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Can You Defrost Fish In The Microwave?

Question:  Can you defrost fish in the microwave? Can fish be defrostedin the microwave?

Short Answer: Yes. You can defrost fish in the microwave.

Long Answer:  Nevertheless, do you really want to defrost your fish in the microwave?  It certainly is something a lot of folks do. They not only defrost it, they cook their fish from the frozen state in the microwave as well.

 When cooking from the frozen state, you have to add a few minutes to the cooking time of the recipe to account  for the lack of thawing. It’s possible to poach, steam, bake, broil or grill fish straight from frozen.

Cooking Frozen Fish In The Microwave

  1. Place the frozen fish in a dish.
  2. Add any spices or sauces to season through while it cooks.
  3. Cover it with plastic wrap and pole a few holes in the wrapping on top to allow venting for steam. As the fish thaws during the cooking process, the water it releases will create a steam.
  4. Microwave on a high setting for approximately six minutes so the fish cooks through.
  5. Add an additional three minutes if the fish does not easily flake.

Indeed, there are some people who do not agree with microwaving fish at all. They feel the microwave provides an uneven heating process that leaves fish rubbery and dry.  Also, fish is very heat-sensitive more so than other foods and shouldn’t be thawed using any kind of heating source or warm water.

It’s recommended that it be put in a bowl overnight in the refrigerator or completely submerged in a bowl full of very cold water until it thaws to the proper temp. The water should be kept very cold, changing it out every 30 minutes.

Surely, this one is a toss up. Some people swear by their microwave and would love to defrost their fish this way.  Others would rather put in more time and effort to have a succulent piece of fish.  Which would you prefer?

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