I Prefer No Recipe Recipes to Complex Meal Delivery Services

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Cajun-Style Squid Bites

I’ve always been “the cook” in the house, going back to when my Mom was working, and my 12-year-old self got dinner ready with a little Hamburger Helper.

Cooking has always been calming and almost second nature for me, and I like to make a meal from scratch at least four nights a week. My partner and I split up the household chores, but preparing food is rarely a chore for me, so I’m the designated “chef” at our place.

Cooking on weeknights is a little challenging with a slow commute home and four dogs to feed as soon as I hit the door. I was excited to try these meal delivery services, where I could prep something different each night and all the ingredients for two servings were included.

I sampled several of them, but peeling shallots and marinating them in red wine vinegar was not something I regularly did and, all of a sudden, making dinner seemed like a chore.

“No recipe” recipes are the way I like to go, especially for prepping a meal in less than 20 minutes. The nice thing about high-quality, sustainable seafood and fish is that it takes little prep to have a center of plate entrée that’s delicious and nutritious.

At Daily Fresh Fish, we want our customers to be able to order fresh seafood online, and not be stressed once our box ends up on their doorstep. So, we’ve begun assembling curated boxes of fresh and frozen fish and seafood items that take the guesswork out of dinner.

This month, we debuted four boxes on the Daily Fresh Fish website, two with 10 servings and two with 12 servings, so they will provide a weekly serving or two of fish and seafood, something the American Medical Association recommends.

We tried to offer a variety of options, but kept simplicity in mind. One box includes a pound of fresh petrale sole, a hearty, flaky white fish.

I’m a sucker for fast food fried fish sandwiches, so decided to make a healthier version at home. I simply coated the petrale fillets in a little flour and popped them into a skillet with heated butter. (We have one with lemon and garlic, so you don’t have to season the fish!)

Healthier Fast Fish Sliders

  • 12 Hawaiian rolls, sliced
  • 1-lb. fresh petrale sole
  • 1 TB butter
  • Flour
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning

  1. Heat butter over medium-high heat in a large skillet.
  2. Coat petrale sole pieces in flour. Shake off excess.
  3. Add petrale to heated skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  4. Lay the cooked petrale on the bottom of the buns. Cut into 12 pieces.
  5. Eat immediately!

You could doctor these as much as you like, though. Like I mentioned, there’s a lot of versatility here.

I’m really excited about the addition of squid chunks to a couple of the boxes. OK, you might hear “squid chunks” and get a little grossed out, but imagine “calamari,” and I bet it gets your mouth watering.

They come pre-cooked in a 2-lb. package and again, these are easy and versatile. I’ve already done them a couple different ways.

One, take a jar of marinated artichoke hearts and add one pound of the squid in a bowl and let marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Then, heat a skillet on medium, and add the squid with artichokes. Sautee until heated through and add to a salad of your favorite greens. Boom, a healthy, savory salad.

This other option is less on the healthy side, but I needed a quick snack to share with friends for a board game night.

Cajun-Style Fried Squid Bites

  • 2-lb. package of cooked squid chunks
  • 1 package Cajun-style seafood breading
  • Vegetable oil

  1. Tossed the squid in the seafood breading.
  2. Heat a wok or deep pan with 2 cups of vegetable oil.
  3. Gently add the battered squid and let it fry to a golden brown for about two minutes.
  4. Place on a paper-lined plate to soak up the oil.
  5. Add it to a plate and serve with cocktail sauce, ranch, or your favorite condiment.

I had it made in less than five minutes!

I’m happy to chat with you about our new box options, so feel free to reach out to me at info@dailyfreshfish.com and remember, you can order fresh, sustainable seafood and fish from us online 24/7, 365—and we’ll be ready to deliver it to you overnight!