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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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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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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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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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Desalinating dried/smoked fish

In the metropolitan area where I live, there is truly a great selection of dried fish in various ethnic food stores, my favorite of which is herring. However, it is always very salty and I have a ...
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What exactly is “Sushi Grade” fish?

What exactly makes some fish "Sushi Grade"?
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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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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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At what temperature should monkfish be prepared?

At what internal temperature should you aim for monkfish to be properly cooked? According to this recipe, it should be at 145F (63ºC). Does anybody know a temperature chart for fish in general? FYI I ...
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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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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 ...
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Why are my sous vide salmon fillets coming out raw in the center?

My wife and I have tried a couple times to sous vide salmon fillets and they seem to keep coming out undercooked or raw in the center and I'm really not sure why. I took pretty good notes on what we ...
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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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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 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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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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What else can rid the fishy smell of fish besides Casein?

ATK says TMAO binds to casein but is there a dairy-free alternative that can bind to TMA?
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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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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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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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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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What is the proper smell of Basa?

I buy basa frozen (note, not the same as bass). It's not something readily available here but I like it because it's affordable and easy to prepare. I go through the appropriate steps of fish prep by ...
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Salvaging leftovers of a filleted mackerel for a stew

I've just filleted a few mackerel (mackerels?) after watching this video tutorial. This is the first time I've done anything of the sort, so I did the filleting a lot less cleanly than in the video, ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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, ...
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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 ...