What do you do when you forget to take something out the freezer for dinner?
You know that mad panic. You’re halfway home from work or from picking up the kids when you realize that you don’t have any dinner plans. Suddenly you’re pulling a U-trun to head to the grocery store, find something quick and easy to make, stand in line to pay, and then finally back into the car and headed home.
And you still have to actually *make* dinner.
But you know what? This doesn’t happen to me anymore.
Not since I discovered how to cook fish like cod and salmon from frozen. Since I learned this technique, I make sure to always have fish fillets or portions in the freezer ready to pop in the oven at a moment’s notice.
The fish fillets or portions can go straight from the freezer into the oven once you know how to do it. The result is perfectly cooked fish every time.
I used this technique to cook dinner for my in-laws (real fish-lovers) when they last visited. They saw me take it out of the freezer and put it into the oven and they were dumbfounded. But when they dug in, they were amazed. The fish was flaky and moist. Perfect. It’s such a convenient dinner!
The best part about it though is it means that I can enjoy my favorite seafood, Alaska seafood, even in the months when it’s not in season. This makes me very happy. Because Alaska seafood tastes great, it’s super quick and easy to cook and it’s wild and sustainably managed.
All in all, it’s a smart and healthy choice for my family.
For the breaded fish pictured above, I lightly oiled cod portions and put them on a heavy-duty baking sheet that can withstand a high temperature (like this one) then baked at 450F until nearly cooked through (about 10 minutes).
Meanwhile I also baked some lightly seasoned, lightly oiled Panko crumbs until a toasty browned (3-5 minutes at 450F).
I then removed the fish from the oven and brushed the tops of the fillets lightly with a mixture of half dijon mustard and half milk, and then sprinkled the fillets with the toasted breadcrumbs.
The cod went back into the oven until heated through and flaky in the middle.
My basic method for cooking fish from frozen (without the breading. Just a very basic method) is in the recipe below.
You can get lots of instructions, recipes and ideas on how to cook fish from frozen from Alaska Seafood over here.
These are the basic instructions for cooking Alaska cod portions and Alaska salmon portions from frozen. To make the fish with crunchy crumb crust pictured here, the instructions are immediately above this recipe.