Don’t Overcook the Fish!
How often do you eat fish that is cooked just right, with great flavor and not dried out? I rarely come across fish like this when eating out! How about you?
3 Tricks for How to Cook Fish without Overcooking
There are three rules of thumb when cooking fish. They are not set in stone but give you a good indication of how long to cook fish because, honestly, the majority of people overcook it for fear of under cooking it.
The first rule for how to cook fish I call the 10-minute rule. Generally, you should cook fish ten minutes per inch of thickness, i.e., an inch-thick shark steak would take approximately ten minutes on the grill or in the oven to cook.
The second rule is called the “Make it Flake” Rule, which means near the end of the cooking time, if you press on the piece of fish with your finger or a fork and apply gentle pressure, the fish will flake. But it will only flake if it is pressed. On overcooked piece of fish, when picked up with a spatula or tongs, will fall apart and flake on its own.
The third key to properly cooking fish is a milky white substance, called albumin. If memory serves me, this is a protein that is released from fish during the cooking process, generally more prevalent in fattier fish such as salmon. It will leach out of the fish in a liquid that looks similar to glue. It can be a good indication of proper cooking time for a select piece of fish.
The best method is to utilize all three of the tricks. Set your cooking time based on the thickness of your piece of fish. Watch for the albumin to appear and once you see it, utilize the “Make It Flake” Rule. If the fish does not flake, continue to cook in small time increments and re-check often.
If you do not like the appearance of the albumin once fish is done, you can remove by blotting with a damp paper towel. If you have any questions about cooking fish, you can send them to me through our Ask The Chef forum, and I will be glad to try to answer them for you.
It was such a good recipe, Anne decided it was her second favorite salmon recipe, even though she had doubts as I was making it that it could compete with her top choice! So definitely, if you like salmon, give it a try and let us know what you think.
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