With a three day Yom Tov approaching we have received many great questions about which fish recipes can be prepared ahead of time and either stored for a few days or frozen. Here are a few tips for fresh fish preparation and storage, then some recipes we recommend. Don’t forget to check the fish recipes in the index and on the homepage, there are so many choices, there is sure to be a recipe for everyone’s taste.
Tips for Great Fish Preparation
- Only buy fresh fish. Make sure you ask the fish counter if it is fresh. Fish that has been frozen and defrosted already will not refreeze well. It will come out smelling very fishy.
- Fish should look good and not have a strong odor. If the fish smells, do not use it or buy it.
- Fish can be frozen and thawed in the refrigerator, not at room temperature.
- Only freeze fresh fish or fish patty recipes, like croquettes. Grilled, baked or roasted fish does not taste good after it has been cooked and then frozen and defrosted. Most fish can be prepared a day or two early and stored, covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- Fresh fish can be frozen. Wrap it tightly, with as little air as possible in plastic wrap and then put it in a resealable plastic bag, like a zip lock. Freeze and defrost in the refrigerator, not at room temperature.
To sum it up, either prepare the fish on Friday and store it until ready to cook on Sunday. Or, buy the fish fresh on Thursday and store it in the freezer, wrapped, as we suggested above. Then on Saturday evening put it in the refrigerator to defrost. Prepare the fish fresh on Sunday morning and serve.
These recipes below may be prepared and stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to two days.
Baked Salmon with Blackberry Ginger Glaze
Blackened Tilapia with Mango Salsa
Flounder Fillets with Tomatoes and Capers
Grilled Tuna with Asian Dipping Sauce
Salmon Croquettes with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis
Salmon Patties with Ginger Sesame Sauce
Salmon with Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze
Thai Fish Cakes
Don’t forget to check out all the cheesecakes! What’s Shavuot without cheesecake?