The best way to cook fresh fish is to keep it simple and easy. Four ingredients, (including the fish!) is your path to the best tasting fish.
Is there really a “BEST way to cook fresh fish”??? When I was growing up the only fish we ate was tuna noodle casserole (remember that?!), salmon croquettes, and fish sticks. The tuna and salmon came from cans and the fish sticks came out of a box from the freezer. I do remember once or twice eating fresh fish that my dad caught. He cleaned it and grilled it and mom served it with tartar sauce.
Vince, on the other hand, grew up on the Long Island Sound and his dad always owned a boat; so they had fresh fish often. AND his mom and grandmother were both gourmet cooks. (No pressure on me!) There is an ongoing debate in our house about the “BEST” way to cook fresh fish. Of course, Vince thinks his mom’s way is the best and only way. His mom’s way is delicious, no argument there, but there are OTHER equally as delicious ways to cook fresh fish.
Gr8 Friends, fresh fish is not difficult to cook. In fact, it is one of the easiest entrées you can make. The way Vince’s mom, Jo Marie, cooked her fresh fish uses the KISS method – Keep It Simple, Sweetheart.
The Main Secret: The fish MUST BE FRESH, as fresh as possible. So, find out when your local market or fishmonger gets their deliveries and plan your fish dinners for those days. Or…go fishing!
Jo Marie used only 4 ingredients when making fresh fish: the fish, butter, lemon (or lime) and Italian parsley. (I think that it’s better to use olive oil instead of butter, but Vince won’t hear of it.) Just brush the melted butter on the fish, sprinkle with lemon juice, grill it, then sprinkle with parsley. See, easy!
Now, you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t specified any particular type of fish; that’s because this method works pretty much across the board with any fish…as long as it’s FRESH!
If you want to do something a little fancier with more layers of flavor, here are some other Gr8 fish recipes: