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    Portland Guest

    Default Tilapia; what's it like?

    What is Tilapia like? I'm not a big fish eater, but they sell them
    from a tank at the nearby supermarket, and I was thinking of giving
    them a try. So they shouldn't, since they're so fresh, they shouldn't
    taste fishy at all?

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    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: Tilapia; what's it like?

    On Mar 6, 11:19*am, Portland <railyardbl...@ymail.com> wrote:
    > What is Tilapia like? *I'm not a big fish eater, but they sell them
    > from a tank at the nearby supermarket, and I was thinking of giving
    > them a try. *So they shouldn't, since they're so fresh, they shouldn't
    > taste fishy at all?


    http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=16...FRtVgwodQzRhCA

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    Portland Guest

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    On Mar 6, 2:21*pm, ImStillMags <sitara8...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > On Mar 6, 11:19*am, Portland <railyardbl...@ymail.com> wrote:
    >
    > > What is Tilapia like? *I'm not a big fish eater, but they sell them
    > > from a tank at the nearby supermarket, and I was thinking of giving
    > > them a try. *So they shouldn't, since they're so fresh, they shouldn't
    > > taste fishy at all?

    >
    > http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=16...bsrc=tilapia&g...


    That's an informative site. I also found this:
    http://fishcooking.about.com/od/meet.../p/tilapia.htm

    This is what I might like about this fish: (Nice and boring; doesn't
    taste like fish.)
    One thing I don't like about tuna is it's richness. I must be
    allergic to it or something, because I don't feel very well after I
    eat a tuna steak.
    {
    What does tilapia taste like? Well...not much. It is very lean, very
    white and very high in protein. And it has almost no flavor of its
    own. Personally, I find it boring. Give me a rich, fatty tuna or even
    an anchovy any day. Tilapia doesn't "taste like fish," which is why it
    is so popular in the United States.
    }


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    Bryan Guest

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    On Mar 6, 1:41*pm, Portland <railyardbl...@ymail.com> wrote:
    > On Mar 6, 2:21*pm, ImStillMags <sitara8...@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    > > On Mar 6, 11:19*am, Portland <railyardbl...@ymail.com> wrote:

    >
    > > > What is Tilapia like? *I'm not a big fish eater, but they sell them
    > > > from a tank at the nearby supermarket, and I was thinking of giving
    > > > them a try. *So they shouldn't, since they're so fresh, they shouldn't
    > > > taste fishy at all?

    >
    > >http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=16...bsrc=tilapia&g...

    >
    > That's an informative site. *I also found this:http://fishcooking.about..com/od/mee.../p/tilapia.htm
    >
    > This is what I might like about this fish: (Nice and boring; doesn't
    > taste like fish.)
    > One thing I don't like about tuna is it's richness. *I must be
    > allergic to it or something, because I don't feel very well after I
    > eat a tuna steak.
    > {
    > What does tilapia taste like? Well...not much. It is very lean, very
    > white and very high in protein. And it has almost no flavor of its
    > own. Personally, I find it boring. Give me a rich, fatty tuna or even
    > an anchovy any day. Tilapia doesn't "taste like fish," which is why it
    > is so popular in the United States.
    >

    I love it. It's what's for dinner, salted, peppered, dredged in corn
    meal and fried in peanut oil with fresh lemons to squeeze on.

    --Bryan

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    Portland Guest

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    On Mar 6, 3:27*pm, Bryan <bryangsimm...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > On Mar 6, 1:41*pm, Portland <railyardbl...@ymail.com> wrote:
    >
    > > On Mar 6, 2:21*pm, ImStillMags <sitara8...@gmail.com> wrote:

    >
    > > > On Mar 6, 11:19*am, Portland <railyardbl...@ymail.com> wrote:

    >
    > > > > What is Tilapia like? *I'm not a big fish eater, but they sell them
    > > > > from a tank at the nearby supermarket, and I was thinking of giving
    > > > > them a try. *So they shouldn't, since they're so fresh, they shouldn't
    > > > > taste fishy at all?

    >
    > > >http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=16...bsrc=tilapia&g...

