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Questions tagged [seafood]

Seafood questions ask about cooking or culinary treatment of fish and shellfish, or other foods harvested from lakes, rivers, and oceans.

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Can swamp eels be used for unagi like American or Japanese eels?

So, at my local fishmarket, there is both live and frozen yellow swamp eel. I was not able to find very much on texture, flavor, or otherwise, so I was wondering if any of you have had much experience ...
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What part or kind of geoduck gives crunchy slender slices?

I purchased a few shucked geoducks from Sunny Supermarket in Toronto fresh, but froze this one. I wanted to ask this question before preparing it. After I purged the fresh shuck (not shown), I ...
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Does soaking in saltwater for 20 mins help cleanse mussels?

After reading both sides of the debate (cp. beneath), I can't make up my mind! I live in Toronto, Canada. I buy my mussels from Diana's Seafood or Loblaws. Evidence for soaking in salt water for ...
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Is refrigerated seafood fresher than seafood displayed on ice but uncovered?

I'm guessing that seafood displayed in refrigerators aren't exposed to room temperature would be fresher than seafood exposed on ice?
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Are there published standards for “cuts” of seafood similar to the NAMP guide?

I've been using the NAMP Meat Buyers Guide (pdf) to specify to butchers what, exactly, I'm looking for. That guide is simply an organized list of unambiguous names and descriptions of meat cuts. ...
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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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Which live Canadian oysters are meatiest, and befit steaming?

My grandpa in Toronto can't find live oysters that: are free of worms and parasites. can be steamed with garlic, scallions, and vermicelli: 蒜蓉蒸生蚝. He loathes, and doesn't eat, raw oysters. The ...
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In Canada, must commercially sold mussels be purged and purified in UV filtered water for 42 hours?

I live in Toronto, Canada. I buy my mussels from Diana's Seafood or Loblaws. I wonder if the quote beneath from Mussel Myths & FAQs - The Cornish Mussel Shack holds true for Canada too? Do I ...
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Can a fish living in fresh water be called seafood?

Pangasius (Wikipedia) says: Pangasius is a genus of medium-large to very large shark catfishes native to fresh water in South and Southeast Asia. ... In 2011, Pangasius was sixth in ...
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What is the English name of these sea snails?

What is the English name of sea snails sold in Vietnam that the Vietnamese labelled as Ốc bông & Ốc tỏi (Vietnamese)? Ốc bông Ốc tỏi
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Is this porphyra (nori) seaweed mislabeled?

I bought a pack of dried seaweed and it's labeled as 'porphyra', after googling a little this is apparently the type of seaweed used as nori, i.e. the type you wrap sushi with. It looks nothing like ...
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Washing or rinsing fish and seafood

Do you wash or rinse your fish before cooking it? I usually don't, but I'm not sure whether I'm right or wrong. Well, ok, I guess it's probably unnecessary in most cases but, what if we're making a ...
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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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Are heads of shrimps safe to eat in US?

I wonder if heads of shrimps bought from US grocery stores are safe to eat.
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Does abalone have any unique nutritional value that justifies its lofty prices?

I read that wild abalone's illegal to sell and unsustainable, but abalone is still expensive to farm as they grow slowly and the algae and kelp for their diet are expensive. I read https://...
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How to prepare squid to avoid spermataphores

I was just reading about how some people, when eating squid, have ended up with squid spermataphores in their mouth. Apparently, it is painful (and not that appetizing for me). I am wondering how to ...
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How to differentiate sea prawns from farmed ones?

Is there a way to differentiate sea prawns from farmed ones based on appearance? Can we differentiate it based on Color of prawn, structure etc?
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Should I eat the head of an octopus?

I'm cooking a 2kg octopus at home. Can I eat the head, or just the legs? Update: Thank you to both answerers for the useful info. The head was amazing, as delicious as the legs!
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Christmas-ifying seafood linguine

How would you modify seafood linguine to give it a holiday twist? I am cooking and some of my conservative guests are in shock after hearing the menu. How can I mollify them?
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What should I be aware of while eating raw oysters?

