Many of the best fish recipes are among some of my family’s favorites. A trick I use to remove some of the “fishy taste” is to soak it over night in salt water; half of teaspoon per quart of water normally does the trick.
Fresh fish can be identified by its bright bulging eyes, bright red gills, firm elastic flesh which holds no imprint when pressed and its characteristic fresh fishy odor. The scales should adhere closely to the skin and should be free from slime.
All fresh fish are more or less adaptable to the same methods of cooking; broiling, frying, baking, poaching and steaming. Although lean fish are considered better suited for poaching, steaming and frying and the fat fish for broiling and baking, there are too many exceptions to make this a rule. For instance Salmon is a fat fish and is excellent for poaching; swordfish, a lean fish is usually broiled.
Some are cooked in the oven. Depending on what other ingredients are in the fish recipes, typically these recipes have fewer calories than fried fish.
BAKED FISH RECIPE
Place onion slices and bay leaf in a greased baking dish. Season fish with salt, pepper and thyme. Place fish on top of the onion slices. In a small skillet brown almond slivers lightly in oil. Add grated onion. lemon rind, parsley, and wine. Dissolve bouillon cube in the 1/4 cup of boiling water and add to sauce. Blend and pour over fish. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Canned fish like salmon and tuna are used in make some of the best recipes as in the following two.
SALMON LOAF RECIPE
Mix together and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
TUNA CASSEROLE RECIPE
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Blend together mushroom soup, mushrooms with liquid, sour cream, paprika, lemon juice, and pepper. Stir in tuna in oil, onions, and noodles. Dump into casserole dish. Mix crumbs with butter. Sprinkle on top of casserole. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until bubbly.
FRIED COD RECIPE
All of us who love great seafood recipes love a delicious fried cod filets at times. Although it has more calories, generally speaking, sometime we just have to sacrifice.
Rinse and dry fish. Mix cornmeal with the flour, salt and pepper. Beat egg into milk. Dip fish into the egg/milk wash. Then dip into the cornmeal/flour mixture. Heat oil and butter in a frying pan until sizzling. Place fish in fat and fry until fillet is tender. Drain and serve.
BAKED FLOUNDER RECIPE
Place flounder in a baking dish that has been sprinkled with salt, pepper, and paprika. Place 3/4 inch sliced tomatoes on top. Sprinkle with green onion, cheddar cheese and parsley on each of the tomato slices. Pour Italian dressing over all. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes in a preheated oven at 350 degrees.