How to Defrost Tilapia

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Things You'll Need

  • Cookie sheet

  • Bowl

  • Water

Use cold water to defrost the fish.

Tilapia is an inexpensive fish from the Cichlidae family. It is a mild-flavored, white-fleshed fish which can be grilled, baked, deep-fried, pan-fried or broiled. It can even be stuffed with a crab filling before being cooked. You can cook tilapia while it's frozen, but if you dislike cooking frozen fish you will need to thaw or defrost the meat. Keep in mind once you've thawed the meat it cannot safely be refrozen. Defrosting tilapia is no different from defrosting any other fish.


Step 1

Lay individually-packaged pieces of tilapia on a cookie sheet; set the cookie sheet in the refrigerator to defrost overnight. Whether you have a bag or box of frozen tilapia, layer it on the cookie sheet to expose more of its surface area to the warmer refrigerator climate.

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Step 2

Microwave individually-packed pieces of tilapia for four minutes, flip over and microwave for an additional four to five minutes or until the fish is defrosted. Use the defrost option on your microwave or you will cook the fish instead of thaw it.


Step 3

Fill a bowl with cold water and soak individually-packaged pieces of tilapia in the water for 10 minutes. The cold water will prevent bacteria from forming on the fish. Never use warm or room temperature water to defrost fish as bacteria could contaminate the fish.


Tilapia can be cooked while frozen if you add a few minutes to the cooking time.



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