Look for sole and flounder either whole or filleted and skinned. The fish should smell sweet and of the sea, and the flesh should be pearly. Appreciated for their tender, flaky, mild-tasting flesh, sole and flounder do well when quickly pan-sauteed, baked, poached, or fried. The following recipes include classic pairings and preparations for the delicate fish.
We're in love with the fish taco. They're quick to make, crunchy and satisfying to eat at any time of the year. And the variations are endless: What type of seafood to use? Grilled, or fried or roasted? With corn or wheat tortillas? Then there's the sauces and slaws -- everyone can customize their taco just so. Use our recipes as a starting point for your dinnertime adventures.
Marinating fish in citrus adds vibrant flavor, and the juice's acid turns the flesh opaque and firms up its texture. Combined with bright aromatics, these dishes are cool, light, and simple to make. Fresh fish is key to ceviche; ask for the best at your fish market.
Don't get us wrong: We love a good shrimp cocktail. But any seafood connoisseur knows that there's more than one way to feast on shrimp. Go beyond the classic appetizer with grilled crustaceans, creamy dips, pot stickers, and tostadas.
Scallops are prized for their rich, sweet flavor and delicate texture. Two types are available: Sea scallops are harvested by trawling the ocean floor or are hand-picked by divers. Bay scallops, which are smaller and often sweeter than sea scallops, are harvested in bays, closer to shore. This shellfish is typically sold without its shell. Choose dry-packed scallops over wet-packed ones. They should smell sweet and briny (not fishy), with moist, translucent pink-ivory flesh (not white). Scallops are very perishable, so cook them immediately, or refrigerate for up to 2 days, well wrapped, atop a bowl of ice.
Salmon coulibiac, a combination of Russian ingredients and French techniques, was perhaps the epitome of imperial Russian cuisine. It can be a daunting task for even the most experienced cook, but our version can be made in a short time and is every bit as delicious as the classic.
Sweet, tender crabmeat is always a treat, whether it's Dungeness, king crab, or snow crab from the icy Pacific; stone crabs from Florida; or Maryland's famous blue crabs, both hard-shell and soft-shell. You can buy live crabs and steam them at home, or buy presteamed whole crabs or crab legs at the seafood counter. Preshelled crabmeat is available in several different varieties, graded according to the size of the chunks of meat. From highest to lowest, the grades are: Colossal, Jumbo Lump, Lump, Special, Back Fin, and Claw Fingers. Soft-shell crabs are those that have recently molted, and whose exoskeleton is still soft and edible. Once cleaned, soft-shell crabs are eaten whole.