How to Cook Fish

We've all heard it - eating more fish is healthy for your body! 

As a health coach who teaches easy, healthy cooking for families, I find that many people are intimidated to cook fish. "How do I make it so it doesn't taste as fishy?" they often ask! I'll answer that a little later in this post!

WHY fish is so good for us:

Valuable minerals, oils, and other nutrition our bodies need come from many seafood sources, such as wild salmon, black cod, trout, shrimp, and scallops.  Yet, even with this information in hand, so many families are still not eating enough fish. 

Two of the main reasons are: the "fishy" taste or smell, or the intimidation of cooking fish correctly. I have a solution for you, no matter which category you may fall into!  Here is a step-by-step demonstration on how to easily, healthily prepare simple fish fillets for you and your family.  Time to get more omega-3's into your diet! {And enjoy the taste while you do!}

how to cook fish

Step 1 - Buy prepped, individually wrapped, frozen fish fillets or cleaned fresh fillets.  You are not an Iron Chef, and your family doesn't expect you to be - so no head-on fish necessary for this healthy dinner! 

Try these easy complementary ingredients: several cloves of garlic, slightly smashed; whole lemon, halved; cilantro, chopped; onion (doesn't matter what kind), sliced or diced; sea salt, and fresh cracked pepper (you can buy filled pepper grinders ready to grind at grocery) and if wanted, can of stewed or crushed low-sodium tomatoes, (or fresh tomatoes, diced) and finally, a couple handfuls of spinach, kale or arugula leaves.

how to cook fish

Step 2 - Heat a medium-large nonstick skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Toss in garlic and onion, sear for couple of minutes in oil, then add fish fillets.  Squeeze lemon over the fillets, place lid on skillet, and let fillets steam-cook for about five minutes. {Yes, five minutes is all it should take! Fish cooks quickly, so try not to overcook it out of fear it won't be done!}

how to cook fish

Step 3 - Remove lid, add cilantro and spinach, and spoon some of the tomato sauce (if using) over the fillets.  Sprinkle sea salt and fresh pepper to taste.  Replace lid and cook for another 3-4 minutes, then remove skillet from heat.  Leave lid on until serving.  The garlic, lemon, and herbs will give the fish a fresh flavor, and if you use tomato sauce, each portion is 1-2 servings protein, and 2 servings veggies!  Healthy, easy fish in 1-2-3 steps!

how to cook fish

After you've tried cooking fish this way, be sure and tell us in the comments here what your family thought of it! Sometimes it takes a few different ways of making fish to find a family-friendly method! Try one of our other Delish Fish recipes here at FRESH Start for ideas!