How to CookFish & Seafood

All Our Best Tips for Cooking Fish

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Last week, I learned that cooking a whole fish—you know, with the head and the tail—is an achievable, weeknight-friendly, perfect-for-two meal. I never thought I'd say that.

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Learn to Steam Fish, Never Overcook it Again

It only takes a little direction, but cooking fish might be your new (or rediscovered) way to dinner every night. So we've compiled all the little nuggets of wisdom that you might have missed on the site that may help you in this endeavor.

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First, pick a good fish (and clean it, too, okay?).

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6 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Fishmonger
How to Choose the Freshest Fish

How to Choose the Freshest Fish by Catherine Lamb

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How to Scale and Gut a Fish

How to Scale and Gut a Fish by Catherine Lamb

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If the fish is coming from your freezer, defrost it quickly. It's almost dinnertime.

How to Defrost Your Fish Faster (and Things to Do While You Wait)
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How to Defrost Your Fish Faster (and Things to Do While You Wait)

Once your fish is in the fridge, store it so your strawberries don't taste like fish.

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The Best Way to Store Fish
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The Best Way to Store Fish

Then, decide what to do with it. That's the easy part. Here are just a few ideas:

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19 No-Fuss Fish Dinners for Any Night of the Week
5 Better Ways to Grill Fish This Summer

5 Better Ways to Grill Fish This Summer by Food52

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Two Ways to Perfect A Fish Glaze

Two Ways to Perfect A Fish Glaze by cheese1227

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5 Tips for the Perfect Grilled Fish Sandwich
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5 Tips for the Perfect Grilled Fish Sandwich

But how do you know if your fish is done? We got you.

How to Know When Fish is Done
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How to Know When Fish is Done

Now you have fish! But does your kitchen smell like it?

How I Got Rid of the (Terrible, Horrible) Fish Smell in My Kitchen
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How I Got Rid of the (Terrible, Horrible) Fish Smell in My Kitchen

Then, come the leftovers. Cold fish is a divisive topic. No longer:

Cooling Dishes with Cold (Leftover) Fishes

Cooling Dishes with Cold (Leftover) Fishes by cheese1227

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How to Use Leftover Fish

How to Use Leftover Fish by Rémy Robert

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Tell us: What are your best fish-cooking tips?