Do you enjoy eating fish but you find that it’s not the easiest thing you could cook for yourself? Some might find cooking fish a little bit intimidating, but there are many dishes that you really don’t want to miss out on. Fish meat can make for some great meals, but there are a few tricks and tips you might need to know. It is not that tricky to cook this kind of meat and the recipes explained below are perfect for beginners.
Choose the perfect fillet. A good fillet smells fresh. That’s the first thing to look for. Also, similar types of fish can be substituted within the same recipe. Some might think that unless you live close to the seaside buying it frozen is better because it keeps the nutrients more intact than fresh fish.
Fresh fish should look firm and moist and it should have shiny eyes. Also, it should have a slight sea smell, but not too intense.
The package should be well sealed and clean. Get your fish from sources you trust.
Cooking fish it is not very different from cooking chicken. In fact, it is almost the same seasoning and they have the same level of versatility. Furthermore, to see if it is really done, take a knife and if it slides in and you can move it a little, the meat is ready. If it doesn’t work, give the meat a few more minutes.
Fish meals are suitable for any occasion and there are many things you can do with them. There are more casual meals, fancy meals, all sorts of recipes.
Asian-style fish & chips
In a large bowl, combine 100 grams of white miso paste, 1 tablespoon of rice, another tablespoon of sugar, 3 tablespoons of wine and another 3 of vinegar. Marinade the fillets in this mixture and then let them chill for about an hour. Slice rainbow radish thinly and put the slices into a bowl with black sesame seeds. Add vinegar, salt, and sugar to taste. For the next 30 minutes, leave them to pickle.
Take 2 large sweet potatoes, with their skin still on and cut into chunky pieces, and boil them in a large pan filled with cold salted water. Cook them for 7-8 minutes or until they become a little tender. Drain and leave them to steam dry.
Fill a saucepan with oil (almost 2 thirds of it) and then place it over medium heat. Stop when the oil reaches 180C. Or, for an easier method, put a piece of bread inside and if it crisps in 20 seconds, it’s time to stop it.
Meanwhile, try making the tempura batter. Mix 200 grams cornflour, 200 ml soda water, 140g plain flour and 100g/4oz extra flour for coating. When the oil reaches the right temperature, fry the potatoes for about 5 minutes. They need to be golden and cooked through.
Season them with salt.
Dip the cod fillets into some seasoned flour and then into the batter. Now fry them for 3-4 minutes in the same oil as the chips were fried in.
This works best with a wasabi tartare sauce. For this, just mix the following ingredients: 140 grams mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon of wasabi, 1 small chopped shallot, 1 tablespoon of chopped capers and a quarter from a small pack of chopped coriander.
This recipe is designed for 2 servings, it takes around 50 minutes and it has 851 calories per serving, without including the tartare sauce. So, it might be delicious, but it’s super rich and definitely not designed for those who are trying to lose a couple of pounds.
Salmon burgers with kale salsa
This is a great recipe for a casual dinner. It requires a little bit of effort, but those who made it say it is absolutely worth it. It is also very healthy since it is a way of getting your omega 3 oils.
Heat the oven at 200C and put 2 unpeeled sweet potatoes – cut into wedges – into a roasting tin. Drizzle the oil, sprinkle the paprika and toss them together. Bake them for about 35 minutes or until they get crispy at the edges.
While the potatoes are cooking, put peelings from one orange on a parchment paper and lay salmon on top of the peel. Sprinkle it with 1 tablespoon of water, then fold the parchment paper to seal the salmon. Finally, bake the fish for 12-15 minutes from the moment you see that the sweet potatoes are almost ready.
Remove the stone, peel and slice 1 avocado. Put it in a bowl and add the juice of 1 lime and put everything aside for a while.
For the salsa, chop 500 grams of kale and tip it with olive oil, Add 1 deseeded and chopped red chili, 1 small handful of chopped coriander and 1 segmented orange. Season it.
Now it’s time for the burgers to be made. Toast the buns for about 1 minute in a non-stick frying pan. Take the salmon parcels out of the oven and take off the orange peels. Inside the burger, first comes the avocado, then put the salmon on top of it and add some spoonfuls of salsa and seeds on it.
Serve it with the wedges. The preparation time for this recipe is 20 minutes, and the cooking time is 35. So, that makes a total of 55 minutes until the dish is be ready. It has 716 calories per serving and the measurements are made for 2 servings.
Moreover, as a tip, try to massage the leaves of the raw kale with olive oil to make it more tender.