Once your fish has thawed, check for any strong “fishy” odors, which are a sign that it’s past its peak. Seaver says to look for ice crystals and dry or discolored spots, all of which indicate that the fish was exposed to air and thawed briefly before re-freezing.
Can frozen fish still go bad?
Fatty fish like salmon and tuna should keep at top quality for 2-3 months, while lean fish like cod and catfish will keep well in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Can you get sick from frozen fish?
It’s always best to cook seafood thoroughly to minimize the risk of foodborne illness. However, if you choose to eat raw fish anyway, one rule of thumb is to eat fish that has been previously frozen. Some species of fish can contain parasites, and freezing will kill any parasites that may be present.
When should you throw out frozen fish?
Any frozen fish or shellfish will be safe indefinitely; however, the flavor and texture will lessen after lengthy storage. For best quality, freeze (0 °F / -17.8 °C or less) cooked fish for up to 3 months. Frozen raw fish is best used within 3 to 8 months; shellfish, 3 to 12 months.