Best fish to eat?

I want to start eating more fish for the nutritional benefits but I'm also fairly picky on taste. The only fish I consistently eat is salmon during family dinners, but I can only somewhat tolerate the taste.

So what's the best tasting fish?

What's the best way to prepare / cook a fish?

Best seasoning / sauces?

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Aug 10, 2022 - 12:31pm
Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I usually have 4oz smoked salmon on an everything bagel with cream cheese 1-2 times per week. IΒ also eat tuna sometimes.Β 

If you're near a Publix, they have good Bourbon Salmon and Brown Sugar Salmon. Whole Foods has a good selection too and the fish cuts aren't too expensive.

I typically don't serve cooked salmon with anything besides a lemon, but if you want sauce I would recommend mixing mayo with sriracha (spicy mayo sauce).

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Aug 10, 2022 - 12:43pm
TheDebtStar, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I do a lot of spearfishing, so here are my favorites.

- Hogfish - Flaky white meat. Light texture. Not a lot of restaurants sell it, but if you're ever see it on the menu, absolutely do not pass it up. Same goes for triggerfish.

- Grouper/Snapper - More firm texture. Goes well on the grill. Excellent taste.

- Flounder - Really cool fish because you can eat one side, then flip over the other side. Many restaurants will either lie about the fish or fillet it instead of giving you a whole fish. I like the whole one.

- Bluefin Tuna - Hard to get at a lot of places. But it is probably my favorite. It's way better than Yellowfin, Bigeye, or any of the stuff you see in a can.

One really good way to cook fish is to grab a few lemons, squeeze them on to the fillets. Add some salt and pepper and a small bits of butter on top of the fillet. Then cut up the squeezed lemons into slices and place them on to the fillets. Bake at 350 for about 20-30 min depending on fillet thickness.Β Other really good marinades are Lawry's Herb and Garlic (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lawry-s-Marinade-Herb-Garlic-with-Lemon-12-oz/10319655?athcpid=10319655&athpgid=AthenaItempage&athcgid=null&athznid=si&athieid=v0&athstid=CS004~CS098&athguid=1wgTRZv9i7oZk-TuXtsjR_s75v-__9IqMWso&athancid=null&athposb=1&athena=true), Lawry's Lemon Pepper (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lawry-s-Marinade-Lemon-Pepper-12-fl-oz/10319657?athcpid=10319657&athpgid=AthenaItempage&athcgid=null&athznid=si&athieid=v0&athstid=CS004&athguid=OB3iW6o-0W6yNq_kv2vmhFtqPCHD0ZaaKaPo&athancid=null&athena=true) and Allegro; although you want to not let it soak like you would the others. A little goes a long way. (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Allegro-Original-Marinade-12-7-fl-oz-bottle/10322133)

Aug 10, 2022 - 12:52pm
K-Peezy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Easy obligatory "This guy Fucks!" for TheDebtStar . I just noticed that all of those are saltwater though. Any input on freshwater? Or what about Bonefish?

Aug 10, 2022 - 1:09pm
TheDebtStar, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Most of the freshwater fish are farmed and not wild caught. Although Salmon is probably 50-50 (though they spawn in freshwater but live in saltwater).Β 

I assume you are buying this stuff at a grocery store instead of going to a river or pond, which in case I would recommend tilapia.Β 

Bonefish are super bony. I don't think a ton of people eat them, nor do I know of any one that does. They're just a super popular fish for sport on fly.

Aug 10, 2022 - 1:13pm
Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Nice list - I like pan frying with EVOO better than baking fish though.

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Aug 12, 2022 - 12:21am
Jerome Powell, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you eat enough grouper to die of mercury poisoning - you've lived a good life.

Aug 12, 2022 - 2:02am
iridescent007, what's your opinion? Comment below:

One really good way to cook fish is to grab a few lemons, squeeze them on to the fillets. Add some salt and pepper

Just curious, are you British?

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Aug 10, 2022 - 3:01pm
Pescepescetarian, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My favorites are

1) Seabream | Sushi or Oven-baked whole fish | nothing but salt and pepper + lemon squeeze.

