How To Thaw Frozen Fish
Fish tastes best when cooked and relished fresh. However, many a time you would find yourself in a situation where you will have to use frozen fish. Hence, having the knowledge about how you can thaw frozen fish is very essential. This blog talks about everything you need to know about defrosting frozen fish. Read to learn more…
Thawing Frozen Fish The Right Way
1. Refrigerator Method
This is the slowest, yet the ideal way to thaw the frozen fish. It can take anywhere between 6 to 24 hours to defrost, with the cardinal rule being 6 to 8 hours per pound of fish. Make sure that you have set the refrigerator temperature to 8°C or even less, as any temperature above 8 can spoil the fish.
If the fish is not frozen on ice, then place the wrapped fish on a plate [to hold the drippings, if any], and place it away from other ready-to-eat foods on the lowest shelf of your fridge until it is completely thawed.
On the other hand, if you have fish that has been frozen on ice block, the process slightly varies. Unwrap the fish and place it under cold water so as to eliminate the ice. Now, separate the ice-free fish and arrange on a plate lined with paper towels. With a plastic wrap, tightly cover the plate and place in the fridge to defrost.
2. Cold Water Bath
This is quite faster than the earlier mentioned method and takes about an hour to two per pound of frozen fish. Fill a bowl with cold water sufficient to cover frozen fish. Place the sealable bag filled with fish in the water. Make sure that you change the water, while repositioning the package, every 30 minutes to allow even and faster defrosting.
However, there are certain things that one needs to remember while following this process for defrosting. Never use warm water to defrost as it initiates bacterial growth. Once you thaw the fish, use it at the earliest. The vessel you use for thawing should be cleansed with soap and water before and after the process.
3. Microwave Method
This is the quickest thawing method. While it is definitely fast than both the above-explained methods, it is not recommended and preferred because it never yields evenly defrosted fish. The time for the whole process varies according to your equipment and the way you are using the fish, whole or in pieces.
Arrange the fish on a microwave safe pan and place the pan on the rack of the oven. Make sure the edges are covered by the foil to prevent cooking. The process is done in two parts. Once half the defrosting time is completed, you have to turn the fish pieces upside down and move ahead. Place the thinnest among the portions in the center, in an overlapping way. Discard the foil. Now, continue to microwave until the fish turns pliable, yet cool when you touch. Allow to stand for about 5 minutes before you use the fish for cooking.
When freezing if you have put individual fish slices together, then separate them by placing in the microwave, and then follow the above-outlined method for complete thawing.
- Never defrost fish at room temperature
- Eat the frozen fish within a maximum of 48 hours of the defrosting it, failing which it can be spoiled by bacterial growth.
- You can store thawed fish, without spoiling, in the refrigerator for 48 hours.
- It is advisable not to refreeze the fish once it is thawed.
So, these are the ways you can thaw frozen fish. Remember - always cook frozen fish thawed, other than under refrigerator method, as soon as possible for the best results!
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