Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Fish in Foil

Non-cooks can be really intimidated when it comes to cooking seafood- and with good reason. Fish is usually expensive, hard to find fresh (at least at times when we aren’t stuck at the office), and is also such a specific taste/flavor, it’s easy to spoil the whole meal. Add a side of overcooked veggies, or slightly scorched rice, and you’re pretty much leading the running of Least Likely to Host a Dinner Party.

When the two Bitches who originally started this blog were just learning how to cook, anything more complex than spaghetti or stir-fry scared us off. We had spent years of our growing up years hearing that we were the most hilariously terrible cooks in the history of the culinary profession, and seemed resigned to a lifestyle mandated by peanut butter sandwiches and cereal. However, fate struck in the form of a movie set, when there was so little money and so many mouths to feed, we decided to step up to the plate (literally) and give cooking another shot. 
The on-set kitchen, where every night was spaghetti night until we got our act together.
As always, there was more than one boy we were trying to impress with our newfound Martha Stewart skills, and one thing led to another, resulting in our very first dinner party.

With little to no cooking expertise, we decided to make the hardest thing we could possibly think of: fish. And then panic set in.

However, trusty Trader Joe’s proved (once again) to be an excellent resource when it comes to dummy-proofing your meal. In addition to serving up a variety of frozen pieces of fish, everything from swordfish to tuna steak to mahi-mahi, the geniuses behind our favorite grocery store have also been offering fish with pre-made marinades. This makes a perfect dinner as easy as heating the oven, wrapping that fish in a piece of aluminum foil, and popping it in to cook for 15 minutes.

Here is one of our favorite ways to cook salmon.*

-       Preheat t he oven to 400.
-       Tear off a piece of aluminum foil about twice the size of your fish. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
-       Place salmon in the middle of foil. Add salt, pepper, and seasonings as desired.
-       Fold the opposite edges of the foil over the salmon. You may need to fold the edges down several times to create a tight seal.
-       Place foil-wrapped salmon on a baking sheet and place in the oven.
-       Bake for 10-15 min.

*NOTE: if you’re using a frozen piece of salmon, while the oven is preheating, place the frozen fish in a Ziploc bag. Fill a pot with warm water. Submerge the Ziploc-ed fish in the warm water until it has defrosted. This can take about 15 minutes to prepare.

Seriously, it’s so easy, even the most cooking-inept of Brooklyn Bitches could do this one up right. Plus it makes clean-up a breeze.

What was the first thing you ever cooked that really knocked your socks off? We’d love to hear your stories of good brunches gone bad, the best bread you’ve ever baked, or the time you whipped up a batch of pancakes from scratch, just because.

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