Do you like fish? I love fish and seafood. Not only is it delicious but contrary to popular belief fish can be quick and easy to prepare. These four easy fish and seafood recipes are the work of moments, making for a tasty meal any day of the week.
When I was growing up in Canada, I loved to fish. My first big catch was a five- pound largemouth bass caught in Crow Lake, Ontario when I was only five years old. It was something of a surprise. My Dad let me land the bass myself – only helping support my favourite little plastic fishing rod with the orange fish shaped handle when it looked like it was going to snap. He filleted the bass for me and we all ate it for dinner. It remains one of the best fish dinners I have ever eaten. Although I fished in many of Canada’s lakes in the years that followed, that bass was the biggest fish I ever caught.
Sustainable Fish and Seafood
Of course that was back before anyone talked about sustainable fishing or even realized it was something we needed to be concerned about. When cooking one of my easy fish and seafood suppers, it really is important to choose sustainably sourced fish from a reliable vendor. If you have a local fish market that is a great place to start but many supermarkets now have fresh fish counters as well. To choose the best varieties of fish to eat check out the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch, the Marine Conservation Society or World Wildlife Federation websites.
Choosing Good Fish and Seafood
It’s easy to choose good fish. Fresh fish smells like the sea – not ‘fishy’ – should be firm to the touch and slightly moist. If you are buying fish fillets (my choice) they should firm without any large gaps in the flesh. You can ask the fishmonger or person at the fish counter to de-scale and fillet the fish if, like me, you don’t like dealing with that side of things. Make sure you cook fish until it is tender and easily flaked with a fork. There is a risk of parasitic infection with undercooked fish.
Why Choose Fish and Seafood?
Fish is good for you and it is recommended that those who are not vegetarian consume at least two servings of fish a week, one of which should be oily fish. Fish is easy to digest, high in protein and contains good for you unsaturated fatty acids. Many fish also contain the omega 3 oils so vital to heart health. Depending on how fish is prepared, it can also be lower in fat and calories than meat.
Easy Fish and Seafood Recipes
I hope you will enjoy these easy fish and seafood recipes as much as we do. In my experience, even most hesitant fish eaters love them!