If eating more nutritious and healthy foods was on your New Year’s Resolution list, it’s highly possible that preparing meals with fish is also on your radar in 2022. Fish is a great choice to start your new year off right as it is a low-fat, high protein food that can keep you satisfied for longer than other meals that are often high in carbohydrates and calories. 

Before you start your journey to better health, there are some tips that we would like to pass along that will help make your fish meals a success. Here are just 4 of the tips we have discovered over the years that can leave your family asking for fish more often this year. 

A close up of gloved hands deboning raw salmon fillet

Fish Storage 

Once you have chosen the fish from our wide variety of fresh or frozen options here at Channel Fish, you will want to store it properly so it will be fresh and ready to go when meal-prep time comes along. 

Storing your fish is as easy as having access to a refrigerator and some ice. According to TakeMeFishing online, storage of fish is fairly straightforward. It includes, “Washing it in cold water and drying it (by gently patting it) with a clean cloth or paper towels. Then wrap the clean fish in waxed paper, plastic wrap, or aluminum foil, and store it on ice or in the refrigerator. You can usually store a fish in the refrigerator for up to two days. If you freeze your fish, it can last from 3-12 months safely.” 

Practice Proper Fish Preparation 

Once it’s time to prepare your fish meal, there are several things you will want to do before you start seasoning, cooking, or adding a marinade. 

We suggest drying your fish fillet with a cloth or clean paper towel. Try not to handle the fish too much as it could possibly fall apart in your hands. 

Leave the fish out for 10-15 minutes to adjust to room temperature before you add it to a skillet, cooking sheet, or the grill. 

fresh cut fish

Use Proper Tools 

Working with fish is completely different from dealing with ground hamburger, chicken, or pork. Fish needs to be handled gently and preferably with a special fish spatula. 

Often called a fish spat by the professionals, the specially designed fish spatula is an elongated and narrower version of the common metal spatula. It is designed to easily slip under delicate fillets of fish without having it fall apart. 

In addition to using a fish spatula, it is important to use well oiled and cared-for cast iron skillets or a clean grill surface so as not to interfere with the flavor of the fish. It’s also a smart idea to coat your fish with a marinade or oil of some sort so it will not stick to your grill.

Choose High Quality Fish 

Another important tip that should not be overlooked is the quality of the fish that you have chosen to cook with. Channel Fish brand is known the world over as high quality cuts of Haddock, Cod, Salmon, Atlantic Pollock, and Ocean Perch bought directly from New England fishing boats from Maine down through Rhode Island.  

Check out our full menu of options for your next family meal as you strive to eat healthy this year.