How To Handle and Cook Frozen Alaska Pollock

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Sodexo Chef Desmond Fannin explains how to properly handle frozen Alaska Pollock and demonstrates how to cook frozen nuggets, sticks, and fillets.

    Desmond Fannin: As you know, todays kids are more savvy eaters than ever before, but its really quite simple to offer them foods that are on trend, delicious, and good for the body. Fish like wow, natural, sustainable, Alaska Pollock is the perfect way to meet this need. When incorporating fish into childrens diets, Ill recommend serving once frozen Alaska Pollock. Because it is only frozen once, Alaska Pollock offers better quality, flavor, texture, and color than many whitefish products. Here you can see the once frozen Alaska Pollock fillet block. This is composed of whole fillets that are frozen and can be cut or formed into merit of shapes for value added seafood products. Once frozen Alaska Pollock has a fresh clean flavor, and excellent texture. Compare this to the twice frozen Pollack that comes from China, its more grey, its easy to understand that any product frozen only once is going to be superior to one that has been frozen, thawed, handled, then frozen again. Now I am going to walk you through the proper handling and preparation of frozen fish to ensure the top quality. Before, serving do a cook test, all ovens are different, so cook in times and oven temperatures might have to be adjusted to obtain the correct temperature. Additionally, be sure to pay attention to the manufacturers cooking instructions as they do vary. Keep in mind some breading is cooked slightly to improve crispiness but the fish itself is still raw. All fish products should be fully cooked before serving. To bake fish-sticks and nuggets, bake them in a single layer on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper at 375 degrees in a convection oven for 14 to 16 minutes. They should look golden brown and crispy when finished. If youre making fillets lightly spray in the tops with pan spray will help keep them moist during the cooking process. Then you simply bake the fillets at 300 degrees in the convection oven for 6 to 8 minutes, whichever style of fish you choose to bake, fish should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees or above for 15 seconds. So feel free to adjust the cooking time if needed. Be sure not to overcook as the fish will dry out, once cooked these delicious items can be held between 140 degrees and 160 degrees for up to 2 hours. So now you know the basics of handling and preparing Alaska Pollock. Enjoy!

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