I am often asked things like, "How do you keep fish from being overcooked?".
The answer is TWO THINGS:
Cook your fish at room temperature.
Get pan SCORCHING HOT before you add your oil (fat).
Taking a look at my own collection of recipes, I realized that I cook fish pretty often in my house. It's honestly the easiest thing that I can combine with ANY vegetable!
So treat it just like steak whenever you cook it by letting it come to room temperature before you add to the pan. I also oil and season liberally (the skin side-I always buy it with skin- I like a solid sear on the skin side). Keep a tbs of butter (use real stuff people- but feel free to opt in a dairy free sub such a Ghee or Clarified Butter) to add as your finisher and get a skillet hot and ready.
This is how I cook my fish at home. Give this recipe a go, and let me know how you did. I am sure you will cook more fish now that you tried it this way.
Salmon and Parsnip Puree
- 1 Salmon Steak (skin on)
- 1 Parsnip
- 2 tbs Unsalted Butter (divided)
- 1/2 c of Spinach
- 2 tsp EVOO (divided)
- Salt /Pepper to taste
- Peel the skin off the parsnip and cut into cubes and toss into boiling water. Keep boiling for 15 mins or until softened. Drain. Set inside a bowl.
- Puree the parsnip with 1 tbs of butter (use a food processor or two forks). Set Aside.
- Heat the skillet to med-high heat.
- Pat the skin on the Salmon dry, apply olive oil (or oil of choice) to the skin side and rub it into the skin and back side. Season with Salt /Pepper.
- When skillet is nice and hot, add the salmon, skin side first. Cook for 4 mins undisturbed.
- Add the tbs of butter onto the pan, Flip fish over to back side and add the spinach. Cook another 3 mins. Ladle the last tbs of butter atop of the fish.
- Meanwhile, start getting your plating ready. Add a spoonful of the parsnip puree, then the spinach, and end with topping it with the fish.
Let me know if this tip helps you. If it does, comment below.
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