We love cooking seafood not only because of how tasty seafood is but also for its nutritional and healthy benefits. However, we are not big fans of the fish smell trapped in the house.
First of all, why does fish smell?
This does not necessarily mean that your fish has gone bad. The unique fish smell is merely a natural process called carboxylation. This process begins as soon as a dead fish is exposed to air. Carboxylation converts the amine trimethylamine oxide(TMAO), which is what fish rely on to maintain homeostasis in saltwater, into TMA (trimethylamine) and this is the amine that gives off the fishy odor.
When you apply heat to the fish, it will produce its odors. That’s inevitable, and this will cause your kitchen to smell a little fishy. But don’t you worry, we’re here to help and will share a few tips to keep the smell from spreading all over your kitchen or even your house.
Wrap your fish in parchment paper or foil to help seal the smell and prevent spreading. In addition, this will also help infuse the fish with the condiments or whatever other ingredients you're cooking your fish with.
Cook your fish in boiling water to trap the TMA in the liquid. You can also use milk to marinade it beforehand, since it’s great for trapping smells and leaves you with flaky, creamy fish.
Grill your fish outdoors. If you have a patio or even a balcony, do not hesitate to cook your fish outside your house.
What if the smell is already in your house?
Well, we also have your back, these are some easy tips to help eliminate the smell quickly.
Open windows and turn on ceiling fans will help get rid of the smell.
Discard leftovers and fish trimmings as soon as possible. Also, don’t forget to take out the trash bag that same day.
Light up some candles or incense. Scented candles are perfect to help you get rid of the fishy smell faster.
If you’re planning to discard the leftovers another day, we recommend sealing them tightly and putting them in the refrigerator but for no more than a few days.
While fish can be delicious most of the time will also come with that fishy odor when you’re cooking it.
Hopefully this article will help you mask and, in the best cases, remove any unwanted smell.
Let us know if you have tips of your own in the comments and don’t forget to tag us, @7seasfishmarket in your seafood photos.