Learn how frozen fish is the quickest and easiest thing to prepare on a busy week night with a whole bunch of quick, easy and delicious fish recipes to try.
Fish is one of my favorite things to make on a busy night because it cooks quickly and it taste great. And also, it defrosts quickly. I can have a bag of frozen fish fillets in the freezer ready to pull out when I’m in a hurry.
Cooking Fish From Frozen
There are two ways that I get fish from the freezer to the table quickly. The first is to cook the fish straight from frozen.
The technique is pretty simple. You take individually packaged fish fillets unwrap them and put them on a pan in a hot oven. Let them bake for a few minutes and then take them out and add seasonings or sauces. Put them back into the oven until cooked through and flaky. It depends on the size of the fillet but it is never more than 15 minutes.
Here are two recipes that use frozen cod fillets.
Quickly Defrost Fish
The other way that I get fish from the freezer to the table quickly is to use a quick defrosting technique.
I’ve never been a fan of defrosting fish in the microwave because it starts to cook at the edges before the middle has fully defrosted. Instead, I defrost individually wrapped fish fillets in a big pot of hot water.
I know we’ve all been told to defrost things in cold water but it turns out that small pieces of meat and fish, like fish fillets, are perfectly safe to defrost in hot water if we don’t leave them in for very long.
Read all about this defrosting technique and safety over here.
Here is a recipe where I would defrost the fish fillets quickly before cooking them.
In my quest for quick weeknight dinners, I also asked a bunch of blogging friends about their best frozen fish recipes. Here are the links that they’ve shared with me.
Brazilian Fish Stew
Wild Salmon with Couscous and Asparagus
Lemon Pepper Tilapia
Black Garlic Sesame Shitake Cod
Tilapia En Papillote (in parchment)
Cod Salad Pita Pockets
Shortcut Fish Tacos
Baked Fish with an Italian Breadcrumb Crust
Do you have a fabulous fish recipe that starts out with frozen fish? I’m always looking for new ideas and would love to hear about it. Leave me a comment below or post about it for me and the other COOKtheSTORY readers on Facebook. Have a wonderful day! -Christine