Sous vide fish can be very flaky and moist and is cooked for only a short amount of time. The sous vide process cooks the fish without drying it out.
Sous vide fish are great when added to traditional seafood dishes such as seafood stews, chowders, or sandwiches. It is also great eaten plain with some olive oil and lemon juice or with a simple salsa of fresh vegetables.
The FDA states that fish is safe when it is held at 135°F / 57.2°C for over 27 minutes, or 140°F / 60°C for over 8.65 minutes. This is very easy to do with sous vide.
We've found that in general the best tasting sous vide fish is cooked at 132°F / 55.5°C. However, unless it is cooked for over 45 minutes it is not fully pasteurized and should not be eaten if you have a weak immune system or the fish is of sushi-grade quality.
For fully pasteurized fish, it is best to cook them to 140°F / 60°C. One note is that this will not kill any virus that are in the fish, but this is an issue with traditional methods as well.
This is a really great question! We get in this kind of echo chamber when discussing the use of sous vide cooking. I feel there's two opposite groups of people. There's the one side who thinks sous vide is completely overrated; it can't do anything that you can't do with traditional cooking. Then there's the camp who thinks you should sous vide everything. You've probably seen the extreme of that in the once or twice a year joke post about "my popcorn is going in the sous vide machine".
Poke bowls are becoming more and more popular and showing up in restaurants around the country. The combination of fresh fish, an acidic dressing, and crisp vegetables is always satisfying. Many poke bowls are served cold, but I think heating the tuna in a low temperature bath allows more of the flavor to come through when you eat it. It also firms up the fish some as well. Be sure to use high quality tuna because you are still eating it raw.
A lot of people are disappointed cooking fish with sous vide and I think that's because there's several ways to prepare fish. Two of the main ones are more gently cooked methods like poached or steamed fish, and higher heat methods like grilled or pan-fried fish. I believe sous vide works great for some but not all fish preparations.
With a relatively bold flavor, sous vided halibut pairs well with many things but for this summer salad I combine it with sweet cantaloupe, zesty feta, and sour lemon for a simple but tasty dish. The addition of wheat berries rounds it all out with a nutty and sweet flavor. This dish also works well with other white fish, or even chicken and turkey.
Quick stir fries are some of my favorite weeknight meals. They come together so quickly, and it's easy to add a ton of flavor to them. Plus you can use up whatever vegetables you have in the fridge! This stir fry has a great ginger bite to it and is rounded out with some fish sauce and soy sauce. I love to top it with sous vide shrimp, but it works equally well with sous vided chicken, pork, or even beef.
Lightly seared tuna is one of those lunch meals that tastes great and fills me up without leaving me feeling heavy afterwards. Sometimes I have trouble making sure the middle is warm without overcooking the outside. Cooking it with sous vide at a lower temperature ensures it is heated throughout without over cooking it at all. Finishing it off with a really quick sear adds some color and texture while leaving the rest of the tuna perfectly done.
Lightly curing salmon infuses it with flavor and contributes a firmness of texture. Once it has been cured, I like to cook it at 110°F (43°C) to give it some structure without drying it out any. It's then chilled and sliced thinly before being served on top of a fennel carpaccio. It's a bright, citrusy dish that is great as a light main course on a spring day or as an appetizer to share.
I love a good shrimp stir fry, but sometimes the shrimp can get over cooked and chewy. Sous viding the shrimp ensures they are perfectly cooked without any risk of getting tough. Combining the sweet shrimp with a umami-filled stir fry rounds out the filling meal.
Halibut is a light but flavorful fish; combining it with an herby chimichurri and an acidic tomato salad helps highlight the flavors. Chimichurri is a garlic and parsley based sauce and is very popular in many South American countries. Most chimichurri is pretty oily but I halved the olive oil in this recipe, if you prefer a more traditional style you can increase it to a full cup.
Lobster cooked sous vide is tender and succulent, and this recipe showcases it with a simple tomato and corn salad. I prefer my lobster cooked at 131°F (55°C), but 140°F (60°C) will give you a more traditional texture. For a much softer texture you can drop the temperature lower. I usually serve this with traditional lobster dinner sides of corn on the cob and clam chowder. When I want to be fancy I'll pair it with a simple salad of tomatoes, corn, and avocado.
In this lesson we are going to tackle how to sous vide fish. I'll try to give you my preferences for fish and explain what other people like and why they like it. Hopefully then you will have the information you need to successfully cook sous vide fish to your own tastes.
This sesame crusted tuna recipe uses sous vide low temperature cooking to make a delicate fish entree. I top it with a fresh avocado salad and a vinaigrette dressing to provide some enhancing flavor punch!
These flavorful honey roasted beets complement the delicate halibut entree without overpowering it. By using sous vide to cook the halibut, it comes out flaky and moist every time! This recipe is always a hit at family dinners!
Sous vide salmon is a classic recipe and here we complement it with a cucumber and dill salad. The balsamic vinegar will give it some extra sweetness and tartness while still allowing the salmon to shine through
Mahi Mahi is a full flavored fish that can stand up to bolder ingredients. Here we pair it with some summer vegetables and a lime vinaigrette with some moderate heat. For a spicier dish you can add sliced serrano or jalapeno peppers to the dressing.
Sous vide scallops take on an interesting texture that you don't get just from searing them. The sous vide lightly cooks them and then the searing finishes them off. We pair them with a sweet garnish of mango, mint, and a little hot pepper.
I am not Jewish, but I was recently invited to a Passover Seder and was requested to provide Gefilte Fish a traditional course during the Seder meal. Historically it is made with fresh water fish, but almost any fish will work. I used cod as it was the freshest local fish available and decided to turn it into a sous vide recipe.
Most of the sous vide I cook is focused on meat and chicken but sometimes I like to mix it up and do some fish. Here is a sous vide cod recipe that comes out nice and tender with a light flavor perfect for summer.
This simple summer recipe is inspired by the Lazy Flamingo, a great bar in Bokeelia, Florida we always go to when we visit family down there. They have local, fresh grouper on the menu and you can get it grilled, blackened, or fried and served on salad, a sandwich, or just plain. My wife always gets it blackened on their Caesar salad. Here's a version of it for a sous vide recipe you can make at home.
After my wife's recent promotion at work we decided to do something fancy at home for dinner to celebrate. Since swordfish is her favorite fish I decided to do a sous vide swordfish dish with a bunch of vegetables from our garden and the local farmers market.
One of the big misconceptions about sous vide cooking is that you have to spend thousands of dollars to do it. While it is possible to spend that much money you can also get a very good sous vide set up for much cheaper, or even for free, as this "stove-top" sous vide salmon recipe will show you.
If you are interested in experimenting with sous vide cooking, Salmon is a great way to get started. Salmon, and most fish, only need to be cooked for a short amount of time, normally 10-20 minutes. This makes it easier to keep the temperature constant without expensive sous vide equipment. Sous vide salmon also has a drastically different texture than normal salmon.
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