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Fishy Fish Fish

My family loves fish. Well, I am not sure if that is exactly true. My family loves fish that does not taste like fish. If the fish has a fish flavor, the fish is not loved. However, if I can spice up and drown out the fishy flavor of the fish, then the fish is gobbled up. So, my family likes fish as long as it tastes nothing like fish. Make sense?

Last week I saw a tip that said “To capture the flavor of your fresh caught fish, soak it in milk”. So, is this to actually keep the fresh fish flavor of the fish then? For those people who actually want their fish to taste like fish? I guess for those of you who live near the coast and have access to fish fresh from the sea, then fish tasting like fish is actually not a bad thing? Here in Kansas, we can get fresh from the pond catfish, but trust me… you don’t want it tasting fishy. Deep fry and season the hell out of that sucker so it tastes nothing like the pond it came from!

Anyway, we have non-fishy tasting fish at least a couple of times in our house. Cod, because of the ease to make and the ability to simply get rid of the fishy fish flavor, is a favorite. If you like your fish to not be fishy then give this non-fishy flavored fish recipe a try. You won’t even know you are eating fish, which makes me wonder.. why not just eat chicken?

Lemon Baked Cod (from Recipezaar)

35 min | 10 min prep


  1. If fish fillets are large, cut into serving pieces.
  2. Mix butter and lemon juice.
  3. In another bowl, mix flour, salt and white pepper.
  4. Dip fish into butter mixture; coat fish with flour mixture.
  5. Place fish in ungreased square baking dish, 8x8x2 inches.
  6. Pour remaining butter mixture over fish; sprinkle with paprika.
  7. Cook uncovered in 350 degree oven until fish flakes easily with fork, 25-30 minutes. Garnish with parsley sprigs and lemon slices if desired.
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  1. This technique will come in handy when we have guests that prefer non fishy smelling fish. LOL at your last question….why not just eat chicken? So true :)

  2. How come I had not visited this site earlier ? A great looking sight . As we love eating fish, I was tempted to see this recipe first – out of the whole lot – looking s.o.o yummy n mouth-watering, literally . Something very new for me – fish & milk . well, i will try out . I will also be a regular visitor to this site .

    snigdhas last blog post..MY SCRAP BOOK – HAPPINESS

  3. I’m like your family. If it’s smothered in sauce that hides the taste I can eat it. Otherwise no fishy fish (If I hit a bone that pretty much ends any fish eating session too). That being said, I eat sushi…go figure….

    Mrs. Ls last blog post..Small Plates – August 12, 2008

  4. That trout looks particularly inviting. Yum!

    Cynthias last blog post..A Coconuty Corn

  5. We aren’t big of fishy smelling fish either…and we are on the East Coast. As someone else said, if it smells fishy it’s not fresh so keep on walking and don’t look back!

    patsyks last blog post..Lemon Blueberry Muffins

  6. You know………some people like the taste of fish that is cooked right. I personnaly don’t my fish to taste like chicken. If i wanted chicken i would eat chicken!

  7. Growing up in the south where wild catfish is King, we learned cool ways of preparing fish. The milk really works and protects the flavor and texture of the fish. Lemon/Lime can also be an unpleasant taste if you happen not to like lemon. How your fish is cleaned will have a great deal to do with removing the fishy taste. If you clean a white meat fish and it has a brown or redish line down the body of the fish remove that line with a V-cut. The latteral line is the fish’s sensor department and it also gathers oils and contaments. Also, cut out the belly portion which is a “fatty” tissue and can be cause for fishy taste. Eat well!

  8. When I was a newlywed my husband told me never to cook seafood because he just didn’t like it. Turns out the only seafood his mother made was fish sticks from the grocer’s freezer!! No wonder. It took me awhile but 25 years later we have fish quite often and he now shares my love for all things from the ocean. I bought some cod and we are trying this awesome recipe tonight. Thanks

  9. I just found this recipe on Pinterest. I’ve been experimenting with cod recipes & this is one I’ll try. BTW, your blog is quite pretty =)

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