Saturday, May 21, 2005

Classifying Fish by Fat Content

Fish is naturally high in protein and low in fat, cholesterol, calories and saturated fat. The percentages of fat found in fish depends on the time of year, location and primary diet of the fish.

Lean Fish
A fish is classified as "lean" if it has 2.5% or less fat. Lean fish are best when steamed, poached or fried.

Medium Fat Fish
Medium fat fish have between 2.6 and 5.0% fat. Medium fat fish are typically suitable for all cooking methods.

Fatty Fish
A "fatty" fish is any fish with 5% or more fat. Fatty fish are best when they are broiled, poached, baked or grilled.

The fat content of fish should be listed on the label of the packaging the fish came in. If unsure, check with the employee(s) of the store you are purchasing the fish from.


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