Tip Tuesday –Cleaning fish
In my home state of Kerala, fish in an integral part of our diets. We are blessed with a long sea coast and many backwaters giving us a variety of freshwater and saltwater fish. We malayalees eat fish daily so we know how to clean fish.
Some people don’t eat fish because they think it smells. A lot of people’s perception of fish is that it smells like canned tuna fish. Fresh fish, cleaned properly should not smell.
Ask your fish monger when fresh fish usually comes in. When buying ask if it was previously frozen. If buying whole fish look for bright eyes and red gills. Have them show you before buying it. If buying fillets, make sure it is firm and vibrant in color. Do not buy grayish and friable looking fish. If it smells bad, it is not fresh.
Immediately when bought home, remove wrapping and rinse in cool water. Remove the black lining in the cavity of the fish. Descale. Then cover with a good coating of salt and drizzle with white vinegar ( or lemon juice). Rub the surface and insides well.You will notice a grey cloudy residue washing off the fish. Rinse well. Do not let it sit in the salt vinegar wash otherwise you will end up with ceviche!
The fish should have no smell and be ready to prepare any way you please. If planning to make it in the future, you can marinate it and place them in the refrigerator for 1-2 days or in a resealable freezer bags and place in freezer. Use within 4 weeks. Defrost in the refrigerator for a few hours when ready to prepare.
EAT MORE FISH, It’s good for you!
- How to eat fish, if you don’t like the taste of fish (joemartinfitness.com)