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Old 07-25-2012, 07:44 PM   #51
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If your tilapia smells like swamp then you're buying it at the wrong place. Any fish that smells strongly has been around too long. AFAIK any reputable fish market will let you smell the fish before you buy it.

One thing I never do is buy fish in packages unless it is IQF (flash frozen).
I usually buy in Sam's, frozen, actually I should have said tastes, not smells.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:51 PM   #52
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I'll try one of the suggestions posted here on my last piece of swai. I'm a decent cook, and prepare seafood often. I am certainly not a picky eater. I didn't like the taste or the texture. Tried it several ways

I may be just curious enough to try one more pack.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:59 PM   #53
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I usually buy in Sam's, frozen, actually I should have said tastes, not smells.
Well Charlie if your fish tastes like swamp then all I can say is don't buy same fish from same source again.

I've cooked swai a few times (this is swai, right?) which AFIAK is AKA Vietnamese catfish. I haven't cooked swai in over a year. I recall they were mild tasting rather thick fillets, often a side fillet (half a fish) being about a reasonable serving size (6 oz.?), no smell and no significant flavor.

The thick fillets didn't do that well using Meuniere techniques because the butter tends to burn before the thick fillets are fully cooked. Perhaps it might be better to flour them and then pan fry in EVOO or your favorite cooking oil.

To me swai is a lot like store chicken (not free range chicken) in that you need to consider it as a tabula rasa (blank slate), that the fish will have little flavor unless you add your own. (This is actually a benefit, and one of the reasons why chicken is so popular.)

My advice to anybody who wants to cook swai is to look towards recipes that enhance the taste of plain fish by flavorful marinades or sauces.
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:35 PM   #54
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I used the microwave recipe on the frozen swai bag. Am thinking it might make some decent fish tacos, maybe cut up, dusted and fried with some spices.

I'll have to give it another shot too. As I recall, it was super cheap.
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:50 PM   #55
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I've never seen swai here in MN.
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Well Charlie if your fish tastes like swamp then all I can say is don't buy same fish from same source again.
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I don't anymore.
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:02 PM   #57
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I've never seen swai here in MN.
I'll be pretty surprised if Walmart doesn't have it, and surprised if you don't have a Walmart.

I see IQF frozen swai (and talapia) in all my local supermarkets in L.A.
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And if you can actually get BIG filets, it holds up well to most cooking techniques, isn't as "muddy" tasting as catfish, and has been a food staple for eons in the Mekong delta. I would go for Swai, over tilapia any day of the week.
....and then there was the one that got away.....big fish(good film too)tatt!!
does anyone know if swai is what we call vietnamese river cobbler or basa over here? really cheap here,decent size(6 oz+)fillets,pleasant/mild taste & holds together well when cooking.it is also sold as smoked fillets which are really good in a fish pie
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Old 07-26-2012, 09:09 AM   #59
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I'll be pretty surprised if Walmart doesn't have it, and surprised if you don't have a Walmart.

I see IQF frozen swai (and talapia) in all my local supermarkets in L.A.
Just for a heck of it I will have to make a special trip and check it out. But chances are you should get ready to be surprised. Becaue I usually alwasy check fish departments for some inexpensive fish.
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CharlieD--it is probably in the frozen fish department at WalMart.
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