Runnin’ on empty when it comes to fish dishes? Lent can do that. Well there’s more than one way to fry a fish, most of which only take 20 minutes or less! From the stovetop to the broiler, behold six ultra-easy ways to get your Lenten #fishfriday on!
Sauteeing is a quick way to cook up fish and veggies, all at once. Here's how:
· Pat fish dry
· Season with salt and pepper
· Heat oil or butter over medium heat
· Cook fish about 5 minutes per side or until done!
You can also throw in some crushed garlic, onions, or herbs to bumb up the flavor.
Poaching is a gentler way to cook fish; instead of a seared crust, you'll have a delicate filet, easy to flake. The trick here it is to infuse the cooking liquid, use wine, fish stock, or water and herbs.
· Place filets in a large pan and pour just enough liquid to cover them
· Cover pan tightly and cook just below boiling point for about 8 to 10 minutes
· When done, the poaching liquid can be used as a sauce base
This is a no mess, no fuss dinner! Just fold fish and veggies into parchment paper, bake off, then cut the bundles open and enjoy. Clean up is easy: just trash the paper and you're done!
· Set oven to 375ºF
· Place each fish fillet in large square of parchment paper and season with salt and pepper
· Place 2 lemon slices with desired herbs (think thyme, rosemary, etc.) atop fish
· Drizzle with oil or add butter
· Close parchment tightly to keep in steam, place on baking sheet
· Cook for 12-15 minutes depending on thickness
This method is great for thicker futs of fish or fish steaks that are about an inch thick, it locks in the moisture and the filets are able to stand up to the intense heat!
· Set oven to broil
· Cover fish with olive oil and season as desired
· Place on foil lined baking sheet and broil 5 to 6 inches from heat
· Cook 5 minutes per half-inch thickness or until opaque
Of course, you can always go traditional and bake off fish. We suggest throwing in some veggies (brussels, carrots, broccoli, and carrot) and dinner will be done in about 15 minutes!
· Set oven to 450ºF
· Place fish in greased shallow baking dish or baking sheet
· Drizzle fish with olive oil and spread so all sides of fish are covered
· Season as desired
· Bake uncovered for 10 minutes per inch of thickness or until done
This is similar to the parchment packet but a twist: foil can go straight on the grill for that smoky flavor! Just watch out for anything acidic (lemon slices, tomatoes, etc.), which can impart a bitter taste to the fish. Instead, garnish the fish with lemon slices after cooking.
· Heat grill or grill pan
· Similar to parchment paper, place filets in large square of foil
· Drizzle with oil and add seasoning to taste
· Wrap packets tightly
· Cook for 20 minutes or until fish is opaque