5 Best Fish For People Who Don’t Like Fish

Written by Luisa Davis on . Posted in food

If you love fish, then good for you because it is most times very difficult to find fish for people who hate fish. Fish is very healthy I agree and also relatively easy to cook, that’s probably why I sometimes envy people who like fish.

But it is quite unfortunate for those of us who can’t seem to stand the smell of fish, for those of us who completely find fish gross to eat as we are most likely going to miss out on all the amazing benefits of consuming fish. Anyways for the fact that I really wanted to tap into the healthiness of fish practically lead me to not only looking for ways to find fish for people who don’t like fish but also fish recipes that I can try out for people who hate fish.

It is, however, safe to say that during my numerous researches I have been able to put together an amazing list of fish and fish recipe that can help people like me enjoy the nutritional benefits of consuming fish and of course I will be sharing my findings with you guys. For today’s article, I will be focusing on finding fish for someone who doesn’t like fish or people who hate fish.

Best fish for people who don’t like fish

This list is for those of us that don’t seem to like fish either because of its smell, texture or you are simply traumatized by the fact that you might have probably had one too many fish sticks when you were young and as of now the mere smell of it just makes you want to puke.


First on my list is flounder which are a group of flatfish species that are usually found at the bottom of the ocean. Flounders basically feed on fish pawn, polychaetes, crustaceans and other forms of small fishes. They practically grow 22 to about 60 or 62 centimeters lengthwise and in terms of body size, they grow as large as 90-95 centimeters.

More importantly, flounders are edible and usually very sweet with an amazing delicate texture making it appealing and enticing for people who don’t really like fish that much and are looking forward to eating fish for the first time. They are the least fishy fish for a person who doesn’t like fish.


These are freshwater fish that are usually found in rivers, lakes, ponds, and most likely shallow streams. It is on rare occasions found in brackish water. As of 2002, the Tilapia fish was probably one of the most commonly consumed fish in the United State basically because of its low price and relatively easy preparation.

It is mild in taste, it a fish that tastes like chicken and also has a texture like a chicken hence they are often referred to as sea chicken, they are usually very lean in nature and doesn’t really taste much like your average fish hence it is the ideal fish for person that doesn’t really like fish.

They can be processed into skinless, boneless fillets depending on its size and are very low in saturated fat, sodium, and mercury but very a good source of protein. They are also known for their abundance in micronutrients like vitamins B12, selenium and phosphorus.

Arctic char

This is a cold water fish that are usually found is deep cold, glacial lakes. They are most likely the rarest fish in Britain. They are very similar in nature to both the salmon and lake trout fish and therefore possess characteristics of both. The arctic char varies in color that usually ranges from red to pale pink.

In terms of taste, it is very similar to that of salmon since they sort of have similar characteristics. However, the arctic char is less oily than salmon. It also tends to be lighter and lot creamier than salmon fish. One interesting feature I think fish haters will like about this fish is that it doesn’t smell or stink up the kitchen like other fishes when you cooking it. More it is a fish that doesn’t taste fishy making a perfect fit for people that don’t like fish


The cod fish is also another amazing fish for person that can’t stand the idea of eating fish, they are of two species; the Atlantic cod which is usually found in colder waters and deeper sea regions basically throughout the North Atlantic and the Pacific cod, as the name suggests they are found in the eastern and western regions of the northern Pacific

Cod basically is quite a common food with a very mild flavor and a dense white flesh hence recommended for people that hate fish. The cod liver oil if you familiar with it is very rich in vitamins A, D, and E. It is also a good source of omega 3 acids. It may interest you to know that the Atlantic cod is one of the major ingredients in making fish and chips alongside haddock and plaice.

Fish recipes for people who don’t like fish

So, basically you are finding it very difficult to eat fish due to one reason or the other and you really want to enjoy the nutritional benefits of fish or you simply just being curious about tasting fish for the first time, not worry as the following fish recipes will help you eat fish without noticing those fishy features that you despise in fish.

