Even though I mostly eat food provided by the local food bank and food pantry, I actually purchase food for my parrots (alas, food banks/pantries don’t provide pet foods). So I went shopping today at my local 99 cent store (which should be renamed the local $2.50 store) looking for frozen fruits and vegetables for my birds but instead, found a real treat for me: canned Jack Mackerel and canned Sardines, and frozen Alaskan Pollock fillets and frozen Tilapia fillets. Being a seafood lover who has not had the pleasure of eating seafood in a long, long, long time, I couldn’t resist the promise of fish (which is an almost unimaginable improvement over a steady diet of oatmeal and elbow macaroni in canned tomato sauce!) so I bought several packages of the frozen fillets. But I’ve never eaten Tilapia (well, since it’s a freshwater fish, it’s not really seafood, after all!), and I’ve only eaten pollock in the form of fish and chips, and I’ve never prepared either of them. All of these are environmentally friendly seafoods and they are healthy: high in omega-3 oils. So how should I prepare these fillets? Here are a few restrictions;
First, the recipe has to be microwave-able (instead of stir-fried or baked, broiled, grilled or whatever else) because that’s all I have! Second, I have limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables, but can seek them out especially for this purpose. Third, I prefer my seafood raw and prepared with fresh ingredients, I am nor sue this will work with frozen fillets. I also enjoy spicy and hot foods (Thai, Vietnamese and “Indonesian” cuisines) so I can instead prepare them with lots of spices (my 99 cent store has a wide variety of those, at least), and hot spices and curries. I also like coconut milk and am able to purchase canned coconut milk at my “99 cent” store. So, any suggestions for how to prepare them?
Additionally, if anyone has ideas for how to prepare canned Sardines or canned Jack Mackerel, please let me know! I am not a big fan of canned oily fishes, and have never eaten either Sardines or Mackerel, but I miss seafood terribly, and want to learn how to prepare this unexpected seafood bonanza while it lasts.
And I will photograph any recipe that I prepare and post those images here.