Many seafood recipes are like that; just a little bit more work on your part can taste like night and day.
Using high quality fish helps. Buying a great fish fillet—without pesticides, growth hormones, added color or preservatives—may taste differently to you if you’re experiencing the freshest version of an old favorite for the first time.
Even something as simple as a tuna sandwich can benefit.
Instead of reaching for the can, consider higher-quality tuna, such as the tuna Atlantic Seafood Market in Old Saybrook sells.
Add some mayonnaise, a splash of lemon juice and salt and pepper. Or throw in carrots, celery, green onions, shredded peppers or Old Bay seasoning.
Salmon dresses down well, but you can also take it a step further. Bake it instead of broiling. Add pads of butter and dill. That’s it. It’s done when it flakes apart easily. It’ll come out tasting and smelling delicious.
You can add more flavor to fish by marinating it beforehand. You can find numerous marinades at www.marinade.com.
You can also brine shrimp and fish. It doesn’t take long, has few ingredients and leaves your seafood tasting extra juicy.
You just soak the seafood in a solution of water and salt without iodine overnight. This article can tell you the specifics.
It’s very easy to pan-fry fish. Pour a very thin layer of vegetable or olive oil in a pan, wait until it starts popping and throw in a delicious pollack, halibut or sole.
Even something as simple as adding fish to other simple meals works. Pieces of cooked trout or striped bass would work well in a fresh green salad with balsamic vingearette. Flounder or salmon can work in fish tacos.
Talk with the knowledgeable staff at Atlantic Seafood Market in Old Saybrook and ask them what quick and easy fixes can be used to make the simplest recipes shine.
They can also point you in the direction of excellent side dishes that you can use to further enliven your meals.