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Dec 16, 2013 02:25 PM

7 Fishes -- give me some kind of easy, tasty fish dishes

I am first gen Italian American. My mother always did the Seven Fishes including a wonderful Zuppa di Pesce, Pasta con vongole, bacala and friend smelts. I work full-time, have a small apartment in Brooklyn and while I pride myself in being a pretty good cook, that level of seafood cooking is too ambitious for me. I usually make pasta con vongole and some sort of easy shrimp dish. I would love to add one more dish. Anything easy-ish/foolproof-ish and possible made ahead of time-ish?


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  1. You can make this calamari salad a day ahead and either serve cold or take it out of the fridge early to serve at room temp...

    1. Not something you can make ahead but easy and close to fool proof is a nice chunk of fished poached and drizzled with sage brown butter. Halibut is great. So is cod.

      Another that you can make ahead is slipper lobster tails, steamed or boiled and then chilled, with a spoon of sour cream and some lumpfish caviar.

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      1. re: tim irvine

        Yes on poached fish. You can make several small packets with different things on top, like lemon and herbs or salsa or whatever else you can think up or care to try or ever heard of. And then cook in about 12 to 15 minutes. And when you cut them open and get a whiff .. WOW.

      2. What about something raw? An italian crudo, or a hawaiian poke. Lots or recipes online, and it's not hard at all!

        1. branzino ceviche?
          lime juice, chiles, coriander leaves,... fish in for about 30 mins in the refrigerator and you're done.


          sea urchin pasta.
          sea urchin (assuming you have a source) butter, chile flakes.
          all in the blender; toss over hot pasta.

          1. Crabcakes or steamed crabs
            Smoked oysters on toasts as an app
            Snapper/fluke crudo similar to this one: