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Fish Facts

White Croaker Fish Facts

Okay, you have determined you should eat more fish. That is one big step taken - but where do you go from there?

And what if you are not a "fish person"?

How do you select a good piece of fish in the market, or how do you prepare it so it's not only tasty, but also fun to eat?

Buying, Preparing and Eating Fish

Whole Fish

To help you along this "fish journey", here are some tips to take the worry out of buying, preparing and eating fish.

Look for one with red or pink gills and bright, clear eyes that are slightly protruding. Gray, sagging gills and sunken, pink and cloudy eyes are signs that the fish is anything but fresh.

Fillets or Steaks

Fish Fillet Fish Facts

Check their aroma before you buy. They should not smell "fishy". Fish should smell like the ocean or a clean pond if it is from fresh water. This goes for whole fish as well.

Fresh or Frozen

The choice is yours. But be aware that breaded and seasoned frozen fish has much more fat, calories and sodium than non-breaded and unseasoned frozen or fresh fish.

Preparing Fish

Baking rule-of-thumb: Measure fish at the thickest part and bake ten minutes at 375-degrees for every inch of thickness.

To bake fish, lay it on a bed of thinly sliced or chopped vegetables such as onions, spinach, mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes or parsley. Top the fish with any seasonings that appeal to you. The fish will not stick to your baking dish and it will taste delicious.

Baking fish in milk (pour a small amount in the bottom of the baking dish) helps to remove some of the fishy taste.

Eliminating Fish Odor

Lemon Drop Clean cutting boards and utensils with soap and hot water. You can also rub them with sliced lemon.

To remove fish smell from your hands, pour some vinegar on your hands, rub them together and rinse well. Rubbing your hands with a lemon wedge or salt and water also works well.

While your fish is cooking, simmer two tablespoons of vinegar in two cups of water, or try simmering cinnamon, cloves and orange slices.

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