Cooking seafood in the microwave - part 3

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You CAN microwave breaded seafood. While you won't get the crisp browning that contact with hot oil provides, a microwave can yield light, flavorful and low-fat breaded fish.

The problem with cooking breaded food in the microwave is steam. Water released from the hot food during cooking is trapped in the microwave and can make the breading soggy. Also, little pockets of water trapped near the surface of the seafood can burst during cooking.

This bursting of steam won't damage the fish, but it can ruin the smooth appearance of the coating.

To cook breaded fish that looks good and tastes great, follow these simple rules:

1. Cook fish in batches of one pound or less. The fish will cook quickly and release less steam. 2. Position the fish so that the individual pieces do not touch each other or the sides of the dish. 3. Use a dry coating. Cornmeal, crisp bread crumbs and crushed crackers all work well. Packaged breading mixes, especially those specifically intended for microwave use, also work well.

4. Microwave on MEDIUM (50% power) to reduce bursting. Fish that has never been frozen bursts the most, while thawed frozen fish bursts very little.

5. Loosely cover the baking dish with a paper towel. This will absorb some of the released moisture and protect the inside of your oven from splatters.

Simply Seafood Summer 1995

Submitted By DIANE LAZARUS On 08-23-95

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