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How can I wrap fish for freezing if you don't have a vacuum seal?

I know the ideal way to store fish in the freezer is to use a vacuum seal, but does anyone have any tips on what to do if you don't have one handy?
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How long to steam fish for?

I bought a Homemaker Food Steamer. How do I steam Fish (Ling Fillet) in it? How long should I steam the fish for?
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Preparing trout and avoiding bones?

We had recently been given some fresh caught-that-day trout. The trouble is that we didn't know how to prepare it. The last time my wife filleted it, but we ended up with lots and lots of little ...
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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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I bought Cod fish on Sunday afternoon and cooked it Tuesday night… It was a little chewy, was that because it was bad?

I bought the fish from Whole Foods, so I assume it was good quality. The recipe that I used said to cut the fish into strips and cook 2 mins per side. I wasn't sure if that meant top and bottom or ...
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How can I avoid getting swindled? How can I detect polyphosphates in fish fillets?

Fish fillets are treated with polyphosphates for several reasons, but mainly to increase their weight (and hence the profit). According to this FAO paper: The first and universal effect of all ...
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What red wine goes with fish?

I have been wanting to try a nice red wine with fish and I'm not a huge fan of white. Recently I have been drinking Pinot Noir. But I'm looking for one more suited for fish (I know this isn't ...
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Preparation of gravlax versus lox

I have prepared lox and gravlax in the past. In both instances, I have brined and lightly smoked the salmon; in the case of gravlax, I have then put finely snipped fresh dill on the flesh side of the ...
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How do I debone fish quickly?

A week ago, we bought some salmon, that was oddly cheap. Today, after cooking it, we realized why: there were hundreds of bones in the fish, all waiting to make their way into our throats. We stopped ...
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Frying fish without it falling to shambles [duplicate]

How on earth do I pan fry fish without it turning to hell? For the fish: Stainless steel pan Oil heated until it sizzles when droplets of water are thrown in Plain fish, skin side down first Try and ...
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Russian Vobla - ratio for the brine?

A few years ago I had the pleasure of meeting several people from Moldova who were briefly living here in the USA. One of the fun things we did was a sort of "culinary exchange" where they'd cook ...
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How to cook a fish to make its bone as soft as those in sardines?

When eating fish, accidentally swallowing the bones is a nightmare for me. Currently, eating sardine is the only solution due to its soft bone. I am worried that my health may suffer in the future ...
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Leaving out Frozen Tilapia [duplicate]

i took some frozen fish out the freezer Tuesday night and sat it in a sink of water, how ever my parents decided to get pizza and i thought the put it up, but it sat in the sink over night and the ...
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In England, can I buy fresh fish directly off the boat?

In Trondheim, where I used to live before coming to England, sometimes I bought fish directly off the boat. The fish was fresh and cheaper than the supermarket. I am interested to know if it is ...
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Szechuan fish soup ingredient — what is it?

I got a fish-and-pickled-cabbage soup the other day at a Szechuan restaurant that had these things in it that looked kinda like this. They were translucent off-white, about 2 inches long, and maybe an ...
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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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What are the categories of fish?

It seems like there are a few broad categories of fish, and I can easily substitute any fish of a given category for any other most of the time. The one I'm most familiar with is whitefish: a recipe ...
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Will a fishmonger or bait shop clean a fish you caught for a fee?

I love fishing, especially saltwater surfcasting, but up until now it's been mostly "catch and release" - this summer I would like to try fresh-caught striped bass or bluefish. I am terrible at ...
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Arctic char available in North-America

I am from Scandinavia, and I am currently living in North-America. I am having problems finding this species of fish, usually referred to as Arctic Char. It is closely related to salmon and trout. Is ...
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Salt-crust bass tasted really bitter

I'm trying to figure out why a fish I cooked tasted pretty nasty. I bought a whole farm raised striped bass from the Asian seafood market. It was US farm raised. The eyes were bright and not cloudy ...
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Should I cook frozen salmon differently from fresh salmon?

I bought some frozen wild-caught salmon fillets for the first time so see how we like it. Can I broil it the way I usually cook salmon, or does the freezing process lend itself better to other ...
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How do I flavor fish en papillote?

I cleaned and gutted a whole fish then stuffed with rosemary and garlic. Wrapped it foil and cooked it on charcoal grill. After it was done cooking, the fish lacked the flavor of the herbs.
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Do I need to thaw fish before steaming it?

Can I thaw fish during steam cooking or is it better to leave the fish the night before in the fridge?
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What are some interesting herbs/spices to sprinkle over fish? [closed]

I typically just pan fry my fish (typically cod, rockfish or salmon). For cod I dip it in batter (egg+flour) and for salmon, I marinate it in a Tandoori-ish type of yogurt-based marinade. In all ...
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Vegetarian Fish

My wife and I are trying to go vegetarian for a month. We enjoy fish quite a bit. Is there any way to replicate the taste of say salmon, tuna, or cod with vegetarian, or better yet vegan, ...
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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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Correct knife to use for portioning raw salmon?

I recently bought a relatively large (~2lbs) filet of salmon. In order to portion it out I placed it skin side up on a cutting board and used a bread knife to essentially saw through the skin as it ...
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Cod as a sub for Salmon

Will my recipe for roasted red pepper salmon still taste great with cod as a sub? I have a freezer full of cod and no salmon... the salmon goes faster. Thank you.
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Is it feasible to use anchovies to improve the taste of random dishes?

I'm not a fan of anchovies on pizza, because when you get a biteful, it's overly salty/fishy. Years ago, I saw an allegory about a king (or a person of some high importance), who warned his new chef ...
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How to 'bread' with corn

One of our favorite dishes involves rolling a piece of cod in corn and then sautéing it until the corn is somewhat caramelized. Then it bakes until the fish is cooked through. Here's the issue - one ...
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If I have large calamari tentacles, can I achieve the same taste and texture as with small ones?

I've tried cooking large calamari tentacles (about 2in at their thickest) with little success. The first time I tried the classic fast-grilling method, but, obviously, they came out raw in the middle. ...
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How do I separate two fish fillets that have been frozen together?

Sometimes when I get frozen fish, it comes with several pieces frozen together (specifically, Trader Joe's does this with all of their frozen fish). Is there any good way of separating them without ...
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What is the reason for weighing a slice of fish? [closed]

I got a question in my class and that was,'What is the reason for weighing a slice of fish?' Please help me out before my exams. On other sites it tells me that why should you weight fish before and ...
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Can Southern Blue Whiting replace Cod?

Can you use Southern Blue Whiting (which is a small codfish) in place of Atlantic Cod in most recipes? Other than the size difference between the two, are there any important differences to bear in ...
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Ideas for a pescetarian Turducken (aka a fish in a fish in a fish)

I've made a Turducken every year for the past several years as part of an end-of-year gathering with friends. This year, we have a pescetarian (no meat but fish is fine) coming as well, and I'd like ...
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Is it safe to eat fish that has been left out in the cold overnight? [duplicate]

It's snowing over here, and we had made a fish delivery that we assumed had been canceled. (The fish store didn't answer their phone yesterday and most schools and businesses were closed.) However, it ...
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How to crisp breaded foods the next day (especially panko)

I breaded some fish today, and the other day, chicken. Unfortunately, I over-estimated, and fried a whole bunch that we didn't eat. If I nuke it (microwave it) the next day, it comes out soggy and ...
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What is the layer of grey stuff on the bottom of salmon?

On the bottom of a piece of salmon there is a layer of grey stuff, I am wondering what this is? I assume this is its fat?
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Beer batter fish, keeping the breading from peeling right off while eating?

A few months back I made beer-batter fish. I don't remember the exact recipe I used but I think I got it from foodnetwork.com. I fried in vegetable oil at 350. Everything came out OK, but the ...
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How to keep fried fish warm and crispy during transport to venue?

I frequently cook for my choir and I wanted to serve fried fish. The problem is I have to cook the food at home and transport it to the church. How do I keep it warm and crispy for about an hour ...
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Will texture of fish cooked sous vide change, when cooking times increase?

I am experimenting with sous vide these days. I have successfully cooked salmon sous vide (60C to pasteurization according to Baldwin). One thing with sous vide that people brag about is the ...
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Can gravlax be prepared from frozen salmon?

I love gravlax and have recently gotten into making it - partly to avoid the nitrates in commercially prepared gravlax, and partly for budget. But even making it still costs so much for fresh salmon ...
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Panko-breaded tilapia, medium fried, non-stick pan, absorbed oil

I just cooked some breaded tilapia. The breading consists mostly of panko. As per my "chef" training, to bread it, I did the usual: Dusted the fish in flour first Dipped it in egg next Dredged it in ...
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What can I do to make sure plaice filet doesn't get dry?

I just cooked myself some plaice in both butter and oil. It didn't feel like I cooked it too long, but still the fish tasted pretty dry. Is there something I can do or pay attention to in order to ...
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Alternative to Escolar (“Butter Fish”) for Nigirizushi

I want to make Nigirizushi with a fish similar to Escolar (also called Butter Fish), but prefer not to use that fish. Are there other fish with a similar taste and texture?
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Best method to prepare catfish (very soft flesh)?

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 redshell sushi or rødskjell sushi?

This is a rødskjell sushi in Norwegian (where I point with the sticks) and translated as redshell sushi in English. I am trying to find what it is. They have used some green to roll it around, it is ...
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Would pre-sliced, pre-packaged fish be considered sushi grade if I freeze it for at least a week before consumption?

I'm planning a sushi dinner party for my birthday in a month and I'm trying to do research on where to get my ingredients and supplies. I'm finding that trying to find "sushi grade" fish is the ...
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How can I tell if a fish can safely be prepared “crudo”?

Is there something you can look for? Am I left to the seller's word and my own discernment?
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Is there anything special about fugu meat?

I know that fugu is fairly well known both inside and outside Japan, and wild versions of the fish contains a toxin 1200 times more potent than cyanide. (Fun fact: one species is also the second ...