A few tips for cooking seafood

Cooking seafood is actually pretty easy, as long as you can follow the instructions on the recipe. Even if you’ve never grilled a fish fillet before or boiled a lobster, by the time you’re done reading this blog you will feel like you are ready to tackle almost anything. As you probably already know from my previous posts I enjoy cooking my own seafood, and hopefully you’ll feel the same way about yours. So sit back, relax and get ready to learn a few tips that will make cooking great tasting seafood a breeze.

 

 

Know your ingredients

 

Before you start thawing out your fish, lobster or other shellfish it is important that you are familiar with the ingredients that you’ll need. Seafood has a delicate and distinctive flavor naturally and using the wrong ingredients can ruin the whole dish. I once had a friend who didn’t realize that there was a difference between baking soda and baking powder, though she quickly learned after that disastrous mistake.

Young woman seasoning a salmon filet in her modern kitchen, prepaaring a healthy food

 

Don’t let seafood sit out

 

Not only is it dangerous to let seafood sit out for too long, bacteria can quickly develop, it can also ruin the taste. As a rule you should start cooking seafood after it has been sitting at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes. This will give it time to thaw without worrying about dangerous bacteria. Another reason you don’t want to leave seafood sitting out too long is that it will be more difficult to cook. The outside will be brown and crispy well before the inside has cooked thoroughly.

2

 

Use simple ingredients

 

Unless you are going for shrimp scampi or something even more exotic you want to keep the ingredients down to a minimum. Boiling shrimp with fresh bay leaves will give it a hint of extra flavor without overpowering its naturally delicious taste. The same is true for lobster, all you really need is some melted garlic butter to dip it in. As for fish fillets, I love how they taste with just some fresh lemon juice squeezed on top. I also use salt and pepper to help accent its delicate flavor.

3

 

Hot pans are important

 

When you are getting ready to cook a fish fillet you want to make sure that your pan is nice and hot. When you think that the pan has reached the right temperature pour in a tbsp of oil mixed with salt. If the oil sizzles then the pan is hot enough to cook your fish. You will want to wipe out the extra oil before placing the fillet on the pan. Another reason to use a bit of oil and salt is that it helps to prevent the delicate fish from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Remember it only takes fish a few minutes to cook so you will want to keep a careful eye on it.

Leave a comment »

The benefits of having fish in your weekly diet

Fish is a superfood, and because there are few people that acknowledge its many benefits, I’ve decided to write a post about the advantages it might have on your health. For one, it’s packed with vitamin D and protein, and depending on the species that you prefer consuming the most, it may have a good deal of Omega 3. For example, fatty fish such as sardines, tuna, trout, salmon, and mackerel, have a lot of healthy fat and can do wonders when being served to vitamin D-deficient people. Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that’s essential when it comes to preserving your bone system in top shape, and this issue should be addressed by all women as they tend to suffer from conditions such as osteoporosis a lot more compared to men. As for Omega 3, it’s been linked to reducing the risk of developing many diseases, including the ones related to the collapse of the nervous system.

 

Another reason you may want to eat some grilled or baked fish twice a week is that it can significantly lower your risk of strokes and heart attacks. Recently, the World Health Organization has published a study according to which processed meats are anything but healthy and may eventually lead to the development of one type of cancer or another. Everybody enjoys a good burger once in a while, and I’m not here to tell you aren’t allowed to do so. However, I would like to recommend checking the sources of fish and meat you use on a regular basis. If the products have not been exposed to any artificial flavors and synthetic preservatives, they’re safe to eat. If they have, they might be less so. Instead of getting a bucket of wings or chicken legs from KFC, perhaps you’d benefit from cooking some fish at ch1home. Let’s also keep in mind that, when you usually serve it either baked or grilled, fish can even help you lose weight. What’s more, fish consumption has been linked to lowering people’s cholesterol levels.

