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Fish for the finicky

lkfolsomlkfolsom Posts: 5Member Member Posts: 5Member Member
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How do you introduce fish to the finicky? My husband won't touch fish even though he agrees that we should eat healthier (he's the type that would eat red meat 7 days a week). Anyone have any recipes that was successful in getting the unadventurous, fish-loathing picky eater to finish the plate without a single grimace?

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  • beckyrplbeckyrpl Posts: 67Member Member Posts: 67Member Member
    I'd try a mild fish like cod. Do something basic, like bake it. Make some side dishes you know he likes - and offer up some condiments if that makes your Hubby feel 'safe' - like cocktail sauce - something to dip the fish into.
  • Lila3701Lila3701 Posts: 7Member Member Posts: 7Member Member
    My absolute favorite is slow roasted salmon. So juicy and tender that way.
  • ellie117ellie117 Posts: 243Member Member Posts: 243Member Member
    A well-seasoned salmon tastes delicious, and to me doesn't seem too fishy. Baked or pan-seared.
  • mjbnj0001mjbnj0001 Posts: 665Member Member Posts: 665Member Member
    I could eat salmon nearly every day; I've never met a preparation I didn't like. However, my wife isn't so fond of it. We usually stick to cod or other firm white saltwater fish as is available. I tried this "Tuscan Fish Stew" a couple of weeks ago; very easy, very tasty. My wife loved it, and I even got my picky sister-in-law as a convert.

    https://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2018/09/tuscan-fish-stew-just-like-i-barely.html

    As to salmon, a simple baked is quite good. Also, of course, grilled.

    The Food Wishes guy, Chef John, has a good repertoire of seafood. We like his coconut-based moqueca stew also. It's a tad more work than the Tuscan stew above, but quite do-able.
    https://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2017/02/brazilian-fish-stew-almost-moqueca.html

    Good luck!
  • tzemahtzemah Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    i'm also finicky, but push myself. took me awhile to like salmon, cooked in an air fryer with lots of lemon or soy garlic sauce to cover the "fishy" taste, which is the major turnoff. i only buy frozen or canned fish, skinless and boneless, not fresh fish, which has greater potential for spoilage and what causes the fishy smell.
    i suggest to try him out on fried fish. i make tuna or salmon patties.
    use either 1 can of tuna-solid white or 1 can of trader joes alaskan pink salmon, boneless + skinless. (i can't even look at bones or skin let alone eat them).
    1. in a bowl add 2 tbsp of egg whites or 1 sm egg- (too much liquid will make patties hard to form and you'll have to dry out mixture with too much bread crumbs).
    2. whisk in garlic powder, i put alot because i like garlic with fish
    3. can add capers or chopped up green olives or pickle relish, +/or 1 tsp of dijon mustard, to your, or his, taste.
    4. add fish and mix well.
    5. add no more than 1/8 to 1/4 cup of almond flour, for keto/low carb diet, or bread crumbs, panko works well for very crispy texture. (i use almond flour then roll the formed patty in a little panko crumbs.
    6. mix well and form patty, can put an outer layer of panko crumb on the patty for extra crisp
    7. fry in avocado oil or spray with oil and put in air fryer.
    8. serve with an aioli or horseradish sauce or mayo - which my husband puts on everything.
    edited December 3
  • puffbratpuffbrat Posts: 2,491Member Member Posts: 2,491Member Member
    I'm not a big fan of fish but I do enjoy swordfish. Mild fish like cod are also good.
  • yayamom3yayamom3 Posts: 883Member Member Posts: 883Member Member
    Fish tacos (I use cod) for the win!
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Posts: 37,001Member Member Posts: 37,001Member Member
    I personally like all kinds of fish and we eat it quite a bit...but a lot of people don't like fish at all, and you can still eat more healthfully without eating fish.
  • ellie117ellie117 Posts: 243Member Member Posts: 243Member Member
    How about shrimp? I love using shrimp in tacos, pasta, or just by themselves with some veggies. Many ways to season them too.
  • acpgeeacpgee Posts: 4,214Member Member Posts: 4,214Member Member
    Rare grilled tuna steaks taste quite beefy to me. Grilled swordfish tastes a lot like a pork chop. If you have one, I would grill on a cast iron griddle pan. Otherwise pan fry on high heat.

