Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Lets talk about Fish.....

Many people avoid preparing fish in the home.  It is actually one of the easiest and quickest proteins to prepare.  I love salmon, tilapia, cod, white fish, halibut, and shrimp to name a few.  The best way to purchase fish in the mid west is frozen.  Fish is caught, cleaned, and flash frozen.  When you thaw it out and use it the same day, technically you have very fresh fish.   Most places that sell fish receive it frozen and thaw it in their display cases.  You have no way of knowing how long it has been thawing in the case.  I like to purchase individually packaged frozen fish.   It is very simple to defrost, simply put into a large bowl and allow cold tap water to run into and over the bowl down the drain.  (water does not need to be running very fast) Very cold tap water should run continuously for the safest defrosting.  This is to keep the water fresh and the temperature below 40'.   If fish is not individually packaged, it can be defrosted in a waterproof plastic bag.   Depending on how much you are defrosting, it should only take an hour or so.  Refrigerate immediately after thawing if you aren't cooking right away.  The best way to defrost, as always, is in the refrigerator.  This might take a couple of days.

Many varieties of fish are available throughout the year.  There are so many ways to prepare it.   I am more a fan of "flaky" fish varieties I previously mentioned.  They have a more mild flavor and my entire family enjoys them very much. I will be sharing many fish recipes.  I enjoy many cooking methods; grilling, baking, poaching, breaded,  baked, steamed,  and pan sauteed,  just to name a few.

The first I'll be sharing is a tilapia recipe that my kids absolutely love.  It is so simple to prepare and takes only 15 minutes in the oven.  It is elegant enough to serve for a dinner party.  Great with rice pilaf and a salad or green vegetable side. 

Let us continue to try new things.  You can do it!

Thanks so much for reading.


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