Posted: Sep 10, 2018
Whether it’s the flavor, the texture, or the smell, many people just can’t stomach the idea of adding more fish to their diet. Who can blame them? If it’s not perfectly fresh, fish can produce powerful odours in the kitchen that persistently permeate the entire house. All it takes is one bad experience and that’s enough to turn off anyone’s appetite.
Here’s the thing: fish is highly nutritious. It’s an excellent source of protein and is one of the few food sources of vitamin D. Cold water fish like salmon, trout, Arctic char, and sardines, are chock full of omega-3 fatty acids. These omega-3’s are then used to make compounds that reduce inflammation in the body. Prepared well, fish could wind up being one of the more delicious items on your menu.
Below is our Three Step Plan for training your palate to love fish:
Step 1: Make Sure Your Fish is Fresh. Fresh fish should have very little fishy odour to it. On labels, however, “fresh” only means the product has never been frozen. It’s hard to know exactly how long a fish has been out of the sea. Ask your local fishmonger when they receive their shipments and shop for your fish accordingly.
Step 2: Choose a Millder Fish. Most white fish, such as sole or tilapia, are quite mild and have little odour.
Step 3: Add Complementary Flavours. Top your fish with a flavourful sauces such as a pine nut pesto, a yogurt dill sauce, or coconut curry. Salmon is absolutely scrumptious when marinated in a maple balsamic glaze. Young kids might enjoy preparing fish cakes with an herb seasoning or fish tacos topped with a simple mango salsa. In general, a fresh homemade salsa (tomato, jalapenos, red onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt) improves the taste of any dish!