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“Great ways to cook your favourite fish meals!”

Cooking fish may be tricky, as it has a naturally subtle flavor and extremely delicate texture that requires extra attention in a very little cooking time. This comes handy for people who are busy and can’t afford to cook for hours on end. But that doesn’t mean a delicious meal can’t be prepared in such a short cooking period. So aside from baking, frying and steaming fish with your favorite herbs like basil and fennel, an ingenious way to liven up your meals is to incorporate wine into your cooking process.

Wine adds a whole new flavor to your food. But first, you have to consider the type of fish you are preparing and its fat content to find the suitable method to cook it with. Most importantly, you have to choose the right wine to complement your dish. For one, you shouldn’t cook wines you don’t like to drink. It’s that plain and simple. If you are not sure which wine you’d like to try, the top rated list, created by M&S Wine, will help you pick out 5 star wines rated by people who drink and cook with it.

An easy way to start adding wine into your dishes is using it as part of your marinade, allowing you to taste the mixture to suit your palette. Be mindful, however, of the acidic nature of wines; leaving fish too long with your marinate may break down the fish in a chemical reaction. You don’t want to ruin your expensive salmon!

Because wine tends to evaporate quickly when cooking, baking it with fish works well as it allows the flavors to mix perfectly. Put the wine in as you bake the fish, making sure to turn it on its sides for an even cook.
Another classy way of integrating the liquid into your dish is by making wine reduction sauces. Just sauté vegetables in oil, add wine and fish stock, and boil it until it’s reduced to a savory sauce.

If you want to improve your heart health, the American Heart Association recommends eating fish twice a week. So cooking with wine will sure give you variety to create delicious meals that will surprise any family member and guest you have at home.