Larder List for Freestyle Seafood Cooks

Suitable for: All Fish.

It’s much easier to cook fish frequently if you keep some of these pantry supplies on hand.  Whether you order online, get a surprise gift from a neighbor or catch it yourself, it’s quick and easy to say “fish for dinner!”

In your cupboard:

  • Olive, canola, or safflower oil
  • Fish-fry mix
  • Shrimp-batter mix
  • Garlic powder, or chopped garlic in a jar
  • Herbs and spices in jars: dill weed, coarse-ground black pepper, thyme leaves, tarragon leaves, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, ginger, curry powder
  • Bottled clam juice
  • Yellow or white cornmeal
  • Jar sweet red peppers
  • Canned water chestnuts
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame seed
  • Small cans stewed tomatoes and tomato sauce
  • Bottled lemon and lime juices (look for the kinds that include ground peel—tastier!)
  • Basmati or other tasty rice
  • Linguini or spaghetti
  • Italian or Japanese-panko breadcrumbs

In your freezer:

  • Chopped spinach
  • Oriental stir-fry vegetables
  • Basic fish and shellfish stocks

In your refrigerator:

  • Butter (keep frozen if you use it only occasionally)
  • Sesame oil
  • Dry white wine
  • Dry sherry or white vermouth
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Fresh herbs