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Whiting, also known as silver hake, has a mellow flavor that works well with a variety of seasonings. Many types of whiting are found in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, which means the fish is featured in cuisines across the globe. Regardless of the exact type, all whiting has white flesh with a mild taste. Spicy or sweet -- as long as the seasoning goes with fish in general -- will pair well with whiting.
Whiting has a delicate taste that lends itself well to a simple seasoning approach. Sprinkle lemon pepper over the fish for a traditional flavor. Dust the fish with parsley and celery salt for an herbal touch. Go for a whisper of spice with a pinch of chili powder. Drizzle lemon or lime juice over each fillet to add a hint of tang. Brush cooked whiting with ketchup for a kid-friendly meal.
Sweet seasonings bring out the naturally sweet flavor found in any good piece of whiting. Try an Italian-style flavor by sprinkling the fish with parsley and sweet basil. For a salty sweet, brush each fillet with teriyaki sauce as it cooks. Sprinkle whiting with sweet paprika and roasted garlic powder for a smoky twist. Drizzle each cooked fillet with a mixture of orange juice and apricot marmalade for a sophisticated flavor.
The mild flavor of whiting helps balance out the taste of spicy seasonings. Dust each fillet with chipotle pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and salt for a Mexican-style dish. Top cooked whiting with hot salsa to give the fish a quick kick of flavor. Try an Asian-style taste by sprinkling fillets with yellow curry powder, ginger powder and cumin. Brush cooked whiting with a mixture of red pepper sauce, soy sauce, garlic powder, hot paprika and black pepper for a fiery flavor. Rub the fish with cayenne pepper and smoked salt before cooking it to impart a woodsy hotness.
Savory seasonings contain a blend of several flavors and often work best when used lightly so as not to overwhelm the delicate whiting. Sprinkle the fish with cayenne pepper, thyme, garlic powder, black pepper and salt for a Cajun-style flavor. Go for a rich taste by brushing each cooked fillet with pesto -- a pulverized mixture of basil, garlic, olive oil, Parmesan and pine nuts. For a Caribbean-style dish, marinate the fish for up to an hour in a mixture of lime juice, fish broth, red pepper sauce and chopped cilantro.
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