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Why should I buy tilapia?

Tilapia is in so many recipes now. And highlighted on cooking shows as the fish in their recipes!

As far as I know - all tilapia is farm raised. I used to buy it for a quick low fat meal. It tasted okay.

I then started thinking about it - I live in a coastal state. I can find some really good fish on the coast - not so much where I live mid-state without spending a good amount.

So - I want to hear the positives about tilapia! If there are some.

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  1. What positives do you find with tilapia?

    1. It's relatively inexpensive, widely available and mild in flavor (appeals to those with a fear of fish). The wide availability makes it a good choice for TV recipes, many people are not familiar enough with fish to feel comfortable substituting varieties if a specified one is not available.

      If you like fish and live where you have fresh options then there are probably many more interesting choices.

      1. I stopped buying tilapia because it started to taste really muddy and dirty to me. Maybe it was always like that and I just didn't notice or maybe I just got a few bad batches. Whatever the reason, I don't buy/eat it any more

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        1. re: Njchicaa

          I absolutely agree. I do not like the taste (tasteless to muddy) or the texture.

          1. re: Njchicaa

            I agree. I do not like the taste of tilapia at all.

            1. re: Njchicaa

              We tried tilapia a couple of times because there were so many raves about it. We didn't like it at all, either.

            2. Why should I buy tilapia?
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              No taste...Funky texture.

              I"ve heard cats like it.

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              1. re: Uncle Bob

                >>I"ve heard cats like it.<<

                My first thoughts when I read the title of this post. My response would be, "because you love your cat."

                1. re: Uncle Bob

                  Yes, they do. I have one super picky cat who likes shrimp, refried beans, arugula and....tilapia. He'll tolerate the cat food I serve, but he really wants the other stuff.

                2. I think you answered your own question when you used this phrase, "I then started thinking about it"