Frisky Eats: 11 Fish Recipes For Non-Fish-Eaters

My mom grew up in South Dakota and Nebraska. She was the second of seven children, and the first daughter, which meant that she was the child most tasked with helping to prepare meals. Those two facts factored largely into my fish-less childhood — my mom did all the cooking, and she had absolutely no experience with or desire for cooking fish. The closest she came was the kind of tuna casserole that has potato chips on top (Ruffles only, bitches). She’s a meat-and-potatoes Midwestern woman. To this day, it’s hard to get her to eat foods as exotic as fennel.

I branched out from her dietary hermitude, but I still struggle with eating fish. I know they’re insanely high in protein and full of healthy oils, but they breathe water! They live in their own filth! They smell fishy! (And don’t tell me that good fish doesn’t smell fishy — I used to work at Whole Foods, and yes, even good fish smells like fish, just like good beef smells like beef.) I’m trying, though. One of my resolutions for 2015 is to eat fish once a week. My boyfriend scoffed at it, but I’ve already learned how to cook a salmon filet that doesn’t make me want to vomit. With time and practice, I’m sure I’ll come to love eating our sea-bound friends.

With that very basic salmon filet down, my next strategy is to find recipes that add so many distinct and strong flavors to the fish that my brain doesn’t register “fish” so much as “ooh, I like this spice mix!” Over time, I think I’ll become used to the flavor and texture of the fish, and be able to wean off of the spices. In the meantime, I’ll get the many health benefits of fish!

Click through the gallery for the recipes I’ve found that feature flavor over straight-up fishiness. Bon appétit!

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