Salmon is a popular fish, rich in nutrients and delicious in taste. When it comes to preparing this fish, there are various cooking methods and techniques to choose from. However, there is one question that often comes up when it comes to cooking salmon – should you wash it before cooking? While some people believe it’s necessary to wash salmon, others argue that doing so can actually increase the risk of foodborne illness. In this blog post, we’ll explore both sides of the argument and provide you with the information you need to decide whether or not to wash your salmon before cooking.
Do You Wash Salmon Before Cooking?
Washing salmon is often thought to remove harmful bacteria or parasites that might be present on the surface of the fish. However, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recommends against washing any type of seafood before cooking, including salmon. This is because rinsing the fish under running water can actually spread any bacteria present on the surface to other parts of the fish or to other surfaces in the kitchen, increasing the risk of foodborne illness.
Why Do People Think You Need To Wash Salmon?
People might think they need to wash salmon before cooking to remove any debris, bacteria or parasites that might be present on the surface of the fish. There is also a belief that washing the fish can help remove any fishy smell or taste, or that it can help improve the texture of the fish.
What Should You Do To Salmon Before Cooking It?
In general, you should only need to give your salmon a good patting dry with some paper towels before cooking it. After that you can check it for pin bones, and get to cooking.