Can you eat cooked fish cold?

In this short article, we will provide an answer to the question, “Can you eat cooked fish cold?” Moreover, we will discuss how long you can store cooked fish in the refrigerator? At what temperature should the cooked fish be stored? And how to know if the fish has gone bad?. 

Can you eat cooked fish cold?

Yes, you can eat cooked fish cold. It is completely safe to consume fish that has been cooked and stored in a refrigerator, but just make sure to consume it within 3 days.

Salmon has a great texture especially after it has been cooked and cooled, and you can use it in salads. And since it has a strong flavour, eating it cold does not reduce its taste and it can stand well in crunchy vegetable salad acidic dressings. 

Can you eat cooked fish that has been cooled down at room temperature?

Fish and fish products are highly perishable. That is why keeping them at room temperature for long is not a good idea. While cooling the fish at room temperature, you should not neglect it out longer, to avoid the risks of bacterial growth.

Cooked fish 

Cooking your fish at 145°F can destroy microorganisms present in it. After cooking, do not let the fish remain out for longer than 2 hours before you refrigerate, freeze, or discard. 

Before Cooking

Raw fish spoils easily, so do not keep it out for a prolonged time. Do not allow your raw fish to stay unrefrigerated for more than 2 hours before you cook it. Always purchase fish during shopping, and allow it to cool as early as you get back home.

Other Precautions

Make sure that the surface where you are preparing your fish is cleaned. Wash all utensils, cutting boards, kitchen counters, and your hands with soap and hot water before you begin.

Once you complete cooking the fish, put it in a container after wrapping it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it.

Do not leave your tools on the dish containing the fish, as they can promote spoilage if they are contaminated.

How long can you store cooked fish in the refrigerator?

Just like beef and chicken, fish can be prepared in many different ways. It is best to eat cooked fish within 3 to 4 days. However, you can keep any remaining fish in your refrigerator for up to seven days. After seven days, you may notice some changes in the texture of the fish. 

According to the Food and Drug Administration Food Code, you should not store cooked fish in your refrigerator for more than 7 days. That is because Listeria monocytogenes can grow in refrigerator temperatures on fish stored for more than 1 week.

It is recommended to eat unconsumed fish as soon as possible. While storing in your refrigerator, be sure to put the fish in airtight containers to keep them fresh.

You should watch for any signs of mould growth or odours that may occur with time. If you feel like the fish is not safe to eat, just discard it. 

At what temperature should the cooked fish be stored?

Always set your refrigerator to below 4 degrees Celsius temperature and your freezer to -18 degrees Celsius. Also always have a reliable appliance thermometer inside your refrigerator and your freezer to double-check against your refrigerator temperature settings to ensure absolute authenticity.

At temperatures above 40 ℉, bacteria may start to grow rapidly. Hence, it is recommended by the United States Food and Drug Administration to keep the refrigerator temperature below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

It has been stated by the FDA that the ideal refrigerator temperature is between 35 degrees Fahrenheit and 38 degrees Fahrenheit, below the safety threshold. 

It is common for the refrigerator to be a few degrees off the mark you set, so err on the side of too cold to avoid food spoiling more quickly or potential food safety issues. 

At a temperature of 32 ℉ or below, the food in your refrigerator will start to freeze. Keep your refrigerator temperature above 32 ℉, to avoid this, and if you want anything frozen, put it in the freezer, which should be kept below zero degrees Fahrenheit. 

How to know if the fish has gone bad?

There is a clear difference between a fish that smells like actual fish, and the one that has a somewhat acrid, pungent, or almost chemical-like smell. When you notice the fish has become mushy, slimy, or is overly dried out then it is probably not safe to consume and it is time to discard it. Always remember, if you have any doubt, discard it.

Conclusion

In this short article, we have provided an answer to the question, “Can you eat cooked fish cold?” Moreover, we will discuss how long you can store cooked fish in the refrigerator? At what temperature should the cooked fish be stored? And how to know if the fish has gone bad?. 

References 

https://food52.com/blog/13258-what-to-do-with-leftover-salmon

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.