    >
    > > That's an informative site. *I also found this:http://fishcooking.about.com/od/meet.../p/tilapia.htm

    >
    > > This is what I might like about this fish: (Nice and boring; doesn't
    > > taste like fish.)
    > > One thing I don't like about tuna is it's richness. *I must be
    > > allergic to it or something, because I don't feel very well after I
    > > eat a tuna steak.
    > > {
    > > What does tilapia taste like? Well...not much. It is very lean, very
    > > white and very high in protein. And it has almost no flavor of its
    > > own. Personally, I find it boring. Give me a rich, fatty tuna or even
    > > an anchovy any day. Tilapia doesn't "taste like fish," which is why it
    > > is so popular in the United States.

    >
    > I love it. *It's what's for dinner, salted, peppered, dredged in corn
    > meal and fried in peanut oil with fresh lemons to squeeze on.
    >
    > --Bryan


    Sounds excellent. I'll omit the salt though; health reasons. Maybe
    black cracked peppercorn and a paprika rub? Blacken it somewhat?
    I don't know how much mercury it contains. One site I visited says
    that it can be eaten safely 4 times per week.

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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: Tilapia; what's it like?


    "Portland" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > What is Tilapia like? I'm not a big fish eater, but they sell them
    > from a tank at the nearby supermarket, and I was thinking of giving
    > them a try. So they shouldn't, since they're so fresh, they shouldn't
    > taste fishy at all?


    Fish for people that don't like fish. You'll taste the seasonings more than
    the flesh itself. They are very mild.


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    Bryan Guest

    Default Re: Tilapia; what's it like?

    On Mar 6, 3:26*pm, Portland <railyardbl...@ymail.com> wrote:
    > On Mar 6, 3:27*pm, Bryan <bryangsimm...@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > On Mar 6, 1:41*pm, Portland <railyardbl...@ymail.com> wrote:

    >
    > > > On Mar 6, 2:21*pm, ImStillMags <sitara8...@gmail.com> wrote:

    >
    > > > > On Mar 6, 11:19*am, Portland <railyardbl...@ymail.com> wrote:

    >
    > > > > > What is Tilapia like? *I'm not a big fish eater, but they sell them
    > > > > > from a tank at the nearby supermarket, and I was thinking of giving
    > > > > > them a try. *So they shouldn't, since they're so fresh, they shouldn't
    > > > > > taste fishy at all?

    >
    > > > >http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=16...bsrc=tilapia&g...

    >
    > > > That's an informative site. *I also found this:http://fishcooking.about.com/od/meet.../p/tilapia.htm

    >
    > > > This is what I might like about this fish: (Nice and boring; doesn't
    > > > taste like fish.)
    > > > One thing I don't like about tuna is it's richness. *I must be
    > > > allergic to it or something, because I don't feel very well after I
    > > > eat a tuna steak.
    > > > {
    > > > What does tilapia taste like? Well...not much. It is very lean, very
    > > > white and very high in protein. And it has almost no flavor of its
    > > > own. Personally, I find it boring. Give me a rich, fatty tuna or even
    > > > an anchovy any day. Tilapia doesn't "taste like fish," which is why it
    > > > is so popular in the United States.

    >
    > > I love it. *It's what's for dinner, salted, peppered, dredged in corn
    > > meal and fried in peanut oil with fresh lemons to squeeze on.

    >
    > > --Bryan

    >
    > Sounds excellent. *I'll omit the salt though; health reasons. *Maybe
    > black cracked peppercorn and a paprika rub? *Blacken it somewhat?
    > I don't know how much mercury it contains. *One site I visited says
    > that it can be eaten safely 4 times per week.


    I just use fresh ground black pepper and salt. Then I coat them with
    yellow corn meal and fry in peanut oil. I got a 24oz bag of them
    today at Aldi, and these things are whoppers. Only five fillets. I'm
    having to cut up the fillets so I can fry them.

    --Bryan

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    Kent Guest

    Default Re: Tilapia; what's it like?


    "Portland" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    On Mar 6, 3:27 pm, Bryan <bryangsimm...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > On Mar 6, 1:41 pm, Portland <railyardbl...@ymail.com> wrote:
    >
    > > On Mar 6, 2:21 pm, ImStillMags <sitara8...@gmail.com> wrote:

    >
    > > > On Mar 6, 11:19 am, Portland <railyardbl...@ymail.com> wrote:

    >
    > > > > What is Tilapia like? I'm not a big fish eater, but they sell them
    > > > > from a tank at the nearby supermarket, and I was thinking of giving
    > > > > them a try. So they shouldn't, since they're so fresh, they
    > > > > shouldn't
    > > > > taste fishy at all?

    >
    > > >http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=16...bsrc=tilapia&g...

    >
    > > That's an informative site. I also found
    > > this:http://fishcooking.about.com/od/meet.../p/tilapia.htm

    >
    > > This is what I might like about this fish: (Nice and boring; doesn't
    > > taste like fish.)
    > > One thing I don't like about tuna is it's richness. I must be
    > > allergic to it or something, because I don't feel very well after I
    > > eat a tuna steak.
    > > {
    > > What does tilapia taste like? Well...not much. It is very lean, very
    > > white and very high in protein. And it has almost no flavor of its
    > > own. Personally, I find it boring. Give me a rich, fatty tuna or even
    > > an anchovy any day. Tilapia doesn't "taste like fish," which is why it
    > > is so popular in the United States.

    >
    > I love it. It's what's for dinner, salted, peppered, dredged in corn
    > meal and fried in peanut oil with fresh lemons to squeeze on.
    >
    > --Bryan


    Sounds excellent. I'll omit the salt though; health reasons. Maybe
    black cracked peppercorn and a paprika rub? Blacken it somewhat?
    I don't know how much mercury it contains. One site I visited says
    that it can be eaten safely 4 times per week.
    >
    >

    I believe Tilapia is a freshwater fish farmed in salt water. If any have a
    food allergy to either fresh or salt water fish tilapia should probably be
    avoided. I asked an allergist about this once about cross sensitivity and
    she didn't think you could know other than trying it. The problem is that
    you can get angioneurotic oedema, a life threatening allergic response.
    Kent






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    Bryan Guest

    Default Re: Tilapia; what's it like?

    On Mar 6, 4:40*pm, "Ed Pawlowski" <e...@snetnospam.net> wrote:
    > "Portland" <railyardbl...@ymail.com> wrote in message
    >
    > news:[email protected]...
    >
    > > What is Tilapia like? *I'm not a big fish eater, but they sell them
    > > from a tank at the nearby supermarket, and I was thinking of giving
    > > them a try. *So they shouldn't, since they're so fresh, they shouldn't
    > > taste fishy at all?

    >
    > Fish for people that don't like fish. *You'll taste the seasonings morethan
    > the flesh itself. *They are very mild.


    Liking mild fish is not the same as not liking fish. Tilapia is one
    of my favorite foods. Perhaps you prefer canned jack mackerel. Now
    THAT'S FISHY.

    --Bryan

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Tilapia; what's it like?

    On Sun, 6 Mar 2011 11:19:26 -0800 (PST), Portland
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > What is Tilapia like? I'm not a big fish eater, but they sell them
    > from a tank at the nearby supermarket, and I was thinking of giving
    > them a try. So they shouldn't, since they're so fresh, they shouldn't
    > taste fishy at all?


    Tilapia is a fairly bland white fish, so you'll probably like it.
    It'll taste like whatever you seasoned it with.

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

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    I_am_Tosk Guest

    Default Re: Tilapia; what's it like?

    In article <il12po$ns0$[email protected]>, keh6444
    @ana.yahoo.com says...
    >
    > "Portland" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    > On Mar 6, 3:27 pm, Bryan <bryangsimm...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > > On Mar 6, 1:41 pm, Portland <railyardbl...@ymail.com> wrote:
    > >
    > > > On Mar 6, 2:21 pm, ImStillMags <sitara8...@gmail.com> wrote:

    > >
    > > > > On Mar 6, 11:19 am, Portland <railyardbl...@ymail.com> wrote:

    > >
    > > > > > What is Tilapia like? I'm not a big fish eater, but they sell them
    > > > > > from a tank at the nearby supermarket, and I was thinking of giving
    > > > > > them a try. So they shouldn't, since they're so fresh, they
    > > > > > shouldn't
    > > > > > taste fishy at all?

    > >
    > > > >http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=16...bsrc=tilapia&g...

