Cooking fish at home may seem like an unattainable task, but after this quick lesson you will feel much more at ease cooking any kind of seafood in your very own kitchen! Preparing a beautiful piece of fish is daunting, (and often something that you usually leave for the professionals), but when armed with a couple of tricks you will easily be able to cook any piece of fish in your kitchen!
One of the most important tips about preparing fish is to always ensure your fish is placed into a very hot and well-seasoned pan. This gives that amazing sear that you are used to seeing when you go out for dinner at a nice restaurant. A clean and well-seasoned pan will keep your fish from sticking and tearing. Another great piece of equipment is a fish spatula. You can find these at any cooking store nowadays. This spatula allows you to get right under the fish and flip it with ease. Another tip is to make certain that a piece of fish is very dry, on all sides, before placing into your pan to cook. This is important to achieve a beautiful golden crust, and it also will prevent any extra water from getting into the pan and cause popping. After the initial sear, flip the fish and place the entire piece of fish into a 400 degree oven. This will help you have time to prepare your sides and set the table while the fish stays moist in the oven. Following these tips will make cooking fish at your own house a pleasure and something that you will want to continue doing!
Pan Roasted Halibut with Mango Jalapeno Salsa
- 4 filets halibut, patted dry and seasoned with salt on both sides
- 3 mangoes, skin and pit removed, diced
- 1 jalapeno, sliced very thin
- 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 1 red onion, diced
- 1 lime, juiced and zested
- Make salsa by combining mangoes, red onion, cilantro, jalapenos, lime juice, and vinegar together in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Finish with a splash of extra virgin olive oil. Set on counter for at least an hour to fully allow flavors to marry.
- In a large sauté pan, heat 2 to 3 tablespoons of oil on medium high heat. Fish filets should be dry and seasoned with salt.
- When you see a slight whisp of smoke coming from your pan, add filets of fish to the pan and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes. Wait to see a faint golden crust around the sides of the fish before flipping. Once flipped you can either finish the fish in a 400 degree oven or continue cooking on the other side of filet for about 4 more minutes.
- Remove from pan gently and top with mango salsa.