Think fish is out of your wheelhouse? Think again! With a little kitchen know-how, seafood can be just as simple as your go-to weeknight staples. If you’re looking for a special type of seafood, be sure to talk to one of our seafood teammates about special ordering in-season seafood.
7 Ways to Cook Seafood
Defined: to cook by fully submerging food in a barely simmering liquid such as wine or olive oil.
Tip: The lower temperatures used in poaching help to prevent overcooking. To infuse even more flavor, try adding sliced produce, herbs and spices to your cooking liquid.
Defined: to cook by surrounding food in even, dry heat.
How to: Brush fish with oil, season as desired and arrange on a prepared sheet pan. Bake at 350-450 degrees (depending on the size of your fish) flipping fish halfway through cooking.
Defined: to cook using a small amount of butter or oil in a shallow pan over medium to high heat.
Tip: Sautéing creates a crispy crust while leaving the center tender and moist—just be sure to get the pan nice and hot before adding your fish.
Defined: to cook by partially or fully submerging in hot oil.
When to use: Frying is best for seafood with a neutral flavor like shellfish and lean white fish. Pan-frying works well for fillets whereas deep frying is a better option for small, irregularly shaped varieties.
Defined: to cook by exposing food to direct, radiant heat from above.
How to: Place an oven rack a few inches from the broiler. Brush fish with oil or a glaze, season as desired and arrange on a prepared sheet pan. Broil, flipping once halfway through, until crispy on the outside and cooked through on the inside.
Defined: to cook by exposing food to direct, radiant heat, commonly from below.
How to: Grilling works very similarly to broiling, except the heat is coming from the opposite side. Instead of arranging on a sheet pan, place fish directly onto the grate of a preheated grill.
steaming & boiling
Defined: to cook by heating in a boiling liquid (like water, stock or bloody mary mix) or its steam.
When to use: While these methods are traditionally reserved for shellfish, steaming can be used as a lighter way to prepare most seafood. To steam, simply place a steaming basket into a pot above a couple inches of boiling liquid.
Nothin' Fishy Here
Fish doesn’t have to smell… well, fishy. Follow these tips to keep your food (and your home) smelling fresh.
Choose the Right Fish
Oily fish will produce stronger smells while cooking than their leaner counterparts; see our chart on the right.
Call on Citrus
Citrus is great at cutting through odors. Try including options like lemon juice, lime zest or orange slices in your next meal.
Seafood should smell light and sweet. When shopping or defrosting, keep in mind that fish should be prepared sooner rather than later.
Consider Your Method
High-heat cooking methods like frying and sautéing tend to produce a stronger scent. To minimize this, opt for poaching or steaming.
Beat It with Bleach
An open cup of bleach in the kitchen will combat all kinds of odors—just make sure to keep it far away from the food.
Let's Go Fishin'
Now that you know the basics of cooking seafood, use this chart to find your ideal flavor. Shellfish and lean white fish have a more delicate flavor than dark and oily varieties.
crab, crayfish, lobster, mussels, oysters, scallops, shrimp
White, Lean & Flaky
black sea bass, flounder, red snapper, tilapia, rainbow trout
White, Lean & Firm
catfish, haddock, cod, halibut
White, Firm & Oily
albacore tuna, white sea bass, Chilean sea bass
Medium & Oily
Arctic char, mahi-mahi, yellowfin tuna
Dark & Oily
anchovies, herring, mackerel, sockeye salmon, sardines
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