Wednesday, February 17, 2010

5 Delicious Ways to Cook Fish

Fish is a basis for many healthy and delicious dishes, and is versatile, appearing in everything from northern European dishes to spicy Asian cuisine. You can find plenty of fish recipes online (and we have featured a few ourselves!), but today we are actually looking at some of the base cooking methods for your seafood order, and how they affect the fish and interact with your body.
1. Baking fish
As a general rule, a good method for baking fish is to put shallow cuts along the top of a whole fish, pop it in a greased dish and cover it with foil to prevent drying out. Flavor it with your herbs and oil, and almost all fish taste delicious with salt added. Fish should be basted frequently when they are baked to prevent drying out, or the bottom part going soggy. Flip them over if you prefer.
2. Shallow frying
If you are cooking a whole fish, or even a thick fillet, you'll need to dry and flour the fish first. Put a small amount of oil or butter in the pan, and fry at medium heat. Have the heat too low and the fish will turn out soggy; put it up too high and the middle won’t cook.
3. Barbecuing
Barbecuing is a favorite cooking technique for fish - if you have a wood barbecue, the smoky flavor is delicious with so many species that you can get on a seafood order. You should dry the skin and cavity before cooking, and make diagonal cuts as you would if you were baking the fish. Put a little olive oil inside the whole fish, and cook fully on one side before you flip it over to the other side.
4. Poaching
This is a very healthy method for cooking your seafood order, though it is not suitable for varieties with flaky flesh. Cook the fish in stock rather than water, and make sure you put the fish in when it is cold, rather than when hot -- this helps it cook through.
5. Steaming
Steaming is a good cooking method if you don’t like strongly flavored food, or if you have a very rich or creamy sauce to go with your fish. It is healthy, but not always flavorful. Put the fish is a wire basket over gently simmering water, and cover it up to steam-cook.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

5 Coolest February Seafood Order Specials

We are starting to lose a lot of the winter chill in the air … and as the temperature rises, the summery taste of seafood fills our minds! Luckilyonline seafood shops are getting just as excited as we are. We've been looking through our favorite suppliers to find some of the hottest February specials, for the lukewarm weather!
Tsar Nicoulai Estate Osetra caviar, 1 ounce jar -- $70
This Califonria sturgeon roe is full-flavored, with a walnut undertone. Valentine's Day is coming up … if she doesn’t eat chocolate, caviar is an excellent choice. Especially at this price!
Seafood Zuppa Sauce, $7.99 per tub
This sauce tastes just like the name sounds! It is made from a combination of tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and Italian herbs. If there are only two of your eating, this sauce will usually be enough for more than one or two meals -- great value, and so easy.
Sablefish (Black Cod Fillet), $9.99 per pound
Black cod is also known as butterfish because of its amazing melt-in-your-mouth texture. We are finding lots of online seafood stores giving their customers the opportunity to try the fish at awesome prices this month!
Abalone Steaks "California Red" 1/2 LB (8 Steaks), $50
Drool … these California abalone steaks are crisp, sweet and mouthwatering. Another great Valentine's Day idea -- also good for Lent, coming up soon. This seafood order special comes with two polished abalone shells -- a very neat addition!
Colossal Sized Lobster Claws, $16.99 per pound
The claws are the most delicious, strongly flavored part of the lobster -- and these claws are super-sized! No spending hours cracking through shell for a tiny bit of meat here -- the claws weigh around half a pound each. $16.99 per pound is great price, for a stunning product.