Exploding Fish

We made tilapia last night. We used a simple recipe that provided an easy sauce to pour over the fish; then you sprinkle with paprika and microwave for four minutes. The result was divine, and I say that even though for the most part I’m not a fish fan. The sauce was tangy (from such delights as raspberry vinegar, dijon mustard, and lemon juice) as well as sweet (honey!).

There was just one problem. For some reason, the fish blew up.

You think I’m joking. Even though we had a microwave lid on the plate, there was a ring of fish strands around the microwave that took a bit of cleaning. The entire underside of the lid was covered in shredded fish. When we lifted it off, we could see where entire sections of fish fillet were just gone.

At least it wasn’t dangerous, like the inimitable bananas foster recipe. But it was certainly exciting!

I don’t know why the idea of exploded fish leads me to this—maybe because it just sounds gross—but today I reviewed a rather unusual book that I never expected to be reading: Matt Pagett’s What Shat That? Enjoy!

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4 comments on “Exploding Fish
  1. Zoso says:

    Mmm, sounds good (the fish recipe more than the book…) (not that the book doesn’t sound good in the “interesting” sense, but not so much the “tasty” sense. Anyway.)

    A friend of mine had a potato explode in his microwave, I’m not sure how. He couldn’t even be bothered to clean it out, he just chucked the whole microwave and got a new one! And they say we’re turning into a disposable society…

  2. SciFiChick says:

    Fish usually explodes in the microwave.. at least, everytime I’ve tried to reheat. I always make sure it’s well-covered!
    And I try to stick to just baking it. lol

  3. heather says:

    Zoso: The fish was truly awesome, and when I say that about fish, it’s an unusual day! I believe that’s the first time I’ve ever ended a dinner saying, “oh god, I ate too much,” because of fish.

    He threw the microwave out because of exploded potato?! Eeek!

    SciFiChick: *grin* We’ve done salmon before without a problem. But, wow. What a show! lol!

  4. Shelly says:

    The same thing happened to me. I was reheating a salmon fillet and all of a sudden 3 quick pops and the salmon was all over the microwave. I took it out and touched it with a fork and it poped again on the counter and made another mess. It was suprising at the time but very funny.

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