Hone Your Cooking Skills
"The easiest technique that I would recommend for someone at home is to basically broil the fish or bake the fish, either whole or as a fillet," Ripert says. For those starting out, he recommends brushing or spraying fish with good-quality olive oil or melted butter, then seasoning it with salt and pepper before transferring to the oven. "Usually at the restaurant we test doneness using metal skewers, which we place through the flesh of the fish. You should feel a very slight resistance, and leave the skewer in for 10 seconds. When you put it to yo ur mustache area or the inside of your wrist, it should feel warm," he says. Once you have some successes with simple techniques, you can start poaching the fish or sautéing it to crisp the skin.