Talking Fish

We have all had fish that tastes fishy.  Serve fishy fish to your kids or spouse just once and they won’t eat it again for years. And yes I know that from personal experience with one of my kids who just started eating fish, sushi excepted, for the first time in 20 years, and a disastrous first ever fish cooking experience with my husband when we were dating.

One of the keys to great tasting fish is to buy super fresh fish. If you don’t like the quality of the fish at your local grocery store, there are other options. Check out the farmer’s market, a specialty store or a delivery service like if you are in the Bay Area. Talk to the fishmonger where you buy your fish and ask him or her what is fresh, and for some suggestions for cooking the particular type of fish you are buying. Some fish are great on the barbeque, others are more delicate and do better in a pan on the stove or in the oven. If you or your family think that fish is boring, spice it up with salsa, a sauce or fresh herbs and spices.  The possibilities are endless.

Price is another obstacle to buying and cooking fish. Fish can expensive, but if you redraw your plate and think of it as a side course, it is much more affordable. Redraw your plate so that your vegetables (cooked and/or raw) are your main course, and your fish and whole grains or starchy vegetables are the side dishes.

With the weather heating up and most of craving lighter meals, fish can be a great simple weeknight dinner.