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Fresh or Frozen, Fish is Fabulous! 
May 4, 2011 4:04 pm 
Updated: May 19, 2011 6:59 am


We're a fishy sort of family.  Even my 3

year olds who don't really like meat of any

kind (except for hot dogs) will eat fish.  Not

just any kind of fish though, they only like

white fleshed fish that is either floured and

fried, breaded and baked or drizzled with

maple syrup and baked.  I'm not going to

complain about them only eating it three

ways though, I'm just happy they like

something that is so good for them.  I often

cook them maple pickerel or jack fish and

my husband and I have some sort of salmon

or other more elaborate fish dish.


I grilled a whole fish for the first time at the

beginning of April.  My mom's neighbor

caught several rainbow trout ice fishing on

the last day of the season (March 31) and

sent one to me.  I was thrilled!  It's been a

long time since I've eaten fresh trout.  I

made a honey mustard sauce out of honey,

lemon zest, garlic powder, wasabi dijon

mustard, oil and a little fresh lemon juice,

then I rubbed the inside of the fish with the

honey mustard blend and stuffed it with

onion slices and lemon wedges.  I oiled the

outside of the fish lightly, wrapped it in foil

and tossed it on the hot bbq.  I cooked it for

about 30 minutes on one side, flipped it over

and let it cook an additional 15 minutes

before I checked it.  It was done to

perfection, if I'd left it any longer it would

have been overcooked. 



When we don't have fresh caught fish

available we often buy frozen salmon and

pollock.  I've stumbled across two recipes

that I love for pollock.  The first is

Pollock Montreal.  Tender flaky fish topped

with onions, peppers, tomatoes, and cheese. 

What's not to like there?  If you're not a big

fan of fish this recipe is worth trying.  The

strong flavors going on here mask the fish

quite a bit.  The other is Tandoori fish.  I

often play with the spices in this but it's fine

as written and I love the vinager in it. 

Salmon tastes great all by itself but a few of

my favorites are: Alaska Salmon Bake with

Pecan Crunch Coating, Grilled Salmon with

Creamy Tarragon Sauce (I usually cheat

and bake the salmon for this with a touch of

lemon, salt and pepper), and

Salmon with Brown Sugar Glaze.

Are you a fish lover?  Feel free to share

your favorite recipes.


