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Old 06-24-2010, 09:33 AM   #1
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Help me learn to like fish...

Ok, I'm a grown up now, I should eat fish

I want to love it so much, I know it's so good for me, and it's a protein option other than chicken/beef/pork.

Something must have happened when I was a child to make me hate it so much. I must have had some bad, really fishy fish, and I just have not been able to tolerate it except in stick form

Please tell me some recipes or types of fish, or how to cook it to ease me into teaching myself to like it.

I had tilapia one time from Long John Silver (the grilled kind). It didn't make me, it wasn't fishy, but then again, it came from LJS so can I really consider it real fish? Lol.

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Edited to add: My mom got some Salmon the other day at a resturant and I took a tiny flake of it and had to spit it out. It was too fishy.
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yeah, salmon is a tough one to start out with. I didn't start liking it until I moved to OR, where people know how to prepare it. What about starting with something like tuna salad? It's pretty tame and you can prepare it however you like. When I can eat fish (stay away from it at the moment!), I just like it with chopped celery, mustard and mayo. Maybe wrap it in lettuce leaves? Also, the tilapia you mention is a really mild fish and you prepare it in several ways. It might be the least fishy fish. then there are things like shrimp, scallops, crab...
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:40 AM   #3
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Oh sorry, should have been more clear Lol.

I can eat tuna from a can as long as it's got a lot of sweetened mayo in it. I can eat shrimp as long as it's not too fishy. Everything else is just like fish.

I was thinking maybe marinades would help? Or something?

Tilapia was what I was thinking about trying. How would I prepare it? I got a new grill and I wanted to grill it, but is there something I can marinade it in to kind of ease me into it?
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I hate fish, but I do like talipia because it doesn't taste or smell fishy.

I sometimes coat it with parmesan cheese and broil it for a few minutes.
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I don't like fish either. I have found if the fish is less than 24 hrs dead, the fishy taste is minimal. Not frozen in less than 24 hrs, but fresh caught.

I had fresh grilled salmon, tuna, and perch and they were good. Not great or fantastic, but good.

I CAN NOT do canned tuna, salmon, or even sticks.

Hope that helps form a fellow non-fish eater.
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I think I might try Tilapia. It's really expensive here at like $15 a pound, how much is a proper portion size? 3oz? I'm only going to buy a small portion to try it.

Tx that looks really good. I will try that.

I really want to grill it for some reason though Lol.
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Definitely stick with the mild fishes that are much less "fishy". Halibut, Sea Bass, Cod, Mahi-Mahi, all good choices. Personally, I dont like Tilapia its just gross to me. Get wild caught if you can, much better tasting and no fishy smell. Most of these stand up great to grilling. A nice cajun rub or compound butter is all you need.
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Well Poca, I don't know what kind of fish is at the market, wild caught or farmed wise. We are land locked (I'm in the northern part of TX) and I don't know where they get the fish from. It always looks really fresh when I pass by the counter though.
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I hate fish, but I do like talipia because it doesn't taste or smell fishy.

I sometimes coat it with parmesan cheese and broil it for a few minutes.
something like this

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this would probably be a good way to do tilapia. They way I've seen it, it's usually much too thin to place on the grill and would probably just fall apart. or you could make foil pouches and then grill in that wtih some butter, seasonings, veggies, etc.

if you don't want to invest a big $$ amount, it's not as good, but tilapia can usually be found in the freezer section. Fresh, of course would be better but $15 per lb?? It's usually the cheapest fish here!
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I think I might try Tilapia. It's really expensive here at like $15 a pound, how much is a proper portion size? 3oz? I'm only going to buy a small portion to try it.

Tx that looks really good. I will try that.

I really want to grill it for some reason though Lol.
Check Walmart My son buys it for 6.00 for 2 lbs bag
I won't do the Tiliapia
I think COd is a great way to start infact even thos there is breading on it THe Van De camps Battered is good just pull of the breading it is a good way to start

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Well that's the fresh price. I thought fresh would be less fishy, no? I may check the freezer section.
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Sashimi.

I have only had raw tuna, but do you know what it tasted like? NOTHING.
Totally flavourless, didn't smell of anything. It was like eating texture, if that makes any sense.

The flavour came from the soy sauce, green onions and sesame oil that was eventually slathered all over it. It was really tasty.

I don't know if this is true of all raw fish, but if it is - then you might not have to worry much about the flavour of the actual fish
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Most "fresh" fish in grocery stores is not - it's been frozen then thawed. Don't fear buying the already frozen fish - a lot of it is frozen in individual portions so that works really well.

Serving size is pretty much the same as any other meat...I find fish to be a bit lean so some fat on the fish or in the side dish helps.

If you like Mrs. Dash seasonings, here's a really simple way to prepare tilapia:

Blot the fish dry and season generously with Mrs. Dash (your choice) and a little salt. You don't want to coat it like the Mrs. Dash was a breadcrumb, but still, don't skimp. Pan fry in a skillet in a little olive oil until nicely browned on either side. Give a squeeze of lemon when it comes out and top with a pat of butter. Great with homemade coleslaw.
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I also buy my tilapia in the frozen section, individual packets

I just can't do the fish with the skin on
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Costco and Sams club have many varietes of fish/seafood in their frozen section. Other than the smallish stuff (scallops, shrimp), most are individually packaged/sealed within the larger bag. Makes it really easy to just take out what you need for a given meal. I throw the sealed packets in some cold water to thaw (never think ahead to refrigerate overnight).

