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Jan 2, 2007 11:26 PM

Need a substitute for halibut

The fish will be dredged in flour and fried. I've been told to avoid halibut. What is a similarly sweet, non-fishy fish that'll work as well? I imagine that cod will fall apart, we can't have monkfish. Will tilapia work?


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  1. Tilipia is more likely to fall apart than cod. I would go with a nice piece of center cut cod. Why avoid Halibut ? If you can find a fillet, it is excellent (as would be black sea bass).

    1. What about turbot? It's sometimes called halibut in the stores, but is more pure white than pinkish like real halibut.

      1. Tilapia is a very fishy fish (at least to me). I just floured & panfried butterfish 2 nights ago and it didn't fall apart (didn't fry it for very long though, just enough to get color and firm up). And it was very non fishy tasting, it had a similar taste & texture to halibut, but not as thick of a fillet.

        1. Hmm, butterfish. I've never made it, but I may give it a try, if they have it at Fairway. If that's unavailable, I guess I'll go for cod. I'll check out turbot, as well.

          I'm avoiding halibut because somebody warned me that it's considered as bad as tuna for pregnant or nursing women. Frankly, I was getting a bit bored of it anyway. When you need or want really non-fishy fish, the field is somewhat limited.


          1. If you can purchase some fresh trout, that is a perfect way to cook it and it is very mild. Haddock would be a nice mild fish also (very similar to cod, in fact, I have seen more than one restaurant list haddock and sell use cod as it is generally a few bucks less per pound and most people can't tell the difference).