I don't normally cook fish (apart from occassionally bunging in some frozen cod in batter into the oven).However, I saw some cod loin in Tesco, in a packet, and fancied it (pan fried).Now, as I say, I'm unfamiliar with it, so when I opened it, it was surprisingly smelly. Not an ammonia smell or anything like that, but quite 'fishy'. I was of the understanding that good fish should smell of the Sea, not of fish. However, this was a fillet, and not whole fish.The pack was well in-date, so I went ahead and cooked it. I'm not dead yet, so I'm sure it was okay.Is this smell normal?
The Tesco fish counter seem to have an unusual skill in making all the fresh fish smell of fish rather than smell fresh.I buy fish elsewhere.
That would concern me. Cod is like most other fish - when raw, it shouldn't smell of anything much. Freshness of fillets is much harder to judge than freshness of whole fish so I would give even more weight to a strong fishy smell in fillets. Odds are you will be fine and it was probably just not as fresh as it could have been, but I wouldn't have eaten that fish.Frankly, I don't trust supermarkets to look after this sort of thing, and if I bought fish in a supermarket I would go to the wet counter. A good local fishmonger is a wonderful thing though, and I'm lucky to have a couple of good ones pretty close to me.
Could it be because this fillet was in a plastic 'tray' and sealed so that any smell that was there couldn't evaporate?
> The Tesco fish counter seem to have an unusual skill > in making all the fresh fish smell of fish...Tesco fish is not so good, I avoid all seafood form there now, our door knocker has a better grasp on fish/seafood than the "skilled" staff at Tesco. I have found Sainsburys' fish to be better locally when buying small amounts. When I can we buy at a large specialist market.
...also meant to add - cut and paste the text from your post to:Tesco Customer Relations FREEPOSTTESCO SCO 5043Dundee DD2 9XUAn odd smell must be worth about £5