5 Unique Ideas for Cooking Fish

Fish does not have to be the same old breadcrumb-battered dish that you remember from childhood. With different pairings and sauces to explore, fish night can be fun as you take on different recipes. Here are five ideas for a new twist on your next plate of fish.

Halibut Tacos

Halibut is a reliable go-to fish for creative dishes. Tacos made with halibut instead of ground beef or chicken can be a tasty experience. Pan sear a halibut steak for about five minutes on each side, then remove from heat. Add a bit of water and taco seasoning, return to heat to simmer until liquid reduces in the pan. Cut the halibut into bite-sized pieces and add to the usual taco fillings of lettuce, shredded cheese and tomato. You can wrap your filling either with a hard-shell or soft-shell taco.

Halibut and Shrimp Kebabs

This is a great main course for entertaining guests, as they can put together their own kabobs to their liking. Peel shrimp, and then prepare chunks of red onion, green pepper and sliced and quartered tomatoes in separate bowls next to skewers for guests to assemble their kabobs. Go ahead and grill as many halibut steaks as needed. After they are finished, remove from grill and have guests place their kabobs in for grilling. Serve with a side of steamed jasmine rice.

Baked Salmon with Teriyaki Sauce

Salmon comes in different varieties, all with a distinctive flavor. Along with the salmon available at your local market, pick up regular teriyaki sauce and mix with a dash of mustard and honey. Spread a thin amount to coat the salmon on one side and bake the treated fish in foil until the salmon is flaky. The mustard and teriyaki enhance the salmon’s natural flavor.

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Tuna Steaks with Spaghetti

Pan sear or grill tuna steaks as you normally would, but serve them as you would chicken Parmesan with tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese layered on top with a side of spaghetti. The tuna and tomato flavors can be a perfect complement to each other. Another option is to buy three cans of albacore tuna packed in oil, pan fry for five minutes and stir into tomato sauce along with crushed garlic as a spaghetti topping.

Dover Sole with Peaches and Lavender

Dover sole generally arrives at a table simply breaded with a slice of lemon. Kick it up a notch with a side of peaches skinned and cooked with a dash of vinegar until juice is released from the peaches. Spread over sole filets and garnish with steamed garlic cloves. Lavender also is a surprising addition to sole when added last minute while pan searing. A few lavender stalks placed directly on top of the fish will release a delicately sweet flavor and can mix well with the peach topping.

Wayne is the Head Chef at one of the local Cafes in Sydney, Australia. He is also an expert fisherman and is always coming up with new ways to prepare his catch which is then passed on through the Cafe. Wayne hopes to open his own Seafood Restaurant in the near future.

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