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Old 04-11-2009, 10:26 AM   #11
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My favorite preparation for cod (often a thicker fillet than many other fish) is baked with a crumb topping flavored with Italian herbs, and drizzled with good olive oil.
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Old 04-11-2009, 01:21 PM   #12
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I prefer fried codfish steaks to fillets which may or may not have stray bones in them. As demonstrated by the 'aroma' of Bacala, less than fresh cod can have a fishy taste. The black cod that I've had here on the east coast was both expensive and fishy. I'd speculate that it's fishiness was partly a result of its distant origin.
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:26 AM   #13
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Like other fish, if cod tastes fishy, it isn't fresh. Cod is a white, very lean fish. Those fish generally described as having a "fishy" flavor are oily fish such as salmon or mackerel.
I agree with June.

Cod is a very mild, neutral tasting fish.

If any fish tastes unpleasantly "fishy," it isn't fresh. Always smell your fish before you buy it.
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:30 AM   #14
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I find cod to be among the least fishy smelling type fishes. White flaky fish generally is very mild and should not have much of a smell. It is the oily fishes like bluefish and swordfish and salmon that have more of a fishy odor.

Fishy smelling cod would never find its way into my mouth. It would go back where I bought it or in the trash.
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:50 AM   #15
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Whether or not the cod smells fishy when there is no reason for it to be spoiled, depends on your senses of smell and taste. I repeat what I said about the lemon juice...it makes all fish and shellfish taste better.
I agree. Senses are different on everyone. I have caught fish and cleaned them and they smell fishy all the while I'm doing it. It's not always about fresh or no, it can be about your personal sense of smell.
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Old 04-14-2009, 02:11 PM   #16
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I'm very quietly going to say that I have an extremely sensitive nose and something that may not smell at all to someone else could possibly smell very "fishy" to me.

Lots of excellent advice here. Hopefully the OP has found an answer.
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Old 04-15-2009, 12:27 AM   #17
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Chef June said it all. Final answer.
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Old 05-15-2009, 06:00 PM   #18
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I agree. I think cod is one of least "fishy tasting" fish. My favorite way to cook Cod is Poor Man's Lobster.
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:46 PM   #19
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Maybe it is just me, and maybe it is because I cannot get frest cod, but every time I've had it the flavor reminded me of the Cod Liver Oil I was forced to take as a child.

I am positive it cannot all be that bad. I do not know what the solution is.
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Old 05-15-2009, 09:36 PM   #20
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Mama: The poor man's lobster I've always had is slightly different and very tasty. You boil the fillets in a broth of water, salt, vinegar and pickling spice until it turns opague (spelling), then put it on a cookie sheet with butter and paprika and broil it. Serve with drawn butter and lemon. And, of course, buttery mashed potatoes. Love it! Linicx: try it, it may be what you've been looking for.
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