Paiche: Chicken of the River
If you haven't come to know and love paiche already, this summer is the perfect time. Paiche (pie-chay) is a sustainably farmed fish from the Amazon river that's been showing up in more and more U.S. fish markets every day. There's plenty to love about this 300-pound prehistoric river beast, beginning with the fact that it's an ideal grilling fish. The flesh is meaty and dense, like swordfish, so it holds together perfectly over an open flame.
As for flavor, paiche is probably destined to give tilapia a run for its money among those who want to eat fish but don't particularly enjoy the taste. Like tilapia, paiche is quite mild, but it's not without flavor: it tastes like chicken, I kid you not. I can't imagine a better starter fish for the seafood-averse, from kids to finicky adults.