Asked by: Laveta Klothevents and attractions zoos and aquariums
How do you clean tilapia before cooking?
- Rinse the tilapia off in cold water and hold it by the tail on a flat surface, like a cutting board.
- Make slits along the fins with a boning knife.
Then, are you supposed to wash tilapia?
While you shouldn't wash the tilapia, there are things that need to be washed while you're preparing fish. Wash your hands with warm soapy water before and after you handle the raw fish.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Rinse tilapia fillets under cool water, and pat dry with paper towels.
- Place fillets in baking dish.
- Bake in preheated oven until the fish is white and flakes when pulled apart with a fork, about 30 minutes.
Just so, do you wash fish before you cook it?
You don't need to rinse fish, chicken, pork, or any other meat before cooking. Not only does it not get rid of bacteria, it spreads bacteria (if water splashes from the sink in the process of rinsing). Fish is not fundamentally different from chicken, so you don't have to rinse it.
Washing raw poultry, beef, pork, lamb, or veal before cooking it is not recommended. Bacteria in raw meat and poultry juices can be spread to other foods, utensils, and surfaces. Cooking (baking, broiling, boiling, and grilling) to the right temperature kills the bacteria, so washing food is not necessary.