Thursday, December 15, 2011

How Cooking Fish?

Cooking fish is perhaps one of my favorite things to do. As a chef, with around 20 years of experience in the seafood restaurant business, I have had the luck to work with hundreds of varieties of, and many many different ways of preparing fish.

Every day I work is exciting for me, as I never know what I will find in the markets or the docks, and never know what I will do with what I find. Whether it is create a new dish with roasted halibut, or make a tequila, cilantro, lime, and pomegranate sauce for a grilled sockeye salmon, or even just a fish and chips with cod, every new day is an adventure.

It doesn't matter if you have very little experience in the kitchen, or have been cooking for many years. There is always a different way to cook seafood. The flavors you can combine are endless. The presentation is only limited by your imagination. Just a little knowledge will be all you need to get started making seafood masterpieces that will rival a chef's.

Grilling is a great way to cook meaty fishes, especially during the summer months. Grilling a hearty, yet light piece of salmon or swordfish on an outside grill with a cold beverage is pure bliss. Whether you are grilling fish over an open flame, electric grill, or plancha, the outcome will be amazing.

Poaching is another way to cook fish and bring out flavors, and also add aroma from the liquid used, such as a court-bouillion.

Baking is a very popular way to cook fish, especially during the colder months. Using a little bit of liquid and or fat, and other ingredients, you can have a wonderful piece of fish that will not only warm the house but the body as well.

Roasting is pretty much the same as baking, but generally at a higher temperature.

Frying is another great way to cook fish, not only in the summer, but all year round. Changing the subtle flavors of the batter, while keeping the moisture of the fish sealed inside, and a bit of sour from a lemon and tartar sauce, this is surely one of the most popular ways used for cooking seafood.

Sauteing, Searing, and Pan Roasting involve cooking fish in a pan over medium to high heat. One of the great benefits of this type of cooking is not only making a nice crispy outside and soft center, but also using the drippings in the pan to make a sauce with a hint of flavor from what you just cooked.

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