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One of the questions I'm often asked about frozen seafood 'Is it as good as fresh?'
Nutritionally, there will be little to no difference - freezing is generally done as soon as the fish is prepared - gutted and filleted - the 'fresh' fish you see on the fishmonger's counter may be several days old. It will have travelled from sea then from the ports to the shop, then it sits in a fridge until it goes onto the counter, then back to the fridge if it hasn't sold and so on for a few days.
Frozen fish contains the same nutrients, oils, proteins, minerals and vitamins as fresh.
It is often cheaper and the main reason for that is because there is no need to factor in any spoilage from not being sold. It will keep for a few months in its frozen state, whereas fresh will sometimes be wasted due to it not being sold from the counter. It also only needs frozen transportation whereas fresh needs different types of refrigeration at each stage.
The consumer takes advantage of any gluts in supply as the excess fish can be frozen and stored relatively cheaply for a lot longer than fresh.
Another advantage is being able to eat fish that you wouldn't be able to have out of season or that has been caught on the other side of the world.
The convenience of a few bags of frozen fillets, shrimp and mixed seafood cocktail in your stock makes cooking fish very simple.
Smoked haddock is one of my favourite meals and I often think I fancy a fillet cooked in milk with some bread and butter at odd times. If I've got a bag of frozen in stock, then I can have it there and then.
As another positive, I find that frozen fish does not smell quite so much - fresh fish can really affect your other shopping when you're getting it home.
A few simple tips:
Fresh frozen and frozen fresh mean different things:
You can use it any way you'd use fresh, but there are some advantages of convenience, being able to decide 'oh I fancy some fish tonight' and it's sat there in your freezer.
You can buy frozen seafood mail order or from your grocery store.
Amazon is a huge marketplace and you can find everything you could possibly need. Crab, lobster, mussels, shrimp, cod, haddock, tuna, sushi, sea bass, salmon fresh and smoked, trout, mackerel, mixed seafood, halibut, turbot, mahi mahi, octopus, swordfish, mussels, battered fish, crab cakes, fish pies, pates and more - the list goes on and on!
The biggest advantage as I see it, is you can compare prices and quality from different suppliers all in one place. I can't think of any way of doing that as easily.
Follow this link, enter 'frozen seafood' in the search bar and prepare to be amazed at the power of Amazon. The biggest suppliers are now using Amazon to sell their products. Due to the fact I live in the UK and might you live thousands of miles away, I can't give any specific recommendations, but I can give you a few tips.
I'm not going to go mad here as virtually any seafood recipes you find can be used for frozen fish. If you're not sure, simply defrost it prior to embarking on the recipe. It'll only add a short time to preparation and then you can use it as though it was fresh. Just don't refreeze unless you've cooked it first.
A Seafood Marinara - this sauce has a long list of ingredients BUT you could use a bag of seafood medley or cocktail to get a great sauce.
Serve this over spaghetti or use it for a lasagne or pasta bake. Quick and easy.
This is a simple Seafood Rice recipe. You can use defrosted shrimp, a medley or cocktail, fresh cooked fish leftovers or even a couple of cans if you like.
It's seasoned with curry paste (if you only have powder, mix that with a bit of oil to become a paste) and is quick to put together.
Or for an easy seafood paella, go to the second recipe here.
Shrimp Cocktail is a lovely appetiser. You do need to defrost the shrimp first.
Follow my step by step tutorial to see how simple it is to make this.
A Fishermans Pie is the perfect example of using a bag of frozen fish pie mix. It generally will contain salmon, white fish such as cod and smoked fish all cut into cubes. Some 'luxury' mixes will have a few shrimp in but you can always add a handful out of your own bag meaning you don't have to buy the more expensive frozen seafood mix. I personally like some hard boiled egg cut into quarters nestled in amongst the fish pieces. I love the combination of fish and egg.
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