Sharing a Fish Dinner with Friends
Freshly caught fish properly prepared for dinner is always a favorite: Walleye, Crappie, White Bass, Northern Pike - Does it get any better than this? There are other types of excellent tasting fish to eat , depending on where you fish and/or live such as salmon, trout, and tilapia. When selecting fish at the market use your eyes and nose. If it looks dry at the store it will not become moist on the way home. If there is a real fishy smell it may mean that fillet could be old, stale, or spoiled. Find a source for your fish with a good reputation and where you have developed trust. Often the manager of the fish market can advise you in the best methods of how to cook the specific fish you have selected.
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Pan frying simply means that the depth of the oil does not cover all of the fish. This means that your fish will have to be turned over so that it will be cooked on both sides. This method of How To Cook Fish is a good option when you want the fried taste and look but do not want to mess with getting the deep fryer out or you have only 1-2 persons to serve.
We all are used to grilling steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs, chops, and more. Cooking and Grilling Fish is another great option that leaves a great tasting meal. Certain types of fish that are real flaky will need to be grilled with caution to prevent the fillet from coming apart and falling down into the coals, or burner.
When thinking about how to cook fish, don't overlook Baking Fish. Baking offers a great option for preparing your fish in your oven. Baking uses indirect heat almost like cooking from all around. Because you normally will be using a dish or bowl to bake your fish in, this is a good choice to cook the fish in a variety of wonderful sauces. Walleye Allyson uses lots of cheese and butter and is to die for - on display below!
Broiling uses more direct heat like grilling. The heat usually comes from above and is a great option if you are not able to cook your fish on the grill outdoors. Another option is to use the poaching process. We think of poached eggs using water or steam. You can compare poaching fish to frying fish only that you use a non-oily liquid to do it. Poaching process does not use as high of a temperature as in the frying process. Also the broth or cooking medium is more a water based liquid similar to soup, sometimes with wine added.
The PFT consenus answer to this question is simple, it does not matter - get your self some fresh fish and get after it!