Five Mouth Watering Tips on How to Cook Triggerfish


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There was a time when triggerfish remained exclusively in the aquarium. However, chefs and cooks found a way to use it in the kitchen and serve it on the dining table. It has a deliciously delicate flavor to it. The amazing part is that it leaves a sweetish aftertaste on the tongue.

Restaurants rarely serve it because it is just now that chefs have discovered it as food. One thing about triggerfish is that I’d wish to see it more on menus.This article on How to cook triggerfish offers a lot of different ways to enjoy this fish.

Oven baked en papillote style

Oven baking or roasting triggerfish is one of the easiest ways to make this fish. The good thing about cooking a delicate, white-fleshed fish in the oven is that it gets even heat all over.

What I find to be flavorful is when I bake the fish in the oven en papillote style. Wrapping the fish in paper or aluminum foil together with the other ingredients traps all the flavors. With the enclosure that the paper offers, the flavors of the ingredients permeate the fish. Here is how you do it.

  • Set your oven heat to about 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cut out a piece of parchment paper or aluminum foil that can fit the whole fish.
  • Season the fish with a generous amount of salt and freshly cracked black pepper on both sides.
  • Place the fish in the center of the paper or foil.
  • Sprinkle some olive oil or unsalted butter on it.
  • Squeeze some lemon juice all over it.
  • At this point you can add just about any other ingredient you want.
  • Close the paper. Make sure there is enough space inside for the steam.
  • Place the fish on a tray in the middle of the oven and cook for about 10 minutes.


It is a type of cooking that gives off that fantastic, smoky flavor to the fish. So many people prefer to cook triggerfish in this manner. The firm flesh of the fish can stand up to the direct heat of the grill.

The grates give the fish those beautiful char marks that make it appetizing to eat. It is better to cut the triggerfish into fillets so that it cooks faster. Here are some tips on how to grills triggerfish.

  • You need to make sure that the grill grates are clean. Take a steel scrub and some detergent in water. Rub the grates clean with these. Fish fillets will not stick to a clean grill.
  • Charcoal is good. By far the best grill for triggerfish that I have tried is a charcoal grill. The smoke coming off it penetrates the fish. It gives the delicate flavor of the fish the added boost.
  • Just marinate the fish in some lemon juice, salt, freshly cracked black pepper, white wine, and garlic. Mix all of these in a bowl and pour over the fish. Marinate for about 15 minutes.
  • Preheat your grill. You see a lot of people think that it is the fire that cooks the food. Big mistake. It is the heat in the grates and the smoke that cooks it. The reason why it is important to preheat the grill is that you want to get enough heat in those grates.
  • Secondly, you want the charcoal to reach smoking point.
    Make sure to dry your fish with kitchen towels before laying it on the grill. Fish with wet surface tend to stick on the grates. You do not want that to happen.


Roasting in the oven happens when you put dry ingredients and wait for it to cook. In this case, roasting gives the triggerfish that robust burst of flavor when you bite into it.

The trick to oven-roasting triggerfish is to approach it in a minimalist manner. You do not want to mask the flavor of the fish with too many ingredients.

You should also go with the cooking standard of 10 minutes for an inch-thick of fish fillet. Or you can do the touch technique. You feel the center of the fish, and if it is firm, it is cooked. Here is a simple way to of oven-roasting triggerfish.

  • First, you need to preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Season the fish with salt and pepper.
  • Squeeze some lemon juice on it.
  • Chop some herbs that go with white fish. You can choose from basil, parsley, dill, marjoram and oregano. Sprinkle the herbs on the fish.
  • Line a baking tray with some butter.
  • Place the fish on a dish.
  • Lay the fish in the middle part of the oven and roast accordingly.

IV. Deep-Fried

Deep frying triggerfish fillets create an excellent crust that keeps the moisture of the fish inside the flesh. It results in a wonderfully succulent and juicy fish dish even kids will enjoy.

The key here is to preheat your pot and oil to the right degree. It is also important that you use oil that has a high smoking point. In this case, soya oil is the best.

  • Preheat your oil to 350 degrees. If you do not have a thermometer, you have to look for smoke coming from the oil.
  • Create you frying station. Put some all-purpose flour on a plate. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Crack some eggs in a deep dish. Pour some Japanese bread crumbs on a plate.
  • Slice the triggerfish into 2-inch squares. Dredge each square in the flour, then the egg and finally the breadcrumbs.
  • Deep-fry the fillets in the oil for about three minutes.
  • Take the fish out and dry off excess oil with kitchen towels.

Pan-seared triggerfish fillet

Pan searing a boneless fillet of triggerfish works well for me. I know this is something that you will enjoy because it is very simple to do.

The good thing about pan-searing this fish is that the high heat creates a crust on the outside. The coating traps all of the moisture of the fish.

It results in a juicy and moist dish. The best oil for searing is peanut oil or clarified butter.

  • Since this involves quick cooking, you need to get your fish up to room temperature.
  • Just season it with salt, freshly ground black pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. Let it sit for about five minutes to let the fish absorb the seasonings.
  • Place a pan on the stove over medium-high heat. Pour in some oil or butter in it.
  • Once the oil is hot enough, sear the fish on one side for two minutes. Flip the fish and sear it for another minute or so.
  • At this point, the fish must be cooked.
  • Take the fish out of the pan.

How to Cook Triggerfish

Did you enjoy the tips that I shared with you regarding how to cook triggerfish? The tips are meant to show you that there are different ways in which you can cook triggerfish. With this article, you now have ideas on how to prepare this fascinating fish.

With the versatility of this fish, the possibilities are endless. What is written in this article are the basic ways of cooking this sweet-flavored fish. If you have anything to share w

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Emma Hayes

There I was in a hot yoga studio with plenty of bright natural light and bending myself into pretzel like positions for the very first time.