You might be dying to try out a tasty haddock recipe or some mouthwatering tilapia fish recipes and one of the best ways of cooking fish is baking it. Baking fish is not complicated but there are a few handy tricks and tips to know, to ensure you get the very best results.
You can bake whole fish, fish fillets or steaks and seafood in the oven. Baking fish cooks it quickly at a high temperature.
Baking is one of the most popular ways to cook fish but the problem a lot of people have is their fish drying out. If you leave the fish in the oven for as little as 2 minutes too long, this might dry it out. Dried out fish is actually when the fish oil is removed by allowing too much baking time. You have to be quite vigilant and check it often. Remember too that fish continues to cook once you have removed it from the oven.
Choosing and Preparing Fish for Baked Fish Recipes
When you purchase a fish, there are a few things to look out for here are just a few. The gills should be red or pink and the eyes should appear bright, clear and be slightly protruding. If the gills are gray and the eyes are pink, cloudy, or sunken, it is stale and you should choose a different fish.
Whether you are shopping for fish to make cheesy baked cod fish recipes or herby tilapia fish recipes, you should follow the same rule: if you use very fresh fish, your recipe has more chance of being a great success.
You must defrost the fish well to get the best results from the fish recipes. Frozen fish is just as nutritious as fresh fish and you can keep fish frozen for up to several months. You should defrost the fish for 8 to 12 hours on one of the lowest shelves in the refrigerator.
If you want the fish to be defrosted sooner, you can place it in cold water and add 3 to 4 tablespoons of salt. Then it will defrost in a couple of hours. Defrosted or fresh fish in the refrigerator should be used within 24 hours for the best fish recipe results.
If you soak the fish in water with a little vinegar before baking it, it will turn out to be sweeter, more tender and hold its shape better. Another tip is to marinate the fish fillets in salt and lemon before baking. This makes them easier to handle and gives a fresh taste and firmer flesh.
Baked Fish Recipes – Perfect Every Time
Fish contains natural oils so it is not necessary to add fat or oil before baking. These natural oils will keep the fish moist as long as you do not overcook it. To make sure the fish remains moist while cooking, you might want to top it with some thinly sliced vegetables or seasoned breadcrumbs. There are plenty of tilapia fish recipes, which use vegetables or breadcrumbs to add texture and taste. Alternatively, you can brush some oil or melted butter over the top of the fish before cooking.
Fish usually needs to be baked for 10 minutes for every inch of its thickness. Unless the fish is less than inch thick, it will need to be turned halfway through the cooking time. Most baked recipes call for a cooking temperature of about 450F.
Cooking times also vary depending on the density of the fish. While cooking fish, tuck any thin ends underneath so it cooks evenly. The fish is done when it is opaque all the way through, when it is 145F in the center, or when you can easily flake the flesh at its thickest point with a fork.
To stop fish from sticking to the baking dish and breaking up when you are trying to get it out, you can bake fish on a bed of onions, celery, or both. This also adds extra flavor to your baked fish recipe.