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Old 09-17-2018, 02:52 PM   #1
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Smelly Cod

hi everyone,

Im very new to cooking but really trying to throw myself into it. I recently bought some cod which I shallow fried in butter before baking it in the oven. It turned out pretty well but my whole apartment smelled really badly of fish.

I thought that cod was not supposed to be a smelly fish so i was surprised. I bought it pre-packed from the super market and not from a fish monger. Could this be the problem or does all cod smell like this?

any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 09-17-2018, 03:03 PM   #2
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A proper fish monger would have handled it correctly.

You must first cut off its nose...
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Old 09-17-2018, 03:33 PM   #3
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I haven't cooked cod often, but in general, when fish is overcooked, it smells very fishy. It doesn't take long at all to cook fish. How did you cook it and for how long?
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Old 09-17-2018, 03:38 PM   #4
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I haven't cooked cod often, but in general, when fish is overcooked, it smells very fishy. It doesn't take long at all to cook fish. How did you cook it and for how long?
not very long, maybe a couple minutes just to sear it.

To be honest, it smelled really strong as soon as i opened the packet
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Old 09-17-2018, 03:45 PM   #5
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To be honest, it smelled really strong as soon as i opened the packet

There you have it Scott. It was bad to start. Fresh fish should smell like the sea.
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Old 09-17-2018, 05:46 PM   #6
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There you have it Scott. It was bad to start. Fresh fish should smell like the sea.
Ditto what K said.

Having been married to a commercial fisherman, he often brought home fish from the last catch before tying up to unload in port. The fish, regardless of what type, cod, haddock, etc. always smelled of salt water. You should have brought it back with wrapper to the store.

BTW, don't shop there anymore. Evidently, they don't take pride in their products and are willing to compromise the health and well being.
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thanks Addie and K,

Looks like you both live near the cost so you obviously know what you are talking about! I won't shop there anymore. It's sometimes just too convenient to just grab something from a supermarket shelf.
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Fish should not smell "fishy." Where I live, "fresh" fish is not available, at least for a reasonable price. But, fish that is frozen immediately after it is caught is almost as good as fresh off the boat.

You are better off buying frozen cod than what most stores call fresh cod. Most stores just thaw frozen fish and call it fresh. You are better off buying frozen fish, and keeping it frozen until right before you cook it.

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Fish should not smell "fishy." Where I live, "fresh" fish is not available, at least for a reasonable price. But, fish that is frozen immediately after it is caught is almost as good as fresh off the boat.

You are better off buying frozen cod than what most stores call fresh cod. Most stores just thaw frozen fish and call it fresh. You are better off buying frozen fish, and keeping it frozen until right before you cook it.

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This is unfortunately true. After centuries of overfishing, it's hard to get really fresh fish here on the New England coast. Most of it is caught well off the coast (or half way around the world) and has to be frozen. I can get fresh fish from some seafood stores, but it's fairly pricey. The stuff in packages? Most likely it was thawed, and if it didn't sell yesterday, it's still on the shelf today (or worse).
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There you have it Scott. It was bad to start. Fresh fish should smell like the sea.
Except for freshwater fish. But still it shouldn't smell "fishy".
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