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So You Think You Don't Like Fish
7/14/2015 10:46:37 AM

Fish

"You live in South Louisiana, and you don’t like fish? What’s wrong with you?” If you’re not a fan of fish, you’ve probably heard that a time or two.

If you aren’t fond of fish, I’m here to help. You probably already know that you’re supposed to eat fish twice a week for good health. Not only are they a lean source of protein, but the oily kind supply healthy omega-3 fats that are good for your heart and brain.

First of all, what is it about fish you don’t like? If it’s the smell, try killing it with lemon juice. Squeeze a whole lemon over raw fish. This will neutralize the odor without leaving much lemon flavor behind since most of the juice will evaporate with cooking.

Do you think fish taste too—well, fishy? Some do, but catfish, flounder, haddock, and rainbow trout are very mild. If you really don’t want to taste fish when eating fish, try tilapia. It has been called the "boneless, skinless chicken breast of the sea.”

Did your mother make you eat salmon loaf as a kid, thus killing your desire for fish forever? Forgive her and move on. Salmon is a great, mild-tasting fish with a meaty texture. And it’s one of the healthiest fish you can eat because it’s a rich source of those omega-3 fats. Alaskan wild-caught salmon is the best bet for both taste and health. Fire up your outdoor grill, spray the filets with a vegetable spray, add Cajun seasoning, and grill on each side for six to seven minutes. I can almost guarantee you’ll love it.

If you’re afraid of swallowing a bone, buy fish filets rather than fish steaks. You are much less likely to find a bone in a filet.

Maybe you just don’t know how to cook fish. There is a solution to that: Google. A quick Internet search will lead you to instructions for various ways of cooking fish (though I don’t think poaching or microwaving will go over well in this culture), and the only way to learn is to do it.

For starters, I’d recommend cooking fish on your outdoor grill. Your fish will have a wonderful smoky flavor and your house won’t smell like fish for days. Deep-fried fish are a favorite, but should probably be reserved for special occasions.

Are you afraid of getting bad fish? Food poisoning is no fun, and fish does spoil quickly. Cook fish the day you buy or catch them. Otherwise, freeze immediately in a way that does not allow air to touch them. Placing them in water in a plastic bag is the easiest way if you aren’t going to keep them in the freezer for long.

If you just don’t like fish, may I suggest shrimp, oysters, crawfish, crab, or scallops? They have many of the same health benefits as fish, and like fish, can be cooked in a variety of ways.

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