Shellfish are aquatic invertebrates with shells or carapaces. They are found in both fresh and salt water. Always an important food source, shellfish have become increasingly popular in recent years, due in part to demands from health-conscious consumers. Because of increased demand and improved preservation and transportation techniques, good-quality shellfish, once found only along seacoasts and lakes, are now readily available to almost every food service operation.
- 11.1: Introduction to Shell Fish
- Many shellfish species are very expensive; all are highly perishable. Because their cooking times are generally shorter and their flavors more delicate than meat or poultry, special attention must be given to fish and shellfish to prevent spoilage and to produce high-quality finished products.
- 11.2: Dry-heat Cooking Methods
- Dry-heat cooking methods are those that do not require additional moisture at any time during the cooking process. The dry-heat cooking methods used with fish and shellfish are broiling and grilling, roasting (usually referred to as baking when used with fish and shellfish), sautéing, pan- frying and deep-frying.