5 ways to cook fish for the perfect meal

5 ways to cook fish for the perfect meal

A lot of people are not familiar with how to cook fish. They might be afraid of the process and don’t think it tastes good, but they should not worry. Cooking fish at home is not a difficult process and can be made at home while making it taste delicious.Now, you can easily prepare your own meal at home without any hassle or fuss.

The Common Mistakes People Make When Cooking Fish

A common mistake people make when cooking fish is to overcook it, which can lead to dry and flaky fish. To prevent this from happening, you should only cook the fish for a few minutes on each side.

Health Benefits of Cooking Your Own Fish

Cooking your own fish is not only a healthy way to eat, but it also saves you money.

Fish is a great source of protein and provides the body with important nutrients. It is low in calories and high in omega-3 fatty acids that help increase metabolism. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish can help reduce appetite and aid in weight loss, which can also prevent heart disease, cancer, and obesity.

When buying fish from a grocery store, it can be hard to know what type of fish is actually good for you. There are many different types of fish you can buy for the best health benefits. However, some fish such as mercury-heavy sharks, swordfish, and king mackerel have excessive environmental toxins that cause cancer and heart disease. 

5 best ways to cook fish

1. Baking

The baking temperature for fish is 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Roasting temperatures are usually 400 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, but they can range up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Roasting is best for large filets, whole fish, and steaks. Fish will also cook more quickly when roasting.

Bake or roast your fish on a non-stick baking sheet, achieving the same optimal temperature across all pieces. You can add onions, carrots, and zucchini to your fish for an extra flavor addition.

To add flavor and help keep your fish moist, try adding a little wine or chicken broth to your pan. You can also coat the fish in flour, herbs, and breadcrumbs before you cook it. Either way, it will help make sure that you have the perfect meal!

2. Sauteing or pan fry

If you want to prepare fish in a healthy way, sauteing is probably the easiest way to do it. I have done sauteed vegetables and it tastes amazing.Whether you have coated your fish with a little flour or cornmeal and breadcrumbs or are preparing it naked, you will want to preheat a skillet to medium-high heat with some oil or butter. You want the surface of the skillet covered to ensure cooking properly.

Place your coated steak on the heated skillet and let it cook until it’s lightly browned, then turn over and watch until it becomes completely cooked.

Start by putting the heat to medium-high and adding your favorite vegetables. Saute them until they’re just about done, before adding your fish back in and sauteing it briefly. When nearly done, add some sauce as per taste.

3. Grilling

There are many types of fish for grilling and you should consider which one is best for your situation. Grilled vegetables also taste amazing and grilled fishes taste like a delicacy. You can grill your fish in a wire basket that is suspended over the fire or you can use a foil packet. If you’re cooking for a crowd, consider grilling it in a large wire basket that has enough room for everyone to cook their own batch of fish. 

Brush your fish with oil, and season with salt, pepper, and any herbs or spices that you enjoy. If your fish is skin-side down when you’re ready to cook, give it a gentle flip to make sure its meat stays moist. Thickness is not the most important factor in determining cooking time; this depends on the size of your fish.

If you’re using a grill pan on your stove, the same rules apply.

4. Broiling

The best way to cook any type of fish is by broiling it, except if the fish is larger than 3 pounds. These would be better done roasted in the oven.

Set your broiler to high for about 15 minutes. Put the rack as close to the heat source as possible, and put enough room in your oven pan for the fish.

If your fish is less than 1 inch thick, you should keep it skin-side up so that the top and bottom can cook in the oven at the same time.

5. Poaching

“Poaching” is a step in cooking that consists of sealing food in a moist environment—usually water or wine—in order to cook it. Usually, adding fresh herbs and other ingredients are optional and is needed to flavor the food. You will want enough liquid to submerge your dish adequately.

Prepare the poaching liquid by bringing it to a boil in a skillet, then let it simmer for a few minutes to reduce. Carefully place the fish into the liquid and cook until done (about 3-10 minutes, depending on thickness).

A popular method of poaching fish is to use little packages – either made of parchment paper or aluminum foil. Place finely chopped vegetables of your choice on a large piece of parchment paper. Cover with the seasoned fish and top with 2 Tbsp liquid of your choice. Packages can be placed on a baking sheet and cooked at 400 degrees. Allow the packages to cook for about 12-15 minutes longer than the standard guideline set of about 10 minutes, as you want them to be thoroughly cooked.

Fish is a healthy and delicious way to get your daily dose of nutrients.

Cooking fish is not difficult and it can be quite enjoyable. There are many ways to cook fish, and you can use a variety of different cooking techniques as mentioned above.

Author Bio:

Hi, I’m Rana and I blog at ranasrecipe.com. My passion for food began very early in my life. And after managing a cafe, a granola business and helping other food businesses scale up, I found my true calling in creating wonderful recipes so that everyone can enjoy cooking as much as I do! Don’t forget to follow me on my social channels- instagram and pinterest.