 

I’ve seen that there’s this craze that’s been going around that you shouldn’t eat fats and oils. I couldn’t disagree more. Certain fats are healthy in all respects, particularly when they’re not used in frying various foods. Take olive oil, for instance. When it’s added to salads or consumed raw, it can also lower your cholesterol levels. The same goes with the fats you’ll find in fish because they can have a positive impact on the development and maintenance of your gray matter, therefore preventing conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Finally, the core reason for adding more fish to your weekly diet consists of the fact that it is remarkably easy to cook. Fillets are available at stores everywhere in the world, and depending on the species you like the most, you maybe don’t even have to bother with separating the meat from the bones. Aside from the species that might be endangered, I strongly urge fishermen to collect and cook their catches whenever they have the chance.

Leave a comment »

What I know about catching and cooking trout

Trout is the name given to a plethora of fish varieties, mostly from the Salmonidae family. As such, when you’re saying trout, you can actually be referring to many different species of fish. Due to its extensive spread, it is one of the most popular species among anglers. As it doesn’t require a special gear, you can fish it from almost any spot and using a large variety of baits, as it is easily attracted even by the most common lure types. As trout is a great amateur of insects flying near the water surface, many anglers prefer fly fishing to land it. However, a fly rod is not an absolute necessity, as trout can be easily caught using spinning or baitcasting gear. Nevertheless, I prefer fly equipment above all else and my latest piece of equipment, the Okuma Crisium Graphite 2-Piece Fly Rod offered me an outstanding performance during my last trip.

chef1

As your main job when fishing for trout is to fit the gear to the species you are expecting to land and the fishing settings, I believe I made an excellent decision with acquiring this rod. Mainly, trout is a cold water fish and spends most of his existence in freshwater, but some species migrate to the ocean, only to come back to freshwater to spawn. In the warm season, trout will be looking for lower temperatures, so it will go as deep as possible into the water, and so should your gear. Trout is also one of the fish that can put up a fight, which increases its popularity among amateur fishermen, but will also put a heavy strain on your gear and that is why you may be in need of a sturdier rod, even if you won’t be dealing with heavy specimens. The Okuma offers a strong build, accompanied by its ability to perform smooth and precise castings, qualities that render it a reliable fishing item.

chef2

Nevertheless, trout is not only popular among fishermen because it is easily to find and catch, but also because it brings several important nutrients for our bodies. The omega-3 fatty acids that are so needed for us in order to avoid cardiovascular diseases can be found in trout in high quantities. In addition, it supplies you with proteins and it is a low-fat food, so it can be included in many diets.

chef3

To celebrate my success after the trip, I promised my friends I’ll cook them two of the most beautiful specimens I landed there. It seemed a wonderful idea to celebrate my success, but when I got home I realized cooking it may be a bit trickier than expected. How do you cook trout so that it is tasty and preserves its natural properties? After researching some dishes and facts about trout, I found out some interesting information about it and some simple and tasty recipes.

chef5

The best part about cooking trout is that its soft flavor allows the cook to season it with a myriad of strong spices such as ginger, mustard or pepper. One of the most delicious parts of the fish is its skin, particularly savory when you cook it crispy. The best way to prepare it is to bake it or grill it and stuff it with vegetable mixes, spices and herbs. In the end, I was able to find a great recipe. Fresh trout, cut in half and baked, accompanied by a mixture of breadcrumbs, dill, garlic, onion and lemon zest. This appetizing dish is also easy to make, so anybody can cook it at home without having loads of experience with food in general. If you do decide to prepare a similar recipe, remember that the most important aspect about cooking fish is its freshness. The fresher the fish, the tastier the recipe will be.

