Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello
Does anyone watch this on the Food Network (or his other show on the Fineliving channel, NapaStyle)?
On today's halibut show there was a "chef's trick":
"Season the fish on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat until hot. Put presentation side of the fish (non-skin side) in pan first as it gets the best caramelization. Cook until brown on the first side, about 3 minutes. When you see it getting opague around the edges, give it another minute and flip sides. Cook another minute on other side. Remove from pan and place on cookie sheet for a bit while you enjoy your appetizer with company. Just before you're ready to serve it, put it in a preheated 450 degree F oven for about 30 seconds."
Now I know why there are so many times we ordered fish in a restaurant and it wasn't cooked all the way through! He said earlier in the show to cook for a minute and a half, then later said 30 seconds, and that is probably what chefs tell their assistants, who then don't cook it long enough to get the fish to the stage of flaky perfection.
They had an article on him in the paper today. That show is up for 2 Emmys.
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