Cooking Fish, A Rum Recipe from Hawaii

To be a great fish cook, and make up your own recipe for fish using rum, start with a visit to the Koloa Rum Company in Hawaii.

It’s easy to create your own recipe for fish without a recipe book when you’re armed with basic cooking methods. I've got a piece of “Monchung” fish in the refrigerator, a fish I've never heard of before. Even though I've never worked with Monchung fish before, I'm already decided on a sauté procedure for dinner tonight, using this new Hawaiian fish and some local rum to deglaze the pan and add flavor to the pan sauce.

It’s very difficult, and a bit silly to bring your cookbooks with you on vacation. Yes, you can find recipes on the computer, but why spend vacation time surfing indoors when you can do real surfing outdoors?

The best way to learn to cook by method is to start with a basic sauté. There are four elements to consider when writing your own sauté recipe.

1. Protein Product – In this case, it’s the Monchung fish
2. Vegetables/Aromatics – Garlic, Onions, Peppers, Mushrooms
3. Deglazing liquid – Koloa Rum Company Rum
4. Type of Fat – Olive Oil

Now, the steps are always the same, regardless of the protein, aromatics, liquid and fat that you choose, follow the sauté method that I'll demonstrate today.

If you want to create a rum recipe to cook fish, or become a great fish cook
, just remember the four elements of basic sauté. You’ll be able to create a recipe for fish that you’ve never heard of before, using the ingredients you desire, even rum from Hawaii.

Previous posts from Hawaii:
Cutting a Pineapple
Koloa Sunshine Farmers Market
Cook Shrimp in Hawaii
Fish Market on Hawaii
Goat Farm on Hawaii
How to Open a Coconut in Maui

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  • Nan Headrick
    12:41 AM - 17 November, 2015

    We are new members and excited to get started. Our son and I are watching together and we love your presentations. Sorry you burned your rum ~ guess we are never too old to learn something new. So how was that fish? Our fave in Hawaii is Ono. 🙂

    • Chef Todd Mohr
      1:08 PM - 17 November, 2015

      Aloha Nan!
      You're right, never too old to learn and I discovered that a dark rum with molasses in it smokes immediately and tells everyone else in the building that you've just burned something.

      You're also correct that you're never to YOUNG to learn either and the single best gift you can give your Son is a healthy respect of food, the kitchen, and cooking. I work with thousands of home cooks all over the world and the best ones are those that were introduced to the kitchen at a young age by Mom or Grandma. I'm so glad you are watching my videos together.

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