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How to Store Fish in the Fridge – Complete Tutorial


Fish may be one of the healthier choices when it comes to your diet. Whether you are starting to eat healthier or you simply like seafood, you are making a good choice when you skip the meat protein for lighter fare. 

If you are planning on preparing a fish dish for dinner, you will need to store your goods correctly. This lets you preserve the freshness of your items while avoiding any foul or fishy smell. 

Proper storage also helps you use your ingredients in their best state. Wondering how you can store fish in the best way? Your best bet with the help of your fridge. Check out these valuable tips and tricks for your next seafood haul.

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Best Ways to Store Fish in the Fridge

Buy Big Fish

If you plan on storing fish in your fridge, you should think about purchasing a larger fish. A larger fish will keep better in the fridge than small fish. 

Keep it on Ice

The first thing you need to do when wanting to store fish at home is to keep it cold. You should ask your fishmonger to pack your fish on ice for you when you’re bringing it home. 

Wrap Your Fish

When you bring it home, wash your fish and then dry it with a paper towel. Next, wrap your fish in aluminium or wax paper.

Now take your wrapped fish and place it on ice in a container and place it in the fridge.  When you do store your fish in your refrigerator, make sure to put it in the coldest area of the unit.  

This is the way you can store your fish if you think you will be using it within the next one to two days.

Freeze Your Fish

If you will not be using your seafood soon, you need to place it in the freezer. However, you need to make sure that everything is wrapped properly. This will prevent the smell from sticking to surfaces.

A moisture-proof plastic wrap is a great material for wrapping finfish. This will keep moisture in, preserving your items for a longer period and keeping them fresh and not dry.

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When you decide to freeze your seafood, you will need to keep it frozen until you will use them for cooking. This will minimize the chances of it getting contaminated and will preserve the items to be safely consumed.

You cannot freeze shellfish as is, but once shucked you can store the meat in a sealed and air-tight container, then placed it in the freezer.

Prefrozen Fish

If you purchased frozen and pre-packed seafood, make sure to place them in the freezer once you reach home. It is also smart to label them with the date of purchase and expiry date. 

This will help you decide which items to consume first. The best method is FIFO, which means first in, first out. This way, you are slowly working your way through your fridge and not risking your health and safety.

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Consume Fresh Fish and Seafood ASAP

Yes, you can store fish, but seafood is one of the types of food that can cause food poisoning when not stored or cooked properly. You can also have problems if you eat old seafood so eating it fresh is a good idea.

Yes, you can keep fish in the fridge for one to two days.  If you’ve kept your fish in the fridge for longer than two days, you will notice a fishy smell. That means you should not be eating it. 

The key here is that you should only buy fresh fish if you plan on cooking it that day or the next day. Otherwise, you can just purchase frozen fish and keep it in your freezer.

The Bottom Line

You can avoid waste and spoilage by eating your fish as possible. But if you do have to store it, then use the methods above to avoid contamination and maintain freshness.

However, you should remember that the freshness of your food item after it has been stored in the fridge will depend on how fresh it was when you purchased it. 

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