Thawing frozen fish fillets for dinner tonight?

I have a freezer with many bags of frozen tilapia, flounder and cod filets. If I want to use fish for a dinner tonight, what's the best way to thaw it? If I'm baking it, can I just cook it from frozen? Is there some rule of thumb for how much time to add in this case? This has stymied me for years. I know the best thing to go is to thaw it in the fridge the night before, but I'm simply not that organized. And I can't predict what everyone else is going to want to eat the next night.

  • Posted by: catewms
  • October 25, 2013
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Monita October 25, 2013
I would thaw them in the fridge. If you put them in the fridge now they should be thawed in time for dinner. If they are wrapped in a sealed plastic, you can quicken the thaw by placing the plastic sealed fish in a bowl and running cold water over the fish (not warm/hot). Once they've partially thawed, take them out of the plastic and lay them in a baking dish and cover the dish with plastic wrap and stick it in the fridge. 15 minutes before you want to bake the fish, remove from fridge and uncover and let sit. The frozen fish will have a lot of moisture so if you go from freezer to oven you may have excess liquid.
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