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How to cook squid to get rid of the 'urine' flavor? What causes that flavor?

My brother-in-law and his buddy caught a big squid on a fishing trip awhile ago. They fired up a camp fire and proceeded to cook the squid. Once it was done, the took a bite and to their surprise it ...
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How do you cook frozen Lobster Tails?

I recently received a large bag of small Lobster Tails (4-6 oz each) that are frozen - It says Slipper Lobster Tails on the package. Any Ideas as to the best way to prepare - defrost first, boil ...
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How does one remove the “fishy flavor” from seafood?

My sister really doesn't like a strong fish flavor and is very picky. Are there any effective ways to prepare the seafood in such a manner that reduces the fishy flavor/taste? If "seafood" is too ...
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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 whitish/...
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Avoiding gritty cockles

Is there any way I can identify whether or not a cockle is likely to contain grit before I bite down on it? I don't mean by cutting it open before hand, but a visual identification. General shade/...
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How long will marinated seafood salad last ? ( scallops, squid, shrimp, crab and mussels) [duplicate]

I know that some pickled items last quite a long time. Do you think a typical Italian marinated seafood dish would be safe (and good) to eat after one week? Unlike ceviche which is usually no good ...
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What do you look for to make sure that Conch is fresh?

I recently saw a stew recipe for Conch and wanted to try it - I've never purchased it before from an actual fish market (only in cans). What should I look for and any tips on cleaning would be great!!...
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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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Could I possibly tell imitation lobster from real lobster?

There's a shop in my neighborhood that sells lobster rolls. Every time that I order one, it's packed with "lobster" meat and a little bit of mayo. At $15, I feel that I am getting a great deal. But ...
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What can I add to this food to make it taste good? [closed]

I want to make some sprats + potatoes + some cheap vegetables like cabbage soup. What can I add to it to make it taste better? Some types of spices or some other cheap type of vegetables maybe? As ...
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Alternate seafood for etouffee

Last week I made etouffee for the first time, and it came out pretty good. Unable to find crawfish or raw shrimp, I used pre-cooked cocktail shrimp, which worked but was a little bland (and the ...
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Sous vide octopus for maximum tenderness

A few years ago I had a delicious 15-hour slow-cooked (then charred) octopus at a japanese restaurant in New York. The flesh was moist and tender without being gelatinous, and I could sense the ...
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How to avoid the sauce turning bitter when stir-frying clams?

In Malaysia and Singapore (and I believe in Thailand and Indonesia as well) the typical way to prepare clams is to stir-fry them with a bit of chilli and garlic. It's one of my favourite dishes when ...
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Using liquid nitrogen for tenderizing octopus?

I recently had an idea to try and rapidly break down the "rubberizing" connective tissues in octopus using a different method than the tried and true boiling or hammering. It is well known that ...
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How to store live scallops?

I bought some really fresh live scallops from the pier today. I was planning on making something with them immediately as it is best when absolutely fresh. However plans change and I wasn't able to ...
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Risotto and a complementing/contrasting broth corresponding to the meat

In most recipes I've found, risotto calls for a chicken broth, but if I'm making a seared halibut on top of risotto, for example, or a seared scallop risotto, shouldn't the broth be a seafood broth to ...
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How do you cook calamari / squid and avoid making it tough?

I am having a hard time with this seemly simple 'snack'. The calamari and squid is usually given to me by my neighbor who is a seafood monger. It's frozen and a mix of baby octopus and squid rings,...
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Mayo-Herring in fridge [duplicate]

I make a non-dairy cream sauce out of mayonnaise and sugar that I use for my standard pickled herring. My wife is nervous that the pickling agent causes the mayo to go bad rather quickly, even though ...
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How long will fresh scallops keep in the refrigerator?

Today I bought one pound of fresh scallops from the seafood counter at the local market, but my dinner plans have changed - I am no longer planning to cook the scallops this evening and I don't ...
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Alternative to pan frying fish fillet?

I have a recipe that calls for pan frying fish and my goal is to find a healthier way to do it. I want to stay true to the recipe, i.e. I don't want to use breadcrumbs when baking the fish fillet in ...
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How do I prepare fresh clams for clam chowder?

I regularly prepare New England-style clam chowder with all fresh ingredients except for canned clams which I use out of convenience. I have been feeling guilty of trying to pass my recipe off as "...
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Meat alternative for tempura?

I am having friends over and plan to make tempuras. Two of them don't like seafood in general so my choice of shrimps and squid might not please them so I was looking for a meat alternative for them ...
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How to know if frozen clams are good when cooked

I have some live clams in the refrigerator that I would like to freeze because I will not be able to use them in time. My question is, how will I know which are good when I steam them later. Will they ...
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Why boil octopus with wine cork?

I saw a recipe (in Croatian, check out if you understand) for making octopus salad that says boil the octopus with a piece of wine cork. The article doesn't explain what effect the cork gives. Do ...
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How long should I steam squid and cuttlefish?

