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Ways to cook tilapia or other mild fish?

My girlfriend and I are trying to work more fish into our diet. We have trouble with very "fishy" tasting fish (awful, I know!) and usually stick to tilapia or other mild fish. We are getting bored and having trouble finding good tilapia recipes. I was hoping for some ideas/inspiration! Thanks!

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  1. Steam it Chinese style. Very good that way.

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    1. re: Joebob

      I would add just a hint of spice,ginger,scallion a sauce such as hoisen .Myself I do enjoy the stronger tasting fish .I do cook fish often and for those fish I prepare with oregano ,citrus,capers,good olives etc .This prep reduces that "fishy"taste .Try it

      1. re: Joebob

        My favorite prep for most fish, and I'm a strong fishy fish taste lover, is to steam in parchment with ginger, green onions, scallions, garlic, drizzle of sesame oil and a splash of white wine or sherry. Simple and delicious and there's more room for error so you don't end up overcooking the fish.

        1. I like simple. I like to pan fry in a very hot pan, salt and pepper on the fish, develops a nice crust, can add a squeeze of lemon at the end or a few cherry tomatoes or a few tomatoes and blanched green beans/asparagus or toss in some olives, whatever flavours you like. Pan frying those kinds of fish takes literally a few minutes and is open to many flavours.

          Alternatively, steam/bake in parchment paper with a tiny bit of oil and white wine and/or lemon juice/orange juice/etc, can add fresh herbs inside, can add slices of lemon or orange or both, can add slices of peach, ginger, any vegetable or flavour you like. Very easy to change how you cook each time, just be sure to put in ingredients cut to the correct size to be cooked in the same amount of time it takes to cook the fish which won't be very long, probably 10 minutes in parchment paper, maybe 15 depending on your oven.

          1. I basically do it two ways. As has been mentioned, tacos. I don't deep fry but use either store bought taco seasoning or Tone's Southwest Chipotle seasoning. Spice it up well and bake in the oven or in a hobo pack.

            The other thing I do with it is make Thai Fish Curry. You can google recipes for that. One tip I will give you though is to use coconut cream and fry the curry in it before adding coconut milk. Gives it that extra little bit of depth.

            You can use Basa as well.

            DT