Steamed Fish and Seafood Recipes
A lot of doctors and nutritionists are recommending that we eat fish
2 or 3 times a week for the sake of having a healthier heart and
circulatory system. Food steamers are a great way to prepare your heart
healthy fish and seafood. Weíve put together a few quick ideas for you
on how to use a food steamer to prepare these foods. These are not all
inclusive, but should give you a general idea of how to steam some of
these. You can always get creative and add your own touch to these basic
Steamed fish is very easy to make and very fast. You can steam any
type of fish. Catfish, cod, white fish, tilapia, orange roughy and just
about any other fish will do well. Itís easiest to steam fish fillets or
steaks, but you could steam a whole cleaned fish if you have room in
Fish can be cooked in a steamer basket that goes into a pot on the
stove, or it can be done in a steamer that goes into a microwave. In
either case, just make sure you use a little oil or non-stick cooking
spray to keep the fish from sticking to the steamer.
To cook fish, bring some water to a boil, then place the fillets in the
steamer and set it inside the pot. Remember, you donít want the water to
touch the fish. Steam covered. Check the fish after 3 or 4 minutes. If
it flakes with a fork, itís done. Larger pieces and whole fish will
require more time.
To season the fish you can add your choice before cooking: lemon, lime,
salt, pepper, paprika, or anything else that appeals to you. Try placing
a slice of onion on each fillet.
These are very tasty and very easy to cook. Itís just a matter of
washing off the shells and putting them in a food steamer. Check them
after about 10 minutes (larger oysters may take up to 20 minutes). When
they are done you will notice the shells starting to open. Many people
love these with Tabasco sauce.
To steam clams youíll want to clean them well with a scrub brush. Try
to close any open shells by tapping on the shell. If it wonít close,
donít use it. In a steamer, add enough water to cover the bottom and
bring it to a boil. Put the clams on a rack in the steamer and steam
covered for around 5 minutes or more. Youíll know they are done when the
This one is as simple as placing the de-headed deveined shrimp in the
steamer basket over boiling water, covering and cooking until the shrimp
have turned pink. Now if you want to spice it up you can add a little
beer to the water and season the shrimp with a good Cajun seasoning or
other seafood seasoning such as Old Bay.