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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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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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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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How can I get crispy skin when pan frying fish?

I struggle to get crispy skin when pan frying fillets. What's the secret?
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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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Brown line in back of shrimp

What could be a brown line in the back of an already peeled shrimp?
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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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I have a frozen fish head. What should I do with it?

I butterflied a whole dorade but removed the head. It's now sitting in the freezer waiting for a soup or stock. Does anyone know a more interesting or creative use for fish heads?
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What north atlantic fish can we use to make a good ceviche?

I am planning to do a ceviche entrée in Ireland but I am limited in the choice of seafood and most likely won't find Peruvian/Pacific ones. Any recommendations for? substitutes
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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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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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A question of Fishmonger basics and fish processing and handling?

I went to a fishmonger for the first time yesterday and I have a few basic questions. Should the place smell like fish? I have been informed that it should not smell like fish and if it did they did ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the best way to reheat leftover grilled fish?

I have rarely (if ever) looked forward to eating leftover grilled fish. What is the best technique to reheat the fish so that it has the best flavor and texture? I understand that some of the ...
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Sashimi Recommendations?

I've recently been to China, and I've tasted an extraordinary dish I wasn't used to. Later, I've found out that the name is Sashimi, which is made with raw fish (salmon) and wasabi. Now I want to make ...
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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 prep Bacalhau (salted cod fish) before cooking?

A specialty grocery store recently started to carry a Bacalhau (heavily salted cod fish) - I'm guessing that a recipe I have for Baked Codfish would work. My question is since it is so heavily salted ...
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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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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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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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“Cooking” with acid (ceviche)

At a tappas bar, I had shrimp ceviche. In this dish, the shrimp is "cooked" not by high temperature but by the citric acid of its marinade. This would be really fun to make at home. For such dishes, ...
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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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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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Am I cooking frozen fish safely?

I am always ultra paranoid about cooking food properly - especially fish. I have started buying frozen salmon. On the packet it says to cook from frozen covered with some water in the microwave. I ...
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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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Sustainable fish, including market names and locality [closed]

I would like to start a list of sustainable fish. I'm not trying to stir up any political discussion. I would just like an easily referenced list of fish that people could choose off of if they ...
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Are there any differences in cooking techniques for Farm raised Salmon versus Wild Salmon?

In the last couple of months my grocery store has started to sell Farm Raised Salmon and separating it from "Wild" Salmon. Any difference in cooking these two that I should be aware of?
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Is it possible to cook a whole fish in a dishwasher?

I heard that there is a way to cook a whole fish in a dishwasher - any techniques, tips??
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How should I cook skate wings

I was in the fish section at the local supermarket this morning. There was a pile of fish that looked really delicious. So I asked the attendant what it was. He told me it's skate wings. Having ...
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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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What kind of fish would you recommend on barbeque? [closed]

On my seasoned barbecue, I usually cook pork ribs or chicken wings or other delicious kind of meats but i have never cooked fish and i would like to try. What types of fish are suitable for cooking ...
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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 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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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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Can tilapia replace sole?

I discovered tilapia, and started to like it. Could I use tilapia for recipes that require sole?
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How long should tilapia filets of normal thickness be broiled?

I have a packet of fresh tilapia filets from the grocer, and I'm planning to broil them with BBQ sauce. How long should they stay under the heat and how far should they be from the heating elements? ...
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Some sauce that goes well with fish sticks? [closed]

I have found that fish sticks and potatoes/pasta, which I like to eat because it's fast and easy to make, is kind of dry. Does anyone have any good tips on some sauce that would go well with this ...
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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 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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Grilled Fish Kebabs

The barbecue season is in full swing, and to take a break from the red-meat heavy traditionals, I decided to try and explore the world for grilled fish. My first attempt was to briefly marinate some ...
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Sardines as a snack

We like to eat sardines with crackers for a lunchtime snack. What are some good sauces and toppings for sardines?
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How to know if Dover Sole is fresh?

How do you know when Dover Sole is fresh? According to this other question, about all fish, you have a few ways to know: the gills should be bright red the skin/scales should be bright and shiny ...
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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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What is a good substitute for Fish Sauce?

Are there any good substitutes for Fish Sauce for cooking Thai food? This is due to a severe food allergy (anaphylaxis) to all forms of seafood, so I'm unable to substitute for other fish-based ...