Tuesday's Tip of the Day: Perfectly Cooked Fish!
When it comes to cooking fish, people often ask me the best way to not only know when it is done, but how to create that beautiful golden crust. And the truth of the matter is, it's really simple!
Let’s start with the basics. Most recipes and people say to oil and preheat your pan before adding your fish. I recently learned and have adapted a technique that involves preheating your pan, this is a must, but not oiling it! I know, crazy concept right? Instead of oiling the pan, salt, pepper and oil your fish off heat on a dinner plate. Evenly and generously coat your fish in oil so that it doesn’t stick to the pan and can develop color. This will also prevent hot oil from splattering when fish is added.
Once your pan is nice and hot, about 1 – 2 minutes on medium – high heat, add your fish presentation side down (skin should be facing up toward you.) Allow to cook undisturbed until a perfect golden crust has formed, about 2 – 5 minutes. Make sure you don’t overcrowd your pan or the fish will steam and not develop that perfect crust. Once you have a nice golden skin, flip and finish in a preheated 400ºF oven until the fish is cooked all the way through, approximately 5 – 12 minutes depending on desired doneness. Once the fish has finished cooking, always allow it to rest for at least 5 minutes covered with foil for all the moisture to redistribute.
This my friends, will result in the most delicious, flaky, buttery and incredible fish you have ever had!
Now with that, let’s head to the store and pick up some fish. I’m starving!
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