FoodBanishing the off-putting aroma: Simple kitchen hacks to enjoy fish without the unpleasant smell

Banishing the off‑putting aroma: Simple kitchen hacks to enjoy fish without the unpleasant smell

Fish and their specific smell
Fish and their specific smell
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7:06 PM EST, December 16, 2023

The characteristic smell of fish is a deterrent for many. Individuals often forgo this nutritious delicacy due to its off-putting aroma. Fortunately, resolving this issue is neither complex nor time-consuming. The unpleasant smell can be easily mitigated.

How to get rid of the unpleasant fish smell

This tried-and-true method is incredibly simple. All you need to do is soak the fish in milk spiced with herbs for 2 hours. This quickly eliminates the unpalatable taste and smell, often likened to mud. Should you prefer alternatives, the milk can be replaced with lemon, celery or parsley. Slice these ingredients and drape them over the fish, then leave to soak for three hours. Interestingly, some even use pickle brine or sauerkraut juice, giving the fish a distinctive flavor not to everyone's liking.

Though these methods can reduce the smell of the fish itself, it often lingers on hands and utensils. The solution? Wash your hands and soak them in salt water for three minutes, followed by a rub-down with lemon juice. Salt can also be used to clean dishes and cutlery. Simply follow up with a rinse in warm water.

How to prepare cod in milk


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  • 1.10 pounds of cod fillet,
  • 2.11 cups of milk,
  • an egg,
  • breadcrumbs,
  • a mix of herbs,
  • salt,
  • pepper.


  1. Combine the milk with the mixed herbs.
  2. Rinse the fish under running water, then pat it dry with a towel. Place it in the bowl of milk and herbs, letting it soak for two hours.
  3. Once removed from the milk, pat the fish dry again. Season with salt and pepper. Dip in beaten egg and breadcrumbs, then fry on a heated pan over medium heat. Keep an eye out for a golden color which indicates the fish is cooked and ready to serve.
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