When it comes to getting a healthy meal on the table quickly and easily, fish is a great option. Cooking fish may seem intimidating at first, but once you get started, you'll see that it's really not that difficult. Whatever kind of fish reels you in — whether it's rockfish, perfect for quick stir-fries; Dover sole, great for stuffing or classic preparations like meunière; perhaps some surprisingly rich steelhead trout, a nearly convincing stand-in for salmon; or branzino, one of the easiest fish to cook whole — the same techniques apply over and over again.
Fish is good for you, too — wild-caught fish are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to the human body. In other words, omega-3 fatty acids cannot be synthesized by the body and should be included as part of a balanced diet.
According to Andy Sharpless, CEO of Oceana and author of The Perfect Protein, not all omega-3 fatty acids are created equal. There are many types out there, but there are three types that most often grab headlines. The first type, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), is found in plant-based foods like walnuts and processed foods that make omega-3 content claims. ALA, though, is not readily absorbed by the human body. The other two types, without going into too much detail, are more crucial to the human body, and are found mainly in eggs and fish. They are important factors in brain development, especially for babies, and also help maintain the nervous, cardiovascular, and immune systems in adults.
If you're ready to get started cooking fish more often, we've put together a collection of 15 easy fish recipes for you to try at home, with a summer twist. They're light, delicious, and take advantage of some great seasonal ingredients. Don't wait any longer! Because before you know it, summer will be over.
Will Budiaman is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @WillBudiaman.