How To Cook Fish In The Oven

One of the greatest prizes, when you catch a fish, is getting to eat them. Sure, having the peace and quiet while fishing is nice, but getting to taste your own hard work is really nice. There are many ways you can cook fish. You could also find a lot of recipes from recipe books, magazines, and the internet. Cooking a fish through an oven is one of the ways. It is also healthier since you will not need to use a lot of oil. There are two ways to cook fish in the oven, and that is to broil them and to bake them.


Broiling is similar to grilling. It is actually an alternative to grilling and can use the same recipes. The difference is that grilling’s heat source is from below like in a barbecue grill while broiling, on the other hand, has its heat source from above. But like grilling, you would need to always check your cooking because it cooks one side at a time would require turning them over.

The best fish to broil are those that have high levels of natural oil. Examples of this are mackerel and salmon. The reason for this is because the natural oil protects them from the heat and will cook beautifully. You could still broil fish that are moderately lean but needed to be brushed with protective glaze or oil. Fish that are very lean and delicate are hard to broil though, so it would be wise to avoid it.

For you to successfully broil your fish, here are some tips:

  1. Always preheat the broiler or oven before putting in the fish.
  2. Season the fish with a dry rub for better flavor.
  3. Place your fish on a foil and rub it with protective glaze or olive oil.
  4. When broiling the fish, always check it to prevent burning or overcooking. Remember that it requires turning them over to cook both sides.
  5. When it is done, remove them from the oven but leave it in the foil and let it rest.
  6. Then plate it and serve.


Baking is preparing food in dry heat. Unlike broiling that needed to be watched upon, baking does not for lower temperature is used. It does need to be timed but the fish does not need to be turned over.

You can bake a fish whole or fillet. It does have to be at a certain temperature to preserve moisture and delicate texture. 

Here are some tips for baking a fish:

  1. Preheat the oven before putting in the fish.
  2. Always have your fish dried by patting it with paper towels. This is to avoid splattering.
  3. For them to cook equally, their thickness should be equal.
  4. Brush the fish with oil, butter, or pesto for it to stay moist.
  5. Season the fish with salt, pepper, and your desired spices.
  6. Fish bake at different lengths and will depend on your fish’s thickness and type. Fillets cook for 4 to 6 minutes per half-inch thickness of fish. Pan-dressed fish cook for 6 to 9 minutes per 8 ounces of fish.
  7. To test if the fish is done, gently try to flake it apart with a fork. If should come apart very easily. If it sticks together it’s probably still raw, and you can usually notice a difference in color and opacity as well.

Types of Edible Fish

Fishing is one of those hobbies that is fulfilling. There are people who fish competitively then there are those who fish for them to eat. There are also those who fall in between. They do not really fish as a competition but had to catch something that is rewarding and what they will eat is such a prize because it is from their own hard work. Not all fish are edible though whether they are from saltwater or freshwater, so it is important to gain knowledge of what they are because the one you caught might be poisonous. What are those fish that are edible? There are a lot of them but these are the most popular and common:

1. Salmon

Salmon are anadromous fish meaning they live in both freshwater and saltwater. They are consumed by many because they are rich in protein, omega 3 fatty acids, and high vitamin D. But because of its oily nature, it is also rich in cholesterol. It is better to consume wild-caught salmon for they have higher levels of nutrients and has less saturated fat.

2. Trout

One of the most common fish to catch that are usually found in cool, clear streams, ponds, or lakes. They are rich in protein and vitamin B-12

3. Halibut

If you’ve not had halibut before, it’s a delicious white fish with an excellent texture. Although, because of overfishing, halibut from the Atlantic might be declared as endangered species and avoid catching them. That is why it is more advisable to catch them from the Pacific instead.

4. Tuna

Tuna is a saltwater fish. It is needed to be eaten in moderation especially for some that contain more mercury. Tuna is low in calories and high in vitamins and protein. Be aware that some tuna are overfished, so be knowledgable and get those that are not.

5. Mackerel

A fish that is found in both temperate and tropical seas. They are rich in omega 3 and vitamin B-12. Larger varieties tend to have higher levels of mercury that is why it is advised to consume the smaller varieties.

6. Cod

Another saltwater fish and a good source of nutrients. It is a delicious white fish that can be baked, fried, steamed, you name it. It is also an ideal food for those who want to lose weight because it is low in fat and calories yet high in protein.

7. Walleye

It is a freshwater fish that is an excellent source of protein and omega 3.

8. Sardines

An oily fish that offers a lot of nutrients. They are great because they are often packed in cans and not only will last virtually forever, they can be packed very densely for travel.

9. Herring

You may be surprised to hear that herring and sardines belong to the same family of fish. It was certainly news to me. It is a great source of omega 3 and fatty acids. It is also rich in protein and vitamin B-12. 

10. Bass

Bass has many kinds that may be found in either freshwater or saltwater. They are high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Bass is also a well-known sport fish which means some catch them for a prize at fishing competitions.

How To Cook Fried Fish

One of the popular ways to cook your fish is by frying them. It might seem easy, but you will need skill and great timing for it will tend to overcook. The secret to this is to prepare them and know the technique. There are also some tips that will be given to you.

But first things first, what is the best fish to fry? There are many kinds out there, and all of them can be fried in some ways, but the best ones would be fish that are lean. Examples of this are trout, tilapia, cod, etc. Basically, fish with white meat is good for frying. Fish with higher oil content are better off for broiling or baking because they tend to get greasy and unappealing.

The next question would be what will be the best oil to use? The best oil to fry with is those that are not flavored because fish already has a strong flavor and the flavor of the oil will just disappear when used. You can still use them for fish after cooking. Frying is done in two ways. One is pan-frying or shallow frying, and the other is deep-frying. Using oils with high smoking points is more applicable for it will be not ruined with high heat. Canola and vegetable oils are the best choices for this especially that they are also neutral-flavored.

The next will be frying the fish. It is simple but does require some skill. But just learn these steps and you may be expert on frying fish in no time.

1. Choose fish

As said earlier, you can fry any fish but not all will have the same result. It is best to choose fish that are good for frying. You can fry them as is (whole) or filleted.

2. Prepare fish

The next step will be preparing them. You should clean them first. Be sure to pat them dry to avoid oil splashing. If they are filleted, you can slice them in the size you want. To add more texture and body to your fish, have them coated. You can simply dredge them in flour or breadcrumbs or make a batter.

3. Prepare pan

Before you fry your fish, always have the pan prepared. You will know it is ready by dipping a wooden spoon into the oil, and it starts bubbling. 

4. Fry the fish

Now, it is time to fry the fish. Deep frying is simpler. You will just put them in a deep fryer then simply wait for a few minutes to be cooked. Pan-frying will take more time. You will put the fish on the pan then wait until it is golden brown for a few minutes then flip them over to cook the other side. To test if they are ready, have a fork and see if it flakes and if it does, then it is ready. Transfer them in a plate with paper towels to get rid of the excess oil.

5. Serve

Put them in a plate with lemon wedges and other garnish, and then you can add in with your favorite sauce. Now it is ready for you to serve it.