Question: I don't mind fish. I really like salmon baked on a cedar plank, and tuna salad – I love fish and chips.
However, I hate anything that tastes or smells fishy. I don't know which kinds of fish are more likely to have that smell and taste – or if its a certain way of packaging/preparing before buying that makes fish more likely to taste like that.
I stay away from making fish because of it, but I would really like to eat it more and try different kinds.
Any recipes or tips on buying fish?
Our Answer: Here’s a trick that my dad uses for fresh caught fish: He fillets them and then marinates them in diluted white vinegar for 30 minutes or so. Sometimes he would use buttermilk instead. Either one gives a delicious flavor to the fish and draws out the “fishy” flavor (similar to how you would get rid of a “gamey” flavor in deer or other wild game). Cheap, easy, and natural, and it doesn’t add a weird flavor at all. Vinegar can also get the fishy smell off your hands (of course then you smell like vinegar, but you can remove that with a good scrubbing in warm soapy water). Some people don’t like catfish (bottom feeders) because of their “dirty” flavor. But if you soak them in vinegar first, that flavor goes away. When my dad makes catfish, he prepares them in vinegar, then makes a bowl with 1/2 flour and 1/2 fine cornmeal, and another bowl with 1 egg, some milk to thin it, a squirt of yellow mustard, and a dash or two each of salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder. After it has soaked in vinegar, he takes each fillet out, shaking gently to get rid of extra vinegar, and soaks them in the egg/milk mixture. Then he rolls each one in the cornmeal mixture and slowly panfries them. That is the best catfish ever! Tender, delicious, and no catfish/fishy flavor. Try it!
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