Can you cook lionfish?

Answered by Tom Adger

I can cook lionfish! In fact, I’ve had the pleasure of cooking this unique fish on a few occasions. Lionfish has become quite popular in recent years due to its mild flavor and versatility in the kitchen. It’s also a great choice for sustainable seafood options, as it is an invasive species in many areas.

When it comes to seasoning the fish, I like to keep it simple. Before cooking, I season the lionfish with just a sprinkle of salt and pepper. This allows the natural flavors of the fish to shine through without overpowering it with too many spices.

One of my favorite ways to cook lionfish is by steaming it with vegetables and herbs. I start by placing the seasoned fish on a bed of fresh vegetables such as carrots, bell peppers, and onions. Then, I add a handful of aromatic herbs like thyme and parsley. I drizzle a bit of olive oil over the top to help keep the fish moist during the steaming process.

I cover the pan with a lid and let the fish and vegetables steam for about 10-12 minutes, or until the lionfish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. This gentle cooking method helps to retain the natural moisture and delicate texture of the fish.

Now, if you’re looking for a more indulgent and crispy preparation, you can also fry lionfish. To do this, I start by coating the seasoned fish in a light batter made from flour, salt, and pepper. Then, I heat some oil in a pan over medium-high heat and carefully place the fish in the hot oil.

As the fish cooks, it turns a beautiful golden brown and the batter becomes crispy. I usually fry the lionfish for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until it is cooked through and the coating is crispy.

Once the lionfish is cooked, I like to serve it with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to add a bit of brightness to the dish. It pairs well with a variety of sides, such as steamed rice, roasted potatoes, or a fresh salad.

So, if you ever come across lionfish at your local fish market or have the opportunity to catch one yourself, don’t hesitate to give it a try in the kitchen. Whether you choose to steam it with vegetables or fry it to a crispy perfection, lionfish is definitely worth exploring as a culinary option. Enjoy!