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Removing the Fishy Taste from Fish

Certain types of fish can taste a little too fishy. Here’s’s method to remedy this situation. This method works for most fish, but is particularly suited to those such as mackerel and sardines.

Rinse the fish fillets thoroughly in cold water and place them in a pot or deep sauté pan. Fill the pot with water so that it covers the fish by 1 – 2 inches. To the water add 1 large stalk of celery cut into large pieces, 2 – 3 medium cloves of peeled garlic, peel of ½ of a lemon, ½ cup packed parsley (including the stems), 2 bay leaves, 1 – 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (or ½ cup of white wine), and 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring the water to a simmer. Simmer the fish for 10 – 12 minutes or until it is cooked.

Once the fish has finished cooking, carefully remove the fillets and place them on a plate or tray. To further remove any strong fish odor, remove the skin from the fillets. At this point, the fillets are ready for serving or they can be added to your favorite recipes.

Looking for some inspiration? Here are a couple of authentic Italian recipes where you can use this method:

- Baccalà (Salt Cod) Salad

- Poached Mackerel with Fresh Tomato