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Since I'm working to lose weight I remove the batter and smother the fish in lemon juice! Yummy! Lemon really makes it so good!
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3/9/11 10:55 A

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Personally I rather have batter on my fish, since I am not a fish person. So no I did not try to remove it. This was at my friends house and we ate the perch that we caught last October, which was still good to eat. I don't know why we never at it sooner. I rather fish for the sport than eat it.

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Did you try removing the batter? I know that sometimes it does not come off that easily and you are left with a mess. Not sure if you were at a restaurant or not, but restaurants are usually quite accomodating (broil rather than fry) if you ask for something to be prepared differently.

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Good for you for keep trying!
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I had fresh Lake Erie (yellow) perch for dinner the other night. Only thing is that it was battered and fried. Couldn't even taste it to be honest and I really didn't like his choice of batter...cornmeal and cajun flavored, which was really salty. My friend even bought tilapia, but he didn't fry that up. Maybe next time.

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I couldn't find the recipe that I thought I had from the American Heart Assc...at least that is where I think it was from. I think it was like a Jamaican Jerk that sounded good. I have heard that fresh fish should not smell at all. We do have a fish market in town and I have been tempted to go there, but have got up my nerve! I just don't want to waste money if I end up not eating it because I don't like it.

I do agree that some food you didn't like when you were younger, you may like now. Also I think that some foods are just an aquired taste.

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Winky -

Good for you for tying tilapia. Hope you enjoy it, but don;t be discouraged if not. It takes awhile to learn to cook a new type of food. As mentioned, fish generally does not take long to cook you want to take it out of the oven, broiler, grill just as it is changing from translucent to opaque, flakes easily, and is moist.

Good for you for venturing out to try something new. The Med. Diet does recommend fish at least a couple times a week. The greater variety of foods you like will give you many options so you won't get bored or feel deprived.

We are having Tilapia tonight. Good Luck!!
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Let us know how it works our for you. And I agree with Skipside - don't over cook it. A thin tilapia fillet will not take long at all. Depending on the temp of your oven only 5-10 minutes. It's the original fast food! Same holds true for shrimp. The mango salsa sound yummy!

Smell is such an important part of the dining experience. I've been in a fish place that didn't smell so good as well, but my favorite store does not have that issue.

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Thank you all for your support. I went to the store today and bought some tilipia cause of all the fresh fish that you all listed that was the freshest. Just came in today. I am going to cook it tomorrow. I am looking at this recipe for blackened tilipia with mango salsa. My experience with fish has been trout (still had the scales on yuck) and the good ole fish sticks (nasty) I did have some fried catfish that was good before but that is not even a consideration. Other experiences was mostly I thought the seafood department smelled bad. But I dearly love crab, lobster, and shrimp. I bought some fresh shrimp today too.

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2/20/11 7:25 P

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WOW! Awesome responses here.

I agree with Joy that the mildest fish choices to start you off are probably halibut, sole, tilapia, Mahi Mahi. They have limited flavor so will end up tasting like whatever spices/sauces you end up cooking them or serving them with. They also are normally rather thin fillets so they cook up quickly so you need to take that into account so that you don't overcook them. Huge part of fish is in cooking it but not overcooking it.
I wasn't much of a fish eater many moons ago but eased myself into it when I moved from landlocked interior to the seacoast. I didn't eat much salmon but DH does excellent job of grilling it (better than in most restaurants) so I've grown to prefer salmon but usually only have it at home :)
I hate sardines....but then I had them fresh off the boats with a little lemon when I was in Italy and it was fabulous! I still hate the sardines from the store with all their salt..I grew up in an almost saltfree home so just can't stomach them. So again huge part of fish is in the recipe and the just finding a few that are OK for you.

I'll be back if I think of anything interesting to add but you've got tons to start with here
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Somewhere too I did have a good simple "fancy" recipe that was essentially - make some stuffing, wrap mild white fish like sole around some stuffing and then bake these little bundles...probably with some water/wine in bottom of baking dish for the steam to keep them from drying out. It had some optional sauce put on it at serving time which I think was essentially a simple white sauce with a little spice and lemon in it...or you could use some type of salsa mixture. I'll try to dig up the details but thats the basic idea.


And then there is all the other seafood that is not fish.....

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2/20/11 5:34 P

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OK, as a fish hater, I have to add to this thread. I grew up in Florida- love to go fishing, never cared to eat it! (So I know fresh isn't the only criteria for liking the flavor.) I will say, I did eat fish some when I lived in Key West in elementary school- but it was always fried! As an adult, I learned to avoid fried foods. When Paul Prudhomme was a big name in the cooking world, I sent DH out to catch me a fresh redfish to blacken. Lots of smoke in the house later, we had a nice blackened redfish which was okay, but still not that appealing to me. One of the few fish I can eat is dolphin (what you folks are calling mahi-mahi). It is a very mild fish and one of the few I will eat. (BTW, the term mahi-mahi came into existence when Flipper was popular on tv. When restaurants in Fla served dolphin, people thought they were cooking Flipper. No, that kind of dolphin is a mammal. The fish version of dolphin is a beautiful rainbow colored fish that's a good fighter if you're into sport fishing.)

So, what do I do now? Well, I do like tuna salad (gradually add plain non-fat yogurt to any mayonnaise you use in a recipe and eventually you'll learn to like the yogurt instead of mayo) and I have a couple of other healthy dishes I make with tuna. I do take a fish oil supplement (2xday) and I grind flaxseed and put it in my fruit smoothie every morning. (Don't buy the pre-ground stuff- it loses it's nutritional value soon after it's ground). I agree with what others have said here. This is a lifestyle that includes many healthy foods and I don't feel at all bad that I don't eat fish. I eat a LOT of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts and I'm probably healthier now than I've ever been in my life.

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2/20/11 3:27 P

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Good resources, Maggie! Thanks for finding and sharing them!
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Wow, what a wonderful team this is. Great question - great answers!

Becky is right, the traditional Mediterranean way of eating was not centered on fish but on whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. The people were poor and ate what they could grow, forage, and of course get from the sea. The US is really so focused on meat and we tend to think that we need to eat protein in order to be healthy. But research has not shown that we need as much protein as we think we do.

There are some great suggestions about fish for you but I agree, the fresher the fish, the better the taste. So how do you know you are buying fresh fish? recipes.howstuffworks.com/tools-and-
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One of the health benefits of eating fish is that it is a great source of Omega 3s. But what happens if you try these suggestions and you still don't like fish! Don't despair you can get your Omega 3s through other sources. Here is a link of omega 3 rich food! www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=ge
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Scan down to the bottoms of the article for a Table of foods and servings sizes that have good omega 3 amounts. Guess what? Fish isn't number one - Flaxseeds are. (don't forget you have to grind them to get the nutrients out) I guess there is a very good reason people in the Mediterranean region eat a serving of nuts one time a day.

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One thing to remember; this way of eating isn't totally about eating fish, although it is highly recommended. It's about changing your lifestyle around a healthier diet, and fish is a major player in that equation because of the Omega-3's. So remember; get your Omega-3's and limit all the unhealthier choices, such as "buttered", "battered", & "deep fried"... I love those, too. Everything in moderation. Choose whole foods over processed.

Try to incorporate fish into your diet whenever you can, just to try it, at a restaurant is a great way to try fish. Maybe someone you are dining with is ordering fish and you can ask for a taste. Using spices is a wonderful way to make the changes you are looking for.

I like the Albacore Tuna because it is white and very mild. I can eat that tuna without mayo now. I started out cutting back on the mayo little by little and added other tastes to replace the mayo like capers, dill pickles, or olives. Soon the mayo was a small player in my tuna meals.
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Winky -

What is it exactly you don't like about fish? Texture, the idea of it, etc. A good fresh (or fresh frozen) fish does NOT taste or smell fishy. The key is finding a good product. Some mild fish are trout, halibut, sole, tilapia, cod, Mahi Mahi (I also buy it frozen @ Costco). Try baking or broiling it, use lemon juice with olive oil blended into it. Try with a Mango salsa on the side. Search SparkRecipies for Tilapia Tacos and other fish recipies.

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I have the same issue. I am just not a fish fan. I will eat tuna salad, but it still has to have all the mayo and stuff with it. I have eaten walleye and perch, but that was always battered and deep fried with lots of tartar sauce. My family, growing up, never had fish. My mom will eat salmon occasionally when she goes out to dinner, but I just can't bring myself around to ordering in. I have did find a recipe that I thought might be good because it had a lot of spices with it. I think the recipe called for halibut. I will have to see if I copied the recipe. I think it came out of the Heart Assc cookbook I got from the library. I'll let you know.

I would like to hear what others have to say. I do take the fish oil to get the Omegas in.



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This is an excellent question and I think a lot of people are in the same boat as you.

I've always loved fish, so I guess I'm lucky. There is a huge variety in fish taste. So what kind of fish have you eaten that you don't like? Also has it been a while since you have eaten fish? Sometimes our taste buds change. For example I have never been much of a bean fan but I started adding them into my diet gradually and now I really love them. I just got use to them I guess.

I've got a few things to take care of this morning, so if you give me a little time I will try to find a link that would address this issue and hopefully post it later today.

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I think sometimes its the way the fish has been prepared that makes us not like the taste. I recently have discovered the mild taste of the white fish Mahi-Mahi! I love it prepared simply with lemon pepper & olive oil then grilled. It is amazing! (I purchase frozen Mahi-Mahi from Costco.)

I also love salmon, but I'm not a fan of fresh water fish such as trout... and my DH loves trout. He grew up in the Sierra Nevada's and fishing was a daily thing for him while growing up. He has cooked trout for me and shown me how to eat it. (It's tricky to work around the bones.) It's OK but not my favorite.

SO to answer your question... if you truly do not like fish ... and don't want to try eating it, you should at least take an Omega-3 supplement daily. I do. Since beginning the Omega-3 I have found my joints feel better and I just feel better all over.

Check out the Mediterranean Cookbook to find some recipes.
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I am not a fan of fish, but I do believe I should give it another try. What kind of fish would not be real fishy tasting but will compliment my nutrition? Is there such thing? Has anybody else started out with the same dilema and found a kind of fish that satisfies them?

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