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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does the location of where an octopus was imported from determine the flavor/quality of the meat?

I recently bought frozen octopus that was caught and imported from Portugal because the local stores were sold out of the octopus from Spain. There was also a package of octopus imported from Vietnam ...
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Is it possible to identify the quality of fish after cooking the fish?

One know that a fish is fresh if the fish eye is clear and bulging and its gills is ought to be red. However, if the fish is being cut into many slices and the fish head was being removed, it would ...
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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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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's the correct temperature to prepare confit cod?

I've been cooking confit cod at 40°C (104°F). Once it reaches 40°C, I keep it for about 5 minutes and take it out of the oven. However, the thinner parts of the cod lose more moist than the thicker ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 haddock....
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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 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: http://www....
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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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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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Is it not possible to can some species of fish without adding oil?

Some canned fish is available in oil or brine (e.g. tuna, salmon, saury), while other types of canned fish are only available with oil (e.g. sardines, mackerel). If I were to home can some of the ...
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Can we (safely?) use salmon after storing it (in deep freeze?) for two years or more?

I'm from Poland (in case there is no such thing in other countries) and a few days ago I bought a quark cheese mixed with salmon and some herbs, produced by some German milk factory for one of local ...
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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 ...
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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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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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How to cook cubed fish for a fish taco (tortilla)

Today someone at work described eating a delicious halibut taco. I've never had one before but it sounds awesome, so I'm going to try to make one some time this week (but since I have a lot of salmon ...
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At which temperature and how long should I cook tilapia on the grill?

I have never done tilapia on the grill. At which temperature, and how long should I cook it?
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Sardines without the nasty breath?

I recently tried to do more with small canned fish. Despite the stigma, they're cheap and healthy and underutilized--what's not to love? More than 3 hours later, I was mortified to find out that I ...
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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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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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Can I refreeze gravlax made from previously frozen salmon

Can I refreeze gravlax made from previously frozen salmon?
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Would using milk powder better than fresh milk when poaching?

I read this question - What is the effect of poaching fish in milk? and was surprise that one can poach fish using milk. However, I was wondering if the milk will be spoil if it is continuous being ...
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What is a good alternative to Sea Bass?

I am cooking a recipe of Asian style sea bass. What would be a good, cheaper alternative to sea bass that is readily available in a UK supermarket?
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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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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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Is cooked fish as perishable as raw fish?

I know that leaving raw fish out of the fridge for more than a couple hours makes it totally unsafe to eat. Most cooked meats are okay to pack in a lunchbox and hold at room temperature for the hours ...
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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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How to clean the rubbery skin from monkfish before cooking?

I really like the tender parts of monkfish. I buy the fish gutted and decapitated and i tear the slimy gross skin from the back. Then I cut it up into small chunks for frying. However, removing ...
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Haddock Falling Apart

I coated a haddock filet in flour and then fried it in olive oil. I let it reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit. When I went to flip it it fell apart and broke into sections. What do I need to do to cook a ...
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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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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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How much salt does fish in brine absorb?

Suppose you brine fish e.g. tuna and then eat the tuna raw i.e. uncooked. Would salt have penetrated completely into the tissues or would only the surface be salty because it is coated with salt ...
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Are heads of porgies poisonous?

I found on the Wikipedia article for porgies, there is a quote from a reference saying that: Johnson, G.D. & Gill, A.C. (1998). Paxton, J.R. & Eschmeyer, W.N.. ed. Encyclopedia of ...