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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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What is the effect of poaching fish in milk?

I recently came across a recipe for fish poached in milk. I've never heard of this technique, and am skeptical of its effect (vs. water), so it sounds wasteful to cook fish in 4 cups of milk only to ...
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Lime on Fish tastes Bitter

I recently cooked tilapia in foil packets. I used Season All, and topped eached filet with guajillo salsa (flavored with lime) and lime slices. I noticed a bitter aftertaste when I was eating the ...
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Mackerel, how to get the good stuff?

I have a real problem getting good mackerel. What I consider to be "real" mackerel is that served typically in sushi bars, which I assume is Atlantic mackerel on the east coast of the USA. This fish ...
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Why is fish not considered as meat?

While reading a thread on cooking.SE an old question popped into my head: I am an Asian and had no problems with dishes with both meat and “fish”. But some of my elder German friends say that meat and ...
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What is the difference between Atlantic and Steelhead farmed salmon in taste and how to cook?

I noticed today at the grocery for the first time a new type of salmon called Steelhead farmed salmon next to the regular Atlantic farmed salmon. The Steelhead was about 10% cheaper in price and ...
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How do I choose frozen fish so that it doesn't release so much water?

I bought a package of frozen, individually wrapped, vacuum-sealed pacific cod fillets (about 150-200 grams each) from what I thought was a reputable brand (and not the lowest price) in my nearest ...
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Do sprats need to be gutted?

Do you need to gut sprats before cooking & eating them? i.e. is it safe to eat them (so long as they're cooked). do they taste ok (to the average non-squeamish person happy with a bit of fish ...
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Is it possible to determine if fish caught from fishing is safe to make into sashimi or sushi?

I know that fish bought from a grocery store isn't always great quality or safe to consume raw and this was elaborated in this question. However, is it generally safe (if prepared properly) to turn ...
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Can store bought salmon be used for sashimi?

Is it safe to consume raw fish purchased at the fish counter of a typical suburban grocery store? If not, do you have any tips for finding sushi grade fish.
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Defrosting Fish without Bag

So I am trying to defrost some frozen fish using running water, but I do not have a bag to place the fish in. If I just put the fish directly into running water without a bag and thaw it this way, ...
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What is the difference between Alaskan King Salmon and Scottish Salmon?

I'm considering throwing a dinner party, and I don't have much experience cooking salmon. What are the main differences between these two types of salmon in terms of price, taste, and cooking methods? ...
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Can I still eat this fish?

I just found a couple of salmon fillets in my freezer that seem to have been there for about two years. Are they still edible, or should I bin them?
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Pan-frying fish filets with skin on

When frying filets with skin on, I fish the piece of fish curls and doesn't cook evenly. I've been told to score the skin with a paring knife. Will this work?
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What white fish can be used in rolled sushi?

I have been making sushi using salmon and tuna for a while, but i would like to know it there are any firm white fleshed fish that will work well in a rolled sushi paired with apple and cucumber. I ...
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Is it safe to eat freshwater fish raw?

According to this question freshwater fish should not be used in Ceviche--why not?
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Drying whole, small fish at home

As part of my ongoing experiments with whole small fish (sardine, smelts, small mackerel), I'm considering drying them at home to produce concentrated umami bombs. However, I'm admittedly less than ...
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roasting vs microwave+roasting beets

We made a recipe tonight for halibut and beets. It called for cooking the beets in the microwave with some water until tender, peeling and slicing them, then putting them in the pan with the fish to ...
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What do you call people that eat fish but not meat?

Is it proper to identify people who eat fish but not meat as a class of vegetarians, or is there a better word to describe these group of people (who generally find pulses including beans, broad ...
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Eggs smell “fishy”

I recently went to the supermarket and bought a carton of eggs and some fish (for dinner). I left both right next to each other in the fridge for a little over a day. So I made myself some scrambled ...
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Why does tilapia and swai fish taste like catfish?

I have been cooking fish for over 40 years. Catfish is a fish I can not stand. My family buys and loves tilapia and swai and no matter how I cook, grill, bake, fry, season, marinate, flour it, ...
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how to prepare fresh sardines for bucatini con sarde

I tried boning sardines according to on-line instructions and made a mess of them. Recipes, say this one by Mario Batali, ...