For many, fish is something they only eat when they order it at restaurants. There’s just something about it that’s intimidating when it comes to cooking it at home. That’s a shame, though, because getting more fish into your diet is a great way to start on the road towards healthier eating since it’s been shown to promote heart-heart. Eating more fish is easier than you think, and it doesn’t mean you have to dine out more often. Here are 3 easy ways to sneak a little more into your diet.
Make it part of your weeknight roster.
First, it’s important to clear up the notion that fish takes time and is difficult to cook because it couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, fish is one of the fastest, easiest things you can cook, which makes it the ultimate contender for weeknight dinner in my opinion. A piece of salmon doesn’t need much more than a sprinkle of herbs and a squeeze of lemon juice to taste delicious and it bakes in under 30 minutes. So make one night a week a fish night and know you’ll have something simple and satisfying set in your routine.
Get to know frozen fish.
Wait, you say: How are you supposed to eat fish weekly and get to the grocery store more often to pick it up fresh on your way home from work? While it’s great to pick up fresh fish when you can, know that’s not your only option. Frozen fish is an easy, affordable choice that’s worth getting to know. Often, frozen fish can be fresher than the options behind the fish counter, in fact. Pick up a few different varieties — frozen shrimp and salmon fillets are two of my favorites — and tuck them away in your freezer for when you need them. The night before you plan to cook it, just transfer what you need to the refrigerator to thaw and you can forget about fitting in a trip to the store.
Start a conversation at the fish counter.
Don’t be intimidated by the fish counter at your grocery store if it’s uncharted territory. It’s likely the fishmonger behind the counter is eager to chat with you (I honestly find he or she to be the friendliest person in the grocery store, no matter the grocery store I visit). Ask them what looks good that day and what they’d recommend — they may even tell you their favorite way to prepare it. Chat with the others around you who are ordering something, too. You’ll learn about what they’re cooking and it could very well spark an idea or two for your own upcoming dinners.
5 Easy, Beginner-Friendly Fish Recipes to Try
- Baked Lemon Butter Tilapia from Damn Delicious
- Honey Garlic Salmon from The Cooking Jar
- 15-Minute Shrimp and Rice from Gimme Delicious
- Perfect Baked Cod from Delish
- “BBQ” Salmon & Brussels Bake from Good Housekeeping
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