So you've decided to have fish for dinner. You've chosen a recipe and know exactly the fish you need (let's say halibut, for example) and you run out to the market to buy your fresh fish, but they don't have halibut! What do you do? We're here to help by showing you that it's not the end of the world. As they say, there are many more fish in the sea.
Unfortunately, buying fish is not like buying chicken, pork or beef. There are countless varieties and what ends up in a fish market is different almost every day. We've created a handy guide for buying fish (see below). We'll show you the four big categories of fish, broken down by texture. Find the fish your recipe calls for, and then check out the other similar options that you can easily swap in.
Also, check out a step-by-step gallery (see below) to learn how to fillet your fish once you get it home. You can learn how to fillet both round fish (such as trout and snapper) and flat fish (such as sole and flounder).
If you're interested in sustainable fish (meaning fish that are harvested or farmed in a way that does not jeopardize the ecosystem or result in overfishing), then check out Seafood Watch for more information. You can print a Seafood Watch pocket guide or download the app for your iPhone or Android.
Thank you to "Fish: Recipes from the Sea" for providing us with the illustrations and photos. The publisher Phaidon is giving away one copy of the book to a lucky winner. Leave a comment below to be entered to win. Tell us about any fish blunders you've had in the kitchen and why you could use this book.
Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older. To enter, you must be a registered user and leave a comment below before Wednesday, March 8 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. You may enter only once and one winner will be selected at random to receive a copy of the cookbook "Fish: Recipes from the Sea." Click here for complete Official Rules.