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Old 03-17-2009, 02:25 PM   #1
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What is the least fishy fish?

As I make my foray into the fish world, I'm not sure which fish to choose. I live in Seattle, so I'm thinking fresh salmon would probably be a good choice. However, I tried it last week and it was a bit fishy. Are there certain kinds of fish that are less fishy than others? I know I've had tuna that's like eating a steak.

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Old 03-17-2009, 02:28 PM   #2
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Fish is going to be fishy. The least "fishy" in my opinion is Talapia (Tilapia), I can never spell it but it's a very common fillet that most stores carry. Trout is extremely fishy, I would save that for when you are more familiar with your tastes. Orange Roughy (another spelling I just massacred) is a nice light fish too.
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Old 03-17-2009, 02:28 PM   #3
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Some fish are oilier and therefore have a stronger fish flavor. Salmon and swordfish are among those. Look for a white fish such as tilapia, cod, haddock.
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Old 03-17-2009, 02:51 PM   #4
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Tilapia is a great non-fishy fish and it lends itself well to seasonings. Perch is also good. As for orange roughy, one of my fravorite ways is to cook it on the grill outside. Soooo good.
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Old 03-17-2009, 02:59 PM   #5
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I realize that many posters here think this is not important, but as long as you are just now starting to get into eating fish, you may as well choose from the ones that are more environmentally friendly, as well as being lower in mercury. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a wonderful site called Seafood Watch, where they provide all this information. The entire previous sentence is a link.

Super-fresh is also important for keeping fish from coming across as "fishy." If I walk into a market or section selling fish and I can smell what we call "fishy" smells, I walk out, not buying anything. At that point, it's very difficult to tell what is and isn't the culprit, especially if they are only selling fillets.

All that said, the various fishes called "sole" are the least fishy in flavor, also perch.
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Old 03-17-2009, 03:17 PM   #6
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I agree with ChefJune...Super, Super Fresh at this point in your Fish journey...Avoid frozen at this stage of your tasting experiences..It's good...but stick with fresh for now.....Also agree any of the "Flat Fish"...Flounders, soles, halibuts, turbots, and others would be good choices for very mild taste...Again... emphasis on Fresh!!
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Old 03-17-2009, 03:20 PM   #7
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I would have to say Talapia and Cod.
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Old 03-17-2009, 03:41 PM   #8
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^ I agree JustMetoo. (I have to admit, I am curious how you came up with that name) Anyway, back to the topic. Monkfish is quite meaty and less fishy in my opinion.
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^ I agree JustMetoo. (I have to admit, I am curious how you came up with that name) Anyway, back to the topic. Monkfish is quite meaty and less fishy in my opinion.
I like monkfish, too, Jikoni but we can't get it here anymore. I love to steam it, then put it under the broiler and serve it with drawn garlic butter. Poor man's lobster. Yummy!
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Old 03-17-2009, 05:04 PM   #10
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tilapia for sure like everyone says. before I had kids I LOVED fish.
it was kinda bad with my first, but after my second and the morning
sickness I had to this day the scent of fish makes my eyes water!!
he's almost three years old now, and I don't
know why fish is still bugging me at this point, but I can deal with
tilapia just fine.
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