Basic Methods of Cooking Fish

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fish_cFish is an excellent low-fat source of protein and it is important to encourage a liking for fish early on. You can mix fish with vegetables, cereals, creamy cheese sauce andso on. Cooking fish can be not so easy. Learn to cook fish steaks, whole fish, fish fillets in a sauce and also to steam fish. Read about recommended cooking times for fish fillets, fish steaks and whole fish.


To 'steam' fish

Arrange the fish in the dish with the thickest parts to the outside. Moisten a piece of kitchen paper with water and place loosely over the top of the fish. Cook just until the flesh flakes easily. Allow to stand.

To cook fish steaks

Arrange the fish steaks in the dish with the meaty parts towards the outside edge. Tuck any flaps under to form a neat and even shape. Add lemon juice or a little butter, cover and cook just until the flesh flakes easily. Allow to stand.

To cook whole fish

For small fish, arrange in a dish with the tails overlapping in the centre of the dish; for larger fish, lay them side by side, facing in opposite directions. Shield the head and tail with little pieces of foil. Slash the skin 2-3 times with a sharp knife to prevent the skin from bursting during cooking, then cover and cook for the recommended time.

To cook fish fillets in a sauce

Arrange the fillets in the dish with the thickest parts to the outside, pour the sauce over, then cover and cook just until the flesh flakes easily.

Recommended cooking times (for microwave)

FISH FILLETS: allow 5-7 minutes per lb (450g) on full power.

FISH STEAKS: allow 4-5 minutes per lb (450g) on full power.

WHOLE FISH: allow 6-8 minutes per lb (450g) on full power.

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