Baking Your Fish

January 7, 2018 by Admin

When you are baking fish, you want to choose a heartier fish like cod, salmon or a nice sea bass. Be sure to purchase center-cut fillets because they have a more consistent thickness which allows the fish to cook more evenly.

When purchasing your fish make sure to smell the fish to check for freshness. The fish should smell salty, like the ocean, not overly “fishy.” When you press down on the meat it should quickly bounce back.

Preparing Your Filets

 

Run cool water over the fillets and then pat dry with paper towels. Brush the fillets with olive oil or melted butter or simply season the fillets with herbs and seasonings. Chives, parsley and dill pair well together as does lemon, garlic and freshly ground pepper.

If the fillet tappers to a narrow thickness on one end, it is a good idea to tuck it under when you place it on a baking pan. This will help it to stay tender and moist as it cooks by creating a more even thickness.

Baking Your Fish

 

To make tender, slow-roasted fish, preheat the oven to 300°. Cook for 20-30 minutes or until the fillets flake easily when you press on them with a fork. The fillets may still look slightly translucent because of the low heat but you can trust that they are done if the meat flakes.

If you would like to make crispier fish, preheat the oven to 450°. Cook for 6-9 minutes per 8 ounces of fish. Be sure to check it at the earliest time. You will know it is done when the fish is opaque and easily flakes.