    > >
    > > > That's an informative site. I also found
    > > > this:http://fishcooking.about.com/od/meet.../p/tilapia.htm

    > >
    > > > This is what I might like about this fish: (Nice and boring; doesn't
    > > > taste like fish.)
    > > > One thing I don't like about tuna is it's richness. I must be
    > > > allergic to it or something, because I don't feel very well after I
    > > > eat a tuna steak.
    > > > {
    > > > What does tilapia taste like? Well...not much. It is very lean, very
    > > > white and very high in protein. And it has almost no flavor of its
    > > > own. Personally, I find it boring. Give me a rich, fatty tuna or even
    > > > an anchovy any day. Tilapia doesn't "taste like fish," which is why it
    > > > is so popular in the United States.

    > >
    > > I love it. It's what's for dinner, salted, peppered, dredged in corn
    > > meal and fried in peanut oil with fresh lemons to squeeze on.
    > >
    > > --Bryan

    >
    > Sounds excellent. I'll omit the salt though; health reasons. Maybe
    > black cracked peppercorn and a paprika rub? Blacken it somewhat?
    > I don't know how much mercury it contains. One site I visited says
    > that it can be eaten safely 4 times per week.
    > >
    > >

    > I believe Tilapia is a freshwater fish farmed in salt water. If any have a
    > food allergy to either fresh or salt water fish tilapia should probably be
    > avoided. I asked an allergist about this once about cross sensitivity and
    > she didn't think you could know other than trying it. The problem is that
    > you can get angioneurotic oedema, a life threatening allergic response.
    > Kent


    It is a fish that is used as a filter for farms in the mid-west where
    white bass (I think) are raised in ponds. Small Talapia is put in with
    the bigger fish to clean the waste from the bigger fish. As the Talapia
    grow bigger they are culled out of the ponds and sold for people food...
    I suppose it's all sanitary and such, but some folks get queezy when
    they realize what the fish are really used for before they are sold to
    market...

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    dsi1 Guest

    Default Re: Tilapia; what's it like?

    On 3/6/2011 9:19 AM, Portland wrote:
    > What is Tilapia like? I'm not a big fish eater, but they sell them
    > from a tank at the nearby supermarket, and I was thinking of giving
    > them a try. So they shouldn't, since they're so fresh, they shouldn't
    > taste fishy at all?


    The Tilapia will probably be the generic white fish of the future. It's
    main strengths is that it's a cheap and eminently sustainable seafood
    substance that's not too objectionable in taste.

    Tilapia was imported into Hawaii to help keep the vegetation down in
    irrigated crops. I don't know how good the fish were at this job but
    they sure took a liking to the climate here and now they have pretty
    much taken over and choked our brackish waterways all over the state.
    Mostly, we disdain tilapia because it lives in filthy water and the idea
    of eating one is pretty revolting.

    It think sooner or later we'll all be eating tilapia in fish sticks and
    fish sandwiches - anywhere you need a nondescript whitefish material.

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    Steve Pope Guest

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    dsi1 <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Mostly, we disdain tilapia because it lives in filthy water and the idea
    >of eating one is pretty revolting.


    My feeling also. Same for catfish.


    Steve

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    Bryan Guest

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    On Mar 6, 5:49*pm, spop...@speedymail.org (Steve "everything but the
    squeal" Pope) wrote:
    > dsi1 *<d...@usenet-news.net> wrote:
    > >Mostly, we disdain tilapia because it lives in filthy water and the idea
    > >of eating one is pretty revolting.

    >
    > My feeling also. *Same for catfish.


    Yet you're a fan of Chorizo that is made with pork by products.
    >
    > Steve


    --Bryan

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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Tilapia; what's it like?

    On Sun, 6 Mar 2011 11:19:26 -0800 (PST), Portland wrote:

    > What is Tilapia like? I'm not a big fish eater, but they sell them
    > from a tank at the nearby supermarket, and I was thinking of giving
    > them a try. So they shouldn't, since they're so fresh, they shouldn't
    > taste fishy at all?


    You buy them, prepared. You do not want to clean and fillet them
    yourself. Just buy whole fillets (skin off) for $3/lb.

    -sw

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    Gorio Guest

    Default Re: Tilapia; what's it like?


