Use a Little Sugar for Beautifully Browned, Perfectly Cooked Fish

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Use a Little Sugar for Beautifully Browned, Perfectly Cooked Fish

Post by GD on Mon 07 Jan 2013, 7:43 pm

Frying fish isn't that difficult to do, but it's also easy to screw up if you're not paying attention, so the folks at America's Test Kitchen have a few simple tips to help you get perfectly cooked, perfectly browned fish in no time. The trick? Start with a little sugar.

Sprinkle just a little sugar on one side of the fish—that's the side you'll sear first. Sear it on one side, and turn it over, and then toss the whole pan, fish and all, into a 425 degree oven so the other side gets some color and the fish cooks evenly. I like to call this the "sear and blast" method, and use a similar technique (sans sugar, of course) for steaks and chops.

If you're curious about why this works, the sucrose in the sugar will break down into fructose on the surface of the fish at about 200 degrees Fahrenheit. That's much lower than the traditional temperature required for the Maillard reaction (approx 309 °F), or that reaction that makes seared everything so delicious. The sugar gives you the color and the flavor at lower temperatures. Plus, this way you don't have to fry your fish forever or smoke out your kitchen with that fishy smell no one loves.


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Re: Use a Little Sugar for Beautifully Browned, Perfectly Cooked Fish

Post by bug1 on Mon 07 Jan 2013, 10:09 pm

Only in America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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