Rub a Dub Dub: Using Rubs on Fish


Continuing our new series of “How To” – Roommate for Rent tackles cooking with the help of a Foodie in Finance.


Fish as a main entree tends to polarize people.  People either love it or hate it.  I would argue that those who claim they hate fish just have not yet tasted well-prepared fish. Fish is so healthy and easy to cook though so it’s important that people know the best ways to prepare it.  One method for preparing a delicious fish dish is to use a rub.

A rub is really just a mixture of ground spices that are “rubbed” on food before it is cooked.  The rub forms an outer coating on the food and provides complex flavor.  Rubs are especially great for fish because they can either cut the strong taste of certain fishes (salmon) or enhance the taste of very mild fishes (cod).
It’s best to spread the rub over the fish at least a half hour to hour before you intend to cook it.  The fish only becomes more flavorful the longer that it marinates.  And, the best part of cooking fish is that it takes hardly any time at all to cook.  You can throw the fish in the oven as soon as your dinner guests arrive.  Your fish will be done by the time you’ve finished that first glass of wine.
I tend to use rubs most often on salmon.  Salmon is one of those fishes that really polarizes people.  But, the below two rubs have converted even my most ardent anti-salmon friends.
The first is actually a prepared rub that’s made by Victoria Gourmet, Inc. and is marketed as Victoria Taylor’s Ginger Citrus Seasonings.  According to the package, the rub contains mixed spices (including ginger and black pepper), onion and garlic, demarara sugar, orange peel, sea salt, red bell pepper, citric acid, sesame oil, orange oil, ginger oil and paprika.  While I’m normally a huge fan of preparing my own rubs, this prepared rub is a tried and true hit.  All of the flavors meld really well together and the salmon always comes out perfect using this rub.  Use a couple tablespoons of this rub with a drizzle of olive oil atop a one pound portion of salmon and broil for 10-12 minutes.
The second rub is a recipe from the cookbook The Moosewood Restaurant: Simple Suppers.   It’s called Moroccan Spice Mix and you’ll definitely feel transported to the casbah.  The mix contains: 2 tablespoons ground cumin, 2 tablespoons ground ginger or cinnamon, 2 teaspoons paprika, 2 teaspoons turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or black pepper and 1 teaspoon of salt.  Mix the spices with 2 minced garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon olive oil and 3 tablespoons lemon juice.  The mixture will form a paste.  Rub the paste all over the salmon and bake uncovered in the oven at 350 for 10 to 15 minutes.
Enjoy the above recipes and don’t forget to rub a dub dub your way to delicious fish with your roommate. From the outskirts, fish might appear difficult to prepare. However, it’s actually quite simple. Whether you are cooking for yourself or with your roommate, it’s fast and easy to make a delicious meal. Let us know how your salmon turns out!
Foodie in Finance is written by a talented aspiring chef who spends days at a financial firm and evenings and weekends in the kitchen – cooking individual meals, whipping up roommate sharable dinners and hosting decadent dinner parties. 

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