Baked Fish Recipes - Some Tips and Tricks
You might be dying to try out a tasty haddock recipe or some mouthwatering tilapia fish recipes and one of the best ways of cooking fish is baking it.
Baking fish is not complicated but there are a few handy tricks and tips to know, to ensure you get the very best results.
You can bake fish steaks, fillets, seafood, or whole fish. Baking cooks fish quickly at a high temperature.
Baking is a very popular way of cooking fish and many fish recipes call for it to be baked in the oven. People tend to worry about their fish drying out
and how to prevent that from happening. If you leave your fish in the oven for even a few minutes too long, this might mean the difference between a
moist piece of fish and a slightly dried out one. When fish dries out, this means the natural fish oil has gone. You need to check the fish often when it is
cooking and remember that it keeps cooking for a couple of minutes after you remove it from the oven.
Choosing and Preparing Your Fish
When you buy a fish, check the eyes are clear, bright, and slightly protruded and the gills are pink or red. If the eyes are sunken, cloudy, or pink and
the gills are gray, the fish is stale.
No matter whether you are shopping for fish for tilapia fish recipes, a spicy baked catfish dish, or something else, the same rules apply. The fresher
the fish, the more successful your fish recipes will be.
In order to get the best results from your baked fish recipes, you need to make sure the fish is defrosted properly. Frozen fish is just as nutritious as
fresh fish and keeps in the freezer for weeks or even months, depending on the fish. You should defrost the fish on the lower shelves of the
refrigerator for 8 to 12 hours.
If you need it quicker than that, you can submerge it in cold water with 3 or 4 tablespoons of salt. This takes a couple of hours. If you have defrosted
fish or fresh fish in the refrigerator, use it within 24 hours for the best results.
You might like to soak your fish in water, depending what kind of fish you are using, with a little vinegar before baking it. The fish will be more tender,
sweeter and hold its shape better. Alternatively, you can marinate fish fillets in lemon and salt before baking for easier handling, firmer flesh, and a
Baking Your Fish
Fish contains natural oils so it is not necessary to add fat or oil before baking. These natural oils will keep the fish moist as long as you do not
overcook it. To make sure the fish remains moist while cooking, you might want to top it with some thinly sliced vegetables or seasoned breadcrumbs.
There are plenty of tilapia fish recipes, which use vegetables or breadcrumbs to add texture and taste. Alternatively, you can brush some oil or melted
butter over the top of the fish before cooking.
Fish usually needs to be baked for 10 minutes for every inch of its thickness. Unless the fish is less than inch thick, it will need to be turned halfway
through the cooking time. Most baked recipes call for a cooking temperature of about 450F.
Cooking times also vary depending on the density of the fish. While cooking fish, tuck any thin ends underneath so it cooks evenly. The fish is done
when it is opaque all the way through, when it is 145F in the center, or when you can easily flake the flesh at its thickest point with a fork.
To stop fish sticking to the baking dish, you can place it on a bed of onions, celery, or both. This makes the fish stay in one piece when removing it
from the baking dish and gives it some extra flavor.
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