Cooking fish safely

Healthy and delicious, fish is also incredibly versatile. Once you have chosen your fish, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to cooking it. You can choose from: 

  • Grilling
  • Frying
  • Roasting
  • Baking
  • Poaching
  • Steaming
  • Microwaving

Our recommendation

  • Bake or grill your fish as fried fish is much higher in fat, especially if it is coated in batter.
  • Try not to add any salt to your fish. Sometimes all fish needs is a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to taste great!

Points to remember when cooking fish

  • You can cook whole fish to preference or pink in the middle, because harmful bacteria can be on the outside but not in the middle. So, as long as the outside of the fish is cooked, any harmful bacteria should be killed.
  • You should always make sure that any fish that has been minced or skewered, such as fish cakes has been are cooked until they are piping hot all the way through. This is because products made from minced fish can contain harmful bacteria throughout, so they must be cooked thoroughly to make them safe to eat.

Is there anything else I should do when handling fish?

  • Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling raw fish. This prevents the spread of bacteria.
  • Use separate utensils for raw or partially cooked and cooked fish.