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Why do my soy products taste like fish?

Asked by DesireeCassandra (1130 points ) October 2nd, 2012

I have been eating tofu, soy beef, and soy chicken for pretty much ever! Lately when I cook with them I and my gf have been getting this weird fishy taste. I tried different brands and it keeps happening. Is this happening to anyone else?

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wundayatta's avatar

Are you cooking with canola oil? Canola oil is high in omega 3 fatty acids, which makes things smell like fish (which are also high in the same fatty acids).

You ain’t lived until you’ve tried waffles that smell like fish!

SpatzieLover's avatar

Like @wundayatta, I’d blame either the oil you’re cooking with, or your cookware. Did you make stinky, oily fish in the pan you’re cooking with?

DesireeCassandra's avatar

Olive oil. I will try a different pan next time! :)

wundayatta's avatar

Try peanut oil or safflower oil just to see if it makes a difference. Also, look at the ingredients in the soy products to see if they include any oils and if so, what kind. Finally, tray sauteing the soy products at a lower temperature. Olive oil does not stand up to the highest temperatures and can change its molecular structure. So reduce the temp and see if that makes a difference.

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