Thursday, July 19, 2012

Broiled Fish: Easier than you think!

Today we are going to learn how to use one of these:
This funny looking pan that came in the bottom of your oven is a broiler pan.  I'm amazed by how few people know what it is and how to use it.  If you know all about it already, then give yourself a gold star.  If not, keep reading.

Broiled fish is a very, very quick way to fix dinner.  It's also a bit of a treat for us when we find wild caught fish on sale.  This recipe and technique will work with any firm white fish filet like red snapper, haddock, tilapia, and my personal favorite, cod.

You will need:
  • 2-4 fish filets (1 1/2-2 lbs. total)
  • 6 Tbs. melted butter (divided)
  • 1 Tbs. flour
  • paprika
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh parsley (or 1 tsp. dried)
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Coat your broiler pan with non stick spray or just brush it with butter (that is what I do).  Place your fish filets right on top.  Brush the tops of your fish with 3 Tbs. butter, dust with flour, and sprinkle with a bit of paprika.

Move one of your oven racks up to the top or next to the top - about 6 inches or so from the heating element.  Like this:

Turn your oven to the BROIL setting.  (Broiling means that only the top element will heat up, and it will automatically go on the highest heat.)

Pop your fish in the oven and set the timer for 5 minutes.  The fish should just begin browning in that time.

Meanwhile, gather the rest of your ingredients:

I use a coffee mug for the rest of the melted butter and just mix the lemon juice, parsley, and Worcestershire right in with my basting brush.  After the five minutes are up, your fish will look something like this:
Use your basting brush to spread the buttery goodness over the fish while you pour it as evenly as possible.  Broil for another 5 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.  It should look something like this:

This is the kind of food that nourishes your body and soul.  Mmmmmmm...
And the Littles loved it too.  Which is good because while they have no choice in the matter, they must eat what they are served, it is still nice for me when they truly enjoy dinner too.
Also nice with a green salad.  I just like to eat my salads last.  You know, I find that varies between cultures.  Do you like to eat salad before your meal or after?

PS - As soon as you are able, throw that icky pan into a sink full of soapy water and it will be MUCH easier to clean!  Trust me, you don't want to leave it sitting around.  Especially with the fishy/Worcestershire-y smell.  :P
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1 comment:

  1. I usually pan fry my fish in oil. I will try this once the heat lets up! :0)


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