​It’s OK to Reheat Fish in the Microwave

Do not go to the comments and start shout even. now. OK. This has been bugging me all year, ever since Bon Appetit weighed in on the national of reheating pizza in a frying pan with its own ( now more than half-broken ) slideshow of advice. On the motion of leftover pisces, the adept advice was :

The only thing worse than eggs when reheated ? Fish. Just do n’t do it. Firmer fish like salmon and bluefish are dear when eat cold, or flaked and tossed into a salad. Otherwise, fair feed it to your favored .

This is wrong, destructive advice. It is true that unlike pizza, which is sometimes improved on reheat, fish is never going to be better than it was when you first cooked it. It is besides true that it is very easy to ruin pisces while reheating it.

But sometimes you do have leftover pisces. It is not easy to calibrate portions of fish. Often when you purchase fish, you do it by the individual fish, which is a nonstandard unit of meter. furthermore, if you are cooking pisces for children, sometimes they will eat it voraciously and sometimes they will not. therefore in practice, the alternative to having leftover pisces is to sometimes have not enough fish, and to realize this in mid-meal, and to start scanting your own portions to cover for your miscalculation. Better to err on the side of glut. here, then, is what you do with the remaining part of fish. The future day—and no late, this is n’t magic—put it in a microwaveable dish and cover it, and put the dish in the microwave. then comes the depart that is annoying, but not arsenic annoying as some magazine writer telling you to give up and feed a tasty and relatively expensive chunk of protein to your pet, when you do n’t even have a darling : Microwave it for 20 seconds, with the power on 30 or 40 percent. No more. Check it. It will be identical from how it was when you took it out of the electric refrigerator.

rearrange it in the dish a fiddling. Microwave it again, possibly only 15 seconds, again at no more than 40 percent. Check it, repeat. Keep going. It will be slow. But at some indicate, after you ‘ve done this respective times, the pisces will be precisely strong when you check it. The texture will be more or less what it was when it came out of the electric refrigerator. You ‘re done. Eat the judiciously warmed-up fish. If you are eating it over rice, you can make the rice nice and hot, and you can stop warming the fish arsenic soon as the chill is off it.

You can besides do this with meat—30 or 40 percentage power, in little bursts, till it ‘s just affectionate. ( You might even be able to do it with eggs. ) It ‘s boring, and it ‘s a lot more labor-intensive than you expect using a microwave to be. But you besides expect your microwave to rubberize your leftovers. It does n’t necessarily have to. [ Illustration by Tara Jacoby ] UPDATE: For a discussion of office-microwave etiquette, as opposed to cosmopolitan cooking of leftovers, please drop in over here and share your thoughts .