What kind of fish would you tell a fish newbie to eat?
February 23, 2012 10:59 PM Subscribe
Fish newbie here. Tell me what to eat.
posted by CommonSense to Food & Drink (26 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Most of my life, I haven't eaten seafood. A few years ago, an ex-GF introduced me to sushi rolls, and I've come to quite enjoy tuna and salmon rolls. I got adventurous, and now I occasionally sear a nice tuna steak at home. I'll have salmon dishes on occasion at restaurants. (One odd twist: Despite not eating seafood all my life, there's ONE exception -- I grew up eating tuna fish sandwiches on occasion, so I've always been able to handle that.)
I haven't ventured too much beyond that, though I'd like to. Once or twice, I tried a little bit of shrimp at a very, VERY nice restaurant here in town, one I felt I could trust, and it was pretty decent. (Kinda reminded me of chicken, oddly enough.) I've had crab cakes a couple of times, and they're OK, but they had just a subtly "fishy" taste to me. I had a rockfish entree recently, and a monkfish entree another time, and both were good, I thought. (Again, they were at high-end restaurants, where I felt I could trust them to do a good job.)
I have tried oysters once or twice, as part of a tasting menu at uber-fancy restaurants, but I found them just a bit too salty/"fishy" for my tastes (it kind of reminded me of swallowing sea water). Crabs, lobster, etc. kind of scare me just from an aesthetic point of view.
I live in Baltimore, so I almost feel obligated to eat more seafood. "Lake trout" is a local specialty, but I feel like that's way too hardcore for me at this juncture.
So . . . knowing what you know about what I've eaten (and enjoyed) so far, I'd like to get some recommendations about other kinds of fish (or seafood in general) that I can move on to safely.