If you ask a roomful of people what their favorite food is, fish is not likely to be a very common answer. However, there are several brilliant ways to cook fish, which makes the whole “fishy factor”, go away and turn fish into delicious cuisine.
Incorporating fish into your diet can be the best health decision that you ever make. Fish is the best natural source for omega 3 fatty acids, which are abundant in fatty fish such as sardines, sea brass, salmon, trout and tuna.
Eating at least two servings of fish each week has been proven to keep heart disease at bay, alongside lowering blood pressure and prevent you from gaining weight.
There are several ways to make fish more delicious for you, and there are basic ways of cooking fish that have their own health benefits. Here are some ways you can cook fish and how they benefit your health:
When you bake fish, you are using dry heat to seal in all of the fish’s essential nutrients and flavors within the flesh, making the meat soft, juicy and succulent. Baking is one of the easiest and simplest ways of creating a healthy fish meal without any elaborate recipe rituals. Just make sure that the fish is perfectly cooked as overcooked fish will be dry and hard, and undercooked fish will be lacking in flavor.
Grilling fish is one of the most popular methods of making a delicious and nutritious fish dish. High heat on the grill helps seal in the juice and nutrients making the dish very healthy. There are some types of fish that are better suited to grilling than others. For example fish meats from tuna, mahi-mahi, salmon and swordfish are nice and thick, so their steaks would grill exceptionally well.
You can also grill whole fish, along with daintier fillets from delicate fish meats such as flounder fillets or tilapia fillets which you can cook wrapped in foil or in a wire fish basket.
People normally connect poaching with eggs instead of fish. However poached fish can be equally delicious and twice as nutritious. Poached fish is the best alternative to boiling as boiling fish strips away all of its flavor and natural nutrients which are drained away with the water.
Since you don’t need almost any oil to make poached fish, it is the ultimate heart-healthy and low cholesterol dish. Poaching occurs when you simmer food at low temperature. The flavor that comes to the food comes from what you add to the water that you are poaching your fish in.
Popular flavor choices include white wine, vinegar, cider, milk, bouillon, herbs, vegetables and seasoning.
When you sauté or panfry fish, it is the speediest and one of the most delicious ways to serve fish. This method of cooking is suited best to the leanest cuts of fish, which are the lowest in fat because you can add a tiny bit of butter or oil in the pan for flavor. It is also the best way to get the flavor of fried fish without dunking it in oil and increasing its cholesterol.
Sushi is a fun way to eat fish. Sushi does not mean raw consumption of fish; instead sushi refers mainly to the rice used to create the wraps the fish is served in. Lightly fried fish/shrimp in the form of tempuras is the safest way to make sushi at home, which is both tasty and exotic at the same time.
Andrew has been blogging about food for the last 3 years. Since he has been working in the sushi equipment business for some time, Andrew has great knowledge of the way to cook fish.