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Different ways to cook seafood

By MSN NZ Recipe Finder staff
Different techniques for cooking seafood. Image: Getty
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Grill, pan fry, boil, stir fry or bake: there are many different ways to cook fish.

Pan frying/sautéing/grilling:

  • When frying seafood, place the fish skin down and leave in the pan until it's cooked almost halfway through. For thicker pieces of fish, such as a tuna steak, keep an eye on the colour of the fish — when the sides have gone pale almost all the way to the top, it will be ready to flip.
  • Remove fish from the heat and place it on a plate before it's cooked all the way through — this will ensure the fish won't overcook after removed from the heat.

    Boiling or steaming:

  • To create a simple and delicious marinara sauce, add green prawns and cubed pieces of salmon steaks and white flaky fish to your tomato sauce while it's still simmering. Pop the lid on and cook for another 2-4 minutes and serve.
  • Boiling lobster: for 450-600g lobster, bring to the boil and simmer for 12 minutes. For a 1kg lobster, simmer for approximately 16 minutes. If you're not a big fan of salt on your lobster, cook it in well-salted water instead.

    Baking fish:

  • A simple method for cooking elegant meals is to loosely wrap your favourite piece of fish in foil, adding thinly sliced lemon, a drizzle of olive oil and herbs such as fresh dill or parsley. Bake in a moderately hot oven for 5-10 minutes.


  • Use fish that holds together, such as ling fish fillets.
  • Cut them into 5cm pieces, lightly flour, add to your stir-fry and cook for 1-2 minutes.

  • User comments
    HEY! I love seafood and these cooking methods are amazing. I was wondering what is the most popular preparation for sea food cause id love to try it out.

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