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How To Pan Sear Fish Successfully
Pan Seared Tilapia
Pan searing is a speedy method to prepare fish, especially if you do not have a grill. In fact, not having access to a grill is what motivated me to start experimenting with cooking fish in other ways. Pan searing is a healthier option compared to deep frying, which often involves breading the fish with unhealthy ingredients. Pan searing can be tricky if you do not know exactly what you are doing. I am sorry to say I ruined quite a lot of fish before discovering how to pan sear fish correctly. Along the way I picked up a few tips, which made the process much easier and less stressful. In this lens I will share with you the knowledge I had to learn the hard way, and soon you will be Pan Searing Fish Successfully.
- Fish of your choice
- 2-3 Tbsps Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Garlic Powder
1. Add 2 Tbsps of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) to sauté pan. Spread oil with a basting brush until it entirely coats the bottom of the pan. Turn heat to medium high heat.
2. Gather your seasonings before you begin to season the fish. For this recipe I am using EVOO, adobo, and garlic powder.
4. Place the fish onto a cutting board and baste with small amount of EVOO. Sprinkle adobo and garlic powder over each piece of fish. If you prefer different seasonings, simply substitute them here. For this lens I am using tilapia, but the process is the same for any fish.
3. I have learned removing excess water from my fish using paper towels results in a crispier crust during the cooking process. For this lens I am using one of my favorite types of fish, tilapia.
5. Once your pan is hot, carefully place the fish into the skillet to keep from splattering hot oil onto yourself. I often wear long sleeves to protect my arms from any hot oil that might pop onto me as I turn the fish.
6. Tilapia cooks very quickly, usually three minutes per side is adequate, which is why I choose it over other fish. If the fish flakes easily with a fork, it is done and ready to serve.
7. When the fish is ready to serve you can pair it with any number of side dishes. In this photo, it is served with yellow rice and sauteed spinach, but you could substitute pasta or quinoa in place of rice.