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Sauteed onions and zucchini tasted like fish. Anybody else have this problem?

Strange, eh? As a test, I could try to cook half of the 1 zucchini that's left just as I did before not browning them completely and partially steaming them with the butter and onions and the other half with completely browning them. If something fishy happens, I'll let you know.

Aug 15, 2010
JLCM in Home Cooking

Sauteed onions and zucchini tasted like fish. Anybody else have this problem?

I did wash the zucchini, but I could have missed a spot. But you'd think the onions would have tasted bad as well, and they tasted fine. I appreciate everyones input. Thank You.

Aug 15, 2010
JLCM in Home Cooking

Sauteed onions and zucchini tasted like fish. Anybody else have this problem?

Yes. Usually I cook them until they are nice and toasty in color, a bit caramelized with the onions. But this time, dinner was ready, they were "cooked", not as long as I normally cook them, and decided they were done enough. Sometimes I will throw them in the pasta water and boil them. And other times I'll steam them. But mostly I cook them in butter.

Aug 15, 2010
JLCM in Home Cooking

Sauteed onions and zucchini tasted like fish. Anybody else have this problem?

I think you're on to something with the fish meal fertilizer. Just because they were all in the same pack doesn't mean they were all from the same plant. The butter used was good. The onions tasted fine cooked in the butter. Thanks for your ideas. I was contemplating whether it was the temperature the zucchini was cooked (not high enough), the method, or perhaps even the onion. But fish meal fertilizer makes the most sense.

Aug 14, 2010
JLCM in Home Cooking

Sauteed onions and zucchini tasted like fish. Anybody else have this problem?

I've only ever used olive oil or butter to cook in this particular cast iron pan.

Aug 14, 2010
JLCM in Home Cooking

Sauteed onions and zucchini tasted like fish. Anybody else have this problem?

I used regular fat no salt butter. No Canola oil. Fish meal fertilizer is interesting, but none of the other zucchinis in the about 5 pack tasted odd. The frying pan was cast iron and I've never cooked fish in it.

Aug 14, 2010
JLCM in Home Cooking

Sauteed onions and zucchini tasted like fish. Anybody else have this problem?

Oddly, cooking onions and zucchini this evening resulted in fishy smelling zucchini that we threw out. I've tried searching to see if anybody else has had this problem, but only found 2 posts of people making zucchini bread or zucchini muffins with a fish odor. I tasted the zucchini before cooking it and it tasted fine. It was organic and dark green. If anybody else has experienced this and has any idea why, it would be great to hear from you. I cook zucchini often and have never had this problem before.

Aug 13, 2010
JLCM in Home Cooking