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Old 03-15-2012, 05:52 PM   #1
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Something fishy going on here

My girlfriend always says she doesn't like fish but I think she just hasn't had it the right way, any suggestions as to what dishes I can cook her containing fish that will blow her socks clean off :) many thanks

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Old 03-15-2012, 05:57 PM   #2
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Pan fried sand dabs have real delicate flavor.

Cod with a pesto or tepenade topping is pretty mild on the fish flavor since the other flavors kinda dominate.

I would stick with a white flesh ocean fish or a tuna steak if she likes beef alot.
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:12 PM   #3
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Try Bouillabaisse!
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:13 PM   #4
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Does she like cajun spicy?
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:32 PM   #5
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Does she just dislike the fish taste. The least fishy fish I've ever had was salt cod. The cure takes that typical fish taste out. Even the changes of water you have to put it through didn't smell of fish.

Otherwise, a mild fish, pollock or cod, breaded in panko and deep fried has a very different character from fish done otherwise. But the suggestion about tuna is good, but you need to find very good, sashimi grade tuna. Little of no white tissue showing in it.

And if you can find some fresh Dover sole or flounder, you can saute a bunch of spinach with balsamic vinegar and pine nuts and then roll the fillets and pin them with toothpicks and set them on end in the spinach, cooking covered until done.

And fish Veracruz style buries it in lots of good stuff, so much that the fish is under there somewhere.

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Old 03-15-2012, 07:05 PM   #6
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Once I rubbed tuna steaks with Liquid Smoke and baked them. They were almost like eating beef steak. Very good!
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:15 PM   #7
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Best to tease out of her why she doesn't like fish. Most people would be insulted and harden their defenses being forced to try something they don't like "because you just haven't had the real thing, or had it the right way."
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:24 PM   #8
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Best to tease out of her why she doesn't like fish. Most people would be insulted and harden their defenses being forced to try something they don't like "because you just haven't had the real thing, or had it the right way."
Definitely. You don't want to trick her into eating fish, for sure. What if it turns out she is allergic but just doesn't want to say. If she has a specific reason (texture, fishy taste, etc.) you can explain how different types of fish have different qualities. I love some fish and can't stand others. For me, the thought of having any kind of fish stew just gags me (I have never had it, and I can't bring myself to try), but I love a good solid, non-fishy tasting fish like tuna steaks, or mahi-mahi.
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You might also want to try to figure out if she is one of those people, like me and DH, who only like salt water fish (actually, I enjoy both trout and salmon raw i.e., smoked or gravad, just not cooked). Or maybe she only likes freshwater fish.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:50 PM   #10
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My girlfriend always says she doesn't like fish but I think she just hasn't had it the right way, any suggestions as to what dishes I can cook her containing fish that will blow her socks clean off :) many thanks

I'm not trying to be a jerk but, why does it matter?

You can be the surf and she can be the turf, no big deal.

I like it simple, sole poached for a couple of minutes in an oven proof pan then topped with saltine cracker crumbs and dotted with butter, in the oven for a few minutes and dinner is served.
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