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Adding Fish to Your Diet

Along with our meal planning and prep goals for 2014 (which I am still doing, I just have been slacking on posting our weekly meal plan), we also decided we wanted to try to add fish to our diet at least once a week.  Here’s the only issue . . . we don’t exactly like fish.  We want fish that doesn’t taste like fish.  Anyone else out there like that?

In addition to this problem is the geographical fact that Missouri isn’t exactly near a body of water that can provide fresh fish.  I can see if we lived in California or Hawaii (hello dream come true), eating fresh fish multiple times a week.  But, it is what it is, so we’ve figured out some easy ways and good recipes in order to add fish to our diet.

First, we figured out some mild fish that could be our go-to cuts.  We are currently burnt out on salmon, so after a conversation with the fish monger at our store I’ve settled on cod, tilapia, shrimp and sole.  Since I don’t have a lot of experience cooking fish or seafood, I decided to start out by purchasing pre-seasoned/prepared fish that just needed to be cooked.  So far, we’ve really enjoyed the Parmesan crusted cod and tilapia tacos from Whole Foods.

Next, I branched out from there trying some recipes on my own.  Here are some of our successes:

Macadamia Crusted Tilapia

Cilantro Shrimp with Honey Lime Dipping Sauce

Lastly, I talked to our fish monger about branching out from here.  I ask him a million questions every time I buy fish, and he is incredibly helpful.  We’re hoping to add scallops, sea bass and tuna filets in the near future.

Do you eat fish on a regular basis?  What are your favorite fish recipes?

  1. Stefani says:

    Laura,

    We eat fish at least once a week! Raven gave me a bamboo Steamer for Christmas that we absolutely love. Also if you don’t like the “fishy” taste soaking the fish in milk for about 1/2 hour to and hour in the fridge before cooking will tame the “fishy” taste down.
    When we use the steamer I usually lay down some citrus fruit slices to lay the fish on, or I use green beans or Asparagus. We like to lightly sprinkle our fish with the fresh water herb mix from Soulard Spice Market or Cajun Seasoning.
    When you do buy scallops make sure you get (dry) scallops, your fish monger will know because “wet” scallops have added chemicals to keep them fresh, but seared scallops are wonderful!

  2. We enjoy tilapia quite often, cooked on stovetop with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper- simple but delicious. When choosing fish options I always like to look for sustainable varieties. Check the Seafood Watch Program for the best choices: http://www.seafoodwatch.org/cr/seafoodwatch.aspx

  3. I agree with both of the comments above, but wanted to add that Bob’s Seafood in Olivette is a fantastic store and where many local restaurants source from. We’ve had some excellent fish from there.

    We mostly cook salmon, tilapia, cod, and tuna but would love to branch out to scallops.

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