As recreational fishermen and women, we fish for two main reasons. The first being, for the sheer sport of catching a fish on the line, and the second, to enjoy cooking and eating our own catch with family and friends. There are many articles about fishing techniques, but too few about cooking your catch and the kitchens designed primarily for seafood. If you walk into the commercial kitchen of your local seafood restaurant or café, you will see equipment and appliances designed specifically to cook fish and seafood. Unfortunately, not many of us get the chance to see behind the scenes at professional seafood restaurants.
Seafood Cooking Kitchens: Designed for Fins
What then are the salient design differences for the fishy kitchen? Salamanders are not just strange looking slimy creatures; they are also gas fired overhead grilling devices. The salamander is great for browning and flame grilling the surface of a fish at high temperatures. For a quick charcoal flavour on your favourite fish dish, this stainless baby can deliver in spades. Your seafood kitchen: designed for fins, must have a salamander, if it is to be a true fish dish temple of gastronomy.
What next home cooks? Fish and chips are synonymous with deep fryers. The crunchy beer batter, the twice and thrice fried perfect French fry, they all depend on large and capable deep fryers. Which then require extensive overhead exhaust fans and filters to suck up that grease and fat. Cooking seafood demands plenty of stainless steel surfaces to prepare dishes, and so, that you can hygienically clean the surfaces after cooking. Batter splashes and oil splashes are best wiped up on stainless steel. Also, the strong smell of fish is not absorbed into stainless steel, as it is into many other surface materials.
Kitchen doors are important to protect the rest of the house from these powerful cooking odours, and the make-up of the doors themselves is important. You may wish to have sealed timber doors or stay with the whole metallic theme. The seafood specific kitchen demands a more stringent approach in design and construction, than the average all purpose kitchen does. Fish are oily creatures that can stink out a home in no time at all. Remember the smells coming from cheap flats inhabited by people from seafood eating ethnicities. It is hard to get that fishy smell out of the building, let alone the kitchen. Good kitchen design incorporates all the necessary features for the primary purpose of that kitchen space.