The Best Way to Store Fresh Fish

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An effective & simple way to store fresh fish is to wrap it in plastic & store in the coldest part of your refrigerator (often the back of the bottom level).

However, if you’ve got crushed ice available and want to keep your fish as absolutely positively fresh as possible for as long as possible, you can use the ice to keep your fish colder than your fridge normally would. Here’s how the pros do it:

Storing Fresh Fish Fillets:

Store fresh fish fillets in the bottom of your refrigerator on top of crushed ice. Make sure their meat is not in direct contact with the ice by either wrapping them in plastic or putting them on the ice skin-side down.

Change the ice daily.

Storing Whole Fresh Fish:

Whole Fish/Fish In the Round

1

Always carry fresh whole fish by the head.

2

Immediately gut/draw the fish by slitting the belly and removing the viscera.

3

Stuff the head and the empty cavity with crushed ice.

4

Store the fish in the bottom/back of your refrigerator on top of more crushed ice.

5

Change the ice daily.

Headed & Gutted or Dressed Fish

1

Stuff the empty cavity with crushed ice.

2

Store the fish in the bottom/back of your refrigerator on top of more crushed ice.

3

Change the ice daily.

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