How Long Does Cooked Fish Last In The Fridge?
Updated: Nov 21
Is it worth rolling the dice on that day or two old cooked fish? Perhaps.. Perhaps not so much. Here's our suggestion on whether or not your leftover cooked fish in the fridge is safe to eat, or if it should promptly end up meeting it's demise in the compost bin.
It doesn't matter if we prepared you an amazing fish dinner last night, you if did it yourself, or are bringing it home from your favorite local restaurant. You're still left with a partial, or full portion of left over cooked fish, what to do with it? A day goes by and you already have your meals pre-planned for lunch or dinner. At last you get around to eating it two days after it was cooked, but you're still wondering, "Is it really safe to eat?".
The answer should be a resounding YES!
Your leftover fish should be safe to eat for an
absolute maximum of up to 3 days after it has been cooked.
The secret to leftover fish lasting up to 3 days after being cooked, is the QUALITY. If the fish was of a very high quality to begin with, prior to being cooked, (ie: freshly harvested, firm skin, doesn't have any foul odor or off-gassing of ammonia) then it should last in the fridge for 2-3 days. But ALWAYS be sure to eat it within 3 day maximum.
Pro Tip: When dining out at a restaurant, our suggestion is to eat with fish within 24 hours of bringing it home, as you have no idea how fresh the first was before it was cooked! Restaurants can often leave their fish out longer than it should be.
Always trust your nose! And whenever you're even in the slightest bit in doubt... THROW IT OUT!
There is always a distinct difference between slightly fishy smelling fish, and something acrid and pungent. Also pay attention to texture, if the fish has become mushy, slimy, or overly dried out. Always remember, when in doubt, throw it out!
Food borne illness is no laughing matter, each year thousands of people suffer from food borne illness due to their negligence in properly disposing of, or storing at proper temperatures of their leftovers.
Pro Tip: Always make sure that your fridge is set to a temperature of below 40 degrees F (4 degrees C.), (We set ours to 37 degrees to allow for frequent opening and closing and quicker recovery times) and your freezer set to 0 degrees F, (-18 degrees C.)
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About the Author: Certified Master Chef Sean Andrade is Executive Chef/Owner of AWG Private Chefs, named the #1 Private Chef company in California. Chef Sean has worked in the restaurant and hospitality industries worldwide for more than 25 years. His company AWG Private Chefs offers highly custom tailored, bespoke private chef dining experiences, select location meal delivery, and event catering in over 30 countries around the globe.