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How To Defrost Frozen Fish at Home

At Seafood Direct, we do more than bring seafood to your doorstep. We make sure that what you get is delicious and safe. Think about it—a perfectly cooked fish meal that's flavourful, juicy and flaky. That's what we do with our seafood home delivery. We get the best catch for you, freeze it to keep it fresh, and then bring it to your plate.

But since the fish you receive is as cold as ice, what do you do next? How to turn frozen fish into a tasty meal? It's all in how you defrost it.

Why should you bother with defrosting? Why not cook the fish still frozen? Defrosting helps your fish retain that ocean freshness, succulent texture, and all the nutrients that make seafood a healthy choice.

Why it's essential to defrost correctly

Say you buy fish that was frozen right when it was freshest. It's now in your kitchen and is as solid as an ice cube. You might wonder, "Can't I just cook it like this?"

Defrosting is not just for taste but also for keeping the fish safe. If you are too quick with thawing, you are asking for bacterial growth. But don't worry! Below, we will show you how to defrost properly so your fish stays safe and delicious. 

Thawing in the fridge

This method is like a slow and easy path for your fish, going from the cold freezer to a cooler fridge. It's simple but needs some thinking ahead. Move your fish from the freezer to the refrigerator the night before you cook. This slow defrost keeps the fish cool enough to stop any bacteria from growing.

Before you cook it, wash it well and dry it off. This method does need some planning, so if you are planning a fish meal, you better set a reminder. 

Quick thawing with cold water

Have you ever been in a spot where you forgot to defrost your fish? It happens to the best of us. But you don't need to worry! The cold water method is your quick fix for this.

Take your fish (still in its packaging) and let it cool in a bowl of cold water. Cold water wakes the fish from icy sleep, usually taking around half an hour. Keep the fish in its packaging, though. And then, when it's thawed, take it out, wash and dry it. And there you have it—your fish is ready for the pan or any cooking you have in mind. 

Contact Seafood Direct Today!

Seafood Direct has been in the fish and seafood industry for over 45 years. We bring you a wide range of seafood directly to your doorstep, whether it be your home, pub, or restaurant. We import the best seafood from around the world, always keeping sustainability and responsible sourcing in mind.

Our online store has something for every taste and need. And if you are looking for something specific, just let us know, and we will do our best to supply it for you. Check out our product pages and enjoy the ease of quality seafood delivered straight to you!


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