    https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/grilled-tuna-salade-nicoise-108337
    https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/pan-roasted-swordfish-steaks-with-mixed-peppercorn-butter-232695
  • acpgeeacpgee Posts: 4,214Member Member Posts: 4,214Member Member
    If he likes asian food, my mom's Chinese contact fried fish is a great way to make it. Make it with any mild white fish fillet such as cod, haddock, tilapia, pangasius. I suggest a mild fillet because he probably hates dealing with fish bones, and the sauce in this dish is so strongly flavoured so you won't notice you are eating fish.

    For two people finely dice a cubic inch of ginger. Slice the ginger thinly against the grain first to avoid any stringiness. Finely dice three or four spring onions. Place fish in a rimmed serving dish and cook in the microwave until flesh is opaque. Cover the cooked fish with the ginger and spring onion. Flavour with a couple of large glugs of soy, a large pinch of sugar, a splash something alcoholic (sake, rice wine, dry sherry, dry vermouth, even a little gin), something acidic (juice of half a lemon or a whole lime or a splash of vinegar. Bring to the table. Heat up a quarter cup of vegetable oil in a small saucepan until very hot. Use your nose, when you can start to smell a whif of smoke it is as hot as you can get it. Carefully pour hot oil all over the herbs to blend the flavours. There will be a lot of dramatic sizzling noises. Serve with rice and some cucumber salad.
  • aokoyeaokoye Posts: 3,223Member Member Posts: 3,223Member Member
    Outside of most of what has already been said, do make sure you're getting fresh fish. Fish should not smell fishy. I wouldn't be shocked if part of his aversion is a fishy smell which can be avoided buying fish from a reputable fishmonger.

    Outside of that, while this is decidedly not a plain way of preparing fish, I wonder if your husband would like fish in something like a cioppino. You could make a more seafood averse friendly (and less expensive) version by just using (fin)fish and not shellfish (and using shrimp as well if he eats and likes them).
  • snowflake954snowflake954 Posts: 4,106Member Member Posts: 4,106Member Member
    My husband is just the opposite. He will only eat fish, and I respect that. Since your husband eats and likes red meat, I'd start introducing white meat and reducing the red. See what he accepts and likes and go from there. Once he is used to white meat, he may try fish. Swordfish has the flavor of meat, and my husband won't touch it even though it's technically "fish". Prepare fish for the rest of the family and he just might try it himself with no prodding. However, we have a cousin who cannot abide fish, taste or smell, and will never eat it. Your husband can be very healthy eating more white meat.

    PS: You might want to send him on a fishing trip with "the guys" to Canada or remote lakes in the USA. They are flown in, fish all day, and then pan fry their catch. After a week you just might have a fish lover.
    edited December 4
  • kenyonhaffkenyonhaff Posts: 1,241Member Member Posts: 1,241Member Member
    Tilapia is inexpensive and mild (almost none IMHO) taste, and it lends well to doing things like breading, etc.

    Most "finicky" fish eaters tend to like breaded fillets when accompanied with fries (fish and chips). Oven fries aren't too bad nutritionally and if you do the timing right you can cook the fillets and fries in the oven together and it's a pretty easy meal. Pair with veggie or salad and that's not half bad nutritionally.
  • just_Tomekjust_Tomek Posts: 7,400Member Member Posts: 7,400Member Member
    I would highly recommend any of these pan sear offerings. No fuss in prepping, easy to cook and really really good. They have cod, haddock and tilapia (I never tried tilapia cause I stay away from that fish and basa).
    https://highliner.com/#!en/product/pan-sear-selects-savoury-herb-cod/29

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