Fish and other seafood are now frozen right after they are caught to preserve their freshness. Yes, the fish’s quality remains top-notch from the moment they are caught and delivered to seafood wholesalers in the UK to the moment you order them using online fish delivery services, and they arrive at your doorstep.
Okay, so fish can look and smell fresh for hours after being caught because they are kept in a freezing cold environment. But then what do you do now that your favourite fish has found its way into your refrigerator? You cannot just keep it frozen, can you? Obviously, you will have to defrost it before cooking... but just how? In this blog, we will go over some easy ways to properly defrost frozen fish and other seafood.
Efficiently thawing commercially frozen and vacuum-sealed fish
We will show you how to defrost your fish correctly, but why should it even matter in the first place? Why can’t you just put your delivered frozen fish (or other seafood) straight in the microwave? Learning how to thaw fish properly is crucial because if you do not do that, your fish can become a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause food poisoning and make you very, very sick. This is too big of a risk to take. To be on the safe side, defrost your frozen fish before deciding what to do with it—whether you want to bake it or pan fry it.
In the refrigerator
The best way to defrost frozen fish is to defrost it in the refrigerator. In this method, all you have to do is move your fish from the freezer to the fridge the night before you want to cook it. Your fish will be absolutely ready to be cooked the following day. Do not toss your fish in the pan yet! You should wash and dry it with paper towels before proceeding with your favourite recipe. The fish will never be warm enough to give birth to bacteria using this form so that you can enjoy it without any worries. However, remember to put your fish in the fridge the night before if you do not want your guests to go starving!
In cold water
If you forget to put your frozen fish in the refrigerator, here is another quick and safe way to thaw it: Fill a shallow dish in the sink with cold water and place your frozen fish in it (make sure you don’t remove the moisture-proof packaging). Leave the faucet to run for a few seconds to “baptize” the fish in cold water. Your fish will defrost faster because it will be in cold water rather than inside the refrigerator. This process should take no more than 30 minutes, but check in after 20 minutes to see how things are really going. Remove the packaging upon defrosting, and make sure the fish is clean and dry before cooking.
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