(Closed) Healthy dinners, do any of you cook your own fish at home?

posted 11 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
14181 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think it depends what kind of fish you’re cooking and the seasonings you’re using. My kitchen window is right by the stove so sometimes I open it.

Have you tried baking it? That might be less intense than grilling it on your stovetop.

I always think my house smells yummy after dinner, although it DOES linger  

Post # 4
41 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

We cook fish all the time and I honestly never notice the smell.  We cook salmon on the stove with a little grey poupon mustard and honey glaze  We also bake it with some lemon pepper sprinkled, or just a grainy mustard.  We have baked cod and haddock.   We will also do some jasmin rice…really fragrant and a fresh veggie.   Good luck with your dinners.

Post # 5
1356 posts
Bumble bee

We cook fish all the time too, and the smell has never bothered me. (My fiance is sitting beside me saying he "LOVES IT" – I’m guessing that means how it tastes, not how it smells. Haha) We either bake it or cook it in a skillet with lots of spices. Our favorite to cook is tilapia, which to me isn’t really a fishy fish. We love it!

Post # 7
1 posts

You can try using a scented candle or oil after cooking.  It usually removes the smell after cooking. 

Post # 8
773 posts
Busy bee

Fish, unfortunately, smells like what it is.  If you’re cooking fish with a strong fishy odor though, you are probably working with fish that is not very fresh.  Selecting fish from a good fish market, or the fish counter at a nice grocery, will get you better, fresher fish.  As for the black cod with miso- keep in mind that miso is fermented soy bean paste, and that could have been contributing to any funky, lingering smells.


I second the poster who suggested salmon with a little mustard.  I use a nice champagne dill mustard and I just smear it on the salmon and sear it until it is *just* cooked through.  Super simple, and not too smelly.

Post # 9
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2020

I cook salmon a lot & don’t have much of a problem with the smell. Make sure that you wrap up the paper that it came in and tie it up in a grocery bag before you put it in the garbage.

Then, put ANYTHING that is left (small pieces, anything) down the garbage disposal. And then finish with a few slices of lemon down the disposal, and you won’t notice the smell at all!

Post # 10
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2020

We eat fish all the time.   My favorites are actually found in the frozen section of our grocery store.  LOVE BASA- a light white fish, which can go straight from the freezer into a baking dish- i season it up and into the oven, no defrosting! and no stinking!

We make MAHI fish tacos a lot too- in a grill pan on the stove top- no smells there either- except yummy smells of cilantro and cumin, mmmmm 

Also- we have tuna steaks occasionally, just salt and pepper maybe sesame seeds and into a sizzling hot pan for a minute-  and i never notice a smell there either.  

And even though its not a fish, we make scallops and shrimp a lot too.  We’re Florida folk, seafood is a way of life! 

Post # 11
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

fresh fish doesn’t (shouldn’t) smell.  Tilapia is a great mild white fish that cooks up in minutes. Salmon is also a great choice.  Though it is probably just a personal issue – cod tends to smell a bit too fishy for me even when it is fresh. 

Post # 12
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2020

We make fish all the time at home and there is never a problem with a smell.  In fact, we just made tilapia last night.  If you get fresh fish, there shouldn’t be a smell.  I buy fish at the fish market and cook it the same day or the very next day.  If there is even the slightest "fish" smell, I will not buy it, or I will not cook it. 

Post # 13
256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

We never have a fish smell in the house and cook it all the time.  If you can get fresh fish that is preferrable; try grouper or even snapper.  All meaty white fish white fish without a fishy taste.  (Not Grouper cheeks though) Salmon is delicious but some people find it strong tasting.  We are non-bias fish consumers and eat everything.  We usually grill it on the barbeque.  You can buy a fish "basket" for grilling which keeps it from falling apart.  Try Home Depot.  Also, we prefer to not add sauces or anything but butter on the fish during the last 2 minutes.  Season it lightly with salt, garlic powder and pepper grill on high depending on thickness anywhere from 3-8 mintues on each side.  If you are only able to cook indoors, try broiling or pan sauteeing with a little olive oil, and add some white wine in the last 3 minutes.  Serve with lemon slices and rice or pasta and enjoy!

Post # 14
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Oh i can’t stant the smell of seafood so i never cook it home (Some baaaad experiances).  My poor Fiance suffers so much because of me, hes from southeast texas (Cajun county) so Seafood is a favorite of his. 

I’m funny, the only way i can eat fish is raw!  Sushi is so fresh there is no smell and it doesnt taste "fishy".

Post # 15
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

We eat a LOT of fish and I’ve never noticed the smell.  Though we usually have salmon, tilapia or something fresh from the lakes here (walleye, trout etc).  Cod might be fishier, but in general, fresh fish shouldn’t be strong smelling like that.  Might want to find a different place to buy your fish.

Post # 16
2022 posts
Buzzing bee

Another way to get rid of the fishy smell is to soak the fish in milk before you cook it.

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