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Must Know Tips for Preparing a Fish Recipe

Fish is nutritious and simple to cook. Chinese, especially, must have a fish dish during special occasion meals, such as reunion dinner during the Chinese New Year. Fish, in Chinese is pronounced as “Yu”, which means “abundance”. Well, eventhough preparing a fish dish is simple, you have to know the methods of preparing the freshest dish possible.

First of all, knowing how to choose a fresh fish is vital. It is simple. Basically, there are 2 simple ways. First, look at its eyes. Choose the fish with crystal clear eyes instead of blurry ones. Next, open the fish gill and see if it is bright red. Dark red or greyish indicates the fish is not fresh. Lastly, just gently press on the fish body. You would want to choose the fish with a firm body. Next, you want to make sure the fish is properly cleaned. These days, you don’t really need to clean the fish yourself as you can request the fish to be cleaned for you. If you are quite turn off by the fishy smell fishy smell after you have done cleaning the fish. Just remember to clean your hands with lime juice. Very effective method.

I prefer to prepare the fish steamed simply because it brings out the freshness of the fish and healthier. White pomfret, for example, is best eaten steamed. But, sometimes the fishy smell can place one off. To get rid of the fishy smell, just squeeze some lime juice and rub it all over the fish. Then, scour the fish with boiling water. Quicky drain the fish and place it on a plate. Place some seasoning and ginger over the fish and steam it. There are some larger fish variety which is fantastic for steaming as well, such as threadfin (ma yau) or snapper. These fish is usually sold in cut slices. Since the fish is cut, how do you know if the slice is freshly cut? Simple. Look at the flesh of the fish, it should be firm to the touch and has a glazed surface.

If you prefer to fry a fish, why not try shallow fry instead of deep fry which consumes more oil? With shallow fry, the fish is as tasty and cripsy. Just fry with less oil in a non stick pan. Pour oil just to cover the surface of pan. Make sure the oil is hot, so that it will not stick on the pan when turn over to fry the other side of fish. Fry both sides till golden brown.

These are just some basic tips on preparing and cooking a fish recipe. For more simple but tasty way to cook a fish dish, please visit simplecookingideas.com” target=”_blank simplecookingideas.com

Mary Ly is a grandmother who has been cooking for her family for over 40 years. Mary is passionate on her cooking and always tries out ways to prepare tasty but simple and simple recipes. She has started a blog on Simple Cooking Thoughts which is especially useful for busy mothers to prepare a wholesome family meal the simple way. No Fuss. No Fluff. Just simple cooking thoughts. Please visit her blog at simplecookingideas.com simplecookingideas.com

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