Fish Basics

Do you like to eat fish? Do you know how to make delicious fish at home? Let us help you integrate fish into your regular dinner routine with our back-to-basics guide. Before you start to cook, you need to know how to buy for optimal freshness. Use our tips to know exactly what to look for at the store to choose the best fish. If you forgot to ask for your fillet to be skinned, use our guide to walk you through the steps of how to skin a fish. If you're a fan of sushi, we've got the perfect primer for you: how to roll sushi! Perfect as finger food at parties or for an elegant dinner, you'll be able to make your own sushi at home with any flavor you desire. Unsure how long to cook fish, shellfish, or other seafood? Refer to our downloadable charts of cooking times for everything from shrimp to crab and mussels to oysters -- even lobster. To break it down even more, we've got seven simple ways for you to take fish from fridge to table in just minutes.

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How to Cook Shellfish

Get cooking times for shrimp, lobster, crab, mussels, and oysters.

How to Roll Sushi

No need to go to the sushi bar. Learn how to make professional-looking rolls at home.

How to Cook Lobster Tails

Boil lobster tails and chill for salads, or serve warm with butter sauce.

Everything in Fish Basics
  • How to Cook Lobster

    If you're intimidated by live lobsters, relax; they're really easy to fix. Think about lobster prep like cooking co...

  • Cooking Fish: the Basics

    Fish is fast and easy to fix, and below are seven simple ways to get a flavorful dish in minutes.

  • Cooking Shellfish

    Use these cooking times to make sure your shellfish are cooked to perfection.

  • How to Clean Shrimp

    Use this guide to clean, identify, and select shrimp.

  • How to Eat a Lobster

    Learn how to get the most from this seafood celebrity.

  • How to Roll Sushi

    Yes, you can! Filled with rice, smoked salmon, and cucumber, this finger food is party-perfect.

  • How to Skin Fish

    Although you can ask to have the skin removed when buying fish fresh, you also can do it yourself.

  • How to Tell if Fish is Fresh

    Here's how to spot the freshest fish at your market.

  • Scallop Tips

    Choose the best sea or bay scallops for a delicious meal.


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