We've got a host of great recipes here on the site, but sometimes something simple is in order to really let the flavor of the fish come through. We know this because our customers are always asking us about basic fish cooking techniques. So, we've put together a primer for you on various ways to cook fish. If this doesn't answer your questions there is an abundance of information on the internet about how to cook fish. Just search on the type of fish you have and the cooking technique you want to employ. Another great source of information is the standby cookbook "The Joy of Cooking", which provides lots of cooking techniques and education on all types of fish.

Basic Fish Cooking Techniques

Dinner Specials For Thursday, June 21, 2012   Appetizers   Halibut Cheeks  Sweet and delicious true cheeks of the halibut prepared dusted in our seasoned breading then pan-fried to a golden brown.  Served with our tartar sauce on the side. $10.95   Soft Shell Crab Dipped in batter then deep-fried to a crispy golden brown,… Read more »


Tonight’s Dinner Special features  “Fresh farm raised North Carolina Catfish”   Appetizer Special   Crab Corn Bisque Cup $5.25 Bowl $6.25   Pan Seared Sea Scallops Fresh Sea scallops blackened and topped with a house made sweet corn and black bean salsa.  $10.95   Entrée Specials   Fresh farm raised Catfish Choose your catfish fillet… Read more »


Shrimp Boil with Spicy Horseradish Sauce

1 lemon quartered 5 Tbsp Cajun or Creole seasoning 2 ½ tsp cayenne, divided 1 bay leaf 4 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped 8 small boiling potatoes (about 2 inches across) 4 ears of corn, shucked and halved 1 ½ lbs large shrimp in the shell 1/3 cup ketchup 1/3 cup mayonnaise 1 ½ Tbsp prepared… Read more »


Glazed Grilled Salmon

3 Tbsp packed brown sugar 4 tsp prepared Chinese style hot mustard or Dijon mustard 1 Tbsp soy sauce 1 tsp rice vinegar 2 7-8 oz salmon steaks (about ¾ inch thick) Prepare barbecue to medium high heat.   Combine brown sugar, mustard and soy sauce in medium bowl and whisk to blend.   Transfer 1 Tbsp… Read more »


Grilled Salmon with Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Sauce: ¾ cup sour cream ¼ cup mayonnaise 2 Tbsp prepared white horseradish 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 tsp soy sauce Salmon: 3 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 Tbsp prepared white horseradish 1 Tbsp soy sauce 1 small clove garlic, minced ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp coarsely ground black pepper… Read more »


Tuna Kebabs with Ginger-Chile Marinade

1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar 2 Tbsp grated peeled fresh ginger 2 cloves garlic, grated 2 Tbsp peanut oil 2 Tbsp Asian sesame oil 2 Tbsp soy sauce 2 Tbsp honey 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro 1/3 jalapeno, seeded and minced Ground white pepper 1 ½ lbs tuna (1 ¼ inch thickness), cut into 1 inch… Read more »


Scallops Deburgo Blake

2 Tbsp butter 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 tsp brandy 1 clove garlic, minced 2 Tbsp minced onion ½ tsp chopped fresh rosemary 14 oz scallops Honey Melt the butter and oil together in a skillet.   Add the garlic, onion and rosemary and sauté for a couple minutes until soft.   Add the brandy.   Add the… Read more »


Oyster Rockefeller Casserole

This is a great side dish for a holiday meal or a meal on its own with salad and bread 1 pint oysters 2 Tbsp butter 1 rib celery, finely chopped 1 small onion, finely chopped 10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained ¼ tsp anise seed 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce 2 Tbsp bread crumbs… Read more »


Andouille Sausage and Shrimp with Creole Mustard Sauce

1 lb uncooked, peeled deveined large shrimp 1 Tbsp Creole or Cajun seasoning 2 Tbsp vegetable oil, divided 1 lb andouille sausage, cut crosswise on diagonal into ¾ inch thick pieces 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1/3 inch wide strips 1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme 1… Read more »


Shrimp Orleans

The method of preparation may seem a little odd and it is a bit time consuming but it is very much worth it. Seasoning Mix: 1 Tbsp sweet paprika 2 tsp dried basil 1 ½ tsp onion powder 1 ½ tsp garlic powder 1 tsp salt 1 tsp dry mustard ½ tsp black pepper ½… Read more »


Seared Tuna Steaks with Onion Marmalade

The meaty tuna works nicely with the flavorful marmalade.   Serves 4, but the marmalade is so delicious, you might want to double that part of the recipe. ¼ lb thickly sliced bacon ¼  cup olive oil 2 large onions thinly sliced ½ cup balsamic vinegar ¼ cup sherry vinegar ½ cup water 1 tsp salt… Read more »


Broiled Grouper Fillets with Romesco Sauce

The sauce is versatile and leftovers are great as a dip for veggies or spread on grilled bread. 1/3 cup whole almonds, toasted 2 large garlic cloves 1 slice firm white sandwich bread, crust discarded and torn into pieces ½ tsp dried hot red pepper flakes ½ cup coarsely chopped, drained, bottled roasted red peppers… Read more »


Pan-seared Swordfish with Red Onion Citrus Salsa

2 8oz swordfish steaks – about 1 inch thick Fresh ground pepper 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 orange, peeled and cut into slices ½ red onion, thinly sliced ¼ cup cilantro, chopped 3 Tbsp olive oil Rub ground pepper into swordfish and sit for 5 minutes. In a medium bowl, combine orange, onion, cilantro and… Read more »


