Storing Fresh Fish

Seafood Storage Tips


Seafood will stay fresh longer if kept cold. When shopping for fresh seafood use a chiller bag/esky or you can ask your fishmonger to pack some ice with your purchase.

Fish, Crustaceans and Molluscs


  • Scale, clean, gut and rinse, place in a plastic bag on a plate or tray or in a covered container.
  • Use fish within 2-3 days.
  • Live crustaceans and shells such as mussels should be consumed as soon as possible after purchase. Place in a container, cover with damp butcher's paper and keep in the warmest part of the refrigerator (optimum 5°C) eg the crisper.

Freezer Storage


  • Fish
    • All fish should be scaled, gutted, gilled and rinsed prior to freezing
    • Place in an airtight freezer bag, label and date
    • Fish can be frozen for up to 6 months (oily fish, fillets/cutlets 3 months) providing your freezer operates at -18°C or less

  • Crustaceans and Molluscs
    • Gut and clean squid, cuttlefish and octopus before freezing

    • Place prawns unpeeled in a plastic container appropriate to the volume of prawns. Cover with water, seal and freeze. This forms a large block that insulates the prawns. Do not add salt as it draws out the moisture.

    • Wrap in plastic, label, date and freeze for up to 3 months, providing your freezer operates at -18°C or less

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