Thai Coconut Tilapia

This recipe focuses on the tilapia fish in combination with other ingredients like the coconut oil. As you must have observed by now tilapia is one fish that is highly recommended for persons that don’t like fish.

This fish recipe consists of ingredients like coconut oil, red onion (small), green beans, carrot, Thai red curry paste, coconut milk (to add creaminess to the fish), cilantro, lime, kosher salt and more importantly tilapia fillet.

Preparing it is quite easy; you simply just need to melt the coconut oil in a large pan on medium heat. Sauté onion until it begins to soften and add the rest of the ingredients like the carrots, green beans, and red pepper. Then add curry paste and coconut milk to the pan. Stir until the curry paste is properly mixed with the coconut oil. Add fish and cook on a medium to high heat for a couple of minutes. Season with salt to taste and garnish green onion, lime, and cilantro.

Mediterranean Tilapia Sauté

This fish recipe is non-dairy; it is also a one pan dish that practically sings the flavor of the Mediterranean. It consists of the following ingredients: olive oil, onion, white wine, cloves of garlic, tilapia fillets, Italian seasoned tomatoes, red pepper (crushed), capers and black Greek olives (chopped).

To prepare, add 2 teaspoons of olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté for about two minutes. Next up add garlic, wine, fish, tomatoes, olives, capers, and crushed red pepper. Cook until fish is somewhat opaque in the middle, add spinach and cook for some minutes, season with salt and pepper.

Crispy Cod Sandwich

The codfish generally is actually a very tasty fish and making a nice crispy sandwich out is an amazing recipe that is highly recommended for persons that despite the idea of eating fish. This recipe basically consists of the following ingredients: white egg, cornflakes, a pound of cod, garlic powder, ground pepper, olive oil, mayonnaise, dill pickle, hamburger buns (whole wheat preferably), lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, cabbage, and peppers.

To prepare is not so difficult, you basically need to preheat your oven to 425F or thereabout, place a wired rack on a baking sheet lined with foil and coat with cooking spray. Whisk egg whites in a bowl and set aside, then place your already crushed cornflakes in another bowl. Add some quantity of garlic powder, pepper and salt to the cod and dip into the egg white after which you coat with cornflakes ensure that they stick by pressing them.

Coat the fish with cooking spray. Once this is done bake the fish until it is golden brown. Combine mayonnaise and relish in a bowl and add to the fish buns with vegetables inclusive.

Ways to eliminate the fishy smell of fish

To cook fish so it doesn’t taste fishy, just adopt the use of lemon and if you also hate the fishy smell of fish, you can minimize it by the use of lemon. To use simply ensure you squeeze an entire lemon over the fish or use the juice from lemon to rub the body of the fish before you carefully place in the pan.

Lemon helps because the acid in it sort of neutralizes the odor. And you don’t need to worry about the lemon flavor it adds to the fish as it evaporates while the fish cooks. Poaching or slow cooking the fish is also another method of avoiding that gross fish smell and also makes fish not taste fishy.

It is imperative that you cook the fish properly. 

The few times I actually tried eating fish I discovered that it was either undercooked or overcooked and this further dampened any success of me trying to eat fish.

So, therefore proper cooking of fish is of paramount importance and as I have discovered during some of my research proper cooking of fish helps to some extent to eliminate that fishy smell from the fish. More so, ensure that the fish is fresh as stale fish tends to have a very offensive odor which is a big no for persons that don’t really fancy the idea of fish consumption.


It’s no news that fish is basically one of the most nutritious seafood we have around; it is something that we (people that don’t like fish) should try to consume. So, if you hate fish but want to enjoy its numerous benefits then I suggest you try some of the recipes in this article.

More so, with the information provided here, you not only have a good idea the type of fish you can enjoy as someone that doesn’t like eating fish but also know how to recommend fish for people who don’t like fish.

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Luisa Davis

Luisa Davis

Luisa Davis is a frelance writer and foodie based in Portland, California. Though raised on her mother's homestyle Italian cooking, she has spent most of the last five years traveling and immersing herself in other countries' cuisines. Her work have been published in various publications, both online and offline.

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