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Jun 30, 2010 08:23 AM

another fish thread - help me find fish I like

I hate fish, but need to eat more of it. You know the story...

I only like sea bass and orange roughy. A friend said to avoid those at all costs. What else would I like and why do I have to avoid them? I like red snapper and tilapia fried, but of course I am trying to avoid frying the fish. I might like them baked or grilled, I don't know.

Fish I hate:

tuna, salmon and catfish. Any weird tasting or fishy tasting fish.

Thank you!

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  1. Maybe try halibut...its thick and firm and mild tasting. Orange roughy and chilean sea bass are to be avoided because they are seriously overfished. (That said, most "orange roughy" is not the real thing...its usually ocean perch, which is not as stressed..but not so great either.) Swordfish is also mild and good on the grill. Wild striped bass is abundant and also tasty, mild and firm. You may also want to try shellfish instead...just as healthful if its wild caught, although farm raised clams, oysters, and mussels are perfectly fine and not environmentally destructive. Farmed shrimp are a different story.

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    1. re: EricMM

      Thank you. I will look into halibut and swordfish. I still don't understand why I should avoid orange roughy and sea bass. What does "overfished" mean? Does that mean it's not bad for my health to eat it, but it's bad for the fish and environment because of how they catch them? I forgot to mention, I hate clams, oysters and mussels, all that weird stuff. lol. Besides what I already mentioned, I like lobster and shrimp that is it. I might eat crab....maybe, it's good in gumbo.

      Thank you. I'll start reading up on fish, so I won't be so ignorant. *blushes*

      1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

        I would be wary of swordfish ... it is anything but mild in taste. Halibut is good as a mild, nonobtrusive fish choice, however.

        1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

          Be wary of swordfish (and many other large fish) because they contain a lot of methyl mercury. If you're only eating fish for the health benefits this defeats the purpose. In fact, why not just take fish oil tablets if you really dislike it?

          1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

            There are many species of fish that are overfished due to demand and Chilean Sea Bass is one of them. It is actually called the Patagonian toothfish but was renamed sea bass to be more attractive to U.S. consumers. Your friend wished you to avoid it not because there is something wrong with the fish, but because their population has dropped dramatically in recent years do to overfishing.

            For a fish with mild flavor that is good broiled I would also suggest halibut as well as dover sole. Both are available frozen at reasonable prices at Trader Joe's.

        2. There are many guides to help you figure out what fish you're supposed to eat I like this one:

          I'm not the best with recomendations on specific types of fish, although I think pollock is pretty mild flavored and has a nice flaky texture.

          I like to add crunch to fish w/o frying so I dip the fillets in egg or buttermilk and then in either sesame seeds, panko or cracker crumbs. I start the fish on top of the stove in cast iron just to crisp one side of the coating, flip and stick in the oven at 350 until cooked through.

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          1. funny, as i find tilapia to be a weird tasting fishy fish.

            try flounders and other fine white fillets

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            1. re: thew

              That is funny. To me it had no taste. But it was fried and made very spicy. I only had it once, so ...

            2. In addition to some that have already been mentioned, try cod and pollock.

              Here's a nice chart of "mild tasting" fish.

              Good luck.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                Thank you for that list. I do like cod, I always forget about it though. I see sea bass is not on that mild list. Interesting since I like it.

                1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                  Have you tried miso-marinated black cod? It's like candy! Beacon and several other places serve it.
                  I've pretty much gone off fish--something about the smell. I'm sure it'll pass.

              2. :) Go to a sushi bar and try all the fishes.

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                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  No! That is a good idea though. I couldn't stomach it. I'm trying to ease my way into this fish eating.

                  1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                    I sort of remember you were looking to eat more fishes. Can you tell me why your friend tells you to avoid sea bass and orange roughy at all cost?

                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      Sea bass is in a similar family as grouper and I find them similar in taste too. Both mild and tasty. Of course if you don't live in the southeast grouper might be expensive.

                      And with the oil spill all gulf fish might be hard to come by in the near future. Also I suggest that you try different methods of preparation. A pan seared tuna teryaki is pretty good and doesn't taste as "fishy" as say a baked fish.

                      Where you live is sometimes important in terms of fish type and quality.

                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                        She was rushing and didn't really elaborate, but said something about mercury(which freaked me out) and overfished fish, as was mentioned above.

                        1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                          Ah, I see. You should check out the mercury list. I don't think either fish you mentioned ranks the highest on the mercury list.

                          Here is the list from FDA, the highest are tilefish, swordfish, shark and mackerel king: