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06 August 2012

Defrosting fish. I bought a 1 lb. salmon filet this afternoon that I would like to eat tomorrow (Tuesday) evening. When I got home, I put it in the fridge. Is it likely to be thawed at 7pm-ish? Should I do something else? When do I pull the trigger on microwave/running water/whatever?
Did you buy it frozen? Wikihow says defrost for 12 hours in the fridge, defrost 4 to 5 minutes in the microwave before cooking and eating.
posted by brujita 06 August | 20:02
Yes, I did buy it frozen.
posted by occhiblu 06 August | 20:51
Definitely it should be thawed by 7 pm-ish tomorrow evening. On my way to bed, I routinely detour into the kitchen and grab something from the freezer and stick it in the fridge with the intention of cooking it the next evening for dinner. It stays in the fridge about 20 hours. Said something is generally about a pound (and is frequently salmon) and is thawed just fine.

posted by msali 06 August | 22:03
If it's not thawed by 4 tomorrow put it in a bowl of warm (not hot) water and pop it back in the fridge.

It should be thawed without the above trick, but that works great.

I would only microwave it if you were feeding it to cats.
posted by cjorgensen 06 August | 22:20
Yeah, microwaving fish or eggs is really not easy to do and have the "right" feel to it when you're done.
posted by kalessin 07 August | 12:09
What cjorgensen said. But I think it'll be thawed out by 7ish tomorrow in any event.
posted by bearwife 07 August | 13:06
Did it turn out ok?
posted by brujita 07 August | 22:06
Yeah, it was fine. Not great, but fine. I was trying out the fish at the local butcher store for the first time, and I think I'll probably stick to Whole Foods in the future.

But it was properly thawed by 7pm, no microwaving! :-)
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