Leave a comment »

How to catch and cook delicious fish

In my years as a restaurant chef, I had the opportunity to work with many people and cook various delicacies and foods. I chose to become a chef because I was a passionate cook as a kid, though not always with great success, but I’ve discovered my passion for seafood dishes when I followed an internship at a seafood restaurant where I learned how to correctly prepare fish. Anyway, because of that, I’d like to share some of my expertise in cooking fish on this blog and I think many of you will find my tips useful, but also easy to follow.

chef1

You don’t need a lot to become a great cook, but there are some basic rules you need to respect if you want to final result to be exquisite. One of the main rules to cooking fish is freshness. The best seafood dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients and nothing else will equal their taste and flavor.

chef2

Consequently, I have developed a taste for fishing as well, right after I started practicing a variety of dishes. In that domain, however, I wasn’t as gifted as I was with kitchen utensils, but I didn’t give up until I became skilled enough to catch my own fish. Thus, for those of you who are just beginning their fishing training, it may seem a bit difficult at first, but you will get better at it with a bit of patience and concentration.

 

Nevertheless, I’m not sure if I am the right one to give advice on fishing, but I can be helpful by sharing my personal experiences, either good or bad. In addition, I can tell you how I cooked the fish that I caught and what are the best methods to cook commonly caught species like panfish, trout, salmon or bass. I will also try to share insights over my best fishing combos, and why not, maybe even get some advice back from more experienced anglers, which I would be very grateful for.

chef3

I believe that sharing your experiences can be of tremendous help to others, like me, who are not as skilled in fishing. I can’t wait for my future readers to provide me with useful practical input about fishing, while I will instead provide you with some of the best ways to cook the tastiest recipes that I know of.

Leave a comment »

Fly fishing is one of my favorite types of fishing

The angling method that is fly fishing involves the use of an artificial fly to catch fish. The gear you use to cast the fly includes a fly rod and reel and specialized weighted line. Specific casting techniques are needed to launch the nearly weightless fly or lure, and they are significantly different from other casting methods. Hand tied flies commonly used by fly anglers resemble baitfish, natural invertebrates and other food organisms.

 

chef3

You can do fly fishing in both salt and fresh water. In North America, anglers differentiate freshwater fishing through the water temperatures that promote the growth of their target species. Cold-water fish include trout, steelhead and salmon while warm-water species include bass, which is the most popular. On the other hand, British anglers differentiate fish species based on whether they are game fish, which include salmon and trout, or if they are coarse fishing species.

chef4

 

What excites me about fly fishing is that fish do not live in ugly locations. You can fish in an uncharted mountain lake, a wooded stream, a reef, a bay or a famous Western river and the setting is always awesomely beautiful. Half the fun comes from those fishing locations not being too easy to access. You may follow roads winding through heavy woods and mountain cliffs at the end of which is the most fantastic and strongest species you’ve ever fished. Truly, the journey often matters more than the destination.

chef2


Fly fishing involves brain power. It’s unlike fishing using a spinner rod. A lot of thought and knowledge about the location, fish feeding patterns and bug hatches go into the selection of the appropriate fly to use that can attract your target. You need to meticulously consider the fly needed, the time of day to fish, the proper placement of your fly to ensure it is naturally presented to the fish. The fly has to look perfect so as not to spook the fish away.

Aside from the brain workout, fly fishing also provides a killer workout. Though you can fly fish from a drift boat, there’s nothing like wading your way up the river or creek and casting as you go. You get a genuine workout just walking against strong currents and the waist-deep water and keeping your foothold despite the slippery and rocky riverbed. Your casting arm can get fully energized with all the swinging of the rod you have to do back and forth, repeatedly.

chef1

The fly fishing gear alone is enough to get you all excited. You need vests and waders, rods and reels along with the little devices and gadgets that go into your fishing vest pockets. You need specialized tools for tying one knot and then another to tie another type of knot or a fly on a leader. Your collection of flies should be kept in a hardy fly box. Another thing that makes fly fishing exciting is the people you will be able to meet and the stories you will share with them and others at the end of your fishing trip. The friendships you forge can influence other areas of your life, with your newfound relationships easily blending with your existing ones when the time comes. Truly, fly fishing transcends all boundaries in its simplicity as an activity.

Leave a comment »

Fish Dish with Shira Bocar

 

Healthy and delicious

Leave a comment »