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Healthy Foods: A Cook's Guide to Lean Fishes

Updated on June 24, 2014

Enjoy this healthy food often!

It seems that people are becoming more and more health conscious, especially when it comes to adding healthy foods to their diet. As a result, fish has become an extremely popular dish, and many families try to consume at least a serving or two every week. Fish is high in protein, selenium, and vitamin B12, and many species also have anti-inflammatory properties. Besides the health benefits, fish is versatile, tasty, and some species are very inexpensive. Fish can be an extremely healthy food.

Why fish is a healthy food

Fish generally fall into one of two categories – fatty fish and lean fish - and both types are healthy foods. As the name implies, fatty fish are higher in fats, but the fats are the healthy omega-3 fats. Fatty fish species include Atlantic salmon, tuna, rainbow trout, mackerel, and sardines.

Unfortunately, many don’t like the taste of fatty or oily fish. These fish tend to have a much stronger “fishy” taste than lean fish have. Even though lean fishes lack the high levels of omega-3’s, they can still be part of a healthy diet – they supply high protein that’s much lower in saturated fats than other flesh like beef and pork.

Most lean fish can be cooked whole, filleted, or steaked. Cook by broiling, sautéing, frying, poaching, blackening, grilling, baking, or smoking.

Popular Species of Lean Fishes

grouper
grouper

Grouper

Grouper is a family of fish with sweet, mild flesh with large flakes. The thick fillets are firm and hold moisture better than most lean fish, so it’s an excellent choice for grilling. In some upscale fish markets, groupers are sold live. Grouper in the wild can grow to enormous sizes.

My son-in-law, Cory, with a nice flounder.
My son-in-law, Cory, with a nice flounder.

Flounder


Flounder is a saltwater fish, a flatfish that has a delicate white flesh that’s extremely mild in taste. The fillets are usually thin and dry out easily, so it’s best to fry them or cook them with some type of liquid. Fresh flounder are far superior to frozen and is readily available in warmer months..


Tilapia

 

Tilapia is mild, flaky, and tender. Strong seasonings will mask the delicate flavor. Tilapia are farmed and caught in the wild. This freshwater fish has a mostly vegetarian diet, so you won’t have to worry about mercury levels when consuming tilapia.

 

fried cod
fried cod

Cod


Cod, a saltwater fish, has a medium texture, mild flavor, and large white flakes. Smaller cod, called scrod, have a finer texture. Both cod and scrod have a moderate moisture content. This is the fish, along with haddock, that’s typically used for “fish and chips.”



halibut fishing
halibut fishing

Halibut


Halibut is a saltwater fish that can grow to over 500 pounds, but you won’t find one that size in your local fish market. The flesh is sweet, very mild, firm, and dense. It has a clean, pleasant taste when fresh but dries out easily, so be careful not to overcook. It tends to lose its flavor in the freezer.

haddock
haddock

Haddock

 

Haddock is firm yet flaky, with a mild flavor. It can be cooked in a variety of ways, including smoked. Fillets that are fresh will be firm and translucent, while older ones will fall apart easily and have a chalky appearance.

 

red snapper
red snapper

Red Snapper

Red snapper, another saltwater fish, has a sweet, nutty flavor and tends to retain moisture, making it a good choice for grilling. If you leave the skin on the fish while grilling, the meat will hold together better. Other fish are often passed off to consumers as red snapper. Avoid this by buying only whole fish with bright red skin.



monkfish
monkfish

Monkfish

 

Monkfish has an incredibly sweet flavor, much like scallops or lobster. The fish has a huge, ugly, bony head, so only the tail section is consumed. In some areas, monkfish is actually more expensive than lobster. The firm meat is excellent for grilling. Be sure to remove the tough membrane covering the flesh before cooking.

 

Hake

 

Hake is similar in taste and texture to cod. It has few bones and firm, white flesh with a delicate flavor. Thicker fillets do well on the grill. Hake is very popular in Spanish cuisine.

Pollock

 

Pollock has a very mild taste and is very popular in American restaurants. It’s often served batter-fried. Alaskan Pollock is superior in taste and texture than other types. Pollock from Alaska is used to make imitation crabmeat, or sirimi.

 

Redfish is a healthy food that my family really enjoys!
Redfish is a healthy food that my family really enjoys!

Redfish


Redfish, a saltwater fish that's very popular in the Southeast, has a mild to moderate taste and a firm texture. Older, larger fish might have a stronger flavor, and individuals over 12-15 pounds will be tough instead of flaky. Fish under that weight are excellent grilled or blackened. For larger reds, fillet the fish and use a grilling marinade.



Dover Sole

 

Sole, or Dover sole, is a flatfish that has a delicate flavor, and its flesh is firm yet finely grained. The taste is sweet and buttery. Sole’s texture is too fragile for grilling. Expect to pay a high price for real Dover sole.

 

Cory with a spadefish.
Cory with a spadefish.

Spadefish


Spadefish are often called “angelfish” because of their similar appearance. They’re a saltwater fish species, but their taste is similar to that of a freshwater bream caught from clean, clear water. The raw meat sometimes has a slightly greenish hue, but don’t let that put you off. Once it’s cooked, it will be white and flaky with a mild taste.



turbot
turbot

Turbot

 

Turbot is a large flatfish that has a wonderful flavor and a firm texture. It’s a favorite with many chefs and is somewhat expensive. Older fish have a more pronounced flavor that “baby turbot.” The best quality fish are usually available in the summer months.

 

dolphin
dolphin

Dolphin


Dolphin, a saltwater fish that's usually caught offshore, is also called mahi-mahi, and this is the fish, not the mammal. It has a sweet, moderately strong flavor, with fairly firm flesh. For a milder taste, cut away the dark lines of flesh and remove the skin. Dolphin is a moderate mercury risk, so don’t eat more than six servings a month.

channel catfish
channel catfish

 

Catfish has a mild flavor and dense meat that’s not as flaky as many other fish species. Farm-raised catfish generally have a sweeter taste than those caught in the wild. Fish over 10 pounds are often somewhat tough. Most people agree that the freshwater channel catfish has the best flavor.

 

barramundi
barramundi

Barramundi

 

Barramundi from saltwater has a sweet, mild taste and a delicate texture when young. Older, larger fish often have a “muddy” taste, and almost all of the freshwater barramundi are inferior table fare. Barramundi are now being raised on fish farms around the world, including in the U.S.

Seatrout isn't only a healthy food - it's also mild and delicious.
Seatrout isn't only a healthy food - it's also mild and delicious.

Spotted Seatrout


Spotted sea trout is a firm white saltwater fish with a mild flavor. A close and almost identical relative is the weakfish, which is also excellent table fare. If you’ve eaten “speckled trout” in a Florida restaurant, you were eating spotted sea trout. Larger trout, often called "gator trout," can be filleted before cooking.


bonnethead shark
bonnethead shark

Shark


Shark is firm and white, with a mild flavor similar to chicken. The shark meat should be handled quickly and tenderized before cooking. From my experience, sharks from 3-4 feet in length have the best flavor. The one in the above photo is a good size, and I can attest to the fact that this particular shark was very tasty! Sharks have a cartilaginous skeleton, so you won’t have to worry about bones. Remove skin before eating - it's like sandpaper.

A black drum that I caught.
A black drum that I caught.

Black Drum

Black drum has a somewhat coarse flesh and a mild flavor. Remove the skin before cooking, but save the throat – it’s the best part of the fish. Black drum weighing over five pounds are generally not good to eat. The one above is a good-eating size, and it was delicious!

sheepshead
sheepshead

Sheepshead


Sheepshead is a saltwater fish that has white meat that many compare to crabmeat in flavor. Skin the fish or fillet before cooking. These meaty fish are excellent on the grill. The fish are usually more abundant, and therefore cheaper, during the winter months. Click for a great sheepshead recipe.


Pompano are the fish on the right.
Pompano are the fish on the right.

Pompano

 

Pompano is small in size but big in taste. Their succulent flesh is dense and white, and it’s often considered a delicacy. Because of the high demand for the fish, it’s now being farm raised. Expect to pay top dollar for fresh pompano.

 

I landed this cobia while Florida flats fishing.
I landed this cobia while Florida flats fishing.

Cobia

Cobia is a saltwater fish that can grow to hefty weights. Often called "ling" in the Gulf of Mexico, cobia has a unique flavor. The flesh is firm and tasty. The demand for cobia has risen so much that they're now being raised in aquaculture farms. This fish is great in a number of cobia fish recipes!

How to Select Fresh Fish

Unless you’re an angler, you probably buy your fish at a grocery store or fish market. Freshness is an integral factor with fish because it deteriorates quickly. You have no way of knowing how long the fish have been out of the water.

