Wednesday, August 25, 2010

MasterChef. what can i say? i love Gordon Ramsay. part deux

i've picked up a couple tips tonight that i want to share with you. ok, to be honest, i just don't want to forget these tips, and i don't have a pen and paper handy, so i'm putting them here. and you, gentle reader, get to reap the benefits.

(and if any of these tips are obvious to you, please don't tell me. i'd hate to think i'm the only one who didn't know how to bake a cake and cook fish, all in one night!)

(oh, and the "i don't know how to cook fish" comment... not true, obvi, given the abundance - 3! count 'em! - of fish recipes here lately. but i'm not a pro with fish yet, and i want to be. hence the fish-cooking tips.)

right. shall we begin? good.

  • when cooking halibut on the stove, do it in olive oil. make sure the pan is nice and hot. the fish should sizzle the instant it hits the pan. this caramelizes the outside of the fish, gives it a nice corn-flake colour, and is crucial (quothe cat cora) for flavour.
  • to test the pan, to see if it is, indeed, hot enough, touch a corner of the fish to the oiled pan. if it sizzles, there you have it. it's hot enough.
  • fish continues to cook even after it has been removed from the heat. which is why fish can be tricky to cook properly. it's very easy to overcook.
  • never serve half-cooked fish to world-class chefs. poor mike. :(
ok, i'll admit, i will likely never have to worry about serving half-cooked fish to a world-class chef. and good thing. my friend, that's a halibut big mistake. (eh? get it? "halibut"... like the fish. only funny. sort of. oh, never mind.)


Anonymous said...

what was the recipe of the halibut with salsa? I missed it!

Heather said...

sadly, i missed the exact recipe. b/c i was blogging. LOL but WOW!! it looked good, eh!

Jeremy Rogers said...

Hi Heather, I've searched high and low for that recipe by Cat Cora for halibut with salsa. Did I hear "truffled" halibut with salsa? Anyway if that recipe should show up for you I'd really like to have it. thanks a heep!

Ryan said...

I too would love the halibut recipe. If you come across it could you please be so kind to email it to me.
Thanks so much

Anonymous said...

I too have been searching since last night and can't find it either - yes, they did use "truffled" halibut.

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