The Best Tips for Cooking Fish

Learn how to prep and cook your baked, steamed, or poached fish perfectly every time.

Nothing is as satisfying as a perfectly cooked and lightly seasoned cut of salmon, but it can be difficult to get the same restaurant-quality meal at home. Chef Danny Boome shares quick tips to help make cooking fish easy on your own. To cook the perfect fish in your kitchen, be attentive; fish can go from perfect to overdone very quickly. Aim to cook the seafood until it has a semi-translucent center, and for the healthiest meal, try baking, steaming, or poaching the fish for seven to eight minutes. The next time you're preparing your favorite fish, like salmon, halibut, or cod, use this printable guide to make a dish packed with flavor. 


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