Sauteed Thick Fish Fillets
Why This Recipe Works
We chose sautéing for our fish fillets recipe because it added a delicate, crispy texture and flavor we couldn’t get with other techniques. For all fillets, we found that cooking them first on the smooth, rounded side—not the skin side—was best. The trick in our fish fillets recipe was to brown the fillets undisturbed on the first side, in the fat and with assertive heat, until the edges and a thin border on each fillet turned opaque, resisting the temptation to check doneness constantly. All that activity can cool down the food, meaning the fish won't brown and will be more likely to stick to the pan.