- Start with the fish solidly frozen. Don’t pre-thaw in the fridge.
- Don’t remove the vacuum-packaging before thawing. Thawing fish “naked” under water makes it waterlogged.
- Use only cold tap water to thaw as this minimizes the risk of bacterial growth.
- Use the thawed fish immediately to ensure best results!
How long does it take to defrost fish at room temperature?
Thawing Time: 6 to 24 hours, depending on quantity. Generally, 6 to 8 hours per pound.
How long does it take to thaw a fish in water?
Replace the water every 10 minutes until the fish has thawed, or keep the water running at a very slow rate. (Depending on the size of your fish, this method should take anywhere between 20 minutes to 1 hour.) Remove the fish from the water (and bag) and cook immediately.
Is it OK to thaw fish on the counter?
Do not leave your frozen seafood out on the counter to thaw. Even the slightest leak from a seemingly well-sealed package can contaminate the surface. Never leave thawed seafood out at room temperature for longer than two hours.