It’s easy to disguise a fish’s lack of freshness when it’s in fillet form, so purchase whole fish and have them cleaned or filleted. Follow the guidelines below to ensure that the fish you’re buying are fresh. A fresh fish has:

- bright red gills

- glossy eyes that are prominent

- skin that’s free of blemishes

- a sweet – not ammonia – smell

- firm flesh

- shiny skin

 

Watch below for a video tutorial about choosing fresh fish.

How to Store Fish

 

Get your fish home as soon as you can. Rinse the fish or fish fillets and pat them dry. Place them in a bag of ice, making sure the ice surrounds both sides of the fish. Lean fish can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week after it’s caught. The ones in stores were most likely already 2-4 days old, so plan to cook your fish within 2-3 days.

 

Fish can be stored for longer periods by freezing. The best way we’ve found to this is to cover them with water. We use either gallon milk jugs with the top cut off, or zipper-seal freezer bags. If we use the bags, we double bag the fish.

 

Sure, the water takes up a lot more room in the freezer, but we’ve found that it’s definitely worth it! Lean fish frozen in this manner will keep its texture and flavor for over six months.

 

 

For great fish recipes, click the links below.

 

To learn to catch your own fish, read the articles below.

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      Leonie Rothschild 2 years ago

      there are not a lot said about salmon. However, In 4 oz of broild salmon there are 236% DV of vitamin B12 (provides cardiovascular support and is absolutely important for brain and nervous system). https://deeandhavenshop.wordpress.com/

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      Harry Baldwin 3 years ago from New England (various locations)

      Some of my favorites - I've caught quite a few too, but not all. Haven't even tried them all yet.

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Boomer, Cory is a great fishermen, but actually, I caught several of the saltwater fish pictured. I'm just camera shy! lol

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Peter, good for you for eating so much fish! We really need to eat it more often than we do.

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      C1234, thanks for reading about healthy foods!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Augustus, that's great! With fish being such a healthy food, I don't think people around here eat enough of it.

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      Mitshell, true - you can raise several fish species with aquaculture. You'd have a constant supply of healthy food that way!

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      Venture Boyz 6 years ago from Floating in the clouds

      Marvelous story habee. This was a very comprehesinve guide to the world of fish. I really enjoy eating fish but I hate cooking fish that smells fishy. You follow me? Tuna on the grill is my all time fave but it's just so darn expensive. Through some tuna my way?

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      skumawat 6 years ago

      Its a superb story about fishes. Thanks a lot for sharing this great thing.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 6 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      To habee: Great and delicious hub. I, too, love fish. My favorite dish is sashimi and sushi which I eat most of the time. I also love to broil and bake my fish. What excellent suggestions you made.

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      Bud Gallant 6 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      Wow... This is very comprehensive!

      I'm getting into eating fish more and more these days, so this will be a great resource for me and anyone else who is looking to expand their menus.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Super overview, great reference hub. Congrats on hub of the day--you earned it!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Congratulations on being chosen for the Hub of the Day!

      This is a very thorough article filled with great information and awesome pictures! My wife eats fish every day (she's from Cambodia and fish is a staple to their diet) and I eat it a few times a month. I enjoyed this Hub, will promote it, and I will book mark for future use! Great Job!

      JSMatthew~

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      Sarita Harbour 6 years ago from Yellowknife, Canada

      Wow! Great hub. A comprehensive list of fish plus the links to the recipes....can't wait to try some of these dishes. I like fish as a fast go-to meal because I can just add a tablespoon of fresh herbs, some freshly ground pepper, a squeeze of lemon juice and a dollop of butter and throw it in the microwave. Love the photos of your family too!

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Great hub! A useful hub as well and it makes me hungry now of fish just looking at your photos. Thanks for sharing. Congratulation!

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      atomicpaulsen 6 years ago from Orem, UT

      amazing list! keep up the good work.

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      Paul Edmondson 6 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      This is awesome. I've been trying to learn to cook fish. It seems to be more sensitive to cooking just right which I haven't nailed yet. Do all fish get cooked to the same temperature to be considered done. My personal opinion it's much worse to overcook fish than under cook if you have high quality fish.

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      registerdomains 6 years ago from India

      Awesome list of fish. Loved this article. Getting great stuff from hub of the days. Congrats. Keep it up.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Congratulations on the "Hub Of The Day" thing. Despite any of that - this is an outstanding hub. I had such a bang up blast of a good time this past Spring bass fishing that I can't hardly wait for the next one. I also, of course, renewed my interests in the ol' fish n' chips.

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      vinsanity 6 years ago

      Hey there, great hub and it definitely deserved hub of the day. I personally love fish and grilled fish is my favorite.

      Great job!

