Post # 1
So, I don’t like fish. I live in a totally land-locked, cold-weather state, which, combined with the fact that my dad hates fish and my aunt is deadly allergic to shellfish, means that no one ever really fed me fish.
BUT, I’d LIKE to like fish. And I really want my son (now a year old) to like fish, or at least be exposed to it. My husband loves fish (and all seafood) and is willing to cook it if there are recipes I like, but I haven’t found any yet. And I’d probably do best cooking it myself (I’m more willing to try foods I cook myself.) So, with all that said, do you have any favorite recipes for fish (definitely not ready for shellfish/other seafood yet) that don’t taste super fishy and maybe kind of drowns out some of the fishy-ness? Suggestions for mild-flavored fish in general?
I really am trying…
Post # 3
@Jess1483: I hate 99.9% of fish but I actually enjoy a well made crab cake. They’re not the healthiest thing you can eat but the bread and seasonings mask the fish taste and smell.
Post # 4
@Aquaria: Haha, that is also the only thing I’ve ever really been able to tolerate. We had them at our wedding and I ate a couple of them. Maybe I’ll learn to make those 🙂
Post # 5
@Jess1483: Parmesan crusted tilapia! Its a super mild fish, parmesan batter makes everything good!
I actually get this frozen kind, because I hate the smell of fresh fish. You can get it at Walmart or Sams. I made it for my best friend once, who HATES fish, and she actually liked it. Its pretty nummy.
Edit: I cant get the picture to show, but heres a link.
Post # 6
@allyfally: Ooh, I could probably handle that one! Thanks for the suggestion.
Keep ’em coming!
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)
I never liked any seafood but wanted to get into it to be healthier. The only fish Ibe found that I like is salmon. I slice up lemons and lay them on a piece of foil, place the salmon on top, sprinkle with salt and pepper and lay some butter on top. Wrap up the foil and grill or bake. It’s simple but it worked for me!
Post # 8
This is one of my favorite recipes for fish baked in parchment paper. It’s baked with veggies and citrus so it’s not overly fishy. Using good, fresh fish will also help with the fishyness 🙂
As with many Martha Stewart recipes, it might seem a bit fussy but it comes out perfectly every time! I leave out the cilantro/chilis because I’m lazy.
Post # 9
Tilapia, put it in the oven with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Then grate some of the lemon rind on the fish with a little butter on top. bake in the oven until the ends are a little browned enjoy! it’s amazing and does not taste fishy at all!
Post # 10
@Jess1483: Definitely try it! I dont like really fishy tasting fish (and almost never like it if its not fried,) but I love this stuff. The brand is called Treasures from the sea (Idk if you saw the picture or not, I was having trouble with it.)
Post # 11
@allyfally: I was going to suggest tillapia too.
Fish tacos are really good! You can either broil the fish or use a batter, beer batter works well. Once you put veggies and a fish taco sauce on it the fish blends in pretty well.
I like this sauce: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/40-a-day/baja-fish-tacos-recipe/index.html
and this batter: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/fish-tacos/detail.aspx
Post # 12
Well, all the PPs pretty much stole my suggestions. I really love the fish taco idea. Great way to ease into fish by simply incorporating it into something else.
Post # 13
I hate “bland” fish like tilapia, grouper, etc – those are what I think of as fishy-tasting. I love salmon, tuna, snapper, etc, which have stronger tastes and I can do more with.
That said, I was given a bunch of sea bass, which I don’t love, and have been thinking about how to use it so I’m not overwhelmed with the taste. We came up with fish taco bowls. I mixed a baked tortilla (or tortilla chips), grape tomatoes, white corn, black beans, and some cheddar together and sauteed some sea bass in taco seasoning, Worchestershire, and soy to put on top. I know that seasoning combo is probably not very authentic, but it sure is tasty! Plus you can add whatever toppings you like – avocado, different cheese, onions, etc.
ETA: PP beat me to it! 🙂
Post # 14
I love fish, but didn’t like it until I was in my late teens, so maybe I can help.
I’d start with really mild flavored fish like Bass or Sole. Get a fillet and prepareing it by lightly breading it (a basic breading like crumbs mixed with parsley and seasoning) and then pan frying in butter. Squeeze a fresh lemon wedge over top just before you eat it. Maybe a little hot sauce if you like that kidn of thing.
If you can get used to that, eventually try pan frying without the breading in a similar manner.
If you don’t like the smell of fish lingeting in your home use and electic skillet or BBQ to cook outside. You can even add a diluted bleach soak to your dishes if the smell bothers you. (My grandma does this whe she cooks fish. I think it’s insane, but I guess some people can notice the smell on their washed dishes?)
Also, when I was starting my foray into fish eating I started with shell fish and worked my way up to actual fish. I personally think that shrimp/prawns are the easiest “gateway.” So, so yummy.
Post # 15
@Jess1483: I know exactly what you mean! I cant stand fish or the smell of fish and my husband lovesss fish. I still have yet to try something that doesn’t make me want to gag, but my Mother-In-Law made fish tacos with mango salsa… I still didn’t like it, but having the strong mango flavor helped… so maybe try something like that?
Post # 16
I agree with some others, tilapia (but also pollock) is probably the way to go. Blackened with cheesy potatoes on the side. Asiago crusted tilapia is good, keep with a stronger cheese to downplay the fish taste. Shark doesn’t have a fish texture to it, more like steak and you cook it about the same way, but getting a good fresher piece will make it less fishy.
Soaking any fish in Salt water overnight will help remove some fishy flavor