I love their salmon, but definitely wouldn't start there if you don't like fish. When you do get around to the fattier fishes (like salmon), you might try a LC terriyaki or asian marinade of some kind.

Tilapia filets are really thin, definitely not for the grill unless you foil packet them. I like to fry them in a skillet, because I enjoy the crispiness/browning it adds.

I wonder if adding a less-fishy fish (like pink roughy or tilapia) to something you already like would help. I'm thinking stir fry or something "mixed" with flavors/textures you like.

If you like fish sticks, I wonder if fish croquettes/patties might work for you.

If all else fails, try and walk away for awhile. You can't force yourself to like something, but tastes can change over time, even in adults.
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Ok, I'm a grown up now, I should eat fish...
Hi MsW…

Sorry I’m no help. I only like things from the sea spelled ''Shrimp'' or ''lobster'' or ''scallops''...the rest my wife loves (well she likes the shrimp, lobster and scallops too). OK - confession, I like tuna salad and tuna casseroles.

There are plenty of other sources of protein, that are good for me, and taste like meat.

I’m not bored with my other choices, and if I were I think I’d try eating 'frog' (one I’ve avoided because of the imagery) before fish. I grew up on catfish, bass, and pike, but I’m pretty sure I loved the thick cornmeal breading as much as what was under it...

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my FAV. choice of fish is Orange Roughy, very mild, a good thick white pc. of Cod is 2nd best. If I see skin on fish I turn and run, that icks me out
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Well that's the fresh price. I thought fresh would be less fishy, no? I may check the freezer section.
Unless you know that fish was just pulled out of the water within the last 24hrs, I would go with frozen. There is a better chance that it was frozen within 24 hours while still fresh.

The fish here is usually just off the boat, I forget that not everyone has that option.
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I also buy my tilapia in the frozen section, individual packets

I just can't do the fish with the skin on
i get this from kroger. i have been on a tilapia kick lately...

lemon and old bay
mayo and parm crusted
cajun seasonings

yum yum yum! i dont like fishy fish and mostly stick to tilapia and shell fish.
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you eat so many good things, why bother with something you hate? if you get super bored with your diet, think about it then!
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Because I want to like it? Lol. I know it sounds crazy but I want to like fish.
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I would suggest haddock(my favorite), it is one of the milder fish along with grouper, cod, halibut and tilapia. I usually just bake or grill my fish with some lemon butter wrapped in foil, because I want to taste the fish. You can use different spices that you like or parmesan or pork rind breading. I know a lot of people just don't care for fish so good luck on converting yourself..lol. My brother won't touch any seafood, lobster included!! Maybe just try eating a small amount each week and see if that works. You can ask the seafood dept. at your local grocery stores where the fish came from, ours is usually marked with little signs next to the fish. You can also ask how old the fish is and if it is fresh or frozen. You might want to even try a seafood market in your area because they usually have the freshest seafood.
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Hey MsWoods! I used to force myself to eat fish -- it's supposed to be healthy and good for you -- and got sick a lot. My husband enjoys fish and I eat in a separate room when he does. I can be at the other end of the house and know when he opens a can of salmon -- I gag. I found out that a lot of fish (both salt and fresh water) contain mercury. I am extremely allergic to even miniscule amounts of mercury. My allergy specialist told me that the reaction to the smell alone is one of the body's ways of being sure you don't put something in that it cannot handle.......just my 2 cents worth on why I don't eat fish and won't force myself to try ever again! Dianne
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Because I want to like it? Lol. I know it sounds crazy but I want to like fish.
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Have you considered an aquarium?

I’m thinking fish might be quite lovely to look at while you are cooking your steaks...

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I think if I put enough butter on anything it should taste good, right?
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Have you considered an aquarium?

I’m thinking fish might be quite lovely to look at while you are cooking your steaks...

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My experience is this: I didn't like fish growing up, but love it now. Why? I only eat the very freshest fish I can find. It makes a HUGE difference. I live in Ohio, so most of the time I depend on frozen fish. But not all frozen fish is equal. My local grocer (and it's mid- to upscale) grocer has rather lousy fish. I won't buy it. But I absolutely trust our Costco. The frozen fish there comes in a bag and each piece is individually packed in heavy plastic. No fishy odor. Good texture.
I'd suggest grouper and mahi-mahi.
There's going to be a learning curve of cooking. Learning when it's done, but not too done takes some practice and you don't want it too done.
Also, if you like spice, try it with blackened seasoning (sugar-free, of course). Or sugar-free barbeque sauce. I've got my husband asking for fish now.
One other suggestion is high-grade tuna. Roll it in sesame seeds and sear is on all sides. About 1/4 inch of the flesh (deep) should turn white and the rest should be bright red. Great on a salad with a wasabi dressing. Husband says if he closed his eyes, he'd think it was beef. But again, quality, quality, quality fish.
With grouper, mix coconut milk with curry for a nice sauce.
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I love Snapper- I prefer Yellow Lane and Yellow Tail Snapper over Red Snapper! Besides my fatty fish - Mackerel and Sardines in a can - thats the only type of fish I really like. Tilapia- eh, every now and then again but I'm not crazy about it.

If you can find Yellow Lane or Yellow Tail Snapper, give it a try. You might have to go to an actual fish market for that. Its not the same snapper sold in most supermarkets.
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Try cooking fish with ginger or lemongrass. That's what we do here to get rid of the fishy taste and smell. My DH finds it weird that people from here don't like fish to taste or smell fishy LOL
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Hi I just love Haddock or Cod I live in new England in New Bedford and its known for fresh fish and if you can get fresh Haddock or Cod its the best Mad

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