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suggestions for people trying to learn to like fish, especially salmon?

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I hate to mention the h-word, but everyone and their dog says you're supposed to eat fish for your health.

I once had an amazing Thai salmon dish, wrapped in leaves with curry sauce, and I once dated an amazing cook who made halibut, but other than that, I have never much cared for it. (Well, tuna salad if I put lots of curry and mustard in it, maybe.)

All suggestions appreciated!

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  1. i'd recommend that you try the deep fried whole fish at mariscos chente--mojara fritta (sp?).
    also, they serve a butterflied barbequed whole fish that i love, pescado zarandeado, but if you are a normal person, you will need to find someone to share that with since the smallest size for that dish is a 1 kilo fish.

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    1. re: westsidegal

      Our exact strategy - we plan to try this for a friend who doesn't care for seafood. Another thing going for us is she will eat shrimp depending on how it's prepared. :)

    2. What do you find unappealing in fish? Is it the flavor? Texture?

      What type of foods do you find appealing? Spicy? Heavily seasoned?

      What did you like the most about the Thai salmon and halibut dishes?

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      1. re: raytamsgv

        I guess I don't like "fishy" fish. If it tastes like fish, I usually don't like it.

        I do love spicy food. You can put a curry on pretty much anything and I'll eat it. And the halibut steak was delicious and not fishy at all. I had a bite of swordfish the other night that was divine too. At first I thought I'd try to learn to cook it myself, but for now I think I'll start trying some of these suggestions.

        1. re: iheat

          iheat, I'm not wild about fish for much the same reason. I actually find that raw preparations like sashimi or tuna tartare are the least fishy tasting. I had some of both at Kiriko on Sawtelle recently that was divine.

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          1. re: iheat

            I personally believe that the most important factor is the freshness of the fish. "Fishy" odors or flavor often result from fish not being fresh. All the seasonings and spices in the world cannot hide the flavor of bad fish.

            There are some fishes that have very strong flavors. I don't like tilapia for that reason--it tastes like mud to me. Salmon also has a strong flavor, but I love it. Other fishes are very mild, such as trout or basa.

            One option would be to eat order fish at any of a number of Cantonese seafood restaurant in the San Gabriel Valley. You can choose a live fish from the tank, and they'll cook it for you. This is a bit more expensive, and you should go with a group. I'd recommend something like a rock cod steamed with ginger and green onion. The fish shouldn't be "fishy" at all because it will be a fresh as possible.

        2. I order the fish fillets in black bean sauce at most Chinese restaurants and find the fish to be most mild and the sauce to be very good. Also fish fillets with ginger and soy. I learned to like fish late in life but it's a matter of going at it. Good hunting or should I say fishing?

          1. You might try some of the fish dishes at Roy's. They have some that are pretty heavily camouflaged/sauced.

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