Thursday, September 5th, 2013

How To Thaw And Store Fish

by Kristen Suzanne in fish, wild caught salmon

I buy my fish from two sources in most cases: 1) the farmer market and 2) online through Vital Choice. In either case, it means that my fish arrives frozen.

Vital Choice Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon

Vital Choice Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon

I was watching Alton Brown one night and he was doing a whole show on the importance of “wild caught” fish like salmon (better for the environment, better for the fish, and better for you). During the show he demonstrated a great way to thaw fish (or store your fresh fish). Here’s the gist of it…

Go to a container store and buy two cheap plastic containers (with lids) that would fit the number of pieces of fish you think you’ll be thawing most often.

Two cheap plastic containers from The Container Store

Two cheap plastic containers from The Container Store

You’ll need two of the container bottoms and only one lid.

Take one of the container bottoms and drill some holes in the bottom of it (or have your spouse do it, like I did). The reason for drilling the holes is that it’s going to nest inside the other container without holes. You’ll fill the container with holes with ice, lay aluminum foil on top of the ice, and lay the fish to be thawed on the top of the foil. Put the lid on.

Two containers stacked, one  on top with holes drilled in and filled with ice.

Two containers stacked, one on top with holes drilled in and filled with ice.

Wild caught sockeye salmon is unwrapped and placed in container.

Wild caught sockeye salmon is unwrapped and placed in container.

Ready for the refrigerator.

Ready for the refrigerator.

Place the container in the refrigerator to thaw the day before you plan on cooking it.

This also works great for fresh fish that you buy at the market and plan on making that day or the next (at the latest).

Stay tuned for my next post where I’ll share my crowd pleasing recipe for (baked) Rosemary Lime Wild Caught Salmon.

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