Monday, April 13, 2009

Tilapia SUCKS! What the Hell is the Deal with this Fish?o


Tilapia reminds me of the emergence of hangar steak a few years ago. I'd never heard of it. I'm 33 and had never heard of Tilapia until about a year ago. Is this some new breed of fish? Some mutant species? Apparently not. It's been around for thousand of years. And it's even mentioned in the bible (not that I read it). Thank you wikipedia.

Like hangar steak, Tilapia has become the latest thing. I wasn't sure why, but suddenly it appeared on menus everywhere. I'd never really thought about it's sudden popularity until this week. See, I'd only had it once before, but in the last week I've had it twice. And I hope I never have it again. The first time I had it this week I was at a restaurant, and it tasted like mold. No kidding. Like they had just peeled some mold off a rock and mixed it in with the Tilapia. It was gross. It reminded me of a trip to Alaska I took about 10 years ago. I went fishing for Salmon, which were spawning. The ones that were near the end were literally wasting away alive (they looked moldy and probably tasted moldy). The second time I had it this week, I accidentally bought it. I swore I'd never eat it again. I was in the store last night getting some fish and I saw some Sole. I like Sole. Unfortunately it looks like Tilapia. I grabbed a package of Sole. Or so I thought. When I got home I realized my mistake. I made it anyway - thinking maybe the restaurant had some bad fish. And guess what? It tasted like mold and was fishy on top of that.

I looked up Tilapia and it's an easily farmed fish - which means, that's why it's gaining in popularity. It has low mercury levels and grows quickly. It's the 9th most popular fish in the US and growing fast. I guess taste doesn't matter. They apparently eat mostly vegetables. Probably moldy vegetables. You are what you eat.

Tilapia actually isn't that great for you as far as fish is concerned. It has an unhealthy relation of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids (here). Hopefully this will ensure Tilapia gets removed from menus. I'm dry heaving thinking about it.

The fish doesn't even look like it's good.

27 comments:

abe said...

I made some beer battered fish tacos with Tilapia just last week. And they were good!

Anonymous said...

Their diet consists of vegetation and detrius. Detrius is non-living organic matter. That's a euphemism for rotted flesh and feces, which is itself a euphemism for shit.

Tilapia eats shit and dead things. Then you eat it. Yum.

Lefty said...

@Anonymous - well that totally makes sense then. Thanks for the info.

Lewis Allen said...

I couldn't agree more. What a bland, shitty fish this is.

Anonymous said...

I'm eating moldy tasting tilapia right now. And you're right. It sucks. But I also had it two days ago - no moldy taste. I don't know whether it's "off" or is supposed to taste like mold!?

Anonymous said...

I thought it was me. But my taste buds are so sensitive that I can detect tastes that most others can't Tilapia indeed does have a moldy taste and almost made me gag once. That was the first and last time I ever ate that stuff.
All farm-raised fish are questionable. It's unnatural. Fish should swim in the ocean or rivers not in pools. What have we become?

Anonymous said...

Tried it twice over several years it tastes like moldy crap. Wife never believes me, she had it last month spit it out and asked me to try it I could smell it be fore I ate a piece yes it was talapia.Wize up America bottom feeders are what they are!

Anonymous said...

Actually what you are tasting is the odor caused by farm raised Tilapia. I lived in Hawaii for a while and some people farm raise it and other species for sale. What happens is there are hundreds to thousands of fish in one pen. They absorb the black liner odor, which if you ever smelled a wet drum - "that is what you are tasting".

What fish farmers are suppose to do is change the diet and move the fish from the plastic lined pens about two weeks before harvest. If you don't you get "nasty" tasting fish! Since most of these fish are raised quick and for $$, most fish farms to give a crap about the taste of the fish because they are moving tons of fish per month.

Funny - the first time I tasted Tilapia I said, "WTF?" are you kidding me? I haven't ate that crap since. Coors Beer had these blue lined cans of beer that I had once and it tasted like F'n plastic!!! Least I stopped drinking those from the can.

Hope this educates most of you on this subject!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the education. That explains why it sucks so bad!

JoniTsosie said...

Thank you for pinpointing that horrible taste! You're right! It does indeed taste like mold. I ate it twice. The first time was in fish tacos and it wasn't bad. Then I bought some for the house and it tasted like literal shitty mold. Thanks again for the enlightenment.

Aaron Van Zant said...

I so agree with you. It is terrible fish. I love seafood but hate this fish. Really the only fish i don't like. It taste like bad cat fish.

susie_pete said...

