Thursday, March 8, 2012

True Confessions about Fish

Grilled Salmon Cutlet

OK, I'm going to come out of the closet. After 18 years as a lacto-ovo vegetarian, I've decided to include fish in my diet. Not just any fish - it's got to be wild-caught, not farmed, and preferably labelled with one of the sustainable fishery seals, so I can be reasonably confident no dolphins, whales or seals were harmed in the process. Also, given the laws of kashrut, the fish have to have fins and visible scales - so no shellfish for us.

I've got some nice Pacific salmon filets in my freezer, and even better, northern pike and pickerel (walleye to you Amurricans) from Lake Winnipeg - as close to local as you can get in a landlocked province like mine. Well, OK, it isn't really landlocked, but I don't know how much of a fishery they have up in Hudson's Bay. Some people dream of  ice fishing up there ... but I digress.

Now, of course, I'm looking for some good recipes. I've marinated the salmon and baked it in aluminium foil - I guess that's the default for any fish, but I'd like to expand a little, especially for Shabbat. All constructive suggestions welcome!


  1. In 2001, I added fish, and eventually chicken, back into my diet after 20 years of eating an ovo-lacto vegetarian diet. More recently, Aren was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (a diagnosis that has since been retracted, thanks to his changes in diet). Because his job requires a fair amount of travel, I talked him into adding fish to his diet so that he would be getting better protein while away from home.

    So I don't have a lot of fish recipes, but I do have a few that are sure winners at my house. I'll send them to you on Sunday -- there's a Purim party complete with shpiel at my house motzei Shabbat.

  2. Great, it will do wonders for the protein intake of your family. I understand that Y of YandA has sent you a recipe. I can assure you that she does them all very well. I have childhood memories of walleyes caught by my father or myself at dawn on Caribou Lake in Minnesota and my mother frying them for us for breakfast.

  3. Mmmmm! Look forward to seeing your recipes! I have a cookbook or two all on fish - if you come by I'd be happy to lend them to you! There are so many great recipes online these days - but it is always nice to look over a hardcopy too!

    1. Thanks, PJ! We really should get together ... email me at lionsima at gmail dot com.

  4. You can also get very good and large whitefish out of Lake Winnipeg, as I recall. I used to buy them in Vancouver. It's quite bony, but I still found it a good, inexpensive food. We used to get our salmon locally, since the First Nations had local fishing rights and would peddle the salmon in our neighborhood. With a good supply like that, I almost never had to buy meat anyway.


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