Fillet of west Australian dhufish with warm potato and leek salad
Suited to most cooking methods, particularly steaming or grilling with a light dressing of citrus flavours, in either a beurre blanc with chives or olive oil, lemon juice and snow pea runners.
Tips for shallow frying
If flour is the only coating used, apply it immediately prior to cooking.
Prevent sticking by ensuring that the oil is hot before adding the seafood. But make sure the oil is not so hot that it smokes (unless preparing a Cajun-style "blackened" fish).
Tips for serving seafood cold
If the seafood is to be served cold, it should be covered to retain moisture and flavour and then placed in a chiller for an hour or even overnight.
Tips for seasoningThe seafood can be lightly seasoned with herbs, salt and pepper, sprinkled with lemon juice or white wine and dotted with butter or basted with oil. Low-salt soy sauce and coriander can also be used.
Tips for SteamingSeafood can be steamed over plain water, but a concentrated stock flavoured with vegetables, herbs or citrus, for example, will impart a subtle flavour.
Tips for seafood batter
A chilled batter may produce a crisper coating. A light tempura batter and beer batter are particularly suited to seafood.