    'Bryan[_6_ Wrote:
    > ;1588943']On Mar 6, 1:41*pm, Portland railyardbl...@ymail.com wrote:-
    > On Mar 6, 2:21*pm, ImStillMags sitara8...@gmail.com wrote:
    > -
    > On Mar 6, 11:19*am, Portland railyardbl...@ymail.com wrote:-
    > --
    > What is Tilapia like? *I'm not a big fish eater, but they sell them
    > from a tank at the nearby supermarket, and I was thinking of giving
    > them a try. *So they shouldn't, since they're so fresh, they
    > shouldn't
    > taste fishy at all?--
    > -
    > 'Tilapia - Seafood Selector - Environmental Defense Fund'
    > (http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=16...tilapia&g)...-
    >
    > That's an informative site. *I also found
    > this:http://fishcooking.about..com/od/mee.../p/tilapia.htm
    >
    > This is what I might like about this fish: (Nice and boring; doesn't
    > taste like fish.)
    > One thing I don't like about tuna is it's richness. *I must be
    > allergic to it or something, because I don't feel very well after I
    > eat a tuna steak.
    > {
    > What does tilapia taste like? Well...not much. It is very lean, very
    > white and very high in protein. And it has almost no flavor of its
    > own. Personally, I find it boring. Give me a rich, fatty tuna or even
    > an anchovy any day. Tilapia doesn't "taste like fish," which is why it
    > is so popular in the United States.
    > -
    > I love it. It's what's for dinner, salted, peppered, dredged in corn
    > meal and fried in peanut oil with fresh lemons to squeeze on.
    >
    > --Bryan


    It's a white meat fish that feeds off of ****. White meat, it's a fish.
    Sucks compared to freshwater perch or blue gill (or, even northern).

    Tastes great compared to ocean perch they ship to the upper midwest.




    --
    Gorio

  17. #17
    Janet Wilder Guest

    Default Re: Tilapia; what's it like?

    On 3/6/2011 5:11 PM, sf wrote:
    > On Sun, 6 Mar 2011 11:19:26 -0800 (PST), Portland
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> What is Tilapia like? I'm not a big fish eater, but they sell them
    >> from a tank at the nearby supermarket, and I was thinking of giving
    >> them a try. So they shouldn't, since they're so fresh, they shouldn't
    >> taste fishy at all?

    >
    > Tilapia is a fairly bland white fish, so you'll probably like it.
    > It'll taste like whatever you seasoned it with.
    >

    I have used it to make fish for fish tacos. I sautee it in OO. While
    it's in the skillet, I season it with Mexican oregano, cumin, a shake or
    two of chili powder and a little fresh lime juice. Flip and season the
    other side.

    For the tacos, serve in small tortillas (corn is the usual) with
    shredded cabbage, crema (Mexican sour cream) and freshly squeezed lime.
    If you *have* to turn it into Tex Mex or Border Food, you can put some
    pico de gallo on it, too. Personally, I would much rather enjoy all the
    fresh flavors then deal with the hot stuff

    --
    Janet Wilder
    Way-the-heck-south Texas
    Spelling doesn't count. Cooking does.

  18. #18
    Janet Wilder Guest

    Default Re: Tilapia; what's it like?

    On 3/6/2011 5:58 PM, Sqwertz wrote:
    > On Sun, 6 Mar 2011 11:19:26 -0800 (PST), Portland wrote:
    >
    >> What is Tilapia like? I'm not a big fish eater, but they sell them
    >> from a tank at the nearby supermarket, and I was thinking of giving
    >> them a try. So they shouldn't, since they're so fresh, they shouldn't
    >> taste fishy at all?

    >
    > You buy them, prepared. You do not want to clean and fillet them
    > yourself. Just buy whole fillets (skin off) for $3/lb.
    >
    > -sw


    I have 3 frozen whole ones in the deep freeze right now. I use tilapia
    for gefilte fish. I need the whole ones to make the broth to poach the
    fish balls in.

    --
    Janet Wilder
    Way-the-heck-south Texas
    Spelling doesn't count. Cooking does.

  19. #19
    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Tilapia; what's it like?

    Very neutral flavor -- makes great fish-and-chips. For any other
    preparation, I'd go for something else.

    -- Larry

  20. #20
    projectile vomit chick Guest

    Default Re: Tilapia; what's it like?

    On Mar 6, 1:19*pm, Portland <railyardbl...@ymail.com> wrote:
    > What is Tilapia like? *I'm not a big fish eater, but they sell them
    > from a tank at the nearby supermarket, and I was thinking of giving
    > them a try. *So they shouldn't, since they're so fresh, they shouldn't
    > taste fishy at all?


    Tilapia were featured on "Dirty Jobs" on the Discovery Channel.
    Apparently they are useful for cleaning out sewers.

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