The Cooking Channel: My Fishy Memories & Cooking Halibut For The First Time

I’ve been venturing into the deep by trying new fish.  Whenever I think of eating fish I always reminisce of going fishing with my grandma, aunt and cousins. 

Those were the good ole days.  We’d wake up before day, drive hours away and stay all day. My grandma and aunt would fish while my cousins and I would explore the land.  We were also allowed to fish if we wanted too. 

When we would get home I’d remember my grandma, cracking the fish upside the head and gutting it open.  That was what you called good eating.

Funny thing is, many of the fish I hear of today, I never heard of as a child.  I remember catfish, red snapper, perch, buffalo and that’s about it. I’m just hearing of tilapia within the last few years.  We ate salmon, but that was salmon croquettes.  Never do I remember a fillet salmon.

Growing up on fish I’ve always loved eating it and cooking it.  So, as of late, I’ve been on a fishscapade, on a mission to try different fish.

This weekend I picked up some Halibut from Costco.

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Pricey!  One of these ran $15.00 and up. Some packs were $30 bucks!  Feeding a family of 5, I needed to make sure they were large enough to cut in pieces.

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That’s what I did. I cut one into 3 pieces and the other into 2.

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Since this was my first time I kept it simple by seasoning it with lemon pepper, old bay seasoning and Himalayan salt.

Oiled my skillet with some extra virgin olive oil and seared them.

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Awesome!!! Awesome fish!  The taste puts me in the mind of Tilapia with the thickness and texture of salmon. 

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What I did notice was that the pieces of Halibut that were thicker and slightly larger were the most expensive.  Since the texture of the fish is thick, it’s not necessary to get such thick pieces.  The sizes I picked up were perfect.

I’m happy to add Halibut to our menu.  Have you taste Halibut?

 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Oven Fried Fish

If you didn’t know, now you know! I’m an oven cooking Mama! Although I know my way around in the kitchen…… I’m all for easy peasy!

I don’t fry our food often. So, baking is my thing. I’m not saying this is healthier because I do use oil to coat my pan. But if you have kids around you while you cook, not frying on top of the stove makes me feel a little bit better that grease isn’t popping everywhere.

The first time I made this, my husband thought I fried it. He couldn’t believe that it was baked in the oven. Here’s how to do it & I’m going to keep it simple for you.

Step 1: Preheat oven at 450. I know this is higher than the usual 350 but in order to get the crisp taste, 450 is it.

Step 2: Prepare your favorite fish! Tilapia, catfish, perch etc. Rinse it, season it & batter it with fish batter or your traditional flour & cornmeal mixture.

Step 3: Oil (w/vegetable oil or oil of your preference) your pyrex or your favorite oven cooking pan. I’ve been using the pan that came with our stove for broiling. If I told you what happened to my large pyrex, you would laugh.

Step 4: Place your pan in the oven for approx. 4min. What you want is for the pan & oil to get hot.

Step 5: After taking pan out of oven, place your battered fish on it.

Step 6: Place fish in oven for 7-8 minutes. Flip over after the 7-8 minutes & cook the other side as well.

Step 7: Remove from oven & place on paper towel to remove any excess oil.

Step 8: Enjoy

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Andys Fish Fry Seasoning

 

Just wanted to share with you one of our family “must have” in the kitchen cabinet. Andy’s Fish seasoning is the “BOMB!” I started using this seasoning 2 years ago while on vacation. Where we went we had to bring our own grocery. With a family of 5, it helps us cut down on the costs. Also we had to make sure we weren’t bringing a whole lot of grocery. Otherwise I would have to bring: cornmeal, flour & seasonings along. So, not only does the Andy’s seasoning help us cut down on cost it’s also Convenient. With a capital “C”.

Any-who, we’ve been fans every since. This is how I use it:
I take a Ziploc bag. Pour in the seasoning then place my fish in the bag, zip it up and shake.
Place my battered fish in very hot cooking oil & fry.

TIP: How do you know when fish is completely done? When it floats.

When fish is done. Take it out hot oil and place on a paper towel so that the oil will drain.

TIP: What is the best oil to use? Oil that has been used at least once. (drain oil after first use and use at least 1 more time. It helps fish to fry really well.)

If you too are a fish lover next time you’re in the grocery store pick up a pack.  You will not be disappointed.  When I checked out the website, I found out that they also have it for chicken and seafood.  That’ll be our next purchase.  We get ours from WalMart (cost approx: $2.50 sorry threw away the receipt) and they only carry the fish seasoning.  I was using this seasoning on my fish, shrimp, chicken & fried green tomatoes.  One bag was able to make my family of 5 both of these meals. 

This is Andy's Fish Seasoning on our ChickenIMG_0026-1

This is the fried chicken

 

Disclosure:  This is the view of my family.  We were not paid by Andy’s nor were we given the product to test.  This is one of our very own favorites.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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