Hi, Carey, and welcome aboard!
Preparing fresh fish is very easy if you buy filets. Among the easiest to cook are tilapia, salmon and tuna.
Tilapia can be sauteed in a bit of olive oil or cooked on the grill in a foil packet. It only takes a few minutes to cook until the filet flakes to the fork. Be sure to check the filet for any bones before cooking.
Salmon tends to be a bit thicker and should cook just until the center is no longer raw. It's also great on the grill (foil packet, foil-lined pan or cedar plank). You also need to check the filet for any bones. There are so many ways to prepare salmon!
Tuna is wonderful crusted with a peppery rub, like Montreal Steak Seasoning, or a citrus-based seasoned salt rub, then seared in a scant bit of olive or canola oil (heat the pan first). Tuna is fine if the center is slightly raw, but you might prefer it pink. It only takes about 2-3 minutes on each side, depending upon how thick the filet. Tuna filets tend to be very thick and bone-free.
You can also bake fish in the oven very nicely, breaded in Panko bread crumbs or just seasoned with some herbs and lemon slices.
When cooked, fresh fish should never be rubbery or dry, but tender to the fork and moist. I suggest investing in a seafood cookbook and trying out recipes.
Edited by: ACORALSEA at: 3/2/2009 (08:42)
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