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How do I trick me into eating fish heads?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 11, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Hi hackers,

due to some reasons I've decided to join the small group of pesce-paleos, that is the only meat I'm going to eat from now on is fish and shellfish.

But in order to get the full dose of nutrients I'll have to eat the whole fish. Today I tried sardines and have to admin it wasn't easy to eat them completely. Liver, stomach, etc. I guess it's just a thing of getting used to it.

But when I arrived at the fish head, with it's (crispy) eyes staring at me, there was no way I could swallow this.

Any suggestions how to trick me into eating them anyway? Do you eat fish heads? How do you do it?

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

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on February 12, 2012
at 03:11 AM

You could also down it with ginger, scallions, tamari, and some garlic for some hainan flavor.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 12, 2012
at 01:19 AM

Can't imagine there's all that much much in the sardine head! ;)

Febcfb45a6bec019a69101cfa8104d30

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on February 12, 2012
at 12:21 AM

It's helped me learn to get into eating marrow, kidney and liver. As well as the more cartilagenous (is that a word?) parts of regular meat, which I didn't used to like eating.

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on February 11, 2012
at 07:16 PM

For those who enjoy their seafood, fish heads are considered quite the delicacy -- but it's usually the meat on (and in) the head (especially the cheeks and eyes), not the skull itself.

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

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on February 11, 2012
at 06:59 PM

Admirable! This will take me lots of practice

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

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on February 11, 2012
at 06:10 PM

I do. I'm Taiwanese, and I remember when I was a kid my mother always said, (and still does) "Gimme the head, you kids don't know how to eat it." Yeah, well, since going paleo, more fish heads for me now! Polishing em' like a cat.

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on February 11, 2012
at 05:40 PM

This sounds like fresh fish not canned. They're as big as a trout. I'd be gutting and cleaning them before frying, tossing the guts, and cooking up the bones and head for soup separately.

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

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on February 11, 2012
at 05:27 PM

Sounds like you do that very often ;)

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

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on February 11, 2012
at 04:26 PM

Haven't tried them yet, but google-image-search also says they are tasty :-) I'll get me some, thanks!

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

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on February 11, 2012
at 03:48 PM

Really interesting approach. Did you overcome any food aversion with it? Well, I think...this could actually work ;)

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

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on February 11, 2012
at 03:21 PM

They were quite big, say 20cm. But mashing them up is a good idea :)

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on February 11, 2012
at 03:15 PM

Holy cow! How big were these sardines that you could actually differentiate all those bits and parts? I usually mash mine all up and throw some mustard on it....cant tell one part from another.

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Febcfb45a6bec019a69101cfa8104d30

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on February 11, 2012
at 03:43 PM

This is going to sound crazy, but I'm going to suggest it anyway.

I recommend getting savage with it. Make yourself hungry beforehand. Then dive in and eat it with your hands. There's a mindset you can get into--not the normal eating mindset--where you become determined to get every last bit of nutrition out of that thing. Rip into it and enjoy being a predator. Imagine all the nutrition that you're getting and what it will do for you and/or your family.

That's the only way I know of to get past the initial barrier of repulsion. Other than that you could hide it in various ways or with various sauces, but that seems to be difficult to do.

Febcfb45a6bec019a69101cfa8104d30

(463)

on February 12, 2012
at 12:21 AM

It's helped me learn to get into eating marrow, kidney and liver. As well as the more cartilagenous (is that a word?) parts of regular meat, which I didn't used to like eating.

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on February 11, 2012
at 03:48 PM

Really interesting approach. Did you overcome any food aversion with it? Well, I think...this could actually work ;)

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on February 11, 2012
at 04:22 PM

Thomy,

I'm not a big fish eater but I am also trying to get more wild caught seafood into my diet.

Have you tried smoked kippers? I buy mine headless. They are quite tasty. I think life is too short to eat things you don't really want to. Fish heads kind of creep me out also.

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on February 11, 2012
at 04:26 PM

Haven't tried them yet, but google-image-search also says they are tasty :-) I'll get me some, thanks!

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on February 11, 2012
at 03:31 PM

Clean your sardines. If you're wanting to eat innards, stick to shrimp and other shellfish. No need to eat fish heads, save them and make fish stock.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on February 12, 2012
at 01:19 AM

Can't imagine there's all that much much in the sardine head! ;)

Medium avatar

(2923)

on February 11, 2012
at 07:16 PM

For those who enjoy their seafood, fish heads are considered quite the delicacy -- but it's usually the meat on (and in) the head (especially the cheeks and eyes), not the skull itself.

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Ee70ee808f748374744404a00e1c22ed

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on February 12, 2012
at 01:05 AM

I'd start with the smallest whole fish you can find (sardines/anchovies etc) and just go for it. I find that if I can just toss the whole thing into my mouth and chow down, it's a lot easier to ignore the bits that I might find unpleasant. Alternately, combining with other foods like veggies or rice might work as well, so you're not just focusing on the fact that you're eating a fish head.

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on February 12, 2012
at 03:11 AM

You could also down it with ginger, scallions, tamari, and some garlic for some hainan flavor.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 11, 2012
at 11:11 PM

May not be Paleo because I don't know what kind of deep fry oil is used, but an awesome way to get into eating fish parts happily is to get a deep fried rock cod at a Chinese restaurant. We all fight over the crunchy nutty tasting fins and tail! I just skipped the eyeball- haven't gone that far yet.

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Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

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on February 11, 2012
at 05:12 PM

Pick the meat off bit and bit. and when left with bones, align them vertically along your molars. Crunch, and suck the juices out of em. Repeat until you vacuum all those good juices away.

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on February 11, 2012
at 06:59 PM

Admirable! This will take me lots of practice

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on February 11, 2012
at 05:27 PM

Sounds like you do that very often ;)

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on February 11, 2012
at 06:10 PM

I do. I'm Taiwanese, and I remember when I was a kid my mother always said, (and still does) "Gimme the head, you kids don't know how to eat it." Yeah, well, since going paleo, more fish heads for me now! Polishing em' like a cat.

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8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on February 11, 2012
at 04:55 PM

deep-fried, bacon-wrapped?????? Seriously, I'd make soup.

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on February 11, 2012
at 03:38 PM

maybe you could chocolate coat them :) hide them inside dates??? saturate in lemon juice? add bacon?
most of this is meant to be light-hearted, but who knows what might work for you. keep at it and eventually you will loose the ick factor.

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Medium avatar

(10601)

on February 11, 2012
at 03:26 PM

Boil them, filter out the bones, save any edible meat, and make soup. Tons of protein.

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