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How to Defrost Frozen Swordfish

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author image Danielle Cort
Danielle Cort has been a freelance writer since 2008, specializing in psychology, health, education and parenting. She has published articles in "Family" magazine. Before becoming a freelance writer, Cort worked in the public policy research sector, conducting research, creating surveys and budgets. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in social psychology from the University of Massachusetts.
How to Defrost Frozen Swordfish
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Usually sold as steaks, swordfish is a meaty, flavorful fish that stands up well to different cooking methods including grilling or broiling. If you purchase frozen swordfish steaks, they will take less time to defrost than meat or chicken, particularly since fish often can be cooked from a frozen or partially frozen state. You have three methods of defrosting from which to choose, depending on your time constraints.

Refrigerator

Step 1

How to Defrost Frozen Swordfish
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Place the frozen swordfish in its original packaging in a dish or on a plate.

Step 2

How to Defrost Frozen Swordfish
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Place the dish on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator.

Step 3

Allow swordfish to thaw overnight.

Cold Water

Step 1

How to Defrost Frozen Swordfish
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Place the swordfish in its original packaging in a large bowl of cold water. You can also place it in an empty sink and fill the sink with water. For best results, use water that is colder than 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The Cook's Thesaurus explains that the defrost process is faster if you allow the cool water to run over the package of fish, and turn the package over every few minutes.

Step 2

How to Defrost Frozen Swordfish
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Change the water every 15 minutes until the swordfish seems pliable but still has some frozen sections.

Step 3

How to Defrost Frozen Swordfish
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Remove the fish it from the package while it is still a little icy in places and prepare as you would fresh swordfish.

Microwave

Step 1

How to Defrost Frozen Swordfish
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Remove the swordfish from its original package and place it in a microwave-safe dish.

Step 2

How to Defrost Frozen Swordfish
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Place the dish in the microwave and select the defrost setting.

Step 3

How to Defrost Frozen Swordfish
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Defrost for one minute at a time, watching your microwave closely. After one minute, check the swordfish and if it is pliable but still a little icy, you should remove it. If it is still quite solid, rotate the fish or flip it over before continuing to defrost. Defrost for one minute at a time and remove it when it is icy but pliable.

Step 4

How to Defrost Frozen Swordfish
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Let stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes to let it finish defrosting.

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