the bean and hominy are almost cooked. Add in the butternut squash and cook for 15-20 minutes until the squash, corn beans are all tender. Remove from heat and add in parsley.

Lucky Iron Fish Rice


1 Lucky Iron Fish

1L of water

2-3 drops of citrus

2 cups of (basmati) rice


First, prepare your Lucky Iron Fish Water by boiling 1L of water with your Fish and 2-3 drops of citrus for 10 minutes. Remove your Lucky Iron Fish and wash/dry immediately. Lower the heat and add in 2 cups of rice. Cover, and let cook for 15 minutes then serve.

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A Fish in Every Pot