Let us show you how to cook the perfect fish. First, we must know how to pick the perfect fish. Wild caught fish is one of the healthiest meats you can have serve. There are many different types of fish at the market, each has its own flavor and texture.
When picking a piece of fresh fish:
- Try to buy local varieties to get the freshest fish possible.
- The fish should not have a fishy smell.
- Fresh fish should have bright red gills and firmly attached scales. The skin should be metallic looking and not faded or dull. The flesh should be firm.
- The eyes should be bright and clear.
- Ask the butcher to scale and debone the fish for you.
There are almost as many ways to cook fish as there are varieties of fish. We will cover how to cook the perfect fish by pan-searing or steaming your fish.
How To Cook The Perfect Fish: Pan-searing
We like to use a large flat cast-iron pan. Heat the pan on medium-high adding a couple of drops of your favorite cooking oil. We like avocado or coconut oil. Rinse your fish under cold, fresh, purified water. Pat dry. Season the skin with salt and pepper. Place the fish skin side down and cooking for 4 minutes. Hold the fish down with a spatula or small plate so the fish is flat, maximizing the cooking surface. Turn the fish over and cook the other side for and additional 4 minutes. Now add fresh squeezed lemon juice to the pan. We love real butter and a dabb of butter can increase the flavor when seasoning your fish. We enjoy seasoning with garlic, thyme and parsley. Remove the fish from the heat and serve immediately. You now know how to cook the perfect fish by pan-searing.
How To Cook The Perfect Fish: Steaming
If you do not have a steamer you can still make a delicious steamed fish. In a large pot with a tight fitting lid place a cooking rack or small plate in the bottom of the pot. Add fresh, purified water to the pot just below the cooking rack; the water should not touch the fish while boiling. Steam the fish for approximately 10 minutes. The flesh will become flaky and opaque. Remove the fish from the steamer and serve immediately. You now know how to cook the perfect fish by steaming.
The skin of the fish is rich in minerals and though many remove the skin, eating the skin is good for your health.
I recently visited Chile. At the fish market I was able to pick my fish from a fresh catch and have it cleaned. A local restaurant allowed me to cook my fish in there restaurant to serve to my guests!