The ocean takes up a majority of Earth and has creatures that are probably still undiscovered, so why does it seem the only fish any young person ever cooks is tilapia or salmon? This is trend I have noticed on instagram, as so many people love to post their dinners they have made on this very popular application. Neither of these fish are sexy! Tilapia belongs only in fish tacos and salmon is so mundane.There are other fish in the sea and much tastier ones at that. Now you may have to venture from the normal grocery store and spend a bit more money to get these fish but trust me it will be well worth it.
Halibut: This is a dense and firm fish but with a great buttery flavor that doesn’t require much seasoning. It’s wonderfully seared, broiled or grilled. It has a very low fat content. It holds its shape well and presents beautifully on the plate. It has medium mercury content so it is safe to eat fairly regularly. It’s a really ugly whole fish, but do not be afraid. Make sure to buy it from a grocery that promotes sustainability because it is nearly endangered fish because of overfishing. This and sea bass are literally my favorite fish and I would eat them everyday if they weren’t so pricey or nearly endangered.
Swordfish: This is a very solid and oily fish often sold as steaks. The flavor of swordfish comes from the marinade you provide for it. When choosing a steak of sword pick one with red dark meat, brown dark meat signifies it to be old. It is particularly good for grilling or stewing, as it will hold its shape. When grilling you want to cook swordfish as you would a good steak, a few minutes on eat side and DO NOT OVERCOOK! They have a high level of mercury so they should be eaten as an occasionally treat, and never by pregnant woman or young children.
Trout: This is a small and boney fish with a flaky flesh. The flavor of trout is distinct. It is a fresh water fish best cooked whole. Roasted or grilled are the best ways to cook this fish. I have especially fond memories of eating trout I proudly caught on camping trips as a child. The only issue I have with trout is all the bones, there is a way to remove them easily once cooked whole, but be careful they bones are very tiny and there are bound to be a few left behind. It has low mercury content.
In general when buying fish you should really try to buy sustainable wild caught product. Farm raised fish have nutritional differences and also are harming the environment. Also I mentioned the word sustainability when speaking of halibut, this is very important so we are not using our resources to the very end. As food has become a processed industrialized business we as a society have forgotten about the importance of our planet. The food processors have become more concerned with their profits instead of the long-term effects of their actions. By spending a little bit more on fish that has been processed without too much capitalistic interest you are making a small contribution to the world you live on.
Now these are just a few examples there is such a vast variety of seafood available and it is easier to cook then you think! When you buy fresh wild caught fish it requires little more then salt, pepper, butter, and herbs. One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish, I hope I have sparked your interest to dive deeper into the sea and explore some other seafood besides tilapia and salmon.