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Is Yellow coloring inside a fish normal?

I recently purchased a Bronzini fish from a local market. From the outside it looks great. But on the inside, a portion of the fish is a mucusy yellow The other side looks normal whitish/...
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Mackerel brining time before smoking

Having only just bought a charcoal fired barbecue/smoker, I am confused about brining times. Having searched the web I found some sites recommend 20 minutes, for mackerel, others much longer, who is ...
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Does resting fish before serving affect its texture or taste?

More and more recipes seem to turn up that tell you to rest fish before serving. Not for very long, but still. That seems not right to me. You rest meat to reabsorb juices and relax,so it seems more ...
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What do I do with trout slime?

The trout is covered with slime. I am going to bake it. Should I remove the slime?
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Storing and Transporting cooked fish

I need to take fish to a cooking challenge and the fish has to be cooked, kept hot and then stored and not eaten for possibly 10 hours. Is there are way to do this without changing the flavor, ...
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Why not mix meat or poultry with fish?

I have just realized that I cannot recall ever seeing an item on any menu or in any cookbook that includes both fish and meat or fish and poultry together. (Meat and poultry I have seen.) Is there a ...
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Cooking fishcakes for 1 year old---how to hold shape AND get soft juicy texture?

I am making fishcakes/fish patties for a 1 year old with chopped salmon, chopped shrimp, breadcrumb, eggs and flavorings like onion etc. When I fry them, they become dry-ish, and kind-of crumbly. ...
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Is there any advantage of filleting a fish at home instead of buying a fillet?

Is it 'fresher' and therefore maybe tastier to fillet a fish right before cooking, or is buying a fillet just as good? In other words; is there any difference in quality between a fillet that has ...
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How do you properly defrost frozen fish?

I recently bought a package of frozen cod that contains about 6 pieces. How do you go about properly defrosting them? Thanks.
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How do I effectively rub spices into fish?

I did a fish rub for the first time last night. I mixed the spices and then put the thawed tilapia fillets right into the bowl. I noticed two problems: The spices tended to clump up and became ...
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What is the name of this Chinese Fish Soup where guests cook their own fish in broth?

One of my friends tells about some kind of a delicious fish soup that he ate in china. But he doesn't know the name of the dish. It was served in a big bowl in the center of the table (in a ...
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Raw fish pieces have stuck to each other in freezer. How to take out few pieces of fish without disturbing other pieces?

Raw fish pieces have stuck to each other in freezer. How to take out few pieces of fish without disturbing other pieces? Thawing whole bunch may not make sense since I do not intend to eat them all ...
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Why are my sous vide salmon fillets coming out raw in the center?

My wife and I have tried a couple times to sous vide salmon fillets and they seem to keep coming out undercooked or raw in the center and I'm really not sure why. I took pretty good notes on what we ...
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Some fishermen tell me I caught a Trout Salmon. Does this fish differ much from ordinary salmon?

Like the title says, got a couple questions about the fish I just caught... Firstly, is there anyway to confirm what type of fish this is? 'Ordinary salmon' or 'trout salmon'? Lastly, does it differ ...
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How can I cook cod without lemons?

I have cod and every recipe that I can find says to use lemon juice, but I personally hate lemons. What can I cook the cod with, other than lemons? I don't want it to be dry and I want to bake the ...
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How do you fry a fat, uneven salmon filet?

I can nail a decent medium rare salmon filet. But today the salmon I have bought turned out to be really fat - like 2 inches in height. Its sides have very steep slopes so its bound to cook unevenly. ...
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What can I add to this food to make it taste good? [closed]

I want to make some sprats + potatoes + some cheap vegetables like cabbage soup. What can I add to it to make it taste better? Some types of spices or some other cheap type of vegetables maybe? As ...
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How much Omega-6 does sprat have?

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I couldn't find this information, I looked for two days. How much omega-6 do sprats have, does anyone know?
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“Odd” flavor in some white fish - how to predict?

I am able to taste a flavor in some fish (usually white fish) that most other people do not (I also can smell the asparagus pee smell, and am a strong taster ... but not supertaster?... of bitter ...
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How do you get the smell of fish off your hands?

(Especially the smell of smoked eel.) I tried washing with soap, lemon juice, a metal spoon, but nothing really seems to work. Washing with soap multiple times throughout the day will get it off ...
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Do these fish have bones, and are they dangerous?

I'm looking to start eating fish but I have never prepared any and never ate any except for smoked fish. I went to the store and saw that at least where I live, we don't have many fillets. The best ...
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How do you sear tilapia fish?

I tried searing tilapia as a steak on the stove like I do with salmon... Big mess. I dropped it on boiling hot olive oil. All the skin stuck to the pan and I did not manage to get a medium rare at ...
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How do you make sure your salmon is cooked through?

I have taken measurements and by the time the slim side of the salmon hits 60c, the middle is barely scratching 30c. With that gap how can you make sure the inside is cooked without overcooking the ...
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Cooking meat/fish without Maillard reaction(a.k.a. browning)

Maillard reaction (browning) is the chemical reaction that occurs during frying. Almost all the recipes on cooking meat/fish are all about frying. Even if it's not frying it still mostly incorporates ...
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Pomegranate juice ceviche

Hi this is my first question on this stack exchange but I am a bit of an avid cook so bear with me. I want to make a ceviche and although the 'traditional' acids are lemon and lime, I have a desire ...
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How do you prevent salmon from falling apart when frying?

I have tried frying salmon filet and besides the fact it was very raw on the inside it fell apart when I tried to flip it over. Why? *Skin was on.
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Do tinned anchovies need to be sold cold for food safety or quality reasons?

Anchovies, tinned or in glass, is sometimes kept and sold cold. I don't see that happen with other foods. Is there a food safety reason for this? If so, does it mean that they also need to be kept ...
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Differences between haddock versus cod

I saw haddock on sale at our local grocer. It's really cheap this week. It grew my curiosity. Are there any similarities between haddock and cod as in flavor? I often see haddock and cod ...
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Refreezing Fish? Safe? [duplicate]

So I bought some Atlantic salmon 2 days ago and put it in the freezer soon as we got it from the grocery. Anyways last night I put it in the fridge to thaw out for today, well today's plan's got ...
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Why does fish broth made with frozen fish lack flavour?

I do not know culinary terminology; so I use 'piscine' to mean 'with a positive flavour of fish' (because 'fishy' connotes negativity). My friend drank some flavorous fish soup with a milky white ...
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Minimum preparation for baking a whole fish

I suspect that if one cooks a whole fish with the guts still in, the result wouldn't be good. Other than gutting it first, is any other preparation needed for baking a whole fish, such as scaling it? ...
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Eating raw fish: what are parasite infection risks really: how big?

I make sushi often, and i never use sushi-grade fish...i simply buy fresh fish from the market. I know the requisites of frozen for 20 hours etc., but I know for sure there are many restaurants in ...
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Uncooked Pickled Fish: Can I recook it?

I made pickled salmon a few days ago. I clearly did not cook it enough before pickling it for four days in vinegar. It is basically raw and completely falling apart. Can I recook it now, or is that ...
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How long can a wrapped fish stay good outside of the fridge, in a bag full of other groceries? [duplicate]

I forgot I purchased raw fish, and probably left it in the bag for 2 1/2 hours. Is that still ok to eat? It is also a fillet, and scallops. I think my question is different because my fish was ...
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On heating smoked salmon

I'm trying to make onigiri (Japanese rice balls) that are typically stuffed with fish and eaten warm. I'd like to "cheat" and use smoked salmon or canned tuna instead of cooking a whole fish to save ...
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Alternative to pan frying fish fillet?

I have a recipe that calls for pan frying fish and my goal is to find a healthier way to do it. I want to stay true to the recipe, i.e. I don't want to use breadcrumbs when baking the fish fillet in ...
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Add spice then oil, or oil then spice?

When I'm cooking chicken, steak or fish, I normally sprinkle on the spices first and then add the oil. Is this the right order, or would it be better to add the oil and then the spices? Also, does it ...
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How do you clean or gut fish

I'm lucky enough to have been gifted two Trout by a neighbour... and have not had the pleasure of preparing fresh fish before (or at least not unprepared fish). I've attempted an internet search but ...
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Is Pickled Herring Cooked?

Is pickled herring cooked before put into the pickling solution? If not, what safety measures are in place to ensure bacteria are within safe limits?
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How long in fridge for sushi steaks?

I ordered some sushi grade steaks online. They came frozen, as they were shipped with dry ice to keep them nice and cold. Frozen, I cut them into pieces and put them back in the freezer, taking out ...
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Is a reddy/brown coloured cod fillet ok to use?

I did an online shop last week and when it arrived the cod fillet that I had asked for looked slightly red so I asked for another packet but that was slightly off colour too looking slightly reddy/...
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Is it safe to eat raw fish?

Raw chicken is generally considered not safe to eat. A lot of people eat sushi/sashimi though, and that's raw fish. So, how come that's safe (if it is)?
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How long can you keep tuna in jar with olive oil

Someone sent me tuna in olive oil from a delicatessen shop via post in a box. When I received the package the safety button of the jar was off (you could squeeze it). Due to this I was hesitant to eat ...
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What fish can be used for 'minced fish' in Chinese cooking?

I tried using mackerel which gave a good texture but was a little strong in flavour. What else can be used and readily available in the UK? When I was in hong kong I was addicted to fish balls from ...
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Do some fish smell “fishier”? Why?

I've heard some say that fish only smells offensive if it's old. But my experience suggests that some fish, like salmon, are simply "fishier" and that the smell can put some people off. Is that right? ...
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How can I stop fish from sticking to a stainless steel pan?

I think Anne Burrell lied to me. She said fish will always stick to a stainless pan. This is true. No matter how well I lubricate my pan, my fish will always adhere like cement. She also said that the ...
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How long can fish be left out?

I was defrosting fish and forgot about it. It has been left out for a long time. How long can fish actually be left out before it goes bad?
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Why does fish stick to a pan which is not very hot?

As we have seen there are several threads about preventing the fish from sticking to the pan by making the pan very hot. I want to understand why does the fish stick to a pan which is not very hot. ...
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Best method to prepare catfish (very soft flesh)? [closed]

I live in an area that has some of the best catfishing in the world. Here, they are considered a garbage fish, and no one eats them. I think I would like to try them. What are the best ways to ...