Fish - Please help!

  • Geoedward

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    Jun 05, 2010 7:28 PM GMT
    I want to start eating fish. My partner loves it but never has it at home because I can't eat it. If it smells or taste fishy, I can't get past that. It gags me. So I need everyone's help with how to prepare fish so that is doesn't taste like fish. The only way I can eat it right now is breaded with ketchup on it. I can't even do that if it tastes in any way fishy. We used to go fishing all the time and when we brought the fish home he had to bread it heavily and then I had to dip it in ketchup. I know all of the breading and ketchup is not good for me so I want to try eating different fish, cooked in a lot of different ways I would really appreciate your help with this. Thanks George
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    Jun 05, 2010 7:52 PM GMT
    Make an effort to buy good-quality fish. For one thing, fish should NOT smell fishy. It should smell a little like the ocean, but definitely not like fish.

    A common mistake people make is overcooking it. It's better to undercook it just a bit than to overcook it. Fish should be flaky when poked with a fork.

    Have you ever tried making fish en papillote? That means baking fish inside a pouch of parchment paper (or even tin foil) which allows the heat to create steam inside the pouch. It's good for keeping the fish moist. But you can add a variety of ingredients inside the pouch such as herbs, white wine, lemon juice, butter, and veggies depending on what kind of flavor you want your fish to take on.

    It's worth trying out a variety of fish to find out what you might like. Supermarkets these days have more selection. Some fish are meatier and have stronger flavor than others. It's just a matter of exploring your taste buds.
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    Jun 05, 2010 7:54 PM GMT
    Lemon really cuts down the fishy taste. Choose fish that is not fishy to start with. My favorites are halibut and orange roughy.
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    Jun 05, 2010 7:57 PM GMT
    Try 'game fish'... like swordfish, wahoo, shark ect... grill it!
    Tastes almost like a fine light pork!
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    Jun 05, 2010 8:02 PM GMT
    Really fresh grilled yellow fin tuna is hard to beat. There's nothing fishy about it. It also makes a great tuna salad like nothing that comes from a can. Fresh Wahoo salad is also quite delicious.
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    Jun 05, 2010 8:05 PM GMT
    funbud8 said Fresh Wahoo salad is also quite delicious.
    So are the the STEAKS! Awesome!
  • chris_dallas

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    Jun 05, 2010 8:07 PM GMT
    go to the store and get talapia and either buy it prebreaded type seasoning stuff which is really good or find a recipey i have the same problem u do and this is great
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    Jun 05, 2010 8:10 PM GMT
    TropicalMark saidTry 'game fish'... like swordfish, wahoo, shark ect... grill it!
    Tastes almost like a fine light pork!


    I love swordfish, but I avoid it as I may as well just eat a spoonful of mercury.
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Jun 05, 2010 8:23 PM GMT
    Tilapia and Sushi grade Tuna are my stand-by meals. I have one of these at least twice a week:

    TILAPIA - filets are typically about 8 oz., and should always be fresh when purchased, and can be frozen for up to a month without any cocern.

    Pat them dry with a paper towel. Place them on a broiling rack and brush them with virgin olive oil on both sides, lightly, and dust with pepper.

    Place them under the broiler for approximately 4 minutes each side.

    While broiling, squeeze a lemon and add some capers or sliced green olives, and blend in a blender.

    Remove from broiler, dress with lemon/caper or lemon/olive blend and serve hot. No fishy taste at all. Guaranteed.


    TUNA - let tuna stand at room temp for approximately 30 minutes.
    Heat a skillet on high with no oil or butter. Dry.
    Coat tuna in white or black sesame seeds and ground pepper.
    Place a single thin pat of butter on the top of the coated tuna and drop in the dry pan. Let sear for two minutes on each side, and then using tongs sear the sides for about 45 seconds to 1 minute each - max.

    Remove from heat. Let stand for three minutes.
    While Tuna is standing, open a bag of pre-washed arugula or spicy greens, dress greens with juice of one lemon and two tablespoons of olive oil.

    Serve greens onto plate, and using sharp knife slice Tuna into thin strips approximately 1 inch thick, and layer onto dressed greens.


    Both recipes take less than 10 minutes to prepare and have ready on the table. Neither tastes of the typical flavors associated with "fishy"ness, and both are exceedingly good sources of quality protein, unsaturated good fats and can be joined happily with a nice complex carb (like a grilled peach or some white beans, brown rice or slices of grilled sweet potato.
  • Sparkycat

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    Jun 05, 2010 8:28 PM GMT
    How about hypnosis? While you're under you can be told that you love fish. You wake up, eat fish, problem solved.
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    Jun 05, 2010 8:47 PM GMT
    Get tilapia,not only does it not taste like fish,it has about no taste at all.
    Try pan frying it with olive oil,sea salt,black pepper,onion,tomatoes,good white wine and fresh parsley and basil.
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    Jun 05, 2010 8:48 PM GMT
    My mom isn't a fan of fish either, but still likes salmon.
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    Jun 05, 2010 8:50 PM GMT
    It's all in the prep.

