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Garlic Fish

April 17, 2020


What Fish Goes Best With Garlic?

Seafood comes in a variety of options that range from shellfish and saltwater tuna all the way to freshwater Alaskan salmon. Some offer delicate flavor profiles while others feature bold taste that lingers on your taste buds for hours. When it comes to seafood, boring is never on the menu. Seafood is easy to dress up or dress down by adding simple flavors and herbs to bring the taste of the water to life. Whether you are looking to create a unique garlic fish course, or toss something fun on the barbeque, we have suggestions for spices to bring your dish to life.


Fish pairs well with most flavors, but there are some types of seafood that pair better with certain items than others. For example, a creamy garlic butter sauce for fish will help bring out the natural taste, while a cold lemony cream will pair much better with shellfish. Bay leaves are another great herb to pair with seafood and are best suited to cod or tilapia which both have delicate flavor profiles. Basil works well for shrimp, caviar, and other tangy types of seafood.


While a lot of people use sage in their cooking, not every fish will pair well with the strong earthy flavor. If you are determined to make garlic sauce for fish and forget about other options, it makes sense to choose a type of seafood that complements the spicy flavor. While any type of seafood can be paired with butter, we have found that it best compliments crab legs, salmon, shrimp, halibut, and other buttery fishes with firm meat. If you are feeling particularly bold, you can even toss a swai fish in the oven and top it with roasted garlic for a mouth-watering delight.


Easy Garlic Butter Fish Recipe

If you love garlic seafood dishes, you are going to love our easy to make garlic butter fish recipe. This simple treat only takes 20 minutes to make and can be paired with pasta or seasoned rice to make it a full family meal. Our pair fried fish paired with garlic fish sauce will leave your family begging for more.


For this dish, we will go with Halibut. The meat of the fish is firm enough to fry while also having a mild taste that pairs well with the strong flavors of garlic. And don’t worry about how to make garlic butter sauce for seafood, we will give you a few simple recipes for that too!


You can use any firm white fish in our garlic fish recipe, such as cod, pollock, or mahi mahi. Simply make sure your fish fillets are clean and pat them dry with a paper towel. Lightly fry each fish steak over a medium flame on a shallow pan of olive oil. Make sure to keep the fist intact. Fry for about two to three minutes on each side until they are golden brown. Plate, and set aside.

Simple Garlic Butter Sauce For Seafood

Making garlic butter sauce for fish or any other seafood is easy as combining a few simple ingredients:

  • 3 cloves of fresh minced garlic
  • Juice of one half of a fresh lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of minced parsley
  • ½ stick of melted, salted butter

This is the same delicious lemon garlic butter sauce for fish you will find at most seafood restaurants, only better since you are making it fresh at home. The above measurements are for three to four fish fillets. You can double the recipe by increasing the amounts in equal portions. In a mixing bowl, add your butter, parsley, and fresh lemon. Next, take your garlic and pan fry it for about 1 minute or until it is slightly caramelized.  Add the fried garlic to your mixture and stir well, when it is done you have a delicious garlic sauce for seafood that you can use with any meal.


Lemon and Garlic Butter Sauce

Of course, using garlic for fish can bring out some amazing flavors that will leave your senses in a tizzy, but what about a lemon garlic fish sauce that takes the dish to the next level?  Our easy lemon garlic sauce for fish is similar to a white butter Beurre Blanc sauce, but not as complicated to prepare. The end result should be a slightly watery but viscose sauce that is perfect to drizzle over any type of fish, or even to use as a luxurious dipping sauce.

What you need:

  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup of dry white wine
  • 2 Tablespoons of chilled butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • The juice of one lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon of chopped dill

Making creamy garlic butter sauce for fish is very simple. Using a small saucepan, warm your minced garlic with a dollop of olive oil over a low flame. Simmer the garlic until it is soft, but not so long that it turns brown. Add your wine and then turn up the flame to medium and cook two to three minutes. Remove the pan from the flame, then add your butter, stir, and then include the cream. Next for your garlic butter sauce for seafood, replace the pot on the stove and allow the mixture to come to a slow boil. Once again remove from the heat, add salt, pepper, and dill to complete the sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions About Garlic & Seafood

How do you make garlic butter?

Making garlic butter is easy, we have listed some recipes above, but all you have to do is melt butter, your favorite herbs, and a small amount of roasted garlic to make the perfect spread.

What is the best way to make black garlic?

You can make black garlic in a dehydrator or in a rice cooker easily at home. Simply place whole, unpeeled garlic cloves in your rice cooker, put the setting on “keep warm”, and allow the garlic to roast for 2 ½ weeks. Seriously, don’t open the cooker and allow the garlic to cure unhindered. That’s it!

How do you pair garlic with fish?

Garlic and fish are a match made in heaven. You can use garlic as a whole to season the fish directly or use it in a sauce to top the fish. Think about how you plan to serve the fish, for a dry steak, a sauce may suffice, for sticks, a dip is a good idea. You can even fry garlic along with onions as a delicious seafood base.

What is the best way to cut garlic?        

The best way to cut garlic is laterally along the line of the sprout. This allows the flavor to develop evenly alongside each piece.

How much garlic powder equals a clove?

1/8th of a teaspoon of garlic powder is equal to one small clove of garlic.

There is nothing better than sitting down with your family to enjoy a hearty crab and roasted garlic seafood bake over the weekend. Garlic can be a challenging ingredient to work with if you are not used to strong flavors. With our tips, you can create simple family dishes such as honey garlic fish to delight your kids or a hearty garlic seafood boil to fill the bellies of even those with gigantic appetites. Our garlic seafood boil recipe and other seafood recipes are quick and easy to follow so you can pair garlic with your seafood like a pro!

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