Marinated Fillet of Tuna

1 cup teriyaki sauce ½ cup dry sherry 4 Tbsp finely chopped ginger ½ cup chopped scallions 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced ½ tsp cayenne pepper 2 tsp black pepper 2 lemons, juiced 4 8 oz tuna steaks Olive oil Combine first 8 ingredients.  Place the tuna in the marinade and refrigerate for 3 hours,… Read more »


Halibut with Pesto, Tomatoes and Mozzarella

2 8oz Halibut fillets 1 cup chopped tomatoes 3-4 oz fresh mozzarella ¼ cup basil pesto, purchased or homemade Flour, salt pepper Preheat oven to 450.   Salt and pepper halibut and lightly coat with flour.  Spray a cast iron skillet with non stick spray.   Add and melt 1 Tbsp butter over medium high heat. Sauté… Read more »


John’s Grilled Tuna

1 ½ cups unsalted butter 2 Tbsp dry vermouth 3 Tbsp fresh orange juice 3 Tbsp grated orange peel 5 small garlic cloves, pressed 1 Tbsp steak sauce 1 Tbsp creole seasoning mix ¾ tsp hot pepper sauce 10 ¾ inch thick tuna or swordfish steaks Orange slices Cook first 8 ingredients in saucepan over… Read more »


Honey Barbecued Salmon with Greens

Makes more sauce than you need, but it is a versatile and tasty bbq sauce 6 4oz salmon fillets 2 cups baby greens – or more if you’d like more salad Sauce: 1 cup ketchup 1 cup honey ¼ cup coarse grain mustard ¼ cup chopped jalapeno chili 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar 1 tsp… Read more »


Scallops with Saffron Leek Sauce

½ tsp saffron threads ¼ cup hot water 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 2 large leeks, halved lengthwise, cleaned well and thinly sliced across 2/3 cup dry vermouth 3 tsp tomato paste 1 cup whipping cream ½ tsp grated fresh ginger root 1 tsp salt, divided Freshly ground black pepper 1 cup 2% milk ¼ tsp… Read more »


Salmon with Cucumber Dill sauce

1 Tbsp olive oil, divided 1 2 ½ lb center cut wild salmon fillet, skin and pin-bones removed ½ cup fresh orange juice ¼ cup fresh lemon juice 1 tsp kosher salt Brush short rimmed baking sheet with 1 Tbsp olive oil.   Place salmon on sheet.  Mix juices and pour over salmon.  Drizzle remaining olive… Read more »


Shrimp Stuffed Trout

2 whole trout, cleaned Flour 1 egg, beaten 1 cup bread crumbs 2 Tbsp butter Juice and zest of one lemon Salt and pepper Dredge each trout in flour.  Dip in egg and roll in bread crumbs to coat lightly.  Carefully fill each trout with shrimp stuffing and secure with toothpicks.  Melt butter in large… Read more »


Red Snapper Veracruz Style

Interesting flavors and also works well with chicken thighs 1 28oz can diced tomatoes, drained, reserving juice ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup chopped onion 3 large garlic cloves, chopped 3 small bay leaves 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley 1 tsp oregano ¼ cup green olives, chopped 2 Tbsp raisins 2 Tbsp drained… Read more »


Tuna with Pineapple and Peppers

Very healthy and tasty 4 tuna steaks, approximately 5 oz each 1 can pineapple chunks, drained, reserving juice ¼ cup soy sauce 3 cloves garlic, chopped or pressed 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger 1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks 1 green bell pepper, cut into chunks Stir together the soy sauce, garlic, and 3… Read more »


Sesame Crusted Grilled Salmon with Chili Minted Cucumbers

4 small cucumbers, thinly sliced 2 red Thai chilies, thinly sliced (could use1 small jalapeno minced) 2 large handfuls fresh mint 2 cups rice wine vinegar 4 tsp sugar 4 6oz salmon fillets ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 4 Tbsp sesame seeds (black or white) Combine the cucumbers, chilies and mint in a bowl.  … Read more »


Halibut Sauté

1 lb Halibut 2 Tbsp oil, divided ¾ to 1 cup each thinly sliced carrots, celery, green onion sliced on the diagonal, and broccoli flowerets ¼ tsp grated ginger root ¼ cup chicken stock 2 tsp cornstarch 1 tsp grated lemon peel Cut halibut into 1 inch cubes.   Season with salt and pepper to taste.  … Read more »


Fiery Cajun Shrimp

Spicy, messy and delicious 2 sticks butter, melted 2 sticks margarine, melted 3-4 oz Worcestershire sauce 4 Tbsp ground black pepper 1 tsp dried rosemary 2 tsp Tabasco 2 tsp sea salt 3 cloves garlic, minced 4 lemons – 2 juiced, 2 sliced 5-6 lbs. raw shrimp in the shell Preheat oven to 400 degrees. … Read more »


Halibut Royale

Not our secret recipe, but darn close 1 ½ lb Halibut Steaks 1 cup dry white wine 2 tsp salt ¼ cup dry bread crumbs ¼ cup minced green onion ½ cup sour cream ½ cup mayonnaise Paprika Combine wine and salt.   Pour over halibut and marinate in refrigerator at least 1 hour.   Drain halibut… Read more »


Grilled Tuna with Herbed Aioli

¼ cup olive oil 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar 2 Tbsp chopped basil 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme 2 tsp dried tarragon 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped 1/3 cup Mayonnaise 4 7oz tuna steaks, 1 inch thick Whisk first 6 ingredients in shallow dish for marinade.  Place mayonnaise in separate small bowl.   Whisk in… Read more »