Many cooks in kitchens across the country assume it's a big no-no to cook frozen seafood. However, the experts that know Alaska seafood better than anyone say it is not so. You can have an amazing seafood dinner in as little as 15 minutes with tips and tricks from the chefs who make cooking with Alaska seafood so simple. So shrag off your misconceptions and embarrass pan-searing frozen seafood.
To start, heat a medium-sized skillet, preferably non-stick, on medium-high heat. Next, simply rinse seafood under cold water. This removes any clingy ice. Afterward, pat dry with a paper towel. Coat both sides of your salmon, cod, or pollock with any vegetable oils like canola, olive, or soy. Avoid butter, sunflower, or corn oil as they typically burn frozen seafood on high heat.
Once the skillet is hot, place the fish, skin side down, for three to four minutes, uncovered. After the fish begins browning, turn it over and add your favorite seafood seasoning. Turn the heat down to medium, cover, and cook for another six to eight minutes. If you're working with particular thick portions of frozen seafood, heat in the oven at 400 degrees. When seafood is opaque all the way through, remove from heat.
With this pan-searing technique, your seafood is not so frozen anymore. If you're using this technique on salmon, you can add some flavor by introducing c cup of white wine and a tablespoon of butter while you cook the salmon for six to eight months. Or you can add a special sauce to your cod once it's finished going from frozen seafood to pan-seared masterpiece. Simply add walnuts to the skillet once you remove the cod. Keep on heat until lightly toasted and then add four tablespoons butter, one tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice, two teaspoons lemon zest, te teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and one tablespoon snipped chives.
These frozen seafood techniques leave you a little wiggle room on those days when you forget to set the salmon or cod out on the counter to thaw while you're at work. In 15 minutes, you can have an outstanding seafood dinner made from frozen seafood.
Source by Allie Moxley