Reader Request March…Easy Methods To Prepare Fish!

So we always hear that we need to incorporate more fish into our diets. Fish is an excellent source of those healthy fats that will protect our hearts and prevent chronic disease. So when a local friend of mine asked for simple ways to prepare fish I figured it was a perfect time to share my favorite way to cook fish. It is a simple and easy method and the clean up is also a cinch!

Mahi with salsa for 240 caloris!

Mahi with salsa for 240 caloris!

What you need is aluminum foil, your fish fillet and seasoning of your choice. When buying fish I prefer to get the frozen, individually packed fillets. Usually I go with a mild fish like tilapia or haddock. Tonight I went with mahi mahi. You can cook most all fish in this manner, including salmon, which is a popular choice of fish.

Be sure to use a large enough piece of foil to create a "tent" for your fish.

Be sure to use a large enough piece of foil to create a “tent” for your fish.

First preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit. Rip off a large sheet of aluminum foil and spray the center with a non stick cooking spray. Place your fish fillet in the center and add your seasonings. You may notice I have a thing for salsa, because tonight I went with ½ cup of salsa which resulted in a juicy, flavorful fish dinner. Other topping I would suggest are lemons and herbs, pesto or balsamic. After you have seasoned and topped your fish, fold the foil up to make a little tent and place it in the oven to cook. If the fillet is thawed it should take 20-30 minutes. Mine was still frozen tonight so it took about 35-40 minuts. The trick to knowing when fish is thoroughly cooked is to flake a little off with a fork and to make sure it is not silvery or iridescent inside.

Remember the foil still gets hot, so use your oven mitts!

Remember the foil still gets hot, so use your oven mitts!

This is by far the easiest method to cook fish and I always love the way it turns out. It is a method to experiment with and try different seasonings and toppings. If you are looking for additional ideas or cooking methods for preparing fish, check out this article by Cooking Light Magazine:http://www.cookinglight.com/food/quick-healthy/20-20-superfast-fish-recipes-00400000040840/?accnum=Ldc4nYy2vOEMDqDZ&emaildiff=pqR9Y2RGk08%3D

 

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One thought on “Reader Request March…Easy Methods To Prepare Fish!

  1. Carrie –

    Thanks for the great idea of using salsa with fish. Fish is one of our favorite dinners, and we use the individually frozen tilapia fillets also. We like our fish baked in parchment paper, which is similar to the foil idea. Often we top ours with sugar snap peas, cut baby carrots, and maybe a little onion. A little blackened seafood seasoning and lemon slices top it off. The vegetables are crisp-tender, and the fish is flaky. Thanks for the link to Cooking Light’s recipes for fish – that’s my favorite cooking magazine!

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