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How to get rid of a strong fishy taste in fish

Updated October 31, 2018

Many doctors and dietitians recommend that people eat more fish for a healthier diet. Fish is lean and contains a lot less calories than a piece of steak or fried chicken. However, there are many people who do not like the smell and taste of fish. Different types of fresh fish can have a strong fishy taste and/or smell, such as bluefish, catfish, cod, whiting and salmon. You don't have to discard the fishy tasting fish as long as it's fresh, because there are ways to remove the strong taste.

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  1. Rinse and clean your fish under cold water and place it aside in a bowl or pan.

  2. Slice a lemon in half. Place one half in a hand-held lemon squeezer and squeeze lemon juice over the fish. One half should be enough, but if you have a lot of fish, squeeze the other half over the fish as well.

  3. Mix different herbs and spices. Pour a teaspoon or two of your choice of herbs and spices in a plastic resealable bag. You may consider using thyme, rosemary, paprika, tarragon, cinnamon, ginger or other herbs. Shake the bag to mix the herbs.

  4. Pour the herb mix over the fish using your hand to coat the fish well. Place the fish in the refrigerator to marinate for an hour.

  5. Remove the fish from the bowl or pan. Cook the fish according to your preference.

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Things You'll Need

  • Large bowl or deep pan
  • 1 lemon
  • Knife
  • Hand-held lemon squeezer
  • Herbs and spices (thyme, paprika, tarragon, black pepper, ginger, rosemary, etc.)
  • Resealable plastic bag

About the Author

Eric Mohrman has been a freelance writer since 2007, focusing on travel, food and lifestyle stories. His creative writing is also widely published. He lives in Orlando, Florida.

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