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Is it safe to eat frozen fish raw?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 18, 2011 at 11:10 AM

The kind you can buy in the supermarkets? Fresh fish is super expensive here but good quality frozen fish like MSC wild caught salmon is pretty affordable. Can I just defrost it for a couple of hours and eat it or are there any dangers to it?

Thanks! :)

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on August 19, 2011
at 07:32 AM

i only added parasites to the tags, to hopefully to get some other responds.

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on August 19, 2011
at 02:55 AM

I'm so glad I finally read this whole post and not just the subject line. I was envisioning you wanting to eat fishsicles and was so completely grossed out I couldn't even open the thread to read it, lol. I vote with the others. Go ahead and eat.

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on August 19, 2011
at 02:47 AM

we're trusting the FDA now? ;-P just kiddin'!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 18, 2011
at 08:19 PM

so true, and that drives me crazy. it's like total false advertising!

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on August 18, 2011
at 03:33 PM

didnt know it was for 14 days!! thanks!

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on August 18, 2011
at 02:29 PM

I read this in "Nourishing Traditions" - sounds logical.

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on August 18, 2011
at 12:25 PM

Thanks a lot! :)

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on August 18, 2011
at 12:25 PM

Thanks, good to know! :)

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on August 18, 2011
at 11:37 AM

Just an FYI, much of the "fresh" fish being sold was previously frozen and thawed for the showcase.

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on August 18, 2011
at 11:37 AM

It should be fine. The FDA actually recommends you freeze fish and meat before eating it raw for 14 days to kill parasites, so I'm pretty sure you'll be fine. Especially if it's wild and it has stayed frozen the whole time and wasn't refrozen.

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

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on August 19, 2011
at 02:47 AM

we're trusting the FDA now? ;-P just kiddin'!

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

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on August 18, 2011
at 02:29 PM

I read this in "Nourishing Traditions" - sounds logical.

1a641bbff1a7b0a70f08410376bbdf6b

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on August 18, 2011
at 12:25 PM

Thanks a lot! :)

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on August 18, 2011
at 03:33 PM

didnt know it was for 14 days!! thanks!

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on August 18, 2011
at 08:02 PM

Apparently, the way they kill parasites in fish used for sushi is just that; freeze it. It should be okay to eat saltwater fish this way. (Salmon, tuna, etc)

Freshwater fish aren't used for sushi, and I suspect there's a reason.

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on November 27, 2011
at 02:33 PM

Just as many said is safer to eat frozen fish raw rather than fresh. Additinaly to what has already been said coldchain on fresh fish logistics can have problems (high temps), this can cause micribiologican problems. With frozen fish is much easier and there ir a big temp buffer. For example most of the salmon sushi eaten is japan is mainly made from frozen salmon/trout.

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on August 19, 2011
at 02:46 AM

All my marine biologist friends avoid fish with a passion. especially sushi. If sushi grade fish is "debugged" by freezing, and they still avoid it, i'd be worried. they're either on to something, or they're just super paranoid. On the other hand,I've eaten sushi multiple times and haven't encountered any fishy symptoms or sicknesses.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 19, 2011
at 07:50 AM

Sashimi (raw fish) is one of my favourite treats. :)

I was told by a Japanese lady who taught cooking (sushi) that any fish that goes into fresh water, such as salmon do when they are hatched/spawning, needs to be frozen to kill any possible parasites in the fish. I am guessing that the problem is more prevalent in fresh water than sea water.

When I read the question I got a picture of an Eskimo eating frozen fish!

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