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As someone who loves the taste of fish, but not the smell, what can I do about it?

Oct 27, 2017
6,813
Michigan
#1
Let's admit it. If fish didn't smell so bad, a lot more people would appreciate it. It's highly nutritious. It's rich in micronutrients not/very rarely found in other foods, it's high in protein, it doesn't cost much, plus there's a million ways to eat it since you can eat it raw with little to no health risks. And it's absolutely delish. But every time I make salmon croquettes or seared tilapia fillets or just a simple grilled tuna and cheese sandwich, my entire apartment smells like fish for a good 2-3 days and there's no way for me to get the smell out. My friends have asked me if a rat died in there. Pls ERA.

 
Oct 25, 2017
2,861
#4
Fish shouldn't really smell like fish if it's fresh enough.

I typically buy fresh-frozen and don't really have issues with the fishy smell.
 
Oct 25, 2017
3,859
USA, Sol 3, Universe 1
#7
1. Get this for your kitchen and dining room.

https://damprid.com/product/odor-genie-clean-meadows-8-oz/

2. After prepping fish, while cooking, wash your hand with water, soap, rinse and then rub a lemon over your hands and rinse again.

3. The environment can take one more for the home team, so throw away and seal the disposable aluminum foil pan you used to bake the fish, and the paper plates and plastic forks you used to eat it as well. Oh, toss the lemon in there for good measure.

That’s what I do and I have never had odor issues in the kitchen. That’s just how I do things, maybe you can find a better way, that’s cool too.
 
Oct 28, 2017
5,113
#9
I'm not a seafood guy.

But when I eat fish it's good sushi or Sezchuan. One is super fresh, the other has a spice profile that prevents the stink.
 
Oct 25, 2017
2,391
#11
Fish shouldn't smell "fishy" if it's fresh, it should smell like the ocean or like nothing at all. So, maybe try a different supplier if you can. If you're making salmon croquettes with canned salmon there's not much you can do about it as the smell is a product of the overcooking during the canning process (same with tuna).

Also, as a general piece of advice. Don't eat tilapia.
 
Oct 25, 2017
3,639
#18
Soaking the fish in milk for 20 minutes before cooking can help with the fishy odor or taste, but I don't know if that will also help your apartment smell.
 
Oct 28, 2017
613
Earth
#21
sounds like you just need to buy fresher fish and air out your living space

try some febreeze and just open your windows while cooking, i also might be desensitized by the smell since we cook/eat fish so often
 

Sunster

The Fallen
Oct 5, 2018
1,573
#32
Do what I did, fracture your skull enough to damage the parietal lobe. If done right you'll never smell again.

Warning: If you cannot smell you also will not be able to taste for the most part.
 

Speely

The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
3,692
#33
To be safe, you could just deep-fry all your fish. Not as healthy, but it will just smell like "fried" to others, especially if you season it well.
 
Oct 30, 2017
2,083
#41
Squirt some lemon or lime on it before you start cooking it. I find that usually dilutes a lot of the odor.

I personally love the smell of fish though.