    Wash with lemon or vinegar. It helps to get rid of the fish smell

    them use a marinade
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    Jun 05, 2010 8:54 PM GMT
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    TropicalMark saidTry 'game fish'... like swordfish, wahoo, shark ect... grill it!
    Tastes almost like a fine light pork!


    I love swordfish, but I avoid it as I may as well just eat a spoonful of mercury.


    and in addition, the oceans are being decimated of swordfish and sharks due to 'sport' and the desire for sharkfin soup. choose different fish!
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    Jun 05, 2010 8:56 PM GMT
    Rockbiter saidLemon really cuts down the fishy taste. Choose fish that is not fishy to start with. My favorites are halibut and orange roughy.


    There's some really good advice there, I myself love Flathead, to cook, but I also love raw fish to eat too, and I never notice a fishy smell to it, in fact if it did, I'm not sure I would eat it, as I love fish. Not long until I will be catching my own agin.
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    Jun 05, 2010 8:58 PM GMT
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    Jun 05, 2010 8:59 PM GMT
    soak it in milk for a few hours. seriously, try it.
  • TR_Latitude10

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    Jun 05, 2010 9:34 PM GMT
    Mainstream grocery stores are typically the worst places to get your "fresh" fish...They don't know how to store it...Goto a fish supplier/monger...prices should be the same, but quality much higher. Also gives you the opportunity to talk to them to get more ideas of which fish is most appropriate for your taste...

    I grew up in Tx and only knew catfish...egads!! Now, I eat a great variety of gamefish and eat ceviche nearly every day for lunch.
  • Geoedward

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    Jun 05, 2010 11:24 PM GMT
    Hey guys, A lot of good advice and recipes, Thank you so much!
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    Jun 05, 2010 11:29 PM GMT
    Geoedward saidHey guys, A lot of good advice and recipes, Thank you so much!


    No problem! Keep us posted on what you try and like/don't like.
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    Jun 05, 2010 11:33 PM GMT
    Whew I'm not alone
    I can't abide even the slightest whiff of fish either so I don't eat it.. plain and simple. I've lasted this many years and I'm not about to change just because someone else says I should. No matter what anyone says.. I can smell fish through all the breading or whatever
    A few years back at work I was hosting some folks from mainland China and their interpreter told me that after about a week of american food they were wanting some real Chinese.. So I took them to Chinatown and whatever they were ordering I had no idea.. Anyways we're all sitting there at the table and awhile later the waiter comes and sets down the big honkin catfish or something smack in front of me at my end of the table.. Talk about ready to gag. ... well soon enough the woman sitting beside me reaches over with her chopsticks and grabs one of the eyes, pulls it out and proceeds to eat it,...It was all I could do to hold it in. Then they're all reaching over for it and pulling bits off and snacking away.. .
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    Jun 05, 2010 11:37 PM GMT
    if you have to put ketchup on anything it is probably not good food.
    Go to the best fish market you can find and try to get as fresh fish as possible. Fish should smell like the ocean, and taster similar. Have you ever eaten seafood in a seafaring town fresh caught?

    It may not be that you don't like fish, it may be that you don't like frozen, shipped in crap, but then I am from Louisiana and brought up to know fresh seafood from frozen. I have only had a frozen shrimp once or twice, it sucks!
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    Jun 06, 2010 12:19 AM GMT
    me and my sis have the same problem, try salmon i find that to be one of the few seafood i can take. tuna is the worst!
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    Jun 06, 2010 1:39 AM GMT
    Geoedward saidI want to start eating fish. My partner loves it but never has it at home because I can't eat it. If it smells or taste fishy, I can't get past that. It gags me. So I need everyone's help with how to prepare fish so that is doesn't taste like fish. The only way I can eat it right now is breaded with ketchup on it. I can't even do that if it tastes in any way fishy. We used to go fishing all the time and when we brought the fish home he had to bread it heavily and then I had to dip it in ketchup. I know all of the breading and ketchup is not good for me so I want to try eating different fish, cooked in a lot of different ways I would really appreciate your help with this. Thanks George


    Try a little grilled Mahi. Might do the trick.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jun 06, 2010 1:52 AM GMT
    If any protein based food smells when you open the package, throw it out. Chicken, beef, pork, fish, and that guy you picked up at the grocery store, should not smell when you open the package.