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"How to Cook Fish"
Taking the Guesswork Out of Cooking Fish
If you don't really know How to Cook Fish, you will want to print our Fish Cooking Chart which is a great guide to follow when preparing fish. This chart will take all of the guess work out of the time that is required to bake, pan-fry, deep-fry, grill, broil or steam fish. Regardless of the way that you prepare your fish, the end result should be moist and flaky. Cooking times will vary considerably depending on the size of fish that you plan to prepare and the method of cooking that you select.

You will find that fish is low in fat and high in essential omega-3 fatty acids that is required for a healthy lifestyle. That is why nutritionists recommend that you get 2-3 servings of fish on a weekly basis. Since fish is more delicate than meat, you will need to be somewhat careful when cooking fish. If you should happen to overcook your fish, you will end up dry fish that has very little taste. Hopefully, by using our Fish Cooking Chart below you will eliminate the possibilities of overcooking your fish.

Although our Fish Cooking Chart does not cover all of the numerous ways to cook fish, it does provide a list of the most popular ways that fish is prepared. Certain types of fish seem to be limited in the ways that they are basically prepared, while other fish seem to cover the spectrum. For example, catfish is usually deep-fried, flounder and halibut are generally broiled and redfish is great pan-fried. You will find thousands of great fish recipes available on the internet to select from.

Make sure that you check out the various recipes that are located under Cajun Recipes on the menu bar above. You will find great tasting mixes, rubs and batters for preparing seafood.
Fish Cooking Chart
Portion Temperature Weight or Thickness Approximate
Cooking Time
  Baked   Note: Preheat Oven for at least 5 minutes
  • Whole 350° F 3 - 5 lb. 25 - 30 Minutes
  • Fillets 350° F 3 - 5 lb. 25 - 30 Minutes
  • Steaks 350° F 3 - 5 lb. 35 - 40 Minutes
  Pan-Fried   Note: Turn over once while frying
  • Whole Medium Heat n/a 8 - 15 Minutes
  • Fillets Medium Heat 3/4 Inch 7 - 9 Minutes
  • Steaks Medium Heat 1 Inch 9 - 10 Minutes
  Deep-Fried   Note: Check oil temperature prior to frying
  • Whole 375° F n/a 3 - 5 Minutes
  • Fillets 375° F 3/4 Inch 3 - 5 Minutes
  • Steaks 375° F 1 Inch 4 - 6 Minutes
  Grilled / Broiled   Note: Cook 4" from heat source - Turn over once while grilling
  • Whole Medium Heat n/a 10 - 20 Minutes
  • Fillets Medium Heat 3/4 Inch 7 - 9 Minutes
  • Steaks Medium Heat 1 Inch 9 - 20 Minutes
  Steamed   Note: Steam gently over boiling water
  • Whole n/a n/a 10 - 12 Minutes
  • Fillets n/a 3/4 Inch 10 - 12 Minutes
  • Steaks n/a 1 Inch 10 - 15 Minutes
Note: Approximate cooking times are estimates and will vary depending on the type and thickness of the fish being cooked. Fish is done when opaque white and has a flaky texture. Overcooking will result in loss of texture and flavor.

Article: How to Cook Fish
Author: Ray Zimmerman
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