Many people give up meat for Lent. In order to satisfy protein needs, many turn to eating highly nutritious fish. Do not despair, however. If you simply do not like fish, but prefer chicken, there are ways to make fish taste like chicken. Below are the top 5 fish recipes to get you through Lent.
1. Make a monkfish stew.
Monkfish is a wonderful white fish that has a firm, chewy texture that is very similar to chicken. Plus, the fish’s mild taste will satisfy even the most discriminating palates.
You will need:
One pound of monkfish, cut into thick chunks
One 15-ounce can of stewed tomatoes
One 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning
One 15-ounce can black beans or Â½ cup cooked
One small onion, diced
One cup corn, either canned or fresh
Two tablespoons Italian seasoning
Two garlic cloves, minced
Place all ingredients into large dutch oven. Bring to boil, stir thoroughly. Reduce heat and cover. Let simmer for one hour.
Serve warm with crackers or bread.
2. Baked Salmon and Veggies
When cooked in a aluminum foil poach with veggies, salmon takes on a mild and flavorful taste. It does not have a strong fishy taste. You can remove the skin or not, the decision is yours.
Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
Get a large piece of aluminum foil.
You will need:
One pound salmon fillet
Sprinkling of olive oil
Dash of Italian seasoning
One medium-sized potato, cut into slices
One small onion, sliced
One medium carrot, peeled and sliced
One cup broccoli
Prepare the salmon by coating it thoroughly with the olive oil. Sprinkle and coat with Italian seasoning. Place it in the center of the aluminum foil. Add vegetables. Sprinkle all with olive oil and more Italian seasoning.
Close the foil and form a small pouch. Place the pouch into a cookie sheet. Place sheet into oven and cook for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven. Open foil and squeeze a fresh lemon or orange over all ingredients. Remove from pouch and serve.
3. Fish Stick Delight
Fish sticks are wonderful ways to enjoy fish with a chicken-like taste. Buy your favorite variety, like some cider-battered fillets, and cook according to directions. Serve with some freshly steamed vegetables, a side of cooked rice or potato, and a fresh green salad. For added taste, before serving the fish sticks, squeeze a fresh lemon over the delicacies.
4. Quick & Easy Haddock Stir Fry
Haddock flesh has very firm and broad flakes that makes an excellent stir fry. For this recipe, either buy a frozen stir fry veggie mixture or chop your own favorite veggies. Veggies can include broccoli, carrots, onion, mushrooms and water chestnuts.
Place one tablespoon of olive oil into a large skillet over medium heat. Coat the pan thoroughly. Add the halibut and cook until lightly browned on all sides. Add the veggies. Stir thoroughly. Cook until all ingredients are done.
Serve over brown rice, with a side of fresh greens salad.
5. Convenient Mac & Cheese
Everyone loves macaroni and cheese. Make it extra special by adding some cooked chunks of rockfish. Stir thoroughly before serving so each morsel is coated in the delectable cheese sauce. If desired, sprinkle with garlic powder prior to serving.
With so many ways to enjoy fish during Lent, it would be a shame to ignore this nutritious delight that can satisfy any chicken lover.
Guest post author: Peter Richardson is a chef in training. He enjoys writing about his insights on various cooking blogs. Visit the fish recipes link for more recipes.