NO FISHY FISH!

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    Jan 08, 2008 12:39 PM GMT
    I hate sea food but am looking to find a type of fish food that is not so fishy so I can have some type of variety in my diet. Right now consisting of chicken and sometimes beef, I would like to change it up some but cant stand the taste of seafood!!

    There was a fish at a place here called Old Country Buffet years ago that had square baked pieces of fish that I loved but cannot find out what type it was.

    Anyone have any ideas??? I have tried flounder, grilled salmon and albacore...all yuck!
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    Jan 08, 2008 3:37 PM GMT
    Well, if you don't mind farmed fish that most likely came from China, tilapia is so mild tasting, it almost has no taste at all. It's the tofu of fish: it tastes like whatever seasonings you put on it.
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    Jan 08, 2008 3:44 PM GMT
    Haddock and cod are pretty mild too, milder than salmon and tuna. But if you don't like flounder they may still be too much.
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    Jan 08, 2008 3:53 PM GMT
    I quit eating fish (seafood) when I was 12. My life and diet are fine without it. It's not that I don't like it, either, it's more that I don't want to eat it. My friends all think that they can change my mind by getting me to try a piece, but I now have my best friend trained so that she doesn't cook fish when I'll be eating at her house. lol.
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    Jan 08, 2008 4:05 PM GMT
    Have you tried swordfish? Or shark? It's practically steak.
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    Jan 08, 2008 4:15 PM GMT
    Sole Brother
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    Jan 08, 2008 5:17 PM GMT
    We lean toward Chilean sea bass, cod (Pacific, as Atlantic is over-fished), and tilapia. Tilapia is not as flaky, but it's so much cheaper than either sea bass and cod and can be farmed sustainably.
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    Jan 08, 2008 5:50 PM GMT
    If you can, purchase wild caught, as opposed to farmed. Less mercury, apparently. Sadly, because of mercury, you have to limit your fish intake.
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    Jan 08, 2008 5:50 PM GMT
    I think fish is absolutely delicious. When you say fishy however, is it the odor or the taste that really gets you? I was always taught that the odor of a fish was a strong indicator of how fresh it was. The stronger the odor, the stronger your desire to toss it in the yard and bury it. Fresh fish should have a much weaker odor to it. Including when cooked.

    Some are very strong naturally. Others have given examples of very mild fish like Tilapia, which is very easy to serve with nearly anything because it is so mild.
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    Jan 08, 2008 6:11 PM GMT
    White fish will generally be blander. Tilapia gets another vote from me. The fish you had at the buffet was Haddock or Cod most likely.

    If you haven't, go out for some sushi. Pungent fishy fish when cooked can be very mellow and delicate tasting when raw. My boyfriend hates fish but loves sushi for this reason.
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    Jan 08, 2008 6:31 PM GMT
    Square fish are nearly always Haddock, Cod, or Flounder (American Plaice). In the UK, the European Plaice is the most common.

    You'll find these flavourless and odourless geometric fishies in the freezer section of any supermarket or down the local chip shop.

    Some of these species also take on other forms, namely as fingers (sticks), cakes (round), and wedges (triangular).

    Sole is another bland white fish, so much so that it's almost always poached in fish broth or smothered in sauce to give it flavour.

    Happy Hunting & Bon Appétit.
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    Jan 08, 2008 7:58 PM GMT
    Don't be so hard on fishy fish. Fishy beef is much worse.
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    Jan 08, 2008 8:37 PM GMT
    Orange Roughy is fairly mild too.
    I'm refraining and trying to be mature. There are just a million jokes that could be made about fishy fish/fish smells.....
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    Jan 08, 2008 8:56 PM GMT
    McGay saidIf you can, purchase wild caught, as opposed to farmed. Less mercury, apparently. Sadly, because of mercury, you have to limit your fish intake.


    Oh no, not another one of those people saying that too much mercury can lead to insanity..I've been EATING .>!> fish with MERRRRRcurieeee for years and I H AEEVEn't GonE INSANNEE yet...So when YOU--u ewe ooooooooh baby--TeLL AnoTHER one oooenne oone eof of YOUR Lies aBout Mer--cry and INNSANITEEE I'll bave t0 RIP out your googoo ga joob I am the wALRus NO I AM no called it FiRST Yeah so's your MOMMA
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    Jan 08, 2008 8:58 PM GMT
    Leeeeeeeeeaaaaavvveeee fiiiiiiiiiissshhhhh aloooooooooooooonnnnnnneeee!
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    Jan 08, 2008 9:05 PM GMT
    Whoa, h-e-a-v-y. Pass around the psychotropic gefilte fish, Schecky, but hold the salt! I wanna be the WaLRuS too!

    And, McGay, what shit are you on? Filet-O-Fish? Pickeled Herring Hash?

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    RedBull: You might want to try Pike and Whitefish, very mild-tasting – actually quite bland. You can "lose" them in other flavours.
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    Jan 08, 2008 9:14 PM GMT
    McGay said
    If you can, purchase wild caught, as opposed to farmed. Less mercury, apparently. Sadly, because of mercury, you have to limit your fish intake.

