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1 15th August 06:17
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Ok, let me preface this with the statement that I am not a fan of
eating fish....

I bought some frozen tilapia that looked pretty good - product of
China, imported into CA, individually wrapped and frozen, fileted.
Thawed O/N in the fridge and cooked this evening. Smelled fine after
thawing. I didn't really know what to do with them, so cooked them in
a similar manner as I do whole catfish - I oiled a baking dish lightly
and seasoned with a bit of onion powder, garlic granules, chili powder,
black and cayenne pepper - just a touch of everything - extremely
lightly seasoned. I covered the dish with foil and baked at 375 for
about 20 minutes - fish was moist, firm and flaky. I noticed a smell
after cooking - somewhat typical "fishy" smell - almost reminiscent of
canned tuna, but a bit odd, and the flavor was tuna-like as well. I
also noticed a distinct petroleum undertone to the flavor. I only ate
one piece and DH only ate a bite. DS thought it was chicken (LOL), but
only ate a bite too, which is unusual for him with any food. I tossed
the rest away.

So my questions are these: Does tilapia normally taste anything like
tuna? Could the petroleum taste have come from where the fish was
farmed (China) or is it more likely an effect of the packaging?

I am not inclined to buy this fish ever again. On the flip side I
bought and fried some Basa a few weeks ago which was delicious and then
I read it is farmed in Vietnam in water contaminated with human
excrement - is there any truth to that statement?

Also, what other fish should I try, as someone who generally doesn't
like fish? I am in the PNW - DH grew up on the East coast/Chesapeak
Bay eating fish daily. I like shrimp, halibut and "rock" (Atlantic
species, common name - have no idea what else it is called), as well as
freshwater rainbow trout, Northern pike and walleye. I do not like
Orange Roughy, Salmon, lobster, crabs or mollusks (except conch, which
I won't eat now). DH's favorite fish is rock but we can't get it here.
Any suggestions? (Other than sticking to poultry!)

TIA for any info,
-L.
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2 15th August 06:18
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You might like sturgeon, shad, ling cod, black rockfish, blue rockfish, or
cabazon.

Bob
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3 15th August 06:18
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I haven't tried tilapia either, but we loved the Mahi-mahi (aka dorado,
I think) we had the other night - we grilled it. And have you tried
sole? (I don't find that too-fishy-tasting, FWIW). We do our sole in
seasoned flour and egg, and then pan fry. Very nice.

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4 15th August 06:18
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Hmmmm, the tilapia I get is from Florida, around the keys. It's cryovac'd.
It is not at all fishy, nor does it smell or taste like petroleum, neither
before nor after cooking it. Methinks you got a bad batch of something.

Jill
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5 15th August 06:18
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Sole in the U.S. is very expensive. It's also a very delicate fish when
filleted. I love sole piccata! But you need a wide spatula to turn it so
that the fillet doesn't fall apart.

Jill
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6 15th August 06:19
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"-L." <gentleboa@peacemail.com>
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What I buy here is frozen and not at all fishy or petroleum flavored. Do
you remember the brand name? I love tilapia, never had it taste like tuna
or petroleum. I love sole, cod and other fish as well. Sole is really
pricey here in Missouri so I don't often buy it. Swordfish is outrageous
in price but I love it, so I buy it when I'm in the mood for steak. I'll
grill a giant fillet of it and season as steak. Good eats.

I'm wondering if you didn't just get a bad bunch of tilapia. My experience
has been nothing but good with the frozen tilapia. I cook it much like you
do also.

Michael

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7 15th August 12:33
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Did you cook it whole with the skin on?

I've tried tilapia both whole and fillet.
The whole tilapia is disgusting. The skin is slimy and lends a strong
fishy flavor to the meat.

The fillets are much better, clean but bland tasting. Needs a lot of
help. I prefer them either contact grilled with lots of seasoning, or
lightly coated with spiced corn starch and deep or pan fried.

Tilapia fillet is ok, but I'm not a huge fan of it. I'll get it if it's
cheaper than whiting. Whiting has NO flavor and needs lots of help, but
the texture is good. ;-)

Catfish nuggets, as a general rule, are the cheapest fish on the market,
at least around here so that's what we eat the most of.

I will _never_ EVER purchase whole tilapia with the skin on again!!!
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8 15th August 12:33
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Sole is not that cheap here either, but its a family favorite, so we
splurge on it about once a month or so

The ones we buy are usually not frozen, and they will clean them for you
at the fishmongers if you ask them. I love a lot of different fish, but
cleaning and gutting them is not my idea of fun....

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9 15th August 12:33
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Yeah, you got poor quality fish. If you still have the receipt, I'd go
to the store and ask for a credit.

Tilapia should be light, flaky, and neutral tasting. The farmed stuff
form China is generally terrible. I've learned my lesson about that
stuff.

The only fish I buy anymore is (relatively) locally caught, never
frozen, and filleted in front of me. Being near Seattle, that means
only West coast and Alaska fish.
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10 15th August 20:00
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I second this. As a seafood clerk (if they gave me the title of seafood
manager, which is what I am, they'd have to pay me more), tilapia is
generally a mild flavored easy to cook fish, whether it is fresh or frozen.
I think you got something that was either contaminated or thawed and
refrozen spoiling it. Don't mark it off your 'to do' list yet. Try
again, this time buy from another distributor and another company of buying
frozen. At my store, we get both frozen prepacked and fresh fillets of
tilapia.

Foil pack tilapia

1 tilapia fillet
two pats of butter
two tablespoons of lemon juice
sprinkle of each salt and pepper (to taste)
sprinkle of dill weed

wrap in foil, sealing tightly. Bake in 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
Enjoy
-ginny
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