How to Get That Stinky Fish Smell Out of Your Kitchen

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You want to eat fish because it's good for you. But when your salmon piccata leaves behind a stench, it's not so appetizing. Here's how to avoid that lingering smell.

Even if you love fish, actually cooking it in your kitchen can be a commitment. Long after the fish has been eaten, the pots washed and the plates loaded into the dishwasher, the fishy smell lingers.

That can discourage even the most devoted fish eater from serving it regularly. And it definitely isn’t something you want your guests to notice, making menu planning for a dinner party that much tougher.

Luckily, expert cooks from around the Internet figured out how to prepare fish without leaving a stench that lasts for days. Make sure you know the house smells you shouldn’t ignore.

Fresh Fish Smells

First off, know that truly fresh fish really shouldn’t have much of an odor at all. So if you unwrap a package of fish and take a step back from the smell that greets you, toss it, because it’s not fresh. Plus, here are organization tips that help prevent food waste.

But, admittedly, even the freshest fish can create a bit of stink in your house once it’s cooked.

Methods for Cooking the Fish

A lot of the smell derives from the cooking method you use. To eliminate the fishy smell, start by changing the way you’re cooking your fish.

Frying can cause a massive odor problem. Other techniques, like cooking fish in foil or paper, can put a lid on the problem before it starts. Cleaning experts recommend neutralizing the odor before cooking by soaking fish in milk or a solution of lemon and water.

Plus, here’s how to cook fish in one pot in just minutes.

How To Get Rid of the Fish Smell

If it’s too late and your home is beginning to smell like the parking lot of a fish market, Good Housekeeping suggests mixing vinegar and water and letting it boil for several minutes. You can also add cinnamon sticks or lavender oils for a more pleasantly scented atmosphere.

Prep your home ahead of fish cooking time by shutting any inside doors to keep the smell from spreading throughout the house and into bedrooms. Then open kitchen windows and doors to allow the smell to ventilate.

And be sure to wipe any spills and toss any trash containing fish bits as soon as possible to minimize lingering odors. When all else fails, bake up some cookies for dessert. The resulting sweet scent will make everyone forget about any fishy odor. While you’re at it, here’s how to make every room smell amazing.

Up next, this is how you should clean a fridge so it will stay clean.

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Carly Zinderman
Carly Zinderman is a freelance writer, based just outside of Los Angeles, CA. Since graduating from Occidental College with a degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies, she has written on a variety of topics for books, magazines, and online publications.She focuses on lifestyle topics including travel, food, fashion, shopping, beauty, home decor, entertainment, health, fitness and wellness and green living.