Tilapia has gained much popularity over the years, but it’s important to ask a grocery store representative where their tilapia comes from and how it’s raised. Since tilapia retain much of the same flavor as the water it swims in, farm-raised varieties may not only taste off, but also contain dirt and bacteria. If you are buying the fish whole, make sure it smells oceanic and has clear eyes.
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Properly stored, tilapia will last in your freezer from six to eight months. It is important to take the fish (which can be in its original packaging) and re-wrap it with plastic wrap, freezer paper, or aluminum foil. Stick the filets in a freezer bag for added protection.
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Like most fish, you should never thaw tilapia in a microwave or on the kitchen counter. A microwave will cook the fish and make the filet more susceptible to airborne bacteria. Your best bet is to place the tilapia in a bowl of cold water and change every 30 minutes or so until the fish is ready to be cooked.
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In this spicy Sriracha ceviche recipe adapted from The Sriracha Cookbook, fresh scallops, tilapia, and halibut cure in lime juice, then get tossed with corn, cucumber, tomato, and onion.