Billingsgate Seafood Gossip… Freezing fish

Posted on December 18, 2013

Frozen fish – do you eat it?

At Billingsgate – for every 15kg of fresh fish coming through the doors – there is 10kg of frozen. C.T. Holmes and Seahawk are a couple of the biggest frozen fish businesses here and others including Leleu and Morris and John Stockwell who sell frozen as well as other fresh and prepared products – there is plenty to choose from.

Our customers have mixed feelings about buying frozen fish – and they needn’t as if you buy fish that has been frozen commecially – it CAN be fresher than fresh – especially if it is labelled frozen at sea. Product frozen at sea has to legally be frozen within 3 hours of being landed.

If you want to freeze your own fish at home it needs careful wrapping - we suggest a double layer of freezer bags, remove as much air as you can and seal well. Only freeze fish in small batches and place it in the coldest part of the freezer. We also recommend that ‘home frozen’ fish is used within 4 – 5 weeks – not much longer than that. If you buy it commercially frozen it will have a much longer shelf life.

On the subject of frozen fish we recently organized an event here tasting MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified ‘frozen at sea’ Norwegian cod and haddock from Carisma. Cyrus Todiwala attended this event and then showcased it on Saturday Kitchen. This product is really superb and is particularly good deep-fried. This same product will be featured at our Celebration of Sustainable Seafood Event on 21st November (places still available) and we will also be including it at our next Seafood Pop-Up Restaurant held here at Billingsgate during the first two weeks in December… (book now to avoid disappointment)

Interested in frozen fish and what to look for…? contact us