thaw big fish fast

there is a huge chunk meat (frozen) too big for microwave thawing.. how would you thaw it fast if you had only hour to start cooking?

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anushahannaAsked:
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enachemcConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I presume you have a bath tub and hot water and plastic bags
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Dan MuzrallConnect With a Mentor EHS SpecialistCommented:
Your best bet is to run the frozen fish under cold running water until thawed.

Using cold water will help prevent the proteins in the fish from degrading, allowing the fish to remain firm and flaky while defrosting, and later cooking.  If the piece of fish is too thick to effectively thaw under running water, consider butterflying it while it is still frozen (makes cutting a little easier).
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Paul SauvéConnect With a Mentor RetiredCommented:
There is no guarantee that your "huge chunk meat" can be thawed in under an hour! (Even in hot or cold water.)

The safest way to thaw meat is in the refrigerator!
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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
>>Using cold water will help prevent the proteins in the fish from degrading

thanks for that tip- just need to give more time, this way, right?
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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
>>The safest way to thaw meat is in the refrigerator!

safe, from which perspective, Paul?
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aburrConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The microwave is by far the best method because it will thaw to some extent from inside rather than just by conduction from outside. I know, you said it was too big BUT try a bigger, commertial microwave.
Take an ax (or saw) and make the fish smaller (you are preparing for a wedding feast with 50 guests?)
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InteractiveMindConnect With a Mentor Commented:
> safe, from which perspective, Paul?

If your meat/fish is left in a warm-ish place, then it can go off but also microbes/etc in it like the warmth and start reproducing at higher rates. So, keep it cool.
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roylongConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Get a really sharp knife or an industrial slicer and get slicing and then you could get away with cooking the slices from frozen(ish) depending on your fish dish... :/
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anushahannaAuthor Commented:
you got us going - thanks for the nice ideas.
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