I have read that the squid and cuttlefish are more tender if they are cooked in less than 3 minutes in a pan. But what about steam cooking, how much time does it need?
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Do sprats need to be gutted?

Do you need to gut sprats before cooking & eating them? i.e. is it safe to eat them (so long as they're cooked). do they taste ok (to the average non-squeamish person happy with a bit of fish ...
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Is it safe to eat the clam that didn't open?

I am steaming clams today and I recall my friend warning me under no circumstances should I eat any of clams that remain unopened after steaming. He told me to throw those stubborn clams out, but I ...
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Identify this seafood from the Black Sea known in Romanian as “rapane”?

Here on the Black Sea in Romania people are eating a shellfish called in Romanian "rapane" which they translate as "oyster" when I ask. But they are elongated spiral shells which to me look nothing ...
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How to prepare tiny salted squid for cooking?

So, I have a bag of tiny salted squid. I love squid, but I've never cooked them and have no idea what to do with this. They're whole, and the bag says that they've been steamed, but I don't know if ...
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Eliminating STPP taste in seafood

All of the IQF shrimp in local stores contain sodium tripolyphosphate. I am apparently very sensitive to the taste, or at least more so than my family members. It renders these shrimp inedible to me. ...
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Are Shrimp Sizes codified?

By this, I mean, are the names of the sizes regulated by an industry or government? I found this from a seafood wholesaler: Yet, my local supermarket has this ad, which appears to be 2 sizes off (...
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Why would mussels be gritty?

I've made my first attempt at cooking moules frites however I'm a bit disappointed with the results. The batch of mussels were purchased from an online fishmonger specialising in Cornish seafood in ...
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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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Paella and seafood casserole

What is the difference between "seafood casserole" and "paella"?
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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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Frozen sea squirts: any suggests on cleaning/preparing?

I bought a pack of frozen sea squirts from Korean market. They are quite small - 3-4 cm long creatures. I dug all possible recipes about sea squirts, but all of them are about either alive or dried ...
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How to fry sepia?

How to make sepia tender and tasty? It seems to me that there is a great disagreement in the literature on how to achieve that. Advice varies from frying it very hot (300°C) for short times, to ...
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Is the white hemolymph that comes out of a lobster (when boiling) edible?

I know most parts of a lobster are edible except for what was afore mentioned in your content. But there is no mention of the hemolymph, the white substance that comes out of a fresh, live lobster ...
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When is it appropriate to serve shrimp with the tail still attached?

I ate at a local Italian dive last night and ordered Shrimp Fra Diavolo, which included a spicy sauce served over linguini noodles. The dish was great, but the tail was still attached to the shrimps ...
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are the larger snails in Hawaii edible?

We live in Hawaii and their are lots of larger (really big) land snails. I don't know if I can eat one but I was wondering if it can be eaten. If it can be eaten, how would it be best to prepare ...
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Should I be suspicious of meat/seafood on sale?

Recently a local grocery store had a sale where Fresh Salmon Fillets, apparently normally $6.99/lb, were dropped down to $1.99/lb. My parents were all too eager to load the car with 20lb of salmon ...
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How do I keep Clam juice

I have about three gallons of clam juice, after steaming about 400 clams. How can I safely keep, can, or store this much juice for further use?
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How do you prepare squid tentacles?

The 'suckers' on squid tentacles seem to each have small shell-like (chitinous?) 'rings' inside them that can be removed by pulling or rubbing the tentacles. This takes a lot of time and I am ...
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Are there other parts of a Lobster that are edible apart from the Tail and Claws?

I was thinking of the innards - specifically the white parts inside of the main body and what looks like eggs.
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Can the broth from a low country boil be used for anything else?

For those who might not know what a low country boil is; it's basically potatoes, corn, sausage, shrimp (and crab or lobster) boiled all together with seasonings (usually seafood boil packets, lemons, ...
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How to clean an octopus - and is it worth it

I've bought an octopus from my fish monger, but, when I asked if he could clean it, he openly admitted he's never done octopus before and doesn't know how. Well, neither I do but I've taken it on ...
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Frozen prawns - blue dye

I'v been given some prawns from parents where they bought in bulk. The prawns leak a blue dye? Does anyone know if this is normal?
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Americans and Shrimp Heads

I personally hate the texture, so I avoid shrimp heads. Given that I've only been to a handful of American restaurants that serve shrimp with the heads or shells attached, I'd bet I'm not alone. But ...
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Can I grill a whole octopus without pre-steaming or poaching?

My local awesome fish market sells whole octopi, and my friend is having a BBQ. I figured nothing would be cooler than showing up with a whole octopus to throw on the grill, but most recipes I'm ...
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How to prepare cockles for cooking?

I collected some cockles from the beach today and would like to try cooking them tomorrow. In the meantime I have soaked the cockles in tap water and I have added some salt into it. I have not put ...