Anything edible you can get from the sea and fresh water is referred to as sea foods. Seafood is any aquatic life that we consume. It includes fish, mollusks like octopus and shellfish, crustaceans like shrimp and lobster, echinoderms like sea cucumber and urchins and sea weeds. Fish has been an important food and source of protein throughout our history. They can be prepared in many ways. It can be prepared raw as sashimi, becured by marinating and grilled, pickling like pickled herring, or smoking as smoked salmon. Or it can be cooked by baking, frying, grilling, poaching or steaming. Fish is a highly perishable food so they are also preserved using these techniques.
Desiccation by drying completely is the common way to preserve fish like cod. Semi drying and salting method is good for herring and mackerel. And tuna, salmon, mackerel and herring are canned. Aside from being easily spoiled, they also are quite delicate when cooked. So check if the fish 'flakes' begin to separate. Use a fork or knife and insert gently into the meatiest part of the fish and twist. And since almost all seafoods have soft delicate flesh and to avoid them being overcooked, when it's about done remove from heat and let it stay there for a few minutes to be fully cooked. The tuna and salmon, can be cooked and served medium rare. And many sea foods can be prepared and eaten raw. Give yourself a wonderful fish and seafood adventure with these recipes.