With the increasing interest in healthy eating, fish has come back into favor and with so many varieties available it makes a very welcome change from red meat. Fish is high in protein but low in fat, and the fat it does contain is higher in polyunsaturates than most other animal/protein foods. It is also a rich source of minerals and iron plus it is quick to prepare and cook.
There are three groups of fish: White Fish Recipes, where the oil is found mainly in the liver leaving the flesh relatively fat-free, Oily Fish Recipes, where the oil is found mainly in the flesh, and Shellfish Recipes, which could be crustacea, e.g. lobster, crab and prawn, or molluscs, e.g oysters, scallops and mussels.
Pairing Wine And Fish
What wine bottle do you reach for to go with your fish dish? What are the basics for a good wine-fish pairing? Is it just a matter of taste and personal preference or is there a universal rule or guideline regarding what wines go well with fish? One thing is for sure, you will never go wrong with a white wine (unless your choice is a dry white when what your palette requires is a full bodied, lush wine). So are red wines out of this beautiful fish-wine relationship? Not at all. Remember this rule, rules are made to be broken so drink what you like no matter what anyone says.
The starting point of this beautiful journey is at the heart of your fish or seafood recipe. The natural flavor and texture of the fish is in my opinion the biggest factor in ensuring a good pairing of wine and fish. That together with how the fish has been cooked goes a long way in guaranteeing that you get the most out of your meal.
When you consider that there are seven major types of white wine (Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Reisling, Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier), with each type having several varieties depending on country of origin, year of the grape harvest, and individual wine-crafting idiosyncrasies, the combinations available to you for a good wine and fish pairing are vast. Don’t despair, to get you started here a few logical guidelines:
- Light wines go with light foods
- Heavy foods go with heavy wine
- Delicate foods go with delicate wines
- Hearty wines go with hearty foods
Whether you like it baked, grilled, or raw, eating fish has many nutritous benefits that can add to your well being. For more fish and seafood recipes, check out http://fish-and-seafood-recipes.blogspot.com