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How should fish be handled prior to preparation?

Raw salmonIdeally, frozen seafood should be thawed in the refrigerator, in its original packaging, in a pan to catch potentially tainted drippings.
 
Other methods require less time but greater vigilance. Fish thawed in cold tap water should be placed in  airtight packaging. The water should be changed every 30 minutes to keep it cold.
 
Fish thawed in a microwave oven should be cooked immediately since microwaving may cause some areas  to warm or cook, creating breeding grounds for bacteria. Alternatively, microwave fish on  the "defrost" setting and stop the cycle while the fish is still icy but pliable.
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