I have a confession to make.
I don’t like fish.
I never really have. I didn’t grow up eating it, so I never really acquired the taste for it.
I am trying to teach myself to like it, because I don’t want to feel like a picky child when my friends want to go out for sushi, and because wild-caught fish has an impressive nutrient profile.
Wild-caught fish are full of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA, which are excellent for brain health), astaxanthin (a potent antioxidant), selenium (which helps bind to mercury and escort it out of the body), zinc (necessary for hundreds of bodily processes), and highly-absorbable protein.***
So despite my aversion, I try to eat fish once a week for the sake of health. I am hoping that one day my flavor palate will change and I will start to love fish, but until that day, I am using all kinds of marinades, sauces, and seasonings to help balance out that fishy flavor.
One of my favorite fish is wild Alaskan salmon, because it’s a good fatty fish with a high selenium content. Normally I can only find it frozen, but apparently it’s salmon season because I’ve been seeing fresh wild Alaskan salmon all over the place lately!
Take advantage of the fresh wild salmon while it’s here… The prices are a few dollars less per pound than normal, so I’ve been stocking up, slicing them into individual sized portions and freezing them for use later in the year.
This is currently my favorite salmon marinade… It has a nice balance of sweet and savory with a little kick of ginger. I promise you’ll like it, even if you’re not into fish. :)
***Note that these benefits only apply to wild-caught fish. Farmed fish have been found to have high concentrations of toxins like dibutylin, dioxin, antibiotics, pesticides, and other cancer-causing pollutants. Farmed fish are also lower in protein and higher in omega-6 fats, which contribute to inflammation. Stick with wild-caught!