Signs of Fresh Fish or Shellfish

Jack White

Knowing how to choose fresh fish or seafood is a vital skill for a seafood cook. Unless you caught the fish yourself, you need to check the signs to ensure it's fresh. Buying fresh fish is easy if you know what to look for. Whole Fish Look for bright, clear eyes. The eyes are the window to a truly fresh fish, for they fade quickly into gray dullness. Dull-eyed fish may be safe to eat, but they are past their prime. Next, look at the fish. Does it shine? Does it look metallic and clean? Or has it dulled or have discolored patches on...

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Why Is Friday Traditionally Fish Night?

Jack White

In many places all over the world, Friday night has been the traditional night to eat fish. This stems back to religion. The Friday fast is a Christian practice of abstaining from animal meat on Fridays in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Methodist churches. Traditionally, followers of the faith abstained from eating red meat on Fridays as part of a penance to mark the day of Christ’s death. This was strictly adhered to. For example, in the 1950s, the standard meatless Friday meal was usually macaroni and cheese, tuna noodle casserole, or fish sticks.  In more recent years, meat abstinence on all...

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7 Fantastic Fish Recipes for Good Friday

Jack White

On Good Friday, it's customary to eat fish instead of meat (that's reserved for a ham-fueled Easter feast on Sunday). From delicious whole-roasted branzino to healthy Provençal-style tuna, here are seven terrific ways to make fish for Good Friday.   1. Snapper with Charred Tomatillos and Pepper Salsa SNAPPER WITH CHARRED TOMATILLOS & PEPPER SALSA Star chef Eric Ripert quick-bakes snapper with a little butter so it's silky and serves it with pan-seared tomatillos and a fresh salsa. 2. Roasted Branzino with Caper Butter “It’s almost impossible to end up with dry, overcooked fish when cooking it whole,” says chef Steve Corry,...

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