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      jansplace 6 years ago

      Hi,

      What a fantastic hub - a deserved winner.

      I am a lover of fish but some of these I'd never heard of - will be keeping your page for future use. Thanks for all the info and the photo's are great.

      You put an awful lot into this hub and it is presented very well; first class.

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      kasthlin 6 years ago

      cool fish! :) ang congratulations for being hub of the day

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Congratulations on earning the Hub of the Day award.

      I enjoyed this comprehensive hub on cooking lean fish and the pictures were great. Looks like Cory's a good fisherman.

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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Hi Habee, great Hub and lots of info. I eat fish almost every day, I live in Thailand and fish is a staple in Asia. Most fish we eat is fresh and farm grown here. The natural stocks are suffering from a lot of overfishing so the only fish we eat from the sea is Wild Salmon from my old home Alaska another amazing fish location. Thanks

      Peter

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      c1234rystal 6 years ago

      Thanks for this hub. I love fish and experimenting with new recipes. There were a few on your list that I'd never heard of.

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      mitshell 6 years ago from worlwide

      congrat for been selected as the hub of the day, I am much interested in fish farming, you you use you backyard in rearing some of the especially tilapia.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Jill, where we fish, we don't have a big problem with mercury. I know somw areas do, however.

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      jillfil0 6 years ago from Houston

      Excellent hub! Being from Houston, my hubby brings home a lot of Redfish and Speckled Trout. I love the redfish blackened!!! As you said, I prefer him eating more and more fish due to their health benefits. You didn't' really bring up the mercury content though? I keep hearing its more and more a concern nowadays when eating a lot of fish.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sligo, you've made my day with your kind comments!

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      sligobay 7 years ago from east of the equator

      Hey Habee,

      After a long layoff from hubpages I am back reading and writing again. I got here via your blog which I found on your profile page. I also went to your website. It seems that you succeed in all challenges. I have never known so much about the fish that I have eaten for years. You are a great writer and an even better teacher. Cheers.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, Ingenira, monkfish is awesome!

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      Ingenira 7 years ago

      I am from Southeast Asia and I tried the Monkfish once when I visited Norway. I loved it, really tasted like lobster. :) Very informative hub, good effort !

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you, Nellie! I'm truly honored!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Feb, so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Nancy!

      Gazzan, you're lucky to fish that often!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Many thanks, Rebekah! I guess I'll always be a teacher at heart!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Kingis! I've never tried walleye.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you, Perl!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I don't, RM, but I could probably make one! lol

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Oh, Charan, that is so sweet! Thanks!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Travel e, thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, V!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Congratulations, Habee - I voted for you in the contest!! Thumbs up!

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Habee...magnificent hub about fish, I love it so much, thank you for sharing!!

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      gazzan 7 years ago from Italy

      woow i always fishing every weekend.

      very interested post

      thanks for sharing

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      nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

      Great hub. I enjoyed learning more about fish. The pictures were great.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Esatchel - "habee hub" - love that!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks so much, MG!

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      rebekahELLE 7 years ago from Tampa Bay

      very nice, habee. I see that teacher in you in your presentation!! very well done. It helps so much to see images when giving information. I also really love your latest hub about cooking fish, some great ideas. congrats on your win!

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      Patrick King 7 years ago from Springfield, IL

      Congrats on your selection as People's Choice. I loved how you had the pictures of each of the fish. I like tilapia, walleye, and catfish are my favorites.

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      Purple Perl 7 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Congrats habee! Excellent pics and a great hub. Truly enlightening for people like me who do not get to see these varieties of fish.

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      rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      habee fantastic pictures. Of course the info is great, as always.

      Do you have a hub with a table of how different fish are best cooked (grilled, fried, baked etc) as well as a substitution chart (when a recipe calls for X fish, you could substitute a, b, or c)? I'd like to link to such a hub.

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      charanjeet kaur 7 years ago from Delhi

      Congrats Habee, you really deserved this one. I voted for you and seeing you win feels like my vote won. lol doing a happy dance for you.

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      travelespresso 7 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Hello Habee congrats on a great hub and for the win!!! I like your hub.

      I tried red snapper for the first time when I was in Cuba last year. WOW...it was one of the tastiest pieces of fish I'd ever eaten and so fresh. I went back for more the next day and the next!

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      PhoenixV 7 years ago from USA

      Woohoo ^ 5 for the Win ! Excellent Work!

