It’s hard to believe, but some people don’t love fish the way that we do! The distinctive flavor and texture that appeals to so many of us can cause some people to get a little picky about meals made with fish.
Non-fish eaters are not new to our region, but more and more people are beginning to give fish a second chance, either due to the heart healthy (and other health) benefits or the idea that fish is very environmentally sustainable.
No matter the reason, if you know a non-fish eater or have one in your family, here are some ideas and types of fish to get them to change their tune about one of our favorite food groups.
Appeal to their Brain
While some people turn their noses up at fish, they also know intellectually that fish is a superfood in terms of human health. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of fish per week to help strengthen your heart and stave off cardiovascular disease.
Use some of these articles that show the many positive benefits of eating a diet with at least two meals that have 3-6 ounces of fish a week.
In addition to having some major health benefits, fish is a lean protein that can help those trying to feel full, while watching their caloric intake. Fish may in fact help your waistline.
If you are trying to convince your non-fish eating friends or family to try something new of the fish variety, start with a mild fish flavor.
When introducing fish to a newcomer, try these mild flavored white fish such as: Halibut, Pollock, Catfish, Cod, Flounder, Mahi Mahi, Swordfish, or Tilapia. These mild fish tend to be more popular with the fish-hesitant group as they are often called the “chicken of the sea.”
Make It Familiar
Another trick to getting the non-fish eating population to try something new and healthy is to substitute fish in a familiar way.
For example, if you celebrate Taco Tuesday, offer not only ground beef and chicken to fill your soft or hard taco shell, but also offer some Tilapia. The familiar format of the meal and the idea that there are more options may make some people more likely to try something new…like fish.
Add Some Spice
If your family loves spicy food and tends to marinade chicken and meat in spices that kick it up a notch, try doing that with your fish too! The spices will be a familiar taste and may enable your family to enjoy the fish fillet and not even realize the difference in texture.