Citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, and grapefruits are the December Foods of the Month. We like that you can cook with citrus in a lot of different ways. Two years ago, we made a citrus punch for the holidays. This year, we are doing something totally different with our citrus fruits; we are using them when we cook fish!
Try these tips to make a perfect citrus fish dish:
Tip 1 – Make a Lemon Vinaigrette – Start with lemon zest from 2 lemons. To do this, use a handheld grater on the outside skin of the lemon. Be sure to only get the colorful outside part – that’s where all the fragrant oils are. Next, squeeze the juice from 2 lemons into the mixture and add 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tsp. drained capers, 1 tbsp. chopped fresh basil, salt and pepper. Mix all ingredients together and drizzle over your favorite fish (thaw first if your fish is frozen).
Tip 2 – Citrus Salsa – For an easy topping for your fish, create a salsa with a citrus base. Mix 1 diced orange, 1 diced avocado, 1/2 diced red onion and 1 diced jalapeno with 3 tbsp. orange juice, 2 tsp. lime juice, and fresh cilantro to taste. Top with salt and pepper. We think this tastes great on salmon.
Tip 3 – Cook on Citrus – Infuse your favorite fish with citrus flavor from lemons and oranges. This tip only takes minutes to prepare and produces a flavorful meal. Thinly slice lemons and oranges, then spray a baking dish with nonstick spray. Arrange the lemons and oranges in the baking dish, and place the fish on top. Top with cilantro and a few more citrus slices. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until the fish is cooked through (we used salmon).