One fish, two fish; bad fish, good fish.
You’re standing at the fish counter, trying to decide what to make for dinner. You want to eat more fish– after all, it’s good for you, right? Except when it isn’t, because of mercury and other contaminants. So– some fish is good for you. But which ones?? It’s like a bad Dr. Seuss rhyme, and it’s too hard, so maybe you should just have chicken. Again.
Actually, while there is no hard and fast rule– some farmed fish is better than some wild, and visa versa– the best way to know which fish to buy and eat is to let the experts guide you. For years, when I wrote stories on fish, nutrition and sustainability, I interviewed the experts at Seafood Watch, a group that is part of Monterey Bay Aquarium. Now I keep their app on my phone, and pull it up at the store whenever I have a question.
Some fish suffer from an undeserved bad reputation. Tilapia, a low calorie, easily affordable, good source of protein has been unfairly maligned: despite some sensationalist headlines, it is good for you and is generally responsibly farmed. The mild, flaky fish is adaptable to all sorts of preparations, but on a busy weeknight, this fast, tasty dish is one of my favorites.