Whether you're grilling, broiling, frying, steaming or baking fish, the addition of herbs and a few other ingredients almost always enhances the mild flavor of seafood. The bad news is that using the wrong herbs, or too much of a good thing, will spoil the delicate flavor fusion you're trying to produce. The good news is that a couple of reliable ingredient combos always work like magic with fish.
The recipe below is a dill blend with lemon and pepper. It's amazing with firm fleshed fish like salmon, tuna and swordfish. Heck, when I have it around, I use it on almost any fish or seafood on offer. I even blend it into salmon patties.
The only caution I have is to use this blend in moderation. A half teaspoon per single serving (four to six ounce) portion of fish is plenty.
Lemon Dill Spice Blend RecipeIngredients
- Zest from 1 small lemon (no white from the pith, please)
- 2 tsp. fresh dill, chopped fine (1 1/2 teaspoons dry)
- 1 tsp. white pepper (fresh ground is great if you have it)
- 2 tsp. sea salt
Combine all the ingredients and refrigerate for an hour. You can refrigerate the mixture for up to a few days. I'll often make a batch of fish and reserve a little spice blend to sprinkle on leftovers.
Special note: You can use black pepper instead of white pepper, but use slightly less. White pepper is somewhat milder than black pepper. It also makes a nicer presentation in recipes that use pale ingredients.
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