    Sorry McGay is CORRECT. Mercury is a cumlative load to your bod- just wait a few years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Daily intake of fish is not good for your LOAD - (just a few times per week) Fish have become victims of man's chemicals, it is not what it used to be.

    I also, would not touch fish from China!

    CHEERS!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 08, 2008 10:06 PM GMT
    Unless you're a child or a pregnant woman, you don't really need to worry about mercury.
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    Jan 08, 2008 10:19 PM GMT
    I bought a pound of good tuna steak, like 1.5" thick, cut it in quarters, and froze it. I've been throwing those chunks in lukewarm water to thaw fully and then sauteeing in butter with salt and black pepper. You can leave the interior as rare as you want (well, if it's high enough quality.) I leave it nice and red on the inside and crisp it to a golden brown on the outside, and I swear it tastes more like a beef steak than a fish. In either case, it's insanely delicious.
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    Jan 08, 2008 11:35 PM GMT
    Redbull,

    Are you eating fish for the health benefits or for the variety of taste in your diet?

    Some fish, particularly the milder tasting ones, do not have the health benefits that come with Omega-3 fats included in fish such as salmon, tuna and sardines.

    Jprichva and Posthuman are correct!!! The overwhelming input is that "...HEALTH BENEFITS OUTWEIGH THE RISKS..."

    I eat wild fish about 10-12 times/week and have never had a problem, my health is great, complexion clear and feel energetic, but mostly, I eat it because I love tuna and pacific salmon (most atlantic salmon is farm raised)...I stay away from farm raised fish, not because of cruelty issues, but I simply don't trust what people feed them, such as antibiotics, steroids, etc.

    http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/296/15/1926

    http://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20051019/benefits-of-fish-outweigh-mercury-risk

    http://www.accidentalhedonist.com/index.php/2004/06/27/learning_how_to_differentiate_fish_taste

    Visit your local fish market and ask them for a recommendation. The last link categorizes fish by taste.

    I hope this helps.

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    Jan 08, 2008 11:50 PM GMT
    10 - 12 times per week?! Which fish are you eating? I could eat nothing but seafood, if there was enough wild variety at my supermarket.
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    Jan 09, 2008 12:05 AM GMT
    Yum. I'm a seafood nut, love the stuff.

    Try flake for a milder taste, or whiting.
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    Jan 09, 2008 12:12 AM GMT
    McGay,

    I'm with you on that!

    ...different varieties of Pacific Salmon, Tuna, Grouper, Shrimp, Sardines, Flounder, Anchovies, Crab, Scallops and Mahi Mahi...mostly Salmon and Tuna.

    Yum!
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    Jan 09, 2008 12:58 AM GMT
    Try sushi
    I use to hate the fishy smell too, and found out there are 2 reasons they smell, either they are not fresh, or they are cooked. And to be sushi, they have to be fresh. So most sushi don't smell and that was the only fish food I eat.
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    Jan 09, 2008 10:18 PM GMT
    Alan95823 saidHave you tried swordfish? Or shark? It's practically steak.


    McGay saidIf you can, purchase wild caught, as opposed to farmed. Less mercury, apparently. Sadly, because of mercury, you have to limit your fish intake.


    posthuman saidUnless you're a child or a pregnant woman, you don't really need to worry about mercury.



    veniceman saidRedbull,

    I eat wild fish about 10-12 times/week and have never had a problem, my health is great, complexion clear and feel energetic.



    So the above quotes have some truth to them. Yes swordfish is very tasty (actually my favorite). However, it is also becoming more and more rare thanks to over fishing. It is also EXTREMELY high in mercury, do not eat it more than 1 time per month.

    Wild caught does not necessarily have less mercury than farmed fish. Mercury is in tens of thousands of water bodies in North America, and is almost impossible to avoid. In natural systems, mercury is bioaccumulated, and moves up the food chain so that older, bigger fish (the ones we like to keep) have unreal levels of mercury. Younger, smaller fish will most likely have less.

    As for steroids and other chemicals, unfortunately the levels needed to clearly screw up the human body are found in both farmed fish and wild caught. Atrozine for example is in many water bodies, and can cause numerous problems. For example, in frogs it causes eggs to grow in the male's testicles. In humans it causes sterility.

    Also, farmed fish helps sustain dangerously low populations, and has actually helped some species from extinction (salmon, trout, perch, etc.)

    Other biologists will agree with me that you should not be eating fish more than 2 times per week. 10-12 times will seem to have no effect, but mercury is a serious poison, and causes numerous problems as it accumulates in your tissues. It is true that children and women should not eat fish as often as an adult male, however over-consumption of most fish is actually not good. Brain dammage, cancer, sterility, hypertension, liver failure, kidney damage, it can even kill you. 2 times per week will actually suffice for your Omega-3 needs as long as the other foods you are eating are also healthy. There are also suppliments if you feel you cannot get enough.

    If you want fish without the fishy taste, haddock and talapia are probably your best bet. But moderation of both is best. Also, seasoning the hell out of any fish and putting it on the grill can take away a lot of bad flavors.