Cooking Fish the Easy Way

Cooking fish for your family is a great way to ensure good nutrition, and it couldn't be easier with these recipes.

| July/August 2014

  • Cooking fish is often made out to be a difficult endeavor, but making a delicious seafood meal, like this Pecan-Crusted Halibut Recipe, is easier than you might think.
    Photo by Karen K. Will

Fish is an essential part of the human diet. Aside from being an excellent source of protein, fish is easy to digest and has a yard-long list of healthy attributes. Fish, particularly fatty fish like wild salmon and mackerel, contains high levels of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, known as EPA and DHA. Countless studies indicate that omega-3s promote optimal health by strengthening the immune system, lowering blood pressure, and positively affecting the nervous and cardiovascular systems.

Fish is also a rich source of vitamin D with its anti-cancer and bone-building benefits; astaxanthin, a carotenoid-class antioxidant with powerful anti-inflammatory qualities; and selenium, an essential mineral.

A common misconception is that it can be difficult to cook fish well, so home cooks tend to play it safe and stick to the more familiar fare of red meat and poultry. Fish, however, is actually easier to cook than its walking and flying protein counterparts, needing just a brief period of heat to cook it to perfection. If you’ve been turned off by overcooked, rubbery fish, or undercooked, watery flesh, don’t give up. All it takes is a little practice to walk that fine line.

The goal of this article is to provide you with simple recipes and preparations for healthy, easy fish: easy to source — salmon, cod, halibut, shrimp and scallops — and easy to prepare. With these types, there aren’t a lot of bones to contend with, and they are readily available both in the frozen-food section of the market, as well as at the fish counter in larger grocery stores when they’re in season. Numerous mail-order companies also supply sustainable, wild and responsibly caught seafood if you’re willing to pay for that convenience (an excellent source is Vital Choice Wild Seafood & Organics).

5 Easy Fish Recipes

Pecan-Crusted Halibut Recipe
Roasted Salmon Recipe With Pomegranate Molasses
Mediterranean Cod en Papillote Recipe
Easy Shrimp Curry Recipe
Pan-Fried Scallops Recipe With Herbed Brown Rice

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