2) Mackerel | Grilled | Natural Salt

Aug 10, 2022 - 7:02pm
weaksaus, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Salmon with lemon/herb butter is common. Good way to do it, and how I cooked it for a long time. I now prefer to broil it on high for 10-15 minutes. should be 5-6" from the burners. comes out crispy but not overcooked

Frozen shrimp - You can get them peeled & deveined at most major supermarkets. Throw them in water for five minutes to thaw and cook in a pan or skewer and cook on the grill (I grill them and baste with marinade at the end, hate cleanup)

Foil bags - Any white fish, with some onions/peppers or other thinly sliced veggies, butter, garlic, etc., Wrap them in little aluminum foil boats and let them sit on the grill on low or indirect heat. Very minimal cleanup, serve each little foil boat with wild rice or some kind of carb. Delicious, easy

Tuna steaks - Italian dressing (like newman's or something similar), garlic and lemon. Marinade for 30 minutes and grill.Β 

Fish is really good for you. People say heavy metals are an issue, but so is antibiotics in chicken, pork, beef, etc. People take issue with anything and everything nowadays. It's a great source of lean protein and is good to switch it up if you don't eat it a ton

Aug 10, 2022 - 8:01pm
gsssa 2050, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Fresh sardines. Just throw them on the barbecue. If they are fresh they won't be too fishy at all. People think they are hard to cook or eat but really you can eat the bones or just pull the fillets off. Salt and lemon is all you need.

Aug 10, 2022 - 8:58pm
easyname, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Mahi Mahi is the least fishiest fish I can think of.

Tuna is pretty good too. If you don't like the sear you can cook it through (to each their own). When I cook through I marinade lightly with olive oil,Β  lemon, cilantro, ginger, paprika, coriander, cumin, salt, and pepper. It's never dry

Any other meaty white fish deep fried is dope. I like to eat it them with my hands like the Neanderthal I am. I also use tortillas and forks occasionally.Β 

You can experiment with more delicate flavours on white fish if you go the steaming or light searing method. I recently steamed some ling cod with orange zest, purple onion, ancho chili, and just a touch of salt, ginger, coriander, saffron and nutmeg

Aug 11, 2022 - 1:30pm
Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yeah Mahi Mahi is goodΒ 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Aug 12, 2022 - 1:06pm
xiaochengopalbatista, what's your opinion? Comment below:
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I had that not long ago. Think it's overpriced and inferior to other Japanese fish

Lol false unless you're some ultra purist sushi fan. Enjoy meals at yasuda who hasn't innovated in decadesΒ 

Aug 10, 2022 - 10:19pm
Gustav Mahler, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yellowtail amberjack

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Aug 11, 2022 - 5:40pm
Adj. EBITDADDY, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you want a treat you gotta tryΒ Totoaba. Fucking phenomenal.

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Aug 11, 2022 - 9:58pm
Angus Macgyver, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Selecting a Fish

The only way you can really figure out what types of fish you will enjoy eating, is to try them all out. However, given that you said you can only barely tolerate the taste of salmon, I would start out with some of the milder tasting white fish. Tilapia, (Atlantic) cod, halibut, pollock all fall into this category – they are usually seen as pretty inoffensive tasting, which is probably why they are also among the most commonly eaten fish in America. But if you want to get more of the nutritional benefit of fish, you really have to start branching out into some of the fattier ones, like sea bass or sablefish.

And then, if you're feeling more adventurous, you can start looking at some of the darker fish. Salmon falls into this category, so it may not be to your liking, but there are a ton of fish with very different flavours that roll up into this group. From different types of salmon, to mackerel, to sardines and anchovies, to bluefin tuna. Can't get around experimenting to find out what you like.

Preparing/Cooking Fish

There are so, soooo many ways to cook a fish. By the way, I am convinced that part of the reason why so many people say they don't like fish, is because they have only ever had fish that was either deep fried into oblivion and tasted more like oil and batter, or fish that was baked or pan fried into being fully well done, about as tough and tasteless as an equivalent cooked steak would be.

Some types of fish are suitable for this sort of treatment. Haddock and Atlantic cod are great for fry ups, because they don't really have that much of a taste to them anyway and they hold their shape well. You try that shit on some bluefin tuna or some sablefish, and I am going to hunt you down and bitchslap you into next year.