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      PDGreenwell 7 years ago from Kentucky

      Congrats on the win-- another great Habee Hub!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Judy, thanks for your support, girlfriend!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Angela, I'm with you - I don't care for oily, fishy fish!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Buckie, I sent you an email.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Woo Hoo! Congrats, my southern cooking friend! Habee, you really deserve this. Way to go! :)

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Ocean, thanks for coming back with the congrats!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      21, thanks so much for your support!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Gee, Barry - that's awesome. Thanks!!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Phoenix, thanks so much! I really appreciate it!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Reu, I don't know what a good sub for carp would be - I've never eaten carp. Thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Green, so nice of you to stop by and leave a comment!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Ocean, that's great that your teaching your son to fish! Thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Well, RD, my sticks aren't as good as your grouper backs!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Pamela! Girlfriend, you need to learn to fish!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Many thanks, Anglnwu!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, MG! As you can tell, the fam and I LOVE fishing!

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Just had to stop by and congratulate you on your "People's Choice Award" on this hub habee. You have worked so hard and it is good to see your hard work pay off.

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      judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Congratulations on the win! Good job!

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      Angela Harris 7 years ago from Around the USA

      I can see how you got voted the favorite. Congratulations. I like the taste of lean fish much more than the healthier type fishes. It's hard to beat fried catfish and hushpuppies!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Congrats on the win!

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Yayyy Habee!! I am so excited for you! Congratulations on a much deserved win of hubber's choice award. :)

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      Twenty One Days 7 years ago

      Habee, AWESOME! And congrats on the win. Monk & Halibut are in my top fav's. #1 is Opah, from Hawaii.

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Well done huge effort in this. posted to my Barrys Bistro Blog

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      PhoenixV 7 years ago from USA

      Great work Habee :)

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      ReuVera 7 years ago from USA

      That's a great comprehensive hub! Voted up! I love fish and I used to make "gefilter fish" using carp. Here where I live, I can't find carp, but tilapia looks a lot like carp... I wonder if I may substitute....

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      green tea-cher 7 years ago

      good info and photos to go with it. Great Hub!

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Ooohhhh, Excellent photos, and great hub Habee. Thanks for sharing! We love fish in our family, my son and I love to fish, he caught a catfish (his first) just today! Thanks again, so awesome and gotta love the lean.

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      Randy Godwin 7 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I read all the way to the bottom of your hub hoping you would give out your secret method of making fish sticks! HA!

      R.D.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 7 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      What a fantastic hub. I looked at all the titles of the top ten and chose this one to read first before even seeing who wrote it. This is healthy stuff. Very well written. Love the photos. I tried Flounder once because it was the cheapest that day and I almost gagged. The pompano are pretty. Great hub! Encourages one to take a risk and try a few other kinds. Congratulations on catching a fish. (I've never done that yet.)

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      What an impressive collection of fish pictures. Love the monkfish, looks like slippers to me. Looks like you really know your fish from the pictures of your family fishing trips. Congrats on your nomination and good luck.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Wow, Habee you sure know your fish. :) You have listed all my favorites and many others I've never heard of. Want to go fishing with your family; would love to snag a big flounder like in the photo. Congrats on being selected as one of this week's "Best Hub" nominees. Good luck to you!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Oh, Betty, thanks so much!

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      Betty Reid 7 years ago from Texas

      This hub is incredible. You sure know a lot about choosing fish. The photos are very useful. I've been wondering what a mahi mahi looks like.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Wow, Judydiane! Thanks a bunch!

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      judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Makes me want to go fishing, catch some red snapper, have my son clean it and I will cook it! Great hub. You have my vote!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      If you like tilapia, you'll love grouper and flounder! Give 'em a try, Ann!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      HH, I'll take pollock over salmon any day! I don't care for oily fish.

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      msannec 7 years ago from Mississippi (The Delta)

      Great hub; I love fish! Thanks for sharing the info on how to select, because other than my favorite, tilapia, I am clueless.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Never tried the Chilean sea bass, Buckie. Is it the same as black sea bass? I've caught and eaten them! Yum!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      My favourite fish is smoked salmon. Lately, we see a lot of Alaskan Pollock in the supermarket. Till your hub I didn't know what to make of it.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Great job and good info! I love salmon but I also love halibut and Chilean bass....it's all about knowing how to cook it though.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      sheila, try the monkfish!!

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      You must have some fantastic vacations! Loved the pictures of your family, and the write-ups about the various fish were very helpful. I'm going to be brave and try something new. Love flounder and cod and haddock and perch, maybe I'll try red snapper first.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      2besure, can you tell that my family loves to fish?? lol

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I agree, Veronica - that monkfish is one ugly critter!