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Secrets to Cooking Fish
Episode 4915th March 2024 • Fork U with Dr. Terry Simpson • Terry Simpson
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Learn to Cook Fish

Fish is not only a healthy option but also a versatile ingredient that can be transformed into a myriad of mouthwatering dishes. Whether you're a seafood aficionado or looking to expand your culinary repertoire, mastering the art of cooking fish can elevate your cooking skills to new heights. In this article, we'll explore the techniques and recipes to create delicious fish dishes that will impress even the most discerning palates.

Cooking Methods:

  1. Grilling: Grilling fish over an open flame adds a smoky flavor and beautiful charred marks. Brush the fish with oil to prevent sticking, and cook for a few minutes on each side until opaque and flaky.
  2. Baking: Baking fish in the oven is a simple and foolproof method. Place seasoned fish fillets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 375°F (190°C) for 10-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish.
  3. Pan-Searing: Pan-searing fish in a hot skillet creates a crispy exterior while keeping the inside moist and tender. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, then add the fish and cook for 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown.
  4. Steaming: Steaming fish is a healthy cooking method that preserves its delicate flavor and texture. Place seasoned fish fillets in a steamer basket over boiling water and steam for 6-8 minutes until cooked through.

Delicious Fish Recipes:

Now that you're familiar with the basics of preparing and cooking fish let's explore some mouthwatering recipes to try at home:

  1. Lemon Herb Grilled Salmon: Marinate salmon fillets in a mixture of lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and fresh herbs. Grill over medium heat for 4-5 minutes per side until charred and cooked through. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
  2. Baked Cod with Garlic Butter: Place cod fillets in a baking dish and top with a mixture of melted butter, minced garlic, lemon zest, and chopped parsley. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until flaky and tender.
  3. Pan-Seared Sea Bass with Mango Salsa: Season sea bass fillets with salt, pepper, and paprika. Sear in a hot skillet for 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown. Serve with a refreshing mango salsa made with diced mango, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and lime juice.

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