Fishy taste

Discussion in 'Fish' started by jlmacc, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. jlmacc

    jlmacc Meat Mopper

    Quick question for you guys.I took a bag of bluegill out of the freezer to thaw.Is there anything I can do to get rid of some of the fishy taste?Thanks!
  2. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    have you tried soaking in milk?
  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Soak in milk or salt water.
  4. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep...for pan-fish especially, just salt brine and go straight to the freezer after soaking overnight. Thawing in the brine helps to prevent oxidation and also gives 'em a bit more brine effect before cooking.

  5. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I never soak my panfish but if I get a walleye or northern later in the year when the water is warmer then I soak them in milk after I thaw them out to get rid of the fishy/mud taste.
  6. jlmacc

    jlmacc Meat Mopper

    Thanks a lot guys,these were caught towards the end of the year last year when the water was warmer,as rbranstner said.I will try both methods stated thanks!
  7. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now I have heard of soaking your fish in some milk. But you have to remember when fish goes bad they smell like fish.[​IMG]
  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I think I would worry more if my fish started tasting like chicken!

    Just kidding,
  9. hdsmoke

    hdsmoke Smoking Fanatic

    Yep, i have soaked bass in milk a couple times. Bluegill i dont think usually are too fishy. Use whole milk or buttermilk. Works well
  10. promisekeeper

    promisekeeper Fire Starter

    I've never tried it, but I've read where lots of guys bleed thier fish out by cutting a gill and throwing them in a bucket of water before they hit the cooler. They say it makes for a much milder fillet. I've never had a problem with gills, but know one guy in particular that used this method on them. Maybe give it a whirl this year.
  11. Promisekeeper - I have a bunch of fish in the freezer that was gill bled- Fraser River pink salmon from Seattle. It is excellent!! I do not know if the gill bleeding had anything to do with it, but NO fishy smell at all.
  12. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Reminds me of a Jim Gaffigan Beyond the Pale comedian set. Quote "I like fish.,,,,,,,,,, As longs as it doesn't taste like fish.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I got news buddy I don't think you like fish". Great CD if you ever listen to it. Or it is on Comedy Central as well from time to time.
  13. rstr hunter

    rstr hunter Smoking Fanatic

    Milk works well for Bluegill, for walleye you can zipper the filets (look it up on yahoo you will find a youtube showing how it's done) that takes away the little bones in the filets as well as the dark meat that contributes to the fushy taste.
  14. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I used to soak barracuda and bonito in milk, it did help mellow out that fishy smell. BTW, those are salt water species that I caught in the Pacific.
  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It works great with cereal. I soak my cereal in milk, and it never tastes fishy.[​IMG]


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