I've never eaten a raw oyster, mainly because I am afraid of the dangers involved. I'd like to try it however, and I'm trying to find what is the best way. I was thinking about trying first at a ...
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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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How do you barbeque a whole piece of fish?

I tried having a visbraai this weekend and was a little bit dissapointed by the result. The skin of the fish sticked to the grill and the flesh stuck and crumbled on the grill. I suspect the weber was ...
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How much of a shrimp is meat?

How much of a shrimp is meat, in percentage? Read on google that the head is 35%, shell is 15% and meat 50%, is this correct?
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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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Fish for Sushi/Sashimi

I finally learned how to make Sushi at home. Here is a link to a recipe that shows how to prepare store bought salmon. I tried it and it works beautifully. The chef's speaking and tone are annoying, ...
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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 to cook baby octopus?

I bought some marinated baby octopus that I am cooking for dinner in about 2 hours. This is the first time that I ever bought it and have no idea how to cook it. The instructions on the packet, just ...
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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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Does cooking octopus in salt or pastry crust produce juicy octopus?

I've been reading up on octopus preparation and the different methods used to tenderise the meat. Rustic recipes call for a good beating against a rock until soapy, others talk of a long boil or ...
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Scientific method to microwave octopus

I want to cook about 300 g of parboiled frozen octopus. I am sorry to say that the parboiled octopus is white, not translucent but good quality, freshly produced. The octopus therefore needs to be ...
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What's the right way to do Octopus? [duplicate]

On occasion I have bought sliced/chopped, pre-tenderized, frozen octopus from the local market and each time I attempt cooking it, it always is still a little chewy and smells like bay water. I ...
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Preparing large cherrystone clams

I was tempted last week-end by Cherrystone clams. They were large and with heavy shells. Reading about them, there were supposed to eaten raw; I tried to open one of them with an oyster knife, and ...
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What cheese might compliment New England clam chowder? [closed]

I have recently become enamored of breadbowls. Not the San Francisco sourdough bowls that they serve on the Wharf; I like to make a basic French or pizza dough and form it over inverted bowls, cover ...
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Which seafood (excluding seaplants) contain no small bones and are high in Omega-3s? [closed]

I really, really hate fish with a lot of small bones - I know it's edible, but it's just disgusting to me, and the feeling of it getting stuck on my gums or throat... UGHHH (sprats, anyone? Haha) ...
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How to find/properly cook fresh Baby Squids?

So, I've had some difficulties with Squid. I think my favorite style of squid is the type you can find at a Chinese Buffet - big chunks of squid, where a slice of a tentacle can be the size of your ...
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Why is it recommended to leave the last segment of shell on a shrimp?

The question title pretty much says it all. Many recipes (such as this one) specifically recommend that the tail/last segment of shell be left on when preparing shrimp. Is there any reason for this? ...
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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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Can you reheat cooked calamari without thawing?

Can you reheat cooked calamari without thawing first? If I take it from the freezer and boil it, how long will it take to reheat the calamari?
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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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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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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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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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Overnight storing of raw fish

I discovered that I love raw fish. I'm planning to buy a sushi-grade fish to make myself a sashimi or poke but I wonder if there is method of bringing it for lunch to work after preparing it day ...
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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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Good Frozen Fish /seafood

Fish seems to be one of the food items that is much better with fresh ingredients than frozen. Why is this? If I want to shop frozen food for my freezer, what should I buy? Looking for Very ...
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How can I prevent gritty scallops?

I made some scallops last night sous vide and before I put them in the bag I rinsed each one carefully and didn't see anything on them. After cooking and searing I tried them and there was a little ...
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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 do I but I've taken it on ...
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Crab - brown meat looks grey

Yesterday I cooked two brown crabs for dinner. Both were alive and kicking immediately before I cooked them. They weighed 700g each and I boiled them for 19 minutes. The white meat in both was ...
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How to cook scallops that will prevent them from becoming too rubbery?

What will prevent pan seared scallops from becoming too rubbery? I find that cooking them in the cast iron skillet has not created a tender texture.
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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 ...