How to Store, Handle and Thaw Seafood

How to Avoid Stale Seafood

No matter what fish you prefer buying, frozen of fresh, as the quality really matters. You will simplify the process of choosing high-quality seafood by following those simple steps.

Fresh seafood

  • Visit only trustworthy stores and restaurants to buy fresh fish.
  • If you have gone to the supermarket to buy not only fish but also other products, seafood is the last to be purchased to keep it frozen.
  • Qualitative fresh seafood smells fresh; if seafood has a fishy, unpleasant smell, don't buy it.
  • Fish fillets shouldn't be dry and meat should be firm and shouldn't crumple.

Frozen seafood

  • Don't buy seafood in packs with ice crystals and some thawed juice. This means that fish after being packed and being frozen for the first time has been kept in a worm place.
  • Packs shouldn't be dirty, tore or open
  • Don't buy fish in packages kept above the frost line in a shop.

How to store and handle seafood

  • Place fresh fish in the coolest part of the fridge immediately (it is often the lowest part or the area near the wall).
  • Frozen fish is obviously kept in the freezer
  • Fish should be always marinaded in the fridge. Get rid of marinade if there are some raw fish juices. Cooked fish should be served on a tidy plate.
  • After preparing fish for cooking, wash utensils, cutting boards and your hands thoroughly.
  • Any remains of fish should be kept in the fridge for less than 2 hours.

How to cook frozen seafood

As a rule, you can cook frozen fish without defrosting it.
However, if you prefer defrosting fish, cut a piece you need off the whole fish. Keep it in a covered container in the fridge for six or eight hours. You also can defrost seafood in the microwave using a corresponding function. Don't defrost fish at a room temperature or in its packs. After being thawed seafood shouldn't be frozen again.