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Help me get over seafood fears

danhole | May 14, 200801:23 PM     65

I have a mental block about seafood, due to getting very sick as a child after eating some fish sticks. For years I wouldn't touch anything from the sea, except for the Friday night special at HJ's eating fried clams (which I didn't know came from the sea!) and I also had the fried scallops. I liked both, but I know that is pretty lowbrow seafood. My mom used to get those nasty frozen deviled crabs, which I didn't like, and the shrimp cocktails in the little juice glasses, Yuck! But then as a teen I had shrimp tempura at a Japanese restaurant and loved it.

Now as an adult I have branched out a bit more and have tried, and liked, crawfish, shrimp, lobster and calamari. I have tasted filet of sole (is that right?) that was lightly breaded and pan fried, some cornmeal breaded catfish, some kind of fried crab leg or maybe it was a crab finger, and after just a taste of these I did like them. What I have had that I did not like was Tilapia, but that was at a Red Lobster (not my choice!), smoked salmon out of a package (the cats ate well that night!) and crab cakes. I Used to like salmon croquettes, but haven't had one in years.

My problem is that if it has a "fishy" taste, I just can't get past that. So what would you recommend that I try? I really want to eat more fish, but not sure where to begin. I need a guide to go eat with me! My girlfriend goes with me and lets me taste her seafood, which is why I know what I do like, but I can't get my DH to even walk into a seafood place.

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