Fried Rockfish Fillets w/ Mac and Cheese

April 10, 2018 at 5:14 PM | Posted in fish, Mac and Cheese, Stouffer's | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Rockfish Fillets w/ Mac and Cheese

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I Poached an Egg and served it on a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin. Then I heated up a couple of Johnsonville Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links. Also had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Partly cloudy and a high of 49 degrees out. After Breakfast headed out to Mernard’s. They had a few things on sale this week we needed around and for outside the house. Waiting for it to dry out around here, getting behind on some outside work that needs to be done. For Dinner tonight I prepared Fried Rockfish Fillets w/ Mac and Cheese.

 

 

Last time I was at Meijer I purchased 2 Rockfish Fillets. Ocean Rockfish tastes similar to Snapper. The Fillets cost less than 1/2 than what you pay for Snapper. So I picked up a couple of Fillets washed them off in cold water, cut the fillets in half, and stored them in a hefty plastic bag and had them in the freezer. I laid 1 of the bags out in the fridge to thaw overnight. I’ll be cooking it in a Cast Iron Skillet and will need McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Grinder Peppercorn Medley along with Zatarain’s Seasoned Seafood Breading Mix, and Extra Light Olive Oil.

 

 

Seasoned on both sides with Grinders Sea Salt and Peppercorn Medley. Then rolled the Fillets in the Zatarain’s Seasoned Fish Fri Mix. Seasoned on both sides with Grinders Sea Salt and Peppercorn Medley. Then rolled the Fillets in the Zatarain’s Seasoned Fish Fri Mix. Next heated a Cast-Iron Skillet over high heat. As the Pan is heating I added the Extra Light Olive Oil. When the skillet was heated I placed the fillets in the pan, skin side down. Press down gently on the fillets with a spatula for about 20 seconds to prevent curling. Lowered the heat to medium and let cook until the fish is golden and caramelized around edges, about 2 to 3 minutes. Carefully flip fillets and until golden all over and cooked through, 45 to 90 seconds more.

 


The Rockfish fried up to a perfect Golden Brown. It does have a taste similar to Snapper. Really a delicious meaty version of Snapper, and costs a lot less! Really enjoyed it and Mom, who isn’t a huge Fish Lover, really likes them.

 

 

 

 


To go with the Rockfish I prepared some Stouffer’s Classic Mac and Cheese Cups. just microwave and serve. A great tasting Mac and Cheese in a single serving cup! Tastes great, excellent Cheesy Mac. I love Mac and Cheese with Fish. For Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding topped with Cool Whip Free.

 

 

 

 

 

Rockfish – Sebastes

Sebastes is a genus of fish in the family Sebastidae (though some include this in Scorpaenidae), most of which have the common name of rockfish. A few are called ocean perch, sea perch or redfish instead. Most of the Sebastes species live in the north Pacific, although two (Sebastes capensis and Sebastes oculatus) live in the south Pacific/Atlantic and four (Sebastes fasciatus, Sebastes mentella, Sebastes norvegicus and Sebastes viviparus) live in the north Atlantic. The coast off South California is the area of highest rockfish diversity, with 56 species living in the Southern California Bight.

Rockfish are an important sport and commercial fish, and many species have been overfished. As a result, seasons are tightly controlled in many areas. Sebastes are sometimes fraudulently substituted for the more expensive northern red snapper.

Rockfish has a sweet, mild flavor, with a flaky, medium-firm texture. It is best baked, sautéed, broiled or poached. Since the flesh tends to flake easily, it is not the best fish for grilling. Try it with a little lemon to bring out the sweet flavor without overpowering.

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