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What exactly is "Sushi Grade" fish?

What exactly makes some fish "Sushi Grade"?
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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. Also, are there requirements for safe sushi/...
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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 can I tell if fish is fresh?

I love fish, and I love cooking it. The thing is, I don't have any idea how to buy fish. Considering common fish in a grocery store (salmon, whitefish, tuna, grouper, etc.), how can I tell a good ...
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Basque cod with sous-vide

I recently cooked bacalao al pil pil, a Basque recipe. 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 whole ...
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How to keep fried fish warm and crispy during transport to venue?

I frequently cook for my choir and I wanted to serve fried fish. The problem is I have to cook the food at home and transport it to the church. How do I keep it warm and crispy for about an hour ...
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Fish and cheese: An unbreakable rule?

I always wondered about this seemingly static rule: Never add cheese (especially, but not limited to parmigiano reggiano) to a dish with fish. Italians would never, ever add parmigiano reggiano ...
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What type of beer is best for beer battered fish?

I was looking for a beer battered fish recipe the other day when I noticed most of the recipes don't state a style of beer to use. Some of the recipes use a significant amount of beer so I assume that ...
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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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Is IKEA frozen salmon safe to eat raw in sushi?

I was wondering if IKEA's frozen salmon was safe to be eaten raw in a home cooking environment? It's farmed which is a plus from what I've read, but I couldn't really find any data on their freezing ...
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How do you properly and consistently pan-sear shrimp?

Anytime I attempt to pan-sear shrimp, I struggle to achieve a perfect char. I typically turn the stove on high, pre-heat a stainless steel pan, use butter + olive oil, and then add the shrimp for a ...
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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 they are made from raw fish. So, how come that's safe (if it is)?
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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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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 is the effect of poaching fish in milk?

I recently came across a recipe for fish poached in milk. I've never heard of this technique, and am skeptical of its effect (vs. water), so it sounds wasteful to cook fish in 4 cups of milk only to ...
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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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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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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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Will cross-contamination not happen when deep frying breaded chicken and battered fish in the same oil?

Two restaurants I know fry battered fish and breaded chicken in the same oil. I asked one of them how they prevent cross-contamination in that case and I received the following reply: Our fish is ...
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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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Is there anything special about fugu meat?

I know that fugu is fairly well known both inside and outside Japan, and wild versions of the fish contains a toxin 1200 times more potent than cyanide. (Fun fact: one species is also the second ...
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Why is fish not considered as meat?

While reading a thread on cooking, 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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Beer batter fish, keeping the breading from peeling right off while eating?

A few months back I made beer-batter fish. I don't remember the exact recipe I used but I think I got it from foodnetwork.com. I fried in vegetable oil at 350. Everything came out OK, but the ...
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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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Why add vodka to batter for frying fish?

At 4:46 in this video, Heston Blumenthal adds vodka to the batter for fried fish. This article in Robb Report also describes the process: The star chef begins his experiment in an elevated way. He’s ...
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How to store salted cod?

Salted cod is a famous dish in Portugal and I would like to prepare it. It is common here to see the whole of a fish (well, without head, guts etc obviously) in supermarkets - like this: Wikipedia I ...
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How to prevent fish disintegrating in frying pan

Twice now I've tried pan frying fillets of white fish (Swai and Flouder) in olive oil and butter. Both times the fish has disintegrated into unsightly mush. Is there some technique I'm missing? How ...
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Eating raw fish: what are parasite infection risks really: how big?

I make sushi often, and i never use sushi-grade fish...i simply buy fresh fish from the market. I know the requisites of frozen for 20 hours etc., but I know for sure there are many restaurants in ...
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How do I separate two fish fillets that have been frozen together?

Sometimes when I get frozen fish, it comes with several pieces frozen together (specifically, Trader Joe's does this with all of their frozen fish). Is there any good way of separating them without ...
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How do you prepare bacalhau before cooking?

A specialty grocery store recently started to sell bacalhau (heavily salted cod fish). I am guessing that a recipe I have for baked codfish would work. Since it is so heavily salted, what should I do ...
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What to do with the olive oil from canned sardines?

Olive oil is good for you, and it seems wasteful to throw it away. Yet all recipes call for draining the sardines prior to usage. Any good ideas on what to do with that olive oil? Is it some bad kind ...
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How long can I keep thawed vacuum-packed fish in the fridge?

I know that for fresh fish, or fish that was previously frozen without special storage, you should use it the same day. If I thawed too much, does the fact that it was vacuum-packed add to the time I ...
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Thawing vacuum-packed fish

I purchased vacuum-packed Flounder and the individual wrapped filets bear the following statement: Must remove from packaging before thawing. Do not refreeze. Now, "do not refreeze" is ...
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Why does salted cod 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 prepare and grill blackened salmon?

I've never grilled blackened salmon before, but is there anything more involved than simply sprinkling blackened seasoning on both sides and grilling it for 5-7 minutes on each side?
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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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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 doesn'...
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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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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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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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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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What is the proper way to brine fish?

My query is regarding fish in general and specifically types like salmon, tuna and trout. How long should fish be brined for? Some recipes say 4 hours and others say 8-12 hours. Should the saline ...
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How to tell when fish is done baking?

I've been told that the top should easily flake with a fork (this is when baking skin-side down). Is there any fish for which that is not the case? And what should the middle look like with which ...
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Why do frozen fishes have incision in the body?

I've bought a lot of frozen fishes say a pompano or mackerels. I've noticed that whenever i defrost the fishes, all of them have a small incision in the stomach and these fishes are almost never bled ...
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Would pre-sliced, pre-packaged fish be considered sushi grade if I freeze it for at least a week before consumption?

I'm planning a sushi dinner party for my birthday in a month and I'm trying to do research on where to get my ingredients and supplies. I'm finding that trying to find "sushi grade" fish is the ...
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