We have all been told that there are numerous health benefits to eating fish and that we should eat it often, but not everyone is as keen or can be deterred by the thought of a fishy taste.
Fish is a high-protein, low-fat food that provides a range of health benefits. White-fleshed fish, in particular, is lower in fat than any other source of animal protein, and oily fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids or the ‘good’ fats. Fish is good for the heart, may reduce tissue inflammation and alleviate the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and can even be good for migraine sufferers.
If you’re hoping to get more seafood and fish into your diet, here are some ways to cook it and neutralise the flavour you aren’t so fond of.
Add Plenty of Lemon
You may have noticed that the fish served in a restaurant is often accompanied by a wedge of lemon, and while it makes a colourful garnish, it has a more significant purpose than decoration.
Fish meat contains naturally occurring molecules called ‘amines’ which are produced when the fish muscles are cooked and begin to break down. When the amines are produced, a fine aroma (or odour) fills the air. If you can smell it, you can taste it.
By adding freshly squeezed lemon to your fish, you will neutralise the fishy smell and taste. Start your fishy adventures by cooking mild-tasting fish such as cod or halibut, and add a squeeze of lemon.
Fry It Up
For many people, the only time they eat fish is from the chippy, deep-fried in batter, and doused in salt and vinegar. It’s delicious, but of course, it’s not the healthiest way to eat fish!
By breading or coating your fish with batter, then frying it in oil, it helps neutralise the fishy flavour and can be a great way to introduce more fish into your diet. The crispy and crunchy texture also helps to create a delicious meal for newcomers to fish.
Make Patties and Cakes
It is so easy to knock up a few fish cakes or fish burgers, such as crab cakes, fish cakes, salmon patties, and many, many more.
Mix cooked and chopped onion and garlic with cooked, flaked fish, mashed potatoes, and a binding ingredient, and you can create a delicious and fresh meal. Coat the pastries with breadcrumbs, and shallow fry in a pan, and you’ll have a delicious and fresh fish patty!
Marinating salmon or white fish is a fantastic way to add show-stopping flavours to a dish you wouldn’t usually enjoy. Fish is a more delicate form of protein, so don’t marinate it too long.
Something as simple as a teriyaki marinated salmon can steer you into a new direction, or try sweet chilli, honey and soy sauce, Mexican spices, or whatever takes your fancy!
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