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Old 10-07-2010, 02:00 AM   #11
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My first experience with tilapia was definitely less than stellar...very muddy tasting. Perhaps the cheap fish you are talking about BT. I recently decided to try it again, believing it was unfair of me to base my dislike on a restaurant offering. We bought a pound of fresh tilapia and I pan-fried it in a non-stick with just a bit of spice on top. Shrek loved it and he won't even eat good salmon! I liked it, too!

No more eating fish in restaurants that do not specialize in fish.
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Old 10-07-2010, 06:56 AM   #12
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Catfish are bottom feeders (scavangers) and are more "poo-oriented" than tilapia are!

American, farm raised catfish are feed predominately grain pellets.

Asian catfish (basa and swai) are caught wild from rivers polluted with human excrement.

Give me American catfish or tilapia any day!
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:34 PM   #13
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Selkie, I still gotta say YUCK! I'm a bit of a fish snob myself and have not eaten catfish (although I'd probably try that) and didn't care for the tilapia I've eaten (guess now I have a reason for why it tasted like poo!!!) Up here on the Canadian prairies, we have to be a bit picky about our fish or you could end up getting something nasty.

In our limited world we eat salmon most often, as it is the easiest for me to acquire. We also enjoy both sole and pickerel. Pickerel is a particular favorite of mine, but not that easy to get these days. If you are looking for non fishy tasting, I'd vote for pickerel (or walleye I think some folks call it). We get pickerel cheeks and pan fry with garlic butter. OMG, I'm drooling just thinking about it!
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:38 PM   #14
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Oh, Walleye!!! Yummm!

If you ever have a fish fry, I'll bring trout and hush puppies!!!
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:39 PM   #15
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I have to agree about catfish. I was not impressed the couple of times we tried it. As far as tilapia - to me it has no flavor.

I'm not a huge fan of fin fish. I like swordfish, salmon, bluefish the best. They are very strong flavored fish.
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:47 PM   #16
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OK, taking this thread a bit off topic, sorry Mike!

Andy, have you ever had ceviche made with swordfish? TO DIE FOR!!!
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OK, taking this thread a bit off topic, sorry Mike!

Andy, have you ever had ceviche made with swordfish? TO DIE FOR!!!
Just getting into ceviche. I've made it with shrimp so far. I'll have to convince SO that swordfish ceviche is a good idea.
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:53 PM   #18
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I have to agree about catfish. I was not impressed the couple of times we tried it.
If you ever feel like trying it again Andy then go to Fireflys BBQ (Framingham, Marlboro, and now Quincy) and get the fried catfish. I promise it will change your mind.
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:58 PM   #19
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Thanks for the tip GB.
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mmmm, scallop and shrimp ceviche!!!!!

now, i would leave a woman who didn't like shrimp and scallop ceviche. ya hearin' me mike?
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