For someone who is just starting out, I would suggest a simple pan fry for some of those milder types of fish I mentioned above. Oven baking on an open tray is great too, and pretty straightforward. You can deep fry the fish without any batter, or with just a very light dusting of flour. And, if you have a grill, I have found that people tend to like the taste of charcoal grilled fish a lot more than they would expect – I think the char and the smoke provide a sense of grounding/familiarity, to offset the fish flavours they are less used to.

Once you have gotten a bit more comfortable with "fishy" tastes, you can start doing things like baking in the foil boat like someone else mentioned, or my personal favs, steamed or raw fish. I also enjoy using off cuts and carcass pieces to make soups, stews, porridges, but I would not recommend that unless you are reaaally comfortable with fishiness.

Seasoning & Sauces

Personally, I fucking love the taste of fish. I eat that shit without anything other than some salt or soy sauce all the fucking time. None of that lemon shit, either. So I can't really help you here.

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Aug 11, 2022 - 10:15pm
Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Angus Macgyver

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Aug 12, 2022 - 9:29am
nyc-cre, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Piccata for preparation hands down. Any white flaky fish will be good.

Dredge the fish in flour, salt, pepper, something a little spicier if you are about that

Slice up garlic and shallots/red onions. Put capers off to the side, get a bottle of white wine out from the fridge and pour yourself half to 3/4 of a glass. Drink half of it and reserve the rest for the pan. Half cup? of chicken stock. Halve a lemon. Cut up some parsley. Have some extra butter on the side

Olive oil and butter into a pan that's been heating on medium/medium high heat depending on your range.

Add the dredged fish in there for 4ish minutes

Take it off and put on a side plate.

Add in garlic, capers, and shallots/red onions. Red pepper flakes if you're feeling it. Get it nice and sauteed. Add in the wine, pour yourself another half glass if you're thirsty. Scrape up the stuff stuck to the bottom of the pan so the sauce gets all that goodness in there. Reduce by half on low medium heat.

Add in the chicken stock and lemon juice. Reduce a bit more. Toss in that knob of butter to finish the sauce.

Add the fish back in and let it get to know the sauce.

Garnish with parsley and eat some absolutely delicious fish. This also works with dover sole. Absolutely not with salmon

Aug 12, 2022 - 11:06am
Pierogi Equities, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I and maybe [Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž] if I were to guess eat fish on Fridays (Catholic gang), and I usually get whatever is on sale, with the exception of sockeye salmon which I don't like all that much, I prefer Atlantic, chum, Coho, and chinook to sockeye.

Tuna is great for a quick sear.

Going off of what basically everyone here said, fish doesn't require all that much seasoning since it has great flavor/texture on its own (assuming it's good quality). Swordfish is an exception since it's very meaty and can be marinated.

Personally, I also really enjoy mackerel and herring (especially pickled with some onions in the Polish style). Damn, I really want to do another traditional Polish drinking feastΒ  I made for some friends a couple months ago (nice article about it, vodka on vodka, pickled herring, kielbasy, pickled feet, rye bread, the whole nine yards).

EDIT: will also add that I'm a sucker for all kinds of shellfish, including and especially oysters for all that great zinc.

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Aug 12, 2022 - 12:34pm
tacobellmonkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My favorite fish meals are those where I caught it on the same day. The freshness really matters

Aug 12, 2022 - 2:06pm
Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:
tacobellmonkey

My favorite fish meals are those where I caught it on the same day. The freshness really matters

Yeah I used to go out on my friends boat about 2hrs offshore from Charleston and he used to spearfish and get some really tasty fish. He also had a food truck and would sell fish tacos and stuff. Good times. Nothing beats fresh fish.Β 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Aug 12, 2022 - 12:56pm
AndyLouis, what's your opinion? Comment below:

i had some really good grilled Pargo (Red Snapper?) in Puerto Escondido recently. Raw tuna and grilled salmon also a favorite

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Aug 12, 2022 - 6:05pm
Goldman's Sack, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Sable/Black cod, amazing with butter. Flaky and soft like hogfish and in whole foods in NYC.Β 

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Aug 12, 2022 - 6:39pm
Wondfullo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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