Your Poached Fish Will Be Even More Delicious With This Easy Trick

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How do you feel about poached fish? If you've ever been on a low-fat diet, you may have eaten more than your fair share of this "healthy food" staple, which dietitians and weight loss experts have often recommended. According to Healthline, poaching is one of the healthiest ways to prepare fish. It's an ideal preparation method since it adds no fat or calories. The low temperatures employed in poaching, compared to higher heat methods such as grilling or searing, help to better preserve nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids in the fish.

Maybe you've been reluctant to try it because poached fish gets a bad rap for being boring or bland. That might be because often, fish is poached in water, which is a wasted opportunity to infuse flavor into the fish. After all, water is flavorless. So, here's the trick: the next time you poach fish, try using a tasty cooking liquid.

Use a flavorful liquid for more flavorful poached fish

If you want tasty poached fish, ditch the water and reach for a can or box of broth instead. As Toby Amidor, a nutrition expert and author of The Best 3-Ingredient Cookbook, told Mashed, this simple swap makes a big difference. "Voilà! You have easily added more flavor," she said. Other poaching liquids Amidor shared include wine, juice, and coconut milk.

We're inclined to agree. Some of our recipes for poached fish call for black bass poached in homemade, lemongrass-infused fish stock, branzino poached in white wine and Pernod, and turbot poached in a mushroom fumet.

Poaching fish in stock or other flavorful liquids is a crucial opportunity to infuse flavor into the flesh. Amidor suggests adding even more aromatics to your chosen cooking liquid. Aromatic vegetables include garlic and onions, herbs such as bay leaves, thyme, parsley, or citrus juice such as lemon, lime, or orange for "a refreshing twist." So the next time you poach fish, pack the liquid with tons of flavor and enjoy the result.