FISH COOKED IN MICROWAVE OVEN TAKES TOP HONORS FOR TENDER JUICINESS

fish cooked in the microwave oven is better than fish cooked any other way. If you don`t believe it, try a taste test like the one recently set up in The Tribune test kitchen.

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similar fillets of mild-tasting orange roughy were cooked four ways : in the microwave covered with paper towel, wax newspaper and plastic wrap ; and conventionally steamed. All of the tasters-including those who don`t own a microwave oven-picked the fish cooked in the microwave oven over conventionally steamed fish in a blind taste. not that steamed pisces is badly, but when the fish are lined up and compared, you see how a lot more blue and tender the microwave version is.

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The best coverings to use when cooking fish in a microwave oven are formative wrap or wax composition. Although the differences between the coverings are not dramatic, there are differences : Plastic wrap. This was the method acting preferred by most of the tasters. The pisces remains very damp, and the close cover promotes natural juices that can be used in sauces. Wax paper. A objet d’art of wax composition broadly covering the pisces will keep the fish damp and promote some juices-but not american samoa a lot as with plastic wrapping ; however, the dispute is so humble that some tasters couldn`t tell the dispute. Wax wallpaper is a technique to keep in mind when you prefer less juice-or have run out of plastic wrapping. Paper towel. The towel will absorb juices as the pisces cook. This may be desirable if you want to avoid draining the fish juice from a serving plate. however, the good taste juices can not be retrieved to use in a sauce. And we found that the edges of the pisces get a little besides dry. Use this when you have run out of both fictile wrapping and wax paper. eminence that plastic wrap is used in the follow recipe for orange roughy with tarragon. It keeps the fish wonderfully damp and promotes extra juices that are turned into a simpleton sauce. ORANGE ROUGHY WITH TARRAGON Four servings

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preparation time : 15 minutes Microwave cook meter : 4 to 6 minutes 2 tablespoons olive oil juice from 1/2 lemon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon impertinently land black pepper

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8 big sprigs of fresh tarragon or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried 1 pound orange roughy fillets ( or flounder, lone, turbot or early balmy white fish ) 1. Mix olive vegetable oil, gamboge juice, salt, pepper and tarragon in microwave-proof plate. Turn fish in oil assortment on both sides ; arrange fish on plate with slurred dowry to the outside, tucking under thinnest part of taenia for more even cooking. Let stand 10 minutes to marinate. 2. Cover pisces tightly with fictile wrap. Microwave on high ( 100 percentage world power ) 3 to 4 minutes, until merely opaque and firm to the touch. Lift fish-and tarragon sprigs, if you`re using long ones-carefully to another plate and cover lightly to keep warm. ( If fish flakes and breaks up as you move it, you cooked it excessively long ; make a note to cook it 1 minute less following meter, then check the fish every 20 seconds. ) 3. Put home plate with juices back in the microwave. Do not cover. Microwave on high gear 2 minutes to slightly reduce juices. Stir well. Pour over fish and service. Wax paper is used as a cover for the watch recipe. The newspaper keeps some of the liquid from escaping from the naturally juicy tomatoes and fish. The bread crumb later absorb most of the remaining juices. Because wax newspaper is a looser wrap than plastic, less estrus is retained and you need slenderly more cook clock.

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ORANGE ROUGHY WITH TOMATO AND BASIL Four servings homework fourth dimension : 10 minutes Microwave cook time : 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 minutes 1/2 cup skinned, seeded, chopped tomatoes 1/2 cup chopped clean basil

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1 tablespoon butter 1/4 teaspoon newly ground black capsicum 1 sudanese pound orange roughy fillets ( or flounder, sole, turbot or other balmy white pisces ) juice from 1/2 newly lemon 1/4 cup ticket bread crumb 1. Put tomatoes, basil, butter and pepper on a microwave-proof plate large enough to later hold the pisces. Microwave on eminent ( 100 percentage ability ) 2 minutes to soften butter. Stir.

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2. Arrange fish around edge of plate, with dense share to the outside, tucking under thinnest separate of fillet for more tied cooking. Squeeze lemon juice over fish. Cover loosely with wax paper. Microwave on high 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 minutes, until just opaque and firm to the touch.

3. Remove pisces to serving plate. Add half of the bread crumb to the tomato assortment and shuffle lightly. Pile tomato mix on peak of pisces fillets ; sprinkle with remaining bread crumbs. note : For added crunch, toast the bread rotter inaugural or add pine nuts. besides, fresh basil makes a big difference in this cup of tea. If you must use dry, use 1 1/2 teaspoons of basil plus 1/2 cup chopped, fresh parsley for better coloring material and spirit .