Perfectly cooked fish fillets

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Following on from the bluenose thread, thought I'd share how I shallow fry skin-on fillets. 

Put some high smoke point oil in a pan, get it nice and hot, then lay the fillet in the pan skin side down. Put a glass lid on the pan. When the top of the fillet is opaque white, turn the heat off. Allow it to cool off a little before removing the lid and serving.

No flipping fillets. It comes out perfect every time and no mess Smile
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Thanks MB, I must give this skin on method a try.  It's hard to break the old habits of filleting and skinning.
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rolled our fillets in a salt/pepper mix 3.1 in favour of pepper touch,Hmm ok a big dollop tumeric ,not quiet smoking butter. cooked till just raw in mddle,by the time served veges/noodles served(pati sauce) fish cooked right through and moist
Only time I scale is when baking
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Thanks MB, I'll give it a try. Skin on is really good but I hate scaling fish so don't do that very often. Apart from gurnard because they don't have scales. Skinning gurnard is a real backward step IMO.
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The way I see it, skinning fish is like discarding the crackling from a pork roast and no one in their right mind would do that LOL

That said, it is a messy job. If I'm going to scale a fish, I'll do it just after I catch it over the back of the boat. Iki, then bleed, then scale, then gut. Another bonus is that scaling makes filleting really easy and it's kinder on your knives, so you might save yourself some work down the line.
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Originally posted by MB MB wrote:

The way I see it, skinning fish is like discarding the crackling from a pork roast and no one in their right mind would do that LOL

That said, it is a messy job. If I'm going to scale a fish, I'll do it just after I catch it over the back of the boat. Iki, then bleed, then scale, then gut. Another bonus is that scaling makes filleting really easy and it's kinder on your knives, so you might save yourself some work down the line.

I was 100% fanboy of legend Eric Mormon (known as Lethal here) and he gave me many words of sage advice, scaling when fresh and while underwater was one of those tips. Even at home, scaling a fish in a bin filled with water really helps keep the mess down.

When we do scale snapper and fillet it, it is pretty good no doubt about that.
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Also just following on from that 'which fish is best' debate......

A few guys have mentioned disappointing results cooking thick fish fillets.
Cooked on outside...raw inside.

A common mistake and one that can be rectified by pan searing as you have done and then finishing in the oven to give it a chance to finish cooking without the direct heat in the searing pan. 180 degrees for about 10-15 minutes should have it perfect. You can test it by just sticking a fork in and checking the 'doneness'.

Just one thing, make sure the pan is able to be put into the oven! Burnt plastic handles give the fillet a lousy flavour Clown
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Most people cooking fish fillet,well I was passing a fish shop that cut snapper in to steaks. Picked out a good fish from our freezer ,when thawed scaled it and cut in to steaks. cooked same time as a fillet but found able to lift bone out in one ago.Steaked up as far as gut cavity. Cavity area became small fillets. Wouldnt try on a fish under couple kgs though due to pin bones..

Next time will use fresh fish. And as MB said scale it at sea.
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Sometimes I cook my thicker fillets in my Weber on the hot plate with the lid down. Comes up great.
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Originally posted by Kandrew Kandrew wrote:

Sometimes I cook my thicker fillets in my Weber on the hot plate with the lid down. Comes up great.
 We dithered over buying a weber Q , We use it more than the oven or cooktop  , and , at a pinch you can take it off the ( stupid ) trolley and chuck it in the back of the car when Sunday driving/fishing .Smile
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Originally posted by Mc Tool Mc Tool wrote:

Originally posted by Kandrew Kandrew wrote:

Sometimes I cook my thicker fillets in my Weber on the hot plate with the lid down. Comes up great.

 We dithered over buying a weber Q , We use it more than the oven or cooktop  , and , at a pinch you can take it off the ( stupid ) trolley and chuck it in the back of the car when Sunday driving/fishing .Smile
yep I was a flat top bbq man heat it up red hot and nuke everything. The Weber took a bit to get used to cooking with the lid down but I cook everything on it including the Christmas turkey
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Yep   christmas turkey , and the ham  ( not at the same time ) . And   it uses F A  gas Smile
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