My First Time #9 - Cooking Fish

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I really hate fish. For as long as I can remember I’ve disliked it. It’s taste, smell, texture, everything! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried to like it. I’ve supposedly had some amazing fish on my travels according to everyone I was with at the time, but I really didn’t get on with it.

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I want to like fish, I really do. There’s some amazing looking fish dishes out there, and it would make life easier when eating out or travelling, but up to this point I haven’t managed to convince myself to stomach it.

Since I’ve been on this carnivore diet, I’ve been kind of hoping my palate will have changed, and I might like fish now. So thought I should give it a whirl. 

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Unlike my other ‘first times’, this is something I’ve eaten before, albeit a long time ago. I’ve never actually tried cooking fish before though, so it’s very much a first time in that respect.

I opted for salmon because my diet specifically needs fat, and salmon is one of the fattier fish. It’s also one of the more common offerings when eating out, so would be useful if I could learn to like it.

I watched various videos on how to cook it, having never cooked any kind of fish before. There doesn’t seem to be much consensus over which side you cook first, so I went with Jamie Oliver’s skin side up approach. I’m sure a million chefs would disagree with me right now, but hey ho. 

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After making sure the salmon was dry with a paper towel, I seasoned it liberally and then placed it in a frying pan with some butter. After a couple of minutes I turned it over onto it’s skin side and allowed it to cook until crispy, giving it a little baste in the butter from time to time. I then transferred it to a plate for eating.

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Obviously, I have no reference for how properly cooked fish should look, feel, taste, but I think I did a pretty good job for my first attempt ever. The skin was crispy and the fish was tender and flaky. That’s usually what they talk about on masterchef anyway.

So... I still don’t like fish. I mean I ate it all, just to be sure, but really still not a fan. I’m sure I’ll try again at some point, but for now, fish and seafood are still very much off the menu! 

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