Sushi inspired pollock
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May 4, 2011 4:13 pm
An absolute fish lover here Sarah-May :) Salmon is my all time FAVOURITE followed by fresh Northern Pickerel, can't beat pickerel for the mild taste and I have been baking pickerel in a recipe handed to me from my husband's grandmother - totally awesome and very, very unique (I will post it separate for you if you want a new way to try pickerel). LOVE that your kids want to eat fish! mine grew up on fresh pickerel all summer long but they (and hubs) will not eat salmon (weirdos) :) BTW - caught the pic of your daughter asleep on her plate of food on FB...totally howled!) :D
May 4, 2011 4:14 pm
Here you go:--->
May 5, 2011 6:50 am
My daughter is *almost* to the point of trying fish...I pray she likes it, so I can work it into the menu more often! I'm also a huge salmon fan - usually the simpler the better, but I have tried to expand my horizons with some success. This was one of my favorite salmon dishes EVER -->
May 5, 2011 6:51 am
This is anothe rthat I was very pleased with - the dijon in the sauce makes it ->
May 5, 2011 6:52 am
And I like some white fish - halibut, cod, haddock (although overfished, so I try to stay away....) Here are a couple more of my faves -> and
May 5, 2011 8:35 am
huge fish fan here, fresh is the best. I can't wait for the ice to release so we can go fishing. I often make a flour batter with seasoning of choice or beer batter is good too. Grilled in foil with butter, lemon, onion and dill. Darryl Kronzey has a good batter out as a change of pace. My uncle is huge with the fish crisp, it is good on frozen fish but seems to overpower the fresh pike and picks. Now I want to go fishing more than ever, need to find a good perch hole and laze the day away:D
May 5, 2011 1:54 pm
I have yet to meet the fish I don't like. One of my favorite quick meals is to use a mild white fish like cod and bake it under salsa verde. Quick, flavorful and healthy.
May 5, 2011 1:58 pm
Fish Fan number four, present and accounted for! Hubby likes any kind as long as it's battered so he can't actually taste the fish. I, on the other hand, have yet to find a fish I don't like. In-laws have a stocked catfish pond that I love to visit, all alone, and try to empty. Some of my favorite recipes from AR include Tilapia Soft Tacos w/Chipotle Cream, Broiled Tilapia Parmesan, and Lemon Garlic Tilapia. Just made the fish tacos last night, hubby wasn't a fan but I loved them. The other two recipes I use with different kinds of fish, not just Tilapia. I do love Tilapia, though, and it's one of the healthiest fish you can buy (along with Alaskan salmon which is my most favorite).
May 6, 2011 6:05 pm
Thanks Gitano! I saved the recipe, it sounds like something even the kids would enjoy :). Nesslin had a long busy day that day and used her watermelon as a pillow ;).
May 6, 2011 6:06 pm
Thanks ChristineM! I love that Salmon recipe and will check out the other three for sure. Anything curry is for me usually so the cod sounds promising for sure!
May 6, 2011 6:08 pm
Sounds good Gramma, I'll bring the beer and the old cast iron fry pan and we'll cook it on the beach :D.
May 6, 2011 6:09 pm
Sounds great BigShotsMom! I love to do fresh salsa with fish but have never tried it like that :).
May 6, 2011 6:10 pm
Thanks Mangel, I haven't gotten around to fish tacos yet, I'm not sure I can convince my husband to eat them but I bet I'd love them.
May 6, 2011 6:36 pm
I still don't know how I missed this. I love fish. If I ever get to your neck of the woods, would you please invite me to your house and would you please serve some of those mouthwatering dishes?
May 6, 2011 7:12 pm
We are a fish loving family too and tomorrow is the first day of flounder season. (We're excited!) I add a little corn starch to the flour when I'm frying them. It gives it a little crunch. Your photos are awesome! I'll be checking out all the recipes. Thanks for having them posted.
May 7, 2011 8:29 am
Come on down Cat Hill! We don't travel much but I'd love to visit with you :).
May 7, 2011 8:30 am
Thanks Shorecook! I've only ever added cornstarch when doing coconut shrimp but it makes sense that it would add crunch, I'll have to try that next time.
May 18, 2011 12:14 am
I know the temptation is to cook fish in tin foil so you don't trash the BBQ, and because some fish is so soft, that it won't stay together otherwise, but if you are going to wrap it in tin-foil, you might as well cook it in the oven. You really must try barbecuing a salmon right on the grill. The method that works for me is the fillet the salmon, grill it meat side down first and wait for it to turn opaque about 1/3 of the way through. (check the end where the head used to be). When ready to flip, use two flippers, pull the salmon forward and flip it over onto its skin side by rotating it backward. You can then add a spicy/sweet BBQ sauce mixed with butter on the now cooked flesh side. BBQ on the skin side as long as you need to without fear of it falling apart, because the skin holds it together and prevents it from burning. Don't overcook. The salmon should flake, but still be moist in the center of each flake. Also, Cedar Planked Salmon is unbelievably good! Planks would also work great with other types of fish that might normally be to soft for cooking directly on the grill.
May 18, 2011 7:45 am
Love your site, awesome recipes. My sister Anna and I have also started our own blog. Using authentic Italian recipes handed down to our from our just a short note: some of the recipes have been tweaked a bit for a healthier meal...Please take a look. thanks Anna and Liz
May 19, 2011 6:58 am
Thanks Leigh! I don't have access to whole salmon but I do to trout and I'll give it a go this summer :)
May 19, 2011 6:59 am
Thanks evenditto, I'll be sure to take look.
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