What a relief to find out that I'm not the only one who finds tilapia to be utterly gross and disgusting. Whenever I go to a restaurant I ALWAYS ask what type of fish is served before ordering fish tacos, fish sandwiches, fish fry etc.. More often than not the answer is "tilapia". My response is "I don't eat tilapia. Why do you serve that fish? It tastes like a bottom feeder." Fortunately I have found a great seafood restaurant that won't allow tilapia on the premises!. . .and they brag about that fact.

Anonymous said...

I think its the dirty water they live in. Ever seen the fish in tanks at Epcot? I wouldn't put my hand in it, gross!& fish are living in it.I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks they taste moldy.

Anonymous said...

In Costa Rica Tilapia live in ditches along the road and in mud puddles. I'd rather eat carp!
The only reasons resturaunts push this crap on you is because it's so cheap. I actually spit it out the first time I tasted it. I thought it was rancid. I later found out that's just the way it tastes. Yuck! I can't believe all the people that eat this crap, just because advertizing tells you how good it is.

Anonymous said...

I eat tilapia quite often and enjoy its texture and flavor. Apparently some folks don't know how to prepare this fish. Personaly I think cod is the least flavorfull fish on the market

Noah Taylor said...

I've eaten tilapia since I was younger before it was popular. Back in the day, we use to catch them all the time and it was fresh, and a side effect of that was good taste. I even got some at the store about six years ago which I made for my fiance on our first date. When cooked in lemon and butter with some onions it was really good, unfortunately farm raised tilapia has become the norm and it tastes horrible. I actually looked up this website tonight because I thought maybe I had eaten some bad fish or something at dinner tonight when my fiance ordered the tilapia and I tried her plate. it tasted exactly how you describe like moldy dirt to me. I really thought the fish was bad but it's been at least five or six hours and no sign of any kind of stomach bug yet. At least I feel better that I didn't eat rotten fish just a really bad tasting fish lol.

Anonymous said...

I am eating it right now - and it definitely tastes like mold. Bleh! Never again!

Anonymous said...

I think the mold taste is only noticeable to some people. Whenever I am at a family dinner everyone is enjoying the tilapia, and I can't touch it, my wife thinks I am crazy, everyone who I tell thinks I am crazy, nice to know I am not alone.
Fresh (not previously frozen) with lemon taste ok.

Mad Maid said...

I had fish tacos today with tilapia. It tasted like mold, which is a shame since honestly the tacos were SO good! Next time I will use basa. Tilapia is overrated.

Anonymous said...

Never had an off-tasting one, but off-tasting specimens are common among fish which do not live higher on the food chain (herbivores and bottom feeders). What I do not like about it is that it is so lean and dry - it has no richness. Much prefer trout or Walleye or even plain old North Seas whitefish (cod/haddock/pollock).

Anonymous said...

I sometimes get this fish in a large bag of individual fillets. Each one is vacuum sealed in its own bag. Some taste like mold, some do not. You can smell it in advance of cooking it.

I throw away the moldy smelling ones, which for this bag is about 1/3. Makes it not so good a price.

Anonymous said...

When I had no money, I turned to catching my own tilapia as a cheap food source. It was from a lake, which usually isn't that great but this fish tasted like pure dirt. I found that frying the hell out of it and drowning it in tabasco sauce made it almost...good.

Anonymous said...

I'm afraid I have to share your evaluation of Tilapia's taste, it's BAD, and I LOVE sea food and all kinds of fish. I was in my favorite Mexican restaurant afew weeks ago and they had "Sea Food Fajitas" ...menu listed all the ingredients, and tilapia was not mentioned, however "Red Snapper" was, so I ordered it. One bite of the "Red Snapper" was all it took, it was tilapia! I asked to talk with the manager to clear up this issue, and although they wouldn't come out right and say it, it was hinted that tilapia "may" have need an ingredient. I always like the food at this place so I didn't make a real big deal of it. BUT I did make a mental note never to order the sea food fajita's again!

Unknown said...

Just last night I had pecan crusted tilapia at a restraunt. It was wonderful. No matter moldy taste at all. I never even used my lemon wedge. And I really don't like fish that much. I don't agree at all.

Unknown said...

Just last night I had pecan crusted tilapia at a restraunt. It was wonderful. No matter moldy taste at all. I never even used my lemon wedge. And I really don't like fish that much. I don't agree at all.

Anonymous said...

Tilapia tastes like the dog food of the sea.

miss miss said...

I have eaten a TON of tilapia and tonight, for the first time, it tasted like it had gone bad -- SUUPER "fishy" -- like I was eating lake water. I've eaten it before because it has been mild-tasting, cheap protein on my limited budget. I've really enjoyed it in tacos. This is the first time it's been awful and I'm bummed. Also bummed about the Omega 6 - 3 ratio. Boooo.