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Firm white fish

randyjl Nov 12, 2012 09:24 PM

I am just learning how to cook fish. I am still in my "white fish only" phase. I do like tilapia. I do not like catfish, even though I live in the heart of East Texas. If a recipe calls for firm white fish, what are my options? Is tilapia considered a firm fish?

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  1. ipsedixit RE: randyjl Nov 12, 2012 09:43 PM

    Cod or halibut - depending on your budget.

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      twinsue RE: randyjl Nov 12, 2012 09:52 PM

      Tilapia is firmer than sole, not as "meaty" as cod or halibut. It is less expensive than either of those two, as is Basa, also called Swai. I use them in thai curries a lot. Be sure not to over cook because they will fall apart faster than firmer fish. But they can breaded and sauteed, broiled, baked .

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        fourunder RE: twinsue Nov 12, 2012 11:19 PM

        basa = catfish...

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          twinsue RE: fourunder Nov 13, 2012 08:58 AM

          Thanks for the info, I had no idea. I have now read up on it. I prefer it to American catfish. I find it milder, also it has slightly less fat than the American species. (fish fat may be good for you, but limiting fat is something I try to do)

      2. perk RE: randyjl Nov 12, 2012 10:37 PM

        Swordfish is a very meaty, and mild, fish. You might give that at ry.

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          ipsedixit RE: perk Nov 13, 2012 07:44 AM

          I'm not sure swordfish is "mild" in the way that cod or halibt or even tilapia would be.

        2. Rodzilla RE: randyjl Nov 13, 2012 12:39 AM

          black cod, chilean sea bass, albacore, ono, escolar (read about this first), striped bass.

          not quite white but I think you could handle it - mahi mahi

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            Harters RE: randyjl Nov 13, 2012 08:47 AM

            Coley, pollock, cod, haddock, hake, halibut are the usual ones for "firm and white" to me.

            I go for the first two for preference as they are not only cheaper but are generally regarded as sustainable catches.

            1. mrsfury RE: randyjl Nov 13, 2012 09:04 AM

              Redfish, halibut and mahi mahi are my favorites. Tilapia, not so much.

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                Nanzi RE: randyjl Nov 13, 2012 09:28 AM

                Monkfish, also called poor mans lobster. Very mild and sweet. Yummy.

                1. Ruthie789 RE: randyjl Nov 13, 2012 11:01 AM

                  Haddock is a mild firm fish which I use often. I don't like Tilapia either it is dry.
                  Cod fish is also firm but it is quite flavorful and halibut mentionned can be quite expensive.

                  1. EricMM RE: randyjl Nov 13, 2012 06:14 PM

                    I would say that grouper is about the firmest fish you can get...also halibut.

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                      Phoebe RE: randyjl Nov 15, 2012 09:55 AM

                      Love mahi mahi. Another good chose is rockfish (or striper).

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                        Puffin3 RE: randyjl Nov 16, 2012 05:53 AM

                        Do you live near a fresh fish market? I mean really fresh not fresh because the fish was frozen on a boat and "we've thawed it out and put it on ice for your viewing pleasure" type fish market. LOL

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                          jcattles RE: randyjl Nov 16, 2012 10:54 AM

                          I'm so glad someone posted about this. I was thinking about it the other day. I live in a very landlocked state (WY) and have never eaten much fish unless we are vacationing along coastal areas. I would love to eat/cook more fish and I know the only way to learn is to just do it, but I still hesitate. All the fish/seafood I can buy at my local grocery store has been frozen & shipped. Some looks good but others look waterlogged. I could probably get better quality in Denver, but that is a 2 hour drive, so we don't do it very frequently. We are also very limited to what our stores carry, Tilapia,Cod, Catfish (yuck), Salmon, Trout & Tuna are about it. They won't order in anything special so I'm very limited. It's rather frustrating!

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