Me, My Family, and Seafood

John Crowley
By John Crowley Latest Reply 2011-01-18 10:44:43 -0600
Started 2008-06-01 17:20:38 -0500

So, for most of my life, I have not been a fan of seafood. In fact, I have told so many people for so long that I HATE seafood that my children tell people (and actually believe) that they also HATE seafood.

Well, thanks to some of the good and wise people on this site, I started reading more about all the good research around eating oily fish. Omega 3's in particular seem to be so essential to good health—both physically and mentally.

So a few weeks ago, I broached the subject with the family. They were speechless. At first, the kids thought I was joking. Us? Eat fish? Are you serious? Have you forgotten that we HATE fish?

Thankfully, my wife was a good sport (she is not a seafood fan either). She said, "Hey, if it's that good for us, lets try it." There was some mild grumbling from the kids but that was it.

As neither my wife or I have any experience cooking fish, we thought we better start simple. So we bought some frozen, bake-and-serve fish fillets. They were … um, how do I put this … horrible! The kids were now more convinced than ever that indeed they HATE fish.

Well, after getting home from camping this weekend, my wife and I were at the store looking for something to cook on the grill. I spotted a fresh salmon steak and decided it was time to give it another try.

I got the fish home and brushed it with butter, lime juice and some freshly ground pepper. I was nervous as could be grilling it, as it was the first time I'd ever cooked fish on the bbq.

But I muddled through (I think I overcooked it just barely).

In the end, it looked, smelled, and most importantly tasted DELICIOUS! The kids were much less enthusiastic than my wife and me. But even they couldn't deny that it tasted a million times better than that frozen stuff.

So, I don't know that we'll ever get to the recommended twice or more a week, but I'm so happy that we have our first partial success at introducing healthy fish to our diet.

Anyone else have similar experiences? Are we in the vast minority when it comes to seafood?

13 replies

RedGloves 2011-01-18 10:44:43 -0600 Report

I've always said that I wanted an excuse to eat seafood and fish every day, and now I have it. My son, however, ate too much shrimp when he was young and got sick and now can't stand to eat it, so I make a lot of chicken for him, but I totally LOVE fish, grilled, baked, you name it. On Friday nights, we often coat cod with a mixture of ground nuts and some ground all bran crackers and cut up sweet potatoes. We cook them both in the over with some good spices and dip the sweet potato fries in salsa. Yum!

2009-01-28 18:28:16 -0600 Report

I pulled this up front rather than starting a new discussion. I grew up on the beach and love seafood. Not only fish, but shrimp, lobster, crab, anything from the ocean. I get so confused on what to eat. It appears fish is a good thing, does anybody else know about shrimp, crab, lobster, other seafoods?

Carolynft 2008-11-04 11:25:07 -0600 Report

Well… currently, my husband insists that he hates salmon… personally, I doubt he has ever tried it! So, my "salmon" story will be forthcoming… wish me luck!!

gogobob 2008-06-09 09:52:26 -0500 Report

when I was a kid we used to have sunday get togethers where the meal was a big bucket of fresh crabs well that was not for me. I had a Hamburger. Im still not a fan of fish but I know it is something that helps so I try different kinds and I found that flounder is good but living in the midwest its hard to find good fresh fish but when I do I pick it up and have it on sunday after church

Duane Cross
Duane Cross 2008-06-09 07:49:02 -0500 Report

Try this if you want a good meal


Using the bottom half of a broiler pan or similar container lay in it heavy duty aluminum foil enough to be able to fold back over to seal into a container.

Place a layer of fish fillet on the aluminum foil, (make sure the fillet are with out the skin, walleye, perch, bass or any of that type of fish will be work well.)

Slice up potatoes like American fries and place a layer of the potatoes over the fish.

Cut up some onion and green pepper & add for seasoning.

Add a half dozens baby carrots for flavor.

Salt & pepper to taste.

Use a little over a ¼ pound of butter or margarine (cut the stick into equal parts and add one equal part from another stick) & space near the corners and one in the center so it will melt down equally.

“LIGHTLY” sprinkle catsup over what you have prepared. Do not substitute with barbeques sauce or any other similar product, catsup works the best.

Bring the balance of the aluminum foil over the top, leaving enough room for it to bag up & seal to the edges of the bottom aluminum foil.

Place in the oven set at 350 and bake for one hour.

Be careful opening it because of the heat buildup inside, when a fork penetrates the potatoes is another test to confirm it is done.

Enjoy, Duane

kdroberts 2008-06-02 03:54:21 -0500 Report

I love fish, I could eat it every day. My wife was like you, hated it, until she met me!

If you want a sure fire way to cook great salmon, the oven is my favorite. You can still use your lime and butter of you want but I use a little olive oil or butter. Get the pieces of salmon, fillets work the best but steaks will too, and tear off a piece of foil that is big enough to wrap it. Put some oil or butter in the middle of the foil, spread that out, add a little seasoning, fish on that, little seasoning on the top of the fish and a knob of butter or little pour of oil, pull the top and bottom sides of the foil over the fish and scrunch them to make a tent over the fish, scrunch the ends to close up and then open a small hole in the top. Put them on some sort of sheet, cookie or baking, and then put them into a 350F oven. Check on them after 25 minutes, you can flake the middle of one a little to see if it's cooked. If they are then pull them out, if not then put them in for another 5 minutes. It's very heard to get wrong and over cook but very good. You may notice a kind of white gunk on them, that's fine and you can either eat it or brush it off.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-06-02 04:39:42 -0500 Report

Not sure I'm ready yet to cook fish in the house. We're taking baby steps here.

But come winter, I might have to try your oven method.

Seriously, sitting here, I can't believe it but I'm actually craving that salmon. It was so good.

tmana 2008-06-02 04:55:57 -0500 Report

It may not be kid-friendly, but it is summer-friendly: when the Silverbrite salmon (wild Alaskan) come on sale, I'll put a fillet in a covered microwaveable dish, sprinkle herbs (onion powder, freshly-ground pepper, dill, etc.) on top, and nuke it for 2 minutes. Then I'll put the cooked salmon in the refrigerator overnight.
Next day, I put it on a bed of lettuce or greens, with tomato and onion slices, and top with fat-free-yogurt-based dressing (yogurt, onion powder, powdered white pepper, fresh or minced dill weed).
Unfortunately, The Other Half is not a fan of salmon, which is one of the few fishes I *will* eat. So mostly it's bagged frozen cooked shrimp which I add into stir-fry.
As for some mild fishes to try, consider flounder, sole, Dover sole, lemon sole, and tilapia.

kdroberts 2008-06-02 07:05:07 -0500 Report

You can do the same thing on the grill as the oven, just make sure that it's not too hot and try not to have direct heat under it. If you do you can get a crispy bottom and dry middle.

Ginetteb 2008-06-02 10:04:17 -0500 Report

If fish, any fish, has a strong smell, it's not very fresh. Fresh fish has no smell.

I cook all my fish in a sauce pan on top of the stove.

I put a little butter in the pan, put in the fish, cover the fish with salt, pepper and dill weed and then I cover the pan. I stay at the stove to watch the fish because it cooks very fast. Even salmon will cook fast, so you have to watch it. The minute it flakes when you pry it with a fork, the fish is done.
I cook fresh Tune, Talapia and Salmon that way. (Tuna needs to be a little undercook because it continues to cook once you take it off the stove). I'm not a fan of cat fish. I used to eat shark filets, but I can't find it anymore.
In my plate, I squeeze a lemon over the fish and sometimes over the rice if I made rice too.
But try cooking your fish on top of the stove, you'll like it. I guess the fish is more steamed than fried or baked, and it does make a BIG difference.

I remember having fish at my brother's house and I had to use my knife to cut the fish and it was the first time in my life I had to do this. Fish is extremely tender and you don't need a knife. I bet your kids would not have like that fish either.

Lemon juice is a little jewel for vegetables. When my children were young I used to put lemon juice on top of all green vegetables like brocoli, spinach and a little salt and pepper and maybe a little dab (and I mean a little dab) of butter and they both looked forward to eating their vegetables.

Good luck.

Elfin 2008-07-04 03:55:16 -0500 Report

Fresh fish is always better, but wow have the prices climbed. Salmon here in Florida is up to $20 a pound and how I love grilled salmon. So because of budget constraints we find ourselves buy frozen fillets of tilapia and orange roughy and whiting. We use cajun or creole seasonings as well as simple herbs and oil. Cooking fish on the grill or in the microwave reduces the fish smell. Like everything else you have to experiment to find your family's favorite ways. Our problem is that one family member only wants fried fish. So for him we sometimes use my "oven fried breading" and produce a crispy, fake fried taste. My breading is in the recipe file here on diabetic connection. Good luck…go Omega 3s!;-)

morris.js 2008-06-01 23:18:21 -0500 Report

John, My son and I try to eat fish at least once a week. Like you, the frozen thaw and bake stuff just does not work for us.
Our favorite is Blackened Red Fish, but most any fresh fish will work. We prefer ours with Cajun seasonings, but sometimes use lemmon/pepper, or garlic/pepper to give it more flavor. Swordfish, Shark Steaks, and of course the Red Fish are good, but expensive. There are lots of less expensive types out there depending on how strong a "fish" flavor your family can put up with. Catfish is not too bad in price or flavor, and is available in a lot of markets.