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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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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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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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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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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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Excessive water when cooking scallops

This is partly a continuation of this question, since that one was already closed, but my question is about a specific problem encountered the last time I cooked scallops. I got the pan up to a ...
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how to curb the smell of fish?

More specifically while cooking it indoors. My girlfriend hates seafood and hates the smell, is there anything I can do to get this smell to go away faster or reduce its potent aroma when cooking ...
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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 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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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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What's the best/easiest way to de-vein king prawns?

I often buy raw king prawns (maybe they're called shrimp where you are, they're about 3-4 inches long) - they are already shelled and beheaded, but they've still got the blue vein running down the ...
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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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How can I cook trout without generating horror stories?

I bought some frozen trout filets, pre-seasoned. As instructed on the box, I left one in the fridge yesterday to thaw overnight. Today -- also as instructed on the box -- I put the stove on medium-...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How long to cook seafood in paella?

This recipe for seafood paella says to add mussels, prawns, squid and monkfish to the paella pan 5 minutes before finishing, stir and then cover with a lid. I made this twice and I have never been ...
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How can i preserve squid ink

I clean my own squids and I want to preserve the ink for later use. I was wondering what to do with the ink sac. Should I collect the ink in a little jar and freeze it? Or how long will it last in ...
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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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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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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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Would smoked chicken work well in paella?

I am not a chef, I just like to cook. Tomorrow I am making paella for a bunch of people, and I am leaning towards following this recipe. I was wondering, however, if it would be okay to swap the two ...
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Paella and seafood casserole

What is the difference between "seafood casserole" and "paella"?
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What is the difference between Clam Chowder and New England style?

What makes clam chowder a New England style vs. some other style?
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Are modifications to a recipe needed to use frozen scallops instead of fresh?

I'm looking to try this recipe: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/11/french-in-a-flash-broiled-scallops-provencale-recipe.html. I have frozen scallops, and though it doesn't specify, I suspect ...
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Can a few bad (dead) mussels harm a larger batch?

I realize there are numerous related questions on freshness of mussels: Fresh mussels, or are they? How do I determine if my mussels are fresh? I couldn't find exactly what I'm looking for. So ...
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Is it bad to double freeze seafood?

I like to buy 11 lb boxes of squid at my local fish market. They come frozen so, in order to process them (clean and package into smaller units), I have to defrost them. Once I prepare individual ...
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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 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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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 have fresh steamed bluecrabs in the late afternoon that I buy live in the morning

I have a pretty awesome live blue crab hookup, but I can only get crabs there super early in the morning. I want to have a crab feast this coming weekend, but wont be able to have company over until ...
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How can I save my mussels?

For the record this is my first post here, so hopefully it is on topic I do mean the fishy kind, not the strongman kind: I bought a kg of mussels but I have never cooked them before so I asked the ...
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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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Razor clams good or bad?

I bought some razor clams today and all of them were open with their "tongue" or meat coming out of the shell. When I got home I noticed they had a really strong smell to them. This is the first time ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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How to steam clams?

A friend of mine (professional seafood cook) told me to steam mussels fast and furious until they burst open. Yesterday, I mixed mussels and clams. The mussels opened up perfectly, but the clams were ...
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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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Tips for cooking seared tuna just right?

I'm awfully fond of seared tuna, and I have the recipe down pat. However, I'm rarely 100% satisfied with the results searing part- I typically overshoot on the thickness of the cooked layer. For the ...
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Can I re-cook pre-cooked conch?

My local store only carries pre-cooked conch meat. I cut it very thinly for my salad yet I still find it tough. My question is: Can I recook my conch meat to tenderize it? I have tried to find fresh ...
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What part of the squid is edible?

Is the part of the squid right above the tentacles edible? I think it's the bottom of the body, I've never cooked squid before. I washed it under cold water and felt it carefully with my fingers and I ...
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How many people would a bushel of average sized blue crabs feed?

I am getting a bushel of crabs tomorrow morning for football and dont know how many people to invite over. How many people do you think would all be able to have a good amount to eat out of a bushel ...
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How to best barbecue calamari/squid?

Is is possible at all to barbecue uncooked calamari (tubes) without getting them tough? If so, how should it be done? Are there any preparations (marinade?) which may help to get them soft? Does the ...