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Jun 27, 2012 07:02 PM

Halibut ok to eat?

I bought a small piece of halibut filet on Sunday evening. Is it safe to eat tonight (Wednesday)? It smells a bit on the fishy side...

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  1. It shouldn't smell at all. I wouldn't eat it. Is the fridge busted or struggling with the heat?

    1. It shouldn't make you ill but it's not going to be great. If it was fresh when you bought it, you should have refrigerated it on a bed of ice, or between two bags of ice - there are any number of ways to accomplish that basic idea. Also, halibut is now considered to be threatened, so fewer markets are going to be carrying it, and it will get more expensive. If you DO decide to keep eating it, you'll want to take better care of your future purchases.

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      1. re: greygarious

        Yep it's fresh, that's how we roll in Seattle... I gave it another sniff after setting it on the counter for a few minutes, and I guess it was just the initial opening of the paper that released the fishy smell. Which makes sense after being in the fridge for a few days, I suppose.

        I do know better than to buy fish that I'm not intending to eat within 24 hours, but I was getting salmon for dinner and spied a tiny, single gal-sized piece of was the end of the day, seemed a shame to waste it, etc, etc.

        It is in the oven and smelling good. Thanks all.

      2. when in doubt, throw it out. rule to live by