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can Tilapia replace salmon in recipes and taste good?

I have a few recipes for salmon, and a freezer full of tilapia. Can I just use the tilapia instead of salmon? It's for things like "salmon and rosemary", and "poached salmon with cucumber dill sauce" ...
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Resources for reheatable meals, specifically fish?

I start work today at a new restaurant. One of my responsibilities will be to come up with daily fish dishes for the takeout counter servicing the lower echelons of office staff in our building. Easy, ...
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How to counteract excessive saltiness in dried fish?

My wife comes from a culture where preparation and eating of dried fish is very common (as long as one takes the proper measures to deal with the smell). She prepared for me recently a serving of ...
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Pan-frying Salmon before baking it

I'm trying to prepare a fillet red salmon which comes frozen. Many times after I bake the salmon, it becomes really dry. I once heard that you need to pan-fry a meat before cooking it so that the ...
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How do I stop fresh fish from falling apart while cooking?

We sometimes buy trout from a local breeder who'll get them fresh out of the water for us, and then cook them a few hours later. They taste great, but the flesh tends to fall apart in a way that ...
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How sharp should a filleting knife be?

I'm trying to learn to fillet and skin fish, and getting conflicting advice. Most sources say that the boning/filleting knife should be quite sharp. But when an instructor showed me how to skin a ...
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How long can I keep thawed vacuum-packed fish in the fridge?

I know that for fresh fish, or fish that was previously frozen without special storage, you should use it the same day. If I thawed too much, does the fact that it was vacuum-packed add to the time I ...
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Spanish Codfish with sous-vide

I recently made a Spanish codfish. It's called Bacalao al pil pil. The trick is to render the gelatin from the fish at a low temperature, reserve the fish meat and then mount the gelatin with oil. The ...
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How can I more effectively remove bones, when fileting a sardine?

Sardines ("kilu") are very common out here in Tallinn, and are very commonly eaten raw (e.g. kiluvõileib). It's particularly easy (and cheap) to find whole sardines that you can filet yourself. I have ...
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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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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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Can you cure fish in jar?

Since it will be cold for some time, I was thinking of using my detached, unheated shed to pickle some veggies. But another thought I was having was to actually cure/can some herrings or sardines (or ...
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How do I know when fish cooked in parchment or salt is done?

I want to try fish (either fillets or whole) baked in parchment or salt. I have found several recipes but they specify a certain weight fish. How do I adjust the cooking time for the size fish that ...
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What type of fish would be best suited for a trio pairing of sashimi, crudo and ceviche?

I am preparing a trio of fish to exemplify the different ways and methods of preparing fish without cooking it in a traditional manner. The three ways I am preparing said fish will be Sashimi, Crudo, ...
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I was going to try a recipe for Ceviche - are there any fish varieties not recommended?

Ceviche is basically using just lemon juice to "cook" the fish, so I was wondering if there are any fish varieties that wouldn't be recommended using this method?
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Cebiche dinner considered harmful

I've been in Peru recently and enjoyed a lot of very good meals. Cebiches and tiraditos were among the best. However, as it was a short business trip, luncheons were usually short and quick, so we ...
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How should swordfish be prepared?

I just purchased one pound of swordfish filet and never cooked swordfish before and have minimal experience cooking fish. Any suggestions on preparation? Also what should I look for while cooking it?
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Why does salted codfish turn chewy?

We recently bought half a salted codfish. I did a Spanish recipe (and asked a question about it). The fish had a very nice texture (although it was way too salty). This weekend, my wife did the same ...
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How do you fillet fresh salmon?

I want to buy a whole piece of fresh salmon, head to tail intact, and fillet it. Is there a technique that can be shared for a novice?
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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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“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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Can red wine vinegar replace white wine vinegar?

I have a recipe for broiled swordfish steak that uses the following ingredients for the baste: olive oil, butter, Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, and black pepper. I only have garlic-flavored red ...
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Is it possible to have sushi pizza?

I've found very few places that dare to combine those two in one dish. None of them succeeded, in my opinion. At first I thought it was due to mixing rice and wheat, then thought it was due to the ...
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Is fresh cod with worms safe to eat?

I have recently noticed a rather large amount of small worms in the fresh cod I am buying. I have tried to take them out as much as I can and of course have spoken to my fish supplier about them, but ...
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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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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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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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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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Why do my salmon fish cakes break up in frying?

We make salmon fish cakes from a mix of canned fish, cooked potatoes and eggs mixed in a food processor. They are then deep fried. We find that the first batch are fine. The second batch comes out ...
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Are sea bass fillets meant to be crisp on the flesh side when fried?

I've just cooked some sea bass fillets (according to the instructions), and was instructed (by the instructions) to turn them from the skin side to the flesh side mid-way through cooking. This led 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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Clean an entire fish before or after storing in a freezer?

After buying an entire fish from the supermarket, I was wondering if it is better to clean an entire fish before or after putting it to a freezer for storage (not long, abound a few days)? Or the ...
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Tuna Alternatives

I simply love eating tuna, specially with sweet potato, sweet corn and mayonnaise but because tuna isn't good if you eat it everyday, I was wondering what could be best alternative that has good ...
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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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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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How can I adapt rice cooker steamed fish to cooking in a pot?

I have seen steamed fish dishes where the fish is cooked on top of the rice in a rice cooker. I'd like to try this, but I don't have a rice cooker and always cook my rice in a pot. Does anyone know ...
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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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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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Cooking times and temperatures for whole fish on the grill?

I recently cooked some whole 7lbs salmon on the grill, wrapped in fig leaves, and left them on a bit too long; they were a little dried out. So, based on the idea that I'm cooking "thick" whole fish ...
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How can I prepare freshwater fish without completely cooking it? Can I eat freshwater fish raw?

Besides a complete cooking like frying, baking, BBQ or smoking is there any other way to prepare freshwater fish that would render it safe to eat in a sushi type application?
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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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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 can I reduce the fat in a white wine and parsley sauce?

For Xmas I was given a steamer. This is good as I, as I expect a lot of people in the world have done, have resolved to lose some weight this year. Now I understand that steamers are good for cooking ...
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How should Dashi made with kelp and bonito flakes smell?

I attempted to make homemade Dashi with kelp stands and bonito flakes. It looks as suggested on multiple Japanese cooking sites but it smells like low tide. Is that how it's suppose to smell?
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Can I use Yellow Croaker for fish and chips?

I bought some fish called Yellow Croaker. Can this be fried with batter to make fish and chips or will this type of fish not have the right type of texture for fried fish? What type of fish is ...
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What sauce could I use for haddock? [closed]

I'm doing fish fries tonight, and my wife doesn't like breaded fish. The thought was to pan sear hers and finish it with a sauce. Unfortunately, I'm having a tough time finding sauce ideas for ...
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What type of fish is best suited for baking?

I have very little experience in cooking fish (of any type, using any method). So I was wondering, what type of fish is suited for baking? For reference, recently came across this recipe: ...
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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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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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Does marinating fish actually help the spices get in its flesh?

We fry fish after applying Mustard seed paste, turmeric, and salt to it. So, if now we apply the three ingredients and keep the fish for certain hours aside, will marinating affect the "taste" of ...