8 Best Slow Cooker Fish Recipes

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While stews and soups are generally common in the slow cooker, very few people use the crockpot to prepare fish. This is partly because fish is generally faster to prepare normally.

For some fish recipes, however, the slow cooker can work extremely well. In addition to helping you prepare some amazing fish dishes; the slow cooking process helps infuse the fish with more flavor than you would end up getting if you use other cooking options.

In this article, we have top-rated slow cooker fish recipes. Each crockpot fish recipe should help you prepare an amazing meal that your taste buds will never forget.

Amazing Slow Cooker Fish Recipes You Should Try

1. Vietnamese Braised Catfish

Inspired by a traditional Vietnamese dish known as Ca Kho To, Vietnamese Braised Catfish is a tasty meal that can be prepared quite easily using a slow cooker. While the dish is designed for catfish, you can substitute it with other types of fish and the recipe will still work perfectly. If you have managed to reel in a catch using your catfish baits, follow the steps below to prepare the perfect dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 piece of catfish (cut into steaks)
  • ¼ cup of fish sauce
  • ½ cup of coconut sugar
  • 2 to 3 pieces of red chilis (finely chopped)
  • 1 piece of shallot (thinly sliced)
  • ½-inch piece of ginger (cut into thin strips)
  • Vietnamese coriander leaves

Instructions

  1. Using your saucepan, melt your coconut sugar into caramel.
  2. Add coconut water, ginger, chili, shallots, and fish sauce.
  3. Transfer to the slow cooker.
  4. Add your catfish steaks and cook on low for an average of 6 hours.
  5. Garnish with the coriander leaves.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 6 hours

2. Miso-Poached Salmon

If you like to use your salmon fishing rod, you can never go wrong with learning a crockpot fish recipe for salmon. Unlike some salmon recipes, miso-poached salmon is easy to make. However, there is nothing simple about the flavors you end up having. The recipe gives you a tasty dish while making the most of the natural flavors offered by salmon.

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces of salmon fillet
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 cup of mushrooms
  • ½-inch piece of ginger (thinly sliced)
  • ½ cup of scallions (thinly sliced)
  • 3 cups of fish stock
  • ½ cup of miso paste

Instructions

  1. In your slow cooker, combine the scallions, ginger, miso paste, and fish stock. Cook for 4 hours on low.
  2. Turn the heat to high and then add mushrooms and your salmon fillets. Cook for another 10 minutes.
  3. Season with salt or fish sauce.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 4 hours 10 minutes

3. Slow Cooker Tuna Salpicao

If your goal is to prepare a hands-off dish, this recipe should be ideal for you. What is even better is that this crockpot fish recipe gives a meal that tastes much better than a similar meal prepared on the stove. If you have landed a catch using your tuna fishing spinning reel, the instructions below will help you make a meal you will never forget.

Ingredients

  • 250 grams of tuna loin (cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns (coarsely ground)
  • 3 to 5 pieces of red chili (finely chopped)
  • 4 pieces of jalapeno peppers (finely chopped)
  • 1 bulb garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. In your slow cooker, combine salt, black peppercorns, red chili, jalapenos, garlic, and olive oil.
  2. Cook on low for 4 hours.
  3. Switch the heat to high.
  4. Add your tuna and cook for another 10 minutes.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 4 hours 10 minutes

4. Pineapple-Ginger Poached Milkfish

While the flavors used in this recipe may appear unusual, this shouldn’t put you off. Pineapple’s sweetness complements the sweetness of milkfish. The heat from the jalapeno peppers and the pungency of ginger and garlic help offset the unneeded extra sweetness. When followed perfectly, this is one of the slow cooker fish recipes that will offer you a complex flavor that complements your milkfish perfectly.

Ingredients

  • 500 grams milkfish
  • 4 to 5 pieces of jalapeno peppers
  • ¼-cup of white vinegar
  • 1 cup of pineapple juice
  • 1 cup of pineapple chunks
  • ½ tablespoon of black peppercorns
  • 6 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • ½-inch piece of ginger (peeled and thinly sliced)

Instructions

  1. Season your milkfish with salt.
  2. Combine everything in your slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low for 4 hours.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 4 hours

5. Slow Cooker Lemon and Dill Salmon

This crockpot fish recipe is an ideal alternative to the previous salmon approach.  While it uses conventional flavors, they all work pretty well to offer a great flavor. If you manage to catch salmon on your fishing trips, use the steps below to make yourself a great meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. of salmon fillet (cut into 4 meal-size portions)
  • 2 sprigs fresh dill (finely chopped)
  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Place a piece of parchment paper into the slow cooker’s base – this will make it easier for you to lift the salmon out of your cooker.
  2. Place the salmon fillets flat on your parchment paper and sprinkle with salt over the top. Drizzle the lemon juice over the fillets and place the fresh chopped dill sprigs on your salmon.
  3. Cook on high for 1 hour.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour

6. Soy-Ginger Steamed Pompano

Infusing your pompano with a range of Asian flavors – particularly ginger and soy – this recipe allows you to make a great pompano dish. As with the rest of the slow cooker fish recipes outlined in this article, you are not just limited to one type of fish – if you don’t have pompano, you can use a different fish species.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole pompano
  • 1 bunch of cilantro (rough-chopped)
  • 1 bunch of leeks
  • 6 cloves garlic (minced and fried)
  • ½-inch piece of ginger (cut into thin strips)
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • ¼ cup of Chinese cooking wine
  • ¼ cup of sesame oil
  • ¼ cup of soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Prepare your pompano. Gut the fish, scale, and make diagonal slits on both sides.
  2. In a bowl, combine honey, ginger, Chinese cooking wine, sesame oil, and soy sauce.
  3. Arrange your leeks at the bottom of the slow cooker.
  4. Lay your fish on top of the leeks.
  5. Pour the soy-ginger mixture on top of your fish.
  6. Cook for 1 hour on high.
  7. Serve your fish with a soy-ginger sauce.
  8. Top with the fried garlic and the chopped cilantro.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour

7. Slow Cooker Fish Curry

Taking advantage of numerous traditional flavors, fish curry allows you to make a meal that suits your taste. For this recipe to work, you need to use fish that has firm flesh. To determine whether a fish has firm flesh, you can think of your portable grill – if the fish works well on the grill, it should be ideal for making the fish curry.

Ingredients

  • 500 grams of bigeye Jack
  • Fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of curry powder
  • 2 pieces of bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon of mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • 3 to 5 pieces of star anise
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds
  • 1 piece of carrot (cut into chunks)
  • 100 grams of okra (cut into chunks)
  • ½-inch piece of ginger (thinly sliced)
  • 1 bulb garlic (crushed)
  • 1 piece of shallot (thinly sliced)
  • 4 pieces of jalapeno peppers (thinly sliced)
  • 2 pieces of tomatoes (diced)
  • 2 cups of coconut milk

Instructions

  1. Gut and scale the fish.
  2. In a wok, heat oil. Toast the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, star anise, coriander seeds, cinnamon, and fenugreek for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, jalapenos, ginger, garlic, and shallots and sauté for a minute.
  4. Add curry powder and roast for another minute.
  5. Add your coconut milk and bring it to a boil.
  6. Transfer to your slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours.
  7. Switch the heat to high and add the fish. Cook for an extra 1 hour.
  8. Season with the fish sauce.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 5 hours

8. Moqueca with Shrimp and Tilapia

While the first choice for this crockpot fish recipe is tilapia, you can always use any fish, as long as it has relatively firm flesh. When followed correctly, the recipe below should give you a rich gravy that is irresistible and highlights the seafood flavors.

Ingredients

  • 1 kilogram of tilapia (fillet)
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • 1 bunch of cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 piece of lime (juiced)
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic (minced)
  • 1 cups of diced tomatoes
  • 1 piece of yellow bell pepper (sliced thinly)
  • 1 piece of white onion (thinly sliced)
  • ½ kilogram of shrimps (peeled and deveined)

Instructions

  1. At the bottom of your slow cooker, arrange the garlic, tomatoes, bell pepper, and onions.
  2. Add the coconut milk and lime juice. Cook for an hour.
  3. Season the fish with pepper and salt.
  4. Arrange the fish and shrimps in your slow cooker and cook on higher for another 20 minutes.
  5. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour 20 minutes

FAQs

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Q: Can I Put Frozen Fish in Slow Cooker?

A: 

Cooking frozen fish in the slow cooker is not recommended. This is because the slow cooker gives harmful bacteria more time to multiply and contaminate the meat before it reaches a temperature that can kill the bacteria.

Q: How Do You Tell If Fish Is Cooked All the Way?

A: 

To tell whether your fish is cooked, poke the tips of your fork into the thickest fish portion at a 45-degree-angle. Next, twist the fork gently and pull up some of the fish. Properly cooked fish becomes opaque and flakes.

Q: Does Meat Need to Be Submerged in Slow Cooker?

A: 

Meat doesn’t have to be submerged in the slow cooker. Both simmering (submerged) and braising (not submerged) are two methods that produce great results when using the slow cooker.

Q: Can You Overcook Meat in Slow Cooker?

A: 

Yes, it is possible to overcook meat in the slow cooker. If you cook the meat for too long, it could end up too dry and not juicy and tender as you would want it.

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If you enjoy seafood, the slow cooker fish recipes we have in this article should make it much easier for you to prepare tasty food. Keep in mind that some of the recipes can work for different fish species. Other than the fish species mentioned in the recipes, you can experiment with other types of fish.

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