Go Fish: How to Pick the Right Type of Seafood for Dinner

Quick, name the best food in the world for protein! If you guessed fish, you are correct. Every 100 grams of fish includes 26 grams of protein. It offers a gram of protein for every four and a half calories eaten, the best ratio of any food. Fish is what you should have for dinner tonight. Here are several kinds of fish to choose from.

Grouper

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Grouper is one of the easiest fishes to cook, so recipes highlighting it should become a staple of your dinner plans. It is white and flaky in appearance and texture. You can use it as a main ingredient in sandwiches and tacos, or you can highlight the entire fish on a plate by surrounding it with colorful vegetables, creating Instagram-worthy plating.

Shrimp

Arguably the most popular American seafood, shrimp is beloved for its diversity. You can use it to provide oomph to salad, pasta, tacos, or dip. If you would prefer a classic that is easy to make, restaurant-quality shrimp scampi only requires five other ingredients: onions, lemon juice, olive oil, butter, and garlic cloves. You can have it ready to serve in 20 minutes.

Scallops

Restaurants refer to scallops as a dangerous dish, because the profit margin is so narrow at eight percent. You’ll want to be careful with scallop recipes since messing up such a dinner is costly. Fortunately, pasta is the easiest dish to pair with scallops.

All you must do is prep and cook your fish, add garlic and spices, and then place the ingredients on a plate of pasta. Note that scallop quality is wildly divergent. Consider purchasing higher quality ingredients online rather than wasting money on expensive but sub-par fish.

Tuna

Commercial tuna is one of the most readily available food components in the world. Every grocery store has entire walls of shelves filled with the stuff. If you plan to cook with it, your creativity is the only limit to the meal composition.

Tuna is particularly popular as an appetizer and when throwing a party, you have several options. Tuna quesadillas are a real crowd pleaser, while healthy tuna bites and smoked tuna dip are easier to create. You can take your pick from dozens of options.  

Trout

The glory of trout is that you probably already know exactly how you will make it. Odds are that you will either pan fry, bake, or grill it. No matter your choice, you will need no more than 20 minutes to craft the dish in one of these ways. When feeling more ambitious, a crust adds texture and flavor to the dish. Parmesan in particular is a wonderful complement.

Salmon

This type of fish may swim upstream against the current, but its cooking options are conventional. It’s a moist and flaky piece of fish that is easy to prepare. Take a six-ounce fillet and either marinate or coat before cooking. Then, the cooking process is the same as trout. Choose your preferred cooking style and you’ll have a delicious plate of food in only a few minutes.

Eating fish provides tremendous health benefits, but you eat it because the flavors are delectable. Plus, every fish listed here is easy to prepare. Bon Appétit!

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