How to Season Fish

Understanding Spices

Cod and Haddock are the most popular fish eaten in the UK (we all love a good chippy tea!) but the amount of other wonderful options is endless. If you have mastered the art of cooking fish well, you will also know that how to season fish is majorly important.

In this blog we are exploring five distinct herbs and spice blends that we think make fish dishes shine! These ingredients are Parsley, Chermoula, Chinese Five Spice, Chipotle Chilies, Cajun Spice, and Fish Curry spice blend—let’s delve into their unique characteristics and techniques for seasoning fish.

Parsley is probably the most popular herb to simply season fish without any complications. Infusing with oil or sprinkling with lemon juice is sometimes all you need to make any fish taste delicious. A great use for any Air Fryer lovers is to wrap fish loosely in tin foil and drizzle oil, add parsley then thinly slice lemons and lay across the top. This way is certainly a quick way of cooking taking under 20 minutes for the finished product.

Aside from this spice blends and spice mixes can add that extra magical flavour.

Chermoula, a vibrant North African spice blend, adds an aromatic and tangy twist to fish. Our Chermoula, combines mild notes of paprika with citrus flavours then the great herbs that pair so well with fish, parsley, and coriander. Rub the fish generously with these flavourful spices and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes before grilling or baking. The result is a fragrant, herb-infused fish with a zesty kick.

Chinese Five Spice is a classic blend that incorporates five key flavours: sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and pungent. To season fish with this blend, coat it with this mixture that contains cinnamon, star anise, cloves, Sichuan peppercorns, and fennel seeds. Allow the fish to absorb these aromatic spices by marinating it for a short period before cooking. Whether pan-fried or steamed, the result is a harmonious balance of flavours that tantalize the taste buds.

For those who crave a smoky and spicy flavour, chipotle chillies are an excellent choice. Chipotle chillies are red dried jalapeños that have been smoked and lend an earthy heat to fish. To season fish with chipotle chilies, you could create a marinade using the chillies along with garlic, lime juice, honey, and a touch of oil. Let the fish soak in this mixture for 15-20 minutes before grilling.

Why not try barbequing fish? It totally changes up your summer experience and mood eating al fresco. Try this fish recipe using smoked chipotle chillies.

Originating from the southern United States, Cajun spice is a bold and flavourful blend that can transform fish into a mouth-watering delight. Comprising ingredients such as paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, and oregano, Cajun spice adds a fiery kick and a rich depth of flavours. Cautiously coat the fish with this spice blend and pan-fry or bake it until perfectly cooked. The Cajun spice creates a savoury delight that elevates the fish to new heights. A little goes a long way!

Fish Curry spice blends vary across regions, but Seasoned Pioneers Fish Curry Spice Mix consists of poppy seeds, cumin, chilli flakes and more! Marinate the fish in this blend, ideally overnight or at least an hour, before simmering it in a curry sauce of your choice. This seasoning results in tender fish infused with the aromatic, vibrant spices characteristic of Indian cuisine. Here’s the fish curry recipe we have shared using our wonderful blend.

When it comes to how to season fish is can be an art form that allows us to explore a multitude of flavours and culinary traditions. Be adventurous and enjoy some experimentation.

By incorporating any of our spices mentioned, we can create fish dishes that are both delectable and memorable. Each spice blend offers a unique flavour profile, whether it’s the tanginess of Chermoula or the smokiness of chipotle chilies. So, embrace these seasonings and cooking techniques. Experiment in the kitchen and embark on a flavourful journey through the seas of taste.

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