Tilapia is one of the most widely consumed fish in the United States due to its low cost and versatility. But how to tell if tilapia is spoiled?
How To Tell if Tilapia Is Spoiled
Coming in fourth in the ranking of most popular seafood products in the United States, chances are good that you either have eaten Tilapia recently or are about to consume it in the near future.
With that in mind, it’s easy to see why it’s important to know how to tell if tilapia is spoiled.
When it comes to raw tilapia, the three most common signs that it’s gone bad include:
- Sour or “fishy” smell
- Opaque color
- Sticky or slimy texture
If you suspect that the tilapia in your fridge has gone bad, discard it — you should never consume spoiled fish, no matter the variety.
How To Store Tilapia
Taking the proper precautions can help extend the shelf life of tilapia.
Cooked tilapia should stay good for up to three days in the fridge so long as you make sure to put it in an airtight container.
As for raw tilapia, you can keep it in the freezer for a couple of months. Just wrap it in plastic wrap, place it in a zip-top bag, push all the air out of the bag, and then throw it into the freezer.
Remember: it’s always a good idea to label your freezer bags with the freeze date. This way you avoid the risk of eating food that has been sitting in the freezer for too long.
To thaw the tilapia, the safest option is to leave it in the refrigerator overnight.
If you need a faster alternative, the FDA recommends either sealing the fish in a plastic bag and immersing it in cold water or (if you are going to cook the fish immediately thereafter) microwaving it on the “defrost” setting and stop the defrost cycle when the fish is still icy but pliable.
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