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Get Rid of Fishy Tasting Fish

Suzanne Driessen, Extension Educator — Food Safety

Revised 2012 by author.

Selecting and Purchasing Fish and Seafood

Fish tastes "fishy" when it hasn't been handled properly. To avoid "fishy" fish, smell and feel it. It should have a fresh and mild odor. It should be firm to touch and "spring back" into place. If you can see your fingerprint or it has a strong odor, the fish is old.

Don't buy cooked seafood like shrimp, crab or smoked fish displayed in the same case as raw fish. Juices from the raw fish can transfer bacteria onto the cooked or ready-to-eat fish. For frozen seafood, look for frost or ice crystals. This is a sign that the fish has been stored for a long time or thawed and refrozen.

Storing Fish in the Refrigerator

Fish tastes "fishy" when
it hasn't been handled properly.

Fish loses its freshness quickly.

How to Freeze Fish

Thawing and Cooking Tasty Frozen Fish

Thawing methods

Baking or broiling fish

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