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Old 09-01-2008, 12:50 AM   #11
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They curl because the side against the hot pan is drying out AND SHRINKING as it cooks, at least compared. Same reason bacon curls up.

The suggestions above all have merit. Bring the fish closer to room temp before starting cooking by letting it sit out 10 or 15 minutes before cooking rather than starting with it cold. This will help it cook more evenly. You might try a gentler heat as well.
thanks I'll try your suggestion. From what you're saying, maybe I should cook the skin side last and not first as I have been doing?

I tried the scoring method which didn't help but maybe because I don't have a special tool and just made several small holes in the skin with the point of a knife.

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Old 09-01-2008, 03:11 AM   #12
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Be very careful about leaving fish out at room temperature! With fish fillets that thin they can go bad quite quickly (depending on the temperature of the kitchen of course).

As for bacon (and some other cuts of meat) they generally curl because if there's a strip of fat along one side, such as rump steak, that shrinks and pulls the meat up. One easy solution for shrinking bacon is to make a couple of small cuts through the fat, or to cook it at a lower heat.

Back to your fish. did you try cooking them using a lower heat?
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Old 09-01-2008, 05:22 AM   #13
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how about sticking a toothpick thru them as they cook? It's not going to affect the taste and they will stay curled up......I've done it for many dishes............you can always pull them out before serving tho' it's up to you........most guests don't mind.....it looks like you've gone an extra mile for them anyway.......kitchenology...........
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Old 10-01-2008, 09:22 AM   #14
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Old 10-02-2008, 09:37 AM   #15
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We have a similar problem with a fish caught and cooked locally and the way we get around it (granted it is no longer 'seared' fish) by seasoning it first then breading it.
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Old 10-02-2008, 09:43 AM   #16
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You need to slice the skin, not just poke a hole in it.

Slice through the skin all the way across the width of the fillet. Do this in several places. At least every 2 inches.
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Old 10-02-2008, 12:03 PM   #17
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skin on?

if the skin is on . score it and it will fix your issue
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Old 10-02-2008, 12:40 PM   #18
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Don't fillet the fish?
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Old 10-10-2008, 04:39 AM   #19
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Don't fillet the fish?
How to fillet? tsjek my homepage >>>bream royal or snapper!!
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Old 10-10-2008, 05:38 AM   #20
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Oh! Take the skin off? But, but, but, crunchy fish skin is so good.

I hope one of the other ways works. When I fry trout, I just love the crunchy skin.

I had a lot of trouble cetting fish to be uniformly done, until I backed off on the heat some. That would be my suggestion.

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