How do you broil fish, a lot of people wonder. Actually, broiling is a great cooking method for fish because you can watch it cook and remove it from the heat as soon as it is done. This is a healthy way of cooking it because you do not need to use fat, like with deep frying.
There are two ways to broil fish. You can bake it and then finish it off under the broiler or you can broil it without baking it first. You will need good quality filets with firm flesh for the best results. Walleye, tilapia, grouper, and pompano are all great fish for broiling.
Method One – Bake and Broil
Put the oven rack in the highest position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Use aluminum foil to line a cookie sheet. Rinse the filets and pat them dry with kitchen paper. Put the filets skin side down (if they have skin) on the cookie sheet.
It is a good idea to make a sauce to coat lean fish because this will help to keep it moist during the cooking process. If you are broiling a fattier fish, such as salmon, making a sauce is optional. Also, if you are broiling a pre-marinated fish, simply drain off the marinade. Some will remain on the fish and that will keep it moist.
One idea for a tasty sauce is to combine a tablespoon of mayonnaise with some garlic powder, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Double this amount if you are cooking two filets. You can change the ingredients if you want. Lime juice is also nice. You can use red pepper flakes instead of black pepper if you want to introduce some spice to your broiled fish recipe.
First bake the filets for ten to twelve minutes, and then broil them for about four minutes, keeping an eye on them. When the top is bubbling and browned, the fish is ready.
Serving the Fish
Use a metal spatula to transfer the fish from the baking sheet to the serving plate. If you carefully slide the metal spatula between the skin and the flesh, you can leave the skin on the aluminum foil. Cleanup is really simple, since all you have to do is throw the aluminum foil away. If there are no rips in it, the cookie sheet will be spotlessly clean.
Method Two – Broil Only
If you do not want to bake the fish first, you can just broil it in a well-greased broiler pan. Add some salt, pepper and butter or olive oil to the fish and preheat the broiler. If your fish is frozen, put it six to eight inches from the heat source and cook it for about ten minutes per side. If it is fresh or thawed, put it about four inches from the heat source and cook it for two to four minutes per side, depending on thickness.
These times are approximate, so keep watching the fish as it broils. Fish can go from undercooked to charcoal in less than a minute, so this is important!
Now you know how to broil fish like a pro, so you can add this exciting cooking method to your repertoire